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Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting“From Developer Dirt to Prairie” Come join other ‘prairie enthusiasts’ and meet our Presenter, Beth Clark. Beth…

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Tuesday at 6:30 pmCenTex NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting “9-Natives Landscape Plans”, Lan Shen Meet us at the Georgetown Library Classroom (2nd Fl) 402 W.…

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Greater Houston Environmental Summit and Environmental Education Expo Friday,  8:30 am - 3:00 pm, $50

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Clymer Meadow Field Trip - May 28th 2011

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2011

NPAT and The Nature Conservancy, as well as many of our friends, had a great day on the prairie this past weekend at the Clymer Meadow Preserve near Celeste, TX, east of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Jim Eidson and Larry Crane, both with the Nature Conservancy, provided excellent information about the plants, animals found at Clymer Meadow Preserve as well as methods of land management used at the preserve to help keep the prairie ecosystem intact and prevent invasive plant communities from taking over.  We were able to tour several different portions of the prairies found at the preserve as well as Clymer Meadow Preserve’s prairie seed harvesting operation.  Thanks again to all those who attended the field trip held at Clymer Meadow Preserve this past weekend.  We are looking forward to returning to Clymer Meadow Preserve in the fall for a look at the late season blooms and how the prairie prepares itself for the cold winter months.

Check out some photos taken this past weekend!


Jim Eidson telling the tour group about the history of the Blackland Prairie and the Clymer Meadow Preserve.


Jim describing the interactions between the grazing cattle and the dung beetles found on the prairie.


The field trip group amongst the wildflowers and other plants.


Larry Crane describing how the Nature Conservancy harvests seed for their own prairie restoration projects at Clymer Meadow as well as local restoration projects lead by proactive landowners looking to restore native prairie on their property.


Bee Balm in bloom


Purple Indian Paintbrush in bloom

photos: Phillip Quast 2011

Photos from Prairie Fest 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Here are a few photos taken at Prairie Fest 2011, held April 23 at the Tandy Hills Natural Area in Fort Worth, TX.  NPAT shared a booth with Connemara Conservancy, a land trust focusing on the northeast region of Texas.

photos: Phillip Quast 2011

HOUSTON ZOO PRODUCES NEW VIDEO ON RAISING ENDANGERED ATTWATER’S PRAIRIE CHICKEN

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Jaime Gonzales with Coastal Prairie Partnership writes:
“The Houston Zoo has produced an excellent new video resource on how their dedicated staff raise endangered Attwater’s Prairie Chickens. This video has been very popular with school children, so if you are an educator please give the video a try with your students.”

Check out the video below!

2011 State of the Prairie conference - Save the date!

Monday, May 09, 2011

Research Analyst / Technical Writer needed

Friday, May 06, 2011

NPAT is looking for someone to help create a grasslands restoration guide for the Blackland Prairie region of Texas.  The position will include data and literature research and review, literature metadata analysis, and assisting in the structure and development of an initial draft of the restoration guide.  See below for details concerning the qualifications needed and the contact information necessary for application submission:

Position: Research Analyst / Technical Writer
Posting Date: 04-10-11
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Salary: $10,000
Duration: Part time position or until project completed. Not to exceed 8 months (05-2011 through 01-2012)
Position Location: Applicant will provide their own work space and equipment.
Hiring Contact: Dalmara Bayne
Phone: (512) 847-7615
Email: Dalmara Bayne, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address),
James Alderson, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address),
Mailing Address: Native Prairies Association of Texas 221 Woodcreek Drive, Wimberley, Texas 78676
General Position Description: Under the direction of the Executive Director of the Native Prairies Association of Texas (http://www.texasprairie.org/), the Research Analyst is responsible for gathering literature on native prairie restoration and management as directed, critically reviewing scientific studies on native grass and forb restoration and management, identifying credible results applicable to the northern Blackland Prairie, Post Oak Savannah, Cross Timbers and Prairies Ecoregions of Texas and tallgrass prairies of Oklahoma, writing an annotated bibliography on native prairie restoration and management that summarizes pertinent studies and results grouped by subject matter, assisting with questionnaire development, compiling questionnaire responses into one document that quantifies results and summarizes findings, assisting with conference arrangements and execution, generating a Native Range Restoration Guide specific to Blackland Prairie, Post Oak Savannah, Cross Timbers and Prairies Ecoregions of Texas and tallgrass prairies of Oklahoma, compiling information on native prairie sites in area of interest, interviewing range managers and natural resource professionals as needed, and acquiring representative photos and videos of native range restoration and management practices as directed.
Skills: Technical writing skills, ability to follow scientific format such as Journal of Wildlife Management style, organize vast amounts of research data and perform metadata analysis, interpret results from complex scientific studies in rangeland restoration and management and consolidate information into well written concise yet thorough synopsis. Skilled in using computer software, such as MS Word, MS Excel, Adobe and other publication software. Critical review of scientific studies and deciphering credible results with implications to TX.
Knowledge: A basic knowledge of native prairie ecology, management and restoration is required. Applicants should be familiar with scientific procedures. A basic knowledge of farming/ag practices, such as shredding, disking, seeding, forage management is required. Knowledge of scientific research design, statistics, vegetation sampling techniques, and interpreting complex scientific studies is required.
Experience: Preference will be given to individuals with experience related to skills and knowledge requirements.
Equipment: Computer, Word Processing Software, Internet, Phone, Fax, Email, some travel may be required
Forward Application To: Native Prairies Association of Texas 221 Woodcreek Drive, Wimberley, Texas 78676

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