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Hosted By: TWA and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension ServiceThursday from 8:30am-4pm All are welcome! Buy Your Ticket HERE

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HNPAT CHAPTER WILL MEET THURSDAY, beginning at 6:30pm! (CDT) We’ll welcome members of the Houston Archeological Society!Join us and learn what…

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PRAIRIE SEEKERS TRAINING BY FORT WORTH NPATFriday from 9:00am-3:00pm (CDT)Co-sponsors: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge,

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March 29, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

Hosted By: TWA and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Thursday from 8:30am-4pm

All are welcome! Buy Your Ticket HERE

March 29, 2018 - Houston, TX


We’ll welcome members of the Houston Archeological Society!

Join us and learn what lies beneath the prairie!

Don’t miss this presentation, an introduction to the archaeology of Houston and the Gulf Coast area, covering several archaeological surveys and excavations conducted by the Houston Archaeological Society recently, which have resulted in the discovery of prehistoric and historic sites and the recovery of many important artifacts.

Linda Gorski President of the Houston Archaeological Society (“HAS”)
Louis Aulbach, Vice President of Houston Archaeological Society and a member of the Texas Archaeological Stewards Network. 
Gorski and Aulbach are authors of several books; they are currently writing a series of walking guides to archaeological sites in Rome.

Please join us at our usual meet-up place: Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion at Hermann Park, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004

March 30, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX


Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm (CDT)

Co-sponsors: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, Tarrant County Resource Connection Texas A&M AgriLife

Prairie Seekers is a citizen scientist program training volunteers to assess & map prairies for possible conservation funding opportunities. Data collected is submitted to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Texas Natural Diversity database – which tracks non-game species across the state.

Register Now

Tarrant County Resource Connection,1800 Circle Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76119
The $20 fee covers snacks, lunch & course materials.
Questions? .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


FINALLY!  Spring is wildflower season in Central Texas and beyond!

Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, to get an idea of flowers you might find blooming March through May: What’s in season in Central Texas! (They list annual flowers that bloom throughout Texas’s natural areas and gardens.)
Germinating Milkweeds: Support insects by planting Asclepias species;
Top 20 most common wildflowers you’ll see in Texas during spring and summer!

Visit the Center

If you’re anywhere near southwest Austin, taking time to meander through the tranquil Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is well worth it.
Photo from The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Hopefully you’ll spot Athena, the Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
as you enter the main garden area!
Photo by Bill J. Boyd

It is a special treat to observe the owl’s nest in the corner above the arched wall next to the aqueduct.
Athena is the Center’s resident owl and returned February 9, 2018 for another year to raise her owlets! She is a hidden and well concealed as she observes visitors from her nest! (While sitting on her eggs her position is lower in the nest; after they hatch, she sits higher and guards her owlets.)
For more than 7 years, the Wildflower Center has been home to a nesting pair of great horned owls.
The Center says, “Lucky for us — and our guests — the female has chosen to nest in a very conspicuous place, right above the entrance to our Courtyard in the sotol (Dasylirion wheelieri) planter nestled in the corner. We call her Athena, and she provides a rare opportunity to view a wild great horned owl rearing her owlets.”

Some facts about the Great horned owl: The female owl typically sits on the eggs for 30-37 days. Once the owlets hatch, they stay in the nest for 6-7 weeks. If Athena and her mate are successful at producing owlets this year, we expect the owlets to fledge sometime in mid-April, based on previous years’ timelines. After fledging, the entire family will leave the nest and continue to hunt and live in nearby woods. Source: LBJWC.  Read more:


The Best Bluebonnets in Texas,

Excerpts from February 7, 2018 Article

by Jason Weingart, Photographer

Winter has been colder than average for Texas, as it has across much of the U.S. Bluebonnets germinate in the Fall and grow throughout the Winter. They absolutely love cold weather while they are developing their root systems. While they also need precipitation to sustain themselves, there has been sufficient (but not abundant) amounts sometimes in the form of accumulating snow across the Hill Country! The drought has been creeping back, but this is Central Texas, so that’s not out of the ordinary. In fact, drought can often reveal some mind blowing bluebonnet fields as river and lake levels drop, allowing seeds to germinate. These plants are very drought resistant.

Given the forementioned, I predict a better than average bluebonnet season in 2018. While the displays do move around, here is my best guess on where to see the best Texas bluebonnet displays in 2018.

A few Texas Cities and areas he listed where bluebonnets flourish:
Ennis, (Muleshoe Bend) Spicewood, (Wildseed Farms) Fredericksburg, (Turkey Bend Recreation Area) Marble Falls, Tx Hwy 29 from Mason to Burnet, Kingsland, (The Bluebonnet House) Marble Falls, and Brenham.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MID-FEB, 2019: If you are willing to make the drive toward Big Bend National Park you can see our earliest-blooming ‘bluebonnets’ between Alpine & Terlingua (Hwy 118). These are a different species which grow more sparsely and can reach 3 ft in height!

Jason Weingart’s Bluebonnet Tours

April 27 - 29, 2018 - Llano, TX

First Annual Birding Festival - South Llano River State Park

Friday through Sunday, April 27-29, 2018

South Llano River State Park is excited to announce its First Annual Birding Festival sponsored by the Friends of South Llano River State Park.

Guided bird walks, including Golden-cheeked Warbler walks,
Birding the Riparian,
Guided photography sessions in the park’s four popular bird blinds.

Saturday afternoon:
-Presentation of live birds of prey by Last Chance Forever,
-Bird call presentation by a young birder,
-Beginners’ bird walk,
-Vendor and information tables.
Sunday morning will include more bird walks and a “Big Sit!” as part of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Great Texas Birding Classic!

More than 250 species of birds have been observed at the park, including sought-after species: the Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia (below left) and Black-capped Vireo Vireo atricapilla (below right), both federally endangered birds which nest in the park. (Photos: National Audubon Society)

“We are so excited to showcase the terrific birding at our park and its beautiful bird blinds during one of the busiest bird migration weekends of the year,” says Park Interpreter, Holly Platz. “The park is very unique for birding, because it offers such varied habitat.”

During the Festival, guided walks will offer participants a chance at spotting new bird species for their lists, and ample “free time” between walks and presentations will provide visitors with a chance to enjoy the park’s popular bird blinds, each meticulously cared for by park volunteers and staff.

“We hope that bringing a festival like this to the park and the city of Junction will highlight the area’s biodiversity,”
says Park Superintendent, Scott Whitener. “Birding along the South Llano River is top notch and attracts visitors from all over the world.”

-Festival registration is $65 per person, with a maximum of 80 participants.
-Registration fees will go towards supporting future birdwatching events at the park.
-For more information about this event and how to register, please see the Festival’s Facebook page or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a registration packet.

July 7-10, 2018 - Houston, TX

NPAT is proud to cohost the 25th North American Prairie Conference Monitor that site for details.

From the Gulf Coast to Canada, tallgrass prairie extends through North America.  Come see and learn about our unique coastal prairies!
University of Houston - Clear Lake , 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058-1002
Call for Papers?
Coming soon.
Coming soon.
Schedule, Field Trips, etc?
Coming soon.
Sponsorship and Exhibitors?
Contact us if you are interested in sponsoring the conference, or exhibiting at the conference!

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