REGISTER ONLINE TODAY LIMITED AVAILABILITY Blackland NPAT Chapter’s 2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour! RISE & SHINE - Saturday - 7am to…Read more of this >>
Native Plant Sales throughout Texas will continue thru Sunday, May 7 NOW is the time to plant native plants in your yard or garden or…Read more of this >>
HNPAT’s Monthly Meeting (*location) Wednesday, From 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Secret Life of Prairies HNPAT welcomes Dr. Morgan Russell, Texas A&M Assistant Professor…Read more of this >>
“Yesterday, 04/05/17, Chris Best and I transplanted 20 zizotes seedlings to our milkweed garden on the Kirchoff Prairie.
(We have 45 more ready to transplant and approximately 30 small ones that should be ready for transplant this fall.)
More significantly, the two USFWS interns conducting their monarch habitat survey yesterday located an Antelope Horn milkweed plant with four seed capsules on the N side of the property.
Chris said that because the plant had seed capsules it is certain that another plant exists within a bumble bee’s foraging distance of this first plant discovered.
No antelope horns we have transplanted to the prairie and grown from seeds we collected in the Edwards Plateau or DeWitt County have survived in our black clay soil. Therefore, the plant discovered yesterday by the interns must be native and must have unique genetics for it to thrive in this Wilson County black land environment.
We will wrap the plant in bridal cloth to assure that the seeds to not escape us when the capsules open.”
A gathering of the people to listen to wise words;
A pollinator conservation conference for Texas and beyond!
NPAT IS PROUD TO JOIN THE MANY EVENT PARTNERS in presenting some of the best and brightest of minds and committed professionals in pollination conservation today!
(Find the list of Speakers and details of events on: texaspollinatorpowwow.org.)
Program for this 2-day Conference + Night Time and Sunday Outings:
• Friday and Saturday: Includes dozens of highly-respected and qualified horticulturists, biologists, photographers, ornithologists, entomologists, anthropologists, agroecologists, and ecologists will be at the Cole Art Center, Clay Bolt Social Reception and Pollinators of the World Art Exhibit, Stephen F Austin State University.
• After Friday’s speakers, enjoy BAT NIGHT 7:00 – 11:00 pm: USFS Experimental Forest: acoustic hikes and mist-netting; Co-leaders: Dr. Chris Comer, Dr. Merlin Tuttle.
• End the day Saturday at the MOTH NIGHT/CAT WALK 7:00 - 11:00 pm: SFASU Native Plant Center: moth traps, identification, specimen-gathering, photography, UV night hikes; Co-leaders: Dr. Dan Bennett, Dr. Doug Tallamy.)
• SUNDAY will be BOGGY SLOUGH FIELD DAY 9:00am – 3:00pm: Teams will be led by ento/biologist/botanists. Make your observations, take notes, collect, sample, etc. You may leave as you please.
We encourage you to take advantage of the valuable information at your fingertips! Check out the RESOURCES for this conference.
• Plan on joining fellow Texas Society for Ecological Restoration members and friends on the campus of the University of North Texas in Denton for the 2017 Annual Conference.
• Conference planning is underway; we will provide updates as plans evolve, monitor our website: TXSER.
A Rare Tuft: Can grass nerds save an extremely rare grass that lives high in the mountains of Big Bend National Park?
by Kate Siber
“The Guadalupe fescue is an unlikely celebrity in the plant world. A slim, knee-high bunchgrass with delicate pale yellow blooms, it looks like other grasses that grow in the high peaks of the Chihuahuan Desert. But though its appearance is unremarkable, the Guadalupe fescue is different. It is among the rarest plants in the world and a prized find for botanists. In the U.S., it sprouts in only one location: a cool forested enclave along the popular Boot Canyon Trail high in the Chisos Mountains of Texas’ Big Bend National Park.”
The BLOG of the Houston Chapter of NPAT has shared a most informative article, “Creating Or Recreating a Prairie”, written by Charles Allen, who is also active in the Cajun Prairie Society in Pitkin, Louisiana! See photos and read Mr. Allen’s recommendations on how to build a prairie.