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PLEASE RSVP by NOON Friday, May 18, 2018San Antonio NPAT’s 3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday Kirchoff Family FarmOpen this LINK - Sign Up…

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The long-awaited rescheduled presentation by Jim Blackburn, the “Texas Coastal Exchange”! Houston NPAT Chapter’s Monthly ProgramArrive @ 6:30 pm, Wednesday’ presentation begins @7:00pm! The Texas…

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Maddin Prairie Breeding Bird SurveyMaddin Prairie Preserve near Colorado City Saturday and Sunday, from dawn to dusk. We’ll be conducting bird surveys and making other…

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Prairie Facts

Report on Kirchoff Family Farm September 24, 2017, by Don Kirchoff

“The Texas kidneywood in our demonstration plot at headquarters has been in heavy bloom and teaming with insect life.

I think the only kidneywood we have on the property are from Rector Chapel Cemetery (Wilson County), where we found these plants and seed.  These bushes are making lots of seed that we should be able to collect and spread, such as along the south fence line where we need a windbreak from invading grass species.

These images are just a sample of the variety of unusual insects that we have been seeing.”

Don Kirchoff
September 24, 2017

Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)—iridescent green spots glowing in the sunlight!


Green lynx spider (Peucetia viridans) - ‘Poor beautiful Butterfly!!”

Info on the Texas kidneywood (Eysenhardtia texana) from LBJWC:
“Texas kidneywood is an unarmed, much-branched shrub, 3-10 ft. tall, with an open, airy structure. A many-branched shrub with an open crown and gland-dotted, aromatic, resinous leaves and flowers. Its 3-4 in. spikes of white flowers are fragrant, as are the deciduous, finely divided leaves. Leaves up to 3 1/2 inches long, consisting of a central axis and as many as 40 small leaflets, each about 1/4 inch long, pungent when crushed. Flowers white, small, with a delicate fragrance, arranged in spikes up to 4 1/2 inches long at the ends of branchlets, appearing intermittently from May to October. Fruit a pod about 3/8 inch long, often with a threadlike tip. Seed pods are somewhat persistent.

This tree and its relative, the more westerly E. orthocarpa, were once used in remedies for kidney and bladder ailments, hence the name.”