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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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2015 Maddin Prairie December Update

Monday, Dec 14, 2015


Maddin Prairie Sunset

Maddin Prairie Update Winter 2015

From Kirsti Harms - NPAT President

We conducted our Maddin winter bird survey this weekend. Luckily, Chuck Sexton and Jane Tillman came out. They are working on their Mitchell County bird lists and are actually excited about this part of the state! We are lucky to have Chuck helping out—he’s one of the best birders (and naturalists) I know. And he helped with mesquite clearing on the roads!


Mesquite removal

I arrived late afternoon on Friday. It was in the mid-70s and very still. Beautiful, mild weather. I managed to see the burrowing owl that evening. The sunset was spectacular. And I fixed the irrigation pipes… again…


Prairie dusk at Maddin

Pat Merkord [NPAT Executive Director] and the winds arrived in the middle of the night. Because of the windy conditions, the birding, for the rest of the weekend was difficult. Our group headed to the creek area to get out of the wind. I suspect that this mild winter has affected the birds that migrate down. But still we managed to get a pretty interesting list. LOTS of woodpeckers! I think the drought and dead trees have been good for these birds. Also had lots of American Goldfinches and the regular White-crowned sparrows in the “weed patches.” We had a good sunflower crop this fall. Had three porcupines hanging out in trees. They don’t seem inclined to run away.


Porcupine up a tree

I was most happy to see water in the creek. We haven’t had this much since the drought of 2011. The creek rose was very high during the late October floods that stranded Pat and the area is continuing to get rain. Saturday night’s cold front had us a bit nervous in the trailer, but the high winds passed and the gentle rain for the rest of the night was very nice. Sunday morning was less windy for a few hours and then it started blowing. Part of life on the prairie, I guess.


Water in North Fork of Champion Creek


Non-native emus have taken up residence on the prairie.

Front Yard Prairie on Central Texas Gardener

Sunday, Dec 06, 2015

Check out this segment on the Central Texas Gardener!

Prairie restoration is a great way to bring beauty and diversity to your property while reducing maintenance requirements.

Southern Plains & Prairies Conference Review 2015

Thursday, Dec 03, 2015

Presentation Videos and PowerPoints

Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers and specially the attendees that made this year’s conference a success! It was such a wonderful treat to see all of us prairie professionals and enthusiasts together in the same place! We look forward to seeing you all at the next event!

As promised, we have uploaded all the videos taken of the conference presenters, and HERE they are!

Watch the whole playlist above, or click here to open the YouTube Chanel.

We are still in the process of collecting the accompanying slideshow presentations from the speakers. Click HERE to see what we have so far, and check back to find the rest in a few weeks.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the Conference Evaluation to hit your inbox in the next few weeks. We would love to hear your feedback on how we can make this the best conference it can be.

Monarch Workshops This Winter

Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015

Monarch Conservation & Habitat Restoration Workshop

Hosted by Native Prairies Association of Texas and Monarch Gateway

When: Sat, Dec 19, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Center for Environmental Research at Hornsby Bend
        2210 F.M. 973, Austin 78725
Registration Fee: $15 due at the door (includes lunch)
RSVP To: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 512-296-9160

TOPICS INCLUDE:

Monarch Host Cities Partnership Project:
How grow and establish healthy milkweed colonies for monarchs
        By Barbara Willy, Director of Monarch Gateway

Our Native Bee Pollinators:
How to protect and support our native bees, including providing bee boxes
        By Michael Warriner, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Wildlife Diversity Program

Monarch & Pollinator Conservation:
How to include as part of a 1-d-1 Wildlife Management Exemption Plan
        By Blake Hendon, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Wildlife Biololgist

Conservation Easements:
A panel discussion on what this conservation tool is, and how it can preserve pollinator habitat
        Melanie Pavlas: Pines & Prairies Land Trust, Executive Director
        David Bezanson: The Nature Conservancy of Texas, Land Protection and Easement Manager
        Pat Merkord: Native Prairies Association of Texas, Executive Director
 

STAY TUNED in 2016!

We’ve got more monthly Monarch Workshops planned throughout the state. The following are scheduled with more details to come.
        -Saturday, January 16 in Winedale
        -Saturday, February 20 in Sugar Land

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