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OCTOBER at KIRCHOFF FAMILY FARM Monday, October 2 “Monitoring Survey of Kirchoff Family Farm”   …

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Monday, 1 pm - Thursday, 12 Noon 2017 Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist Class Texas A&M AgriLife Center, 17360 Coit Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

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Travis Audubon’s Speaker Series: Scott Weidensaul presenting “Living on the Wind, Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds”Thursday, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Doors at 6:30…

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Blackland Chapter’s 2nd Annual Prairies Tour - June 3, 2017

Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017

June 16, 2017 Account by Pat Merkord (including various photos received by that date).

RAINY DEPARTURE:
The bus departed from Dallas in pouring down rain!
But - it cleared for a beautiful day’s visit to Burleson Prairie;
next to Salado for a fabulous lunch.  From there we drove to Granger Lake
Then the rain fell in torrents, and for a while we wondered if we would have to end the tour.  So, we stopped for a rest at a gas station and discussed the situation. 
Then it appeared the weather might give us a break
—we decided to head on to .... USDA’s Riesel Watershed (“ARS”),
and the tour ended with a visit to Simpson Prairie with storm clouds on the horizon and rays of sunshine coming out after an afternoon of rain; it lit up the colors of the prairie, and we all took our fill of prairie pictures! It was a great end to a delightful day!  Pat Merkord, Executive Director, NPAT

Beautiful Simpson Prairie! (Photo by Stalin SM)

Diane Weatherbee

Burleson Prairie

A ‘loaded’ pollinator, Granger Lake Prairie

Downy Paintbrush, Simpson Prairie

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Imelda Haley

Walking Stick

Field of Flowers

Grasshopper

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Kelly Walker

Crab Spider enjoying Mexican Hat

Reisel Watersheds

Reisel Watersheds

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Kerry Newberry

False Gaura on Burleson Prairie

Skullcap on Simpson

Eastern Gamagrass-Lehmann

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Stalin SM


Milkweed Seed Pods

Diving for Pollin

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Terri White

Colorful Mix

Eastern Gamagrass

Love that WIDE, OPEN PRAIRIE! 

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Amy Martin

USDA Reisel Watershed

Photos - June 3, 2017 -  2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour!

Monday, Jun 05, 2017

RAIN or SHINE!

“it never rained on us at any prairie stop. Prairie Power!”

This VAST PRAIRIE!  Tourists enjoying the wide open spaces and studying pollinators closely!

Our first photos were submitted by Terri White!  Thanks, Terri!
Touring a Central Texas Prairie, June 3, 2017:                                                     
   

Here’s a close-up of ‘Eastern Gammagrass’!

Bumble Bee enjoying Texas Thistle
 

       

       

These photos were submitted by Diane Weatherbee!  Thank you, Diane!

Touring Burleson Prairie: 

Flowers found on Burleson Prairie:

 
Azure or Blue Sage - Salvia azureaem               Purple Prairie Clover – Petalostemum pulcherrimum               
   

TXSER-“Call for Abstracts” (Deadline Extended to 10-07-2017)

Thursday, Jun 01, 2017

TXSER 2017 Annual Conference: “Resilience & Connectivity at Our Roots”

“Call for Abstracts”

Abstracts are Due: SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

Abstract Submission 

 

The 2017 Annual Conference of the Texas Society for Ecological Restoration
will be held
November 10-12, 2017
at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX

We invite submissions for presentations and posters on any topic related to restoration, management, or conservation of natural areas in Texas and beyond, in either rural or urban settings. 

Presentations: plan for a 15 minute presentation & 5 minutes for questions
Posters Dimensions:  maximum size 44” tall by 46” wide
Abstracts should be sent as an MS Word document to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
All authors will be notified of the status of the acceptance of their abstracts by Friday, October 6, 2017.

Please include with your abstract submission the information below.
Title
Abstract (not to exceed 250 words)
Authors (format - Lyons, K., Pendleton, R.,...  Please add an asterisk before the last name of the presenting author.)
Authors’ affiliations
Preferred presentation type (Talk or Poster)
E-Mail and phone number for presenting author
Indicate if you would like to be considered for a best graduate or undergraduate student presentation or poster award
Note:
Student Awards for Presentations & Posters:
We offer 4 student awards - graduate and undergraduate presentations and graduate and undergraduate posters
Please understand that we must have at least 3 individuals in each category to offer the award. (See the Student Poster & Presentation Awards Page on our conference website for more details)

 

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June 30, 2017 - Americas Grasslands’  CALL FOR POSTERS

Monday, May 22, 2017

All submissions must be sent via this Form or email Lekha Knuffman at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Please append MS Word files with author name as first word in file name in your email submissions.
Save the Date -November 14-16, 2017: America’s Grasslands Conference, Fort Worth, TX

Save the Date - July 11-12, 2017 –  Konza Prairie, KS

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stay tuned for more info - Registration will begin in about two weeks!

Grassland Restoration Network

“GRN” is a loose affiliation of people trying to use prairie restoration (reconstruction) as a way to rebuild, conserve and sustain grassland ecosystems.  Each year, we put on a workshop to share ideas, techniques, research results, and stories with other.  Workshops are hosted by a different site each year, giving us the opportunity to visit a range of projects over the years.  We were happy to host the workshop here in Nebraska in 2016.

Sign up early so you can join us at Konza Prairie Biological Station in Manhattan, KS.
This workshop will be limited on space, and priority will be given to people actively working on, or studying, large scale prairie restoration:
Overview and field presentations on long-term plot and watershed-level studies in grassland ecology.
This year’s workshop will focus how science at this National Science Foundation-funded Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site has deepened our understanding of drivers influencing pattern and process in tallgrass prairie.
Discussions will focus on how science can inform grassland restoration.
This will be a great opportunity to learn from the intensive and impressive array of prairie research going on at this Kansas State University research site.  They have done research specifically on prairie restoration, but also a lot of other work that relates closely to the kinds of challenges faced by those of us working to restore grasslands. 

“The Hubbard Fellows and I made a trip to Konza back in 2014, and I wrote three blog posts about the trip and still didn’t feel like I covered everything we learned and discussed.  You can read those blog posts here (Part 1), here (Part 2), and here (Part 3)”. Chris Helzer, Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska

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