Texas was once 3/4 prairie and savanna. The Tallgrass Coastal Prairies reached many miles inland from the Gulf, and the Tallgrass Prairie extended from southern Canada through Fort Worth-Dallas south to San Antonio including Texas’ Blackland Prairies and Grand Prairie.
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
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!
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
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
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