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Tuesday, 7-8:30 pm San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting“MISSION REACH Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project”,  Environmental Sciences, San Antonio…

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Prairie Facts

Report on Kirchoff Family Farm’s May 13, 2017 Prairie Restoration Activities

Those who arrived early were greeted by Scott Kirchoff and his Crew who had prepared great breakfast tacos cooked over a camp stove!! Scott’s crew, Amy, Katelyn, Tristin, and Aden, remained on the prairie and provided expert help throughout the day!

FUTURE EDUCATIONAL & WORK PROJECTS - ESCAPE THE CITY!!
Attendees expressed how rewarding it was to have the opportunity to
get out of the city and
work on restoration activities while
gaining valuable ‘hands-on’ educational experiences!

They discussed scheduling monthly “Prairie Workdays!”

PRAIRIE WILDLIFE:
Pat and Glenn Merkord led discussions of prairie wildlife;

Thank you, Pat and Glenn! Bringing your “mule” enabled
everyone to participate in the highly educational tours!

While walking toward the farm house
Krista Powell and Teresa Maslonka paused so a
quail hen and about a dozen tiny chicks could cross the driveway.

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT:
The Bill Fehr family and son, Jesse, whose Eagle Scout Project
was to construct 3 Burrowing Owl Roost Sites on the prairie,
performed maintenance on the owl sites.
(Sorry we hope to add a photo of the Fehr family
working on this project!)

COLLECT/PLANT NATIVE SEEDS:
Brenda Kirchoff explained how to collect NATIVE SEEDS
and demonstrated planting native seeds into 4” Hiko Trays!

Our “Thanks” to Douglas King Seed Company!
We appreciate your donation of 400 Indian Grass Seedlings; 200 were planted Saturday. 
(More volunteers and definitely more soil moisture were needed!!  The remaining 200 plugs will be kept alive until it rains and another planting effort can be attempted.)


Several zizotes plants had been observed in previous years. Pat Merkord recorded green milkweed last year and USFWS interns confirmed antelope horn earlier this year.

Attendees observed the four milkweed species (zizotes, green, antelope horn, and vining) re-establishing on the prairie.
Workshop attendees observed that these young zizotes plants already are flowering and are expected to produce many seed capsules in a few months. Newly planted zizotes seedlings begin flowering a few weeks after transplant to Seed Increase Plot:

Zizotes seeds were collected from nearby plants on county roads and planted into 8” Hiko trays in October, 2016.

Sixty-four seedlings were transplanted to a seed increase plot on the prairie in early April, 2017.