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Join the NPOST Meeting on May 8th to hear our own Executive Director Pat Merkord present WHEN: May 8, 2014, 7 to 8:30…

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Registration for the 2014 State of the Prairie Conference is open!  Click HERE to book your spot today.

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Joan Singh of Commons Ford PRO wrote: WHEN: April 26, 9:00 a.m. to Noon WHERE: Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park |

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Prairie Facts

Today the tallgrass prairies of Texas are very rare. Less than 1% of the original 20 million acres of Texas’ beautiful tallgrass prairie remains and losses are still occurring to plowing, improper overgrazing, and development.

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Picturing the Prairie

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first annual photograph contest! Winners listed below:

Prairie Animals
First Place: Kelly Walker, for her photograph of a fly on a lily

Second Place: Kathy Milenki, for her photograph of butterflies

Third Place: Katy Emde, for her photograph of a gopher

Prairie Plants
First Place: Don Young, for his photograph of milkweed

Second Place: Steve Schwartzman, for his photograph of a basket flower

Third Place: Johnnie Johnson, for his photograph of false gromwell

Scenic Prairie
First Place: Chuck DuPlant, for his photograph of gulf muhly
*awaiting photographer permission

Second Place: Jack French, for his photograph of the Ney Museum

Third Place: Don Young, for his photograph of a prairie trail

Children’s Category
First Place: Mandi Haller, for her photograph of baby birds
*awaiting photographer permission

New Program Available to Texas Landowners Interested in Improving Quail Habitat on their Property

Friday, Nov 01, 2013

By Jon Hayes
Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture
October 31, 2013

La Grange, TX – The Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) Partnership is pleased to announce a new program designed to help private landowners pay for the cost of wildlife habitat improvements on their property.  The OPJV Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP) will pay qualifying landowners up to 75% of the estimated costs of eligible practices aimed at improving habitat for Northern Bobwhite and other grassland birds.  Funding is available in the following Texas counties: Archer, Austin, Baylor, Callahan, Clay, Colorado, Dewitt, Ellis, Fayette, Gonzales, Karnes, Lavaca, Montague, Navarro, Shackelford, Stephens, Throckmorton, Washington, and Wilson.

The objective of the GRIP is to increase the amount of suitable habitat available to Northern Bobwhite and other grassland bird species which have been steadily declining throughout Texas for much of the past century.  Along with unfavorable weather patterns, loss of suitable habitat has been the primary reason for the decline of these species.  By improving habitat in key areas throughout the state, private landowners can help to address these historic declines that threaten the very existence of some of Texas’s most iconic bird species.

The GRIP is a partner-based, strategic approach to restoring grassland habitat on private land.  This program is made available through generous support from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Upland Game Bird Stamp Funds, ConocoPhillips, Quail Coalition Chapters, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.  Interested landowners in these counties should contact their local TPWD biologist for more information.  Certain eligibility requirements for projects must be met in order to qualify for funding.  TPWD biologists can be found at

About the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture

The OPJV is a regional, self-directed partnership of government and non-governmental organizations and individuals working across administrative boundaries to deliver landscape-level planning and science-based conservation, linking on-the-ground management with national bird population goals.  The OPJV activities focus on a broad spectrum of bird conservation activities including biological planning, conservation design, conducting on-the-ground conservation delivery projects, organizing outreach, research, monitoring, creating decision support tools, and raising money for these activities through partner contributions and grants within the Oaks and Prairies Bird Conservation Region (BCR) and the Edwards Plateau BCR. 

OPJV partner organizations include Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, National Wild Turkey Federation, American Bird Conservancy, Quail Coalition, Texas Wildlife Association, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resource Conservation Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Native Prairies Association of Texas, Sutton Avian Research Center, University of North Texas Quail and various other local, state and national organizations.  For more information on the OPJV visit and follow @OPJV on Twitter.

Russel Prairie

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013

Field Trip Photos by Lan Shen

Annual Monitoring Photos by Phillip Quast

Deer Park Prairie

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013

Photos by Constance Quigley

New Items in the NPAT Online Store

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013

We recently updated the logo on our products in our CafePress online store, as well as added new products to our selection. Click here to visit our site and purchase hats, mugs, t-shirts, baby clothes, dog t-shirts, sweatshirts, and more!

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