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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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June 30, 2017 - Americas Grasslands’  CALL FOR POSTERS

Monday, May 22, 2017

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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

May 13, 2017 Kirchoff Prairie Restoration Activities

Monday, May 15, 2017

Those who arrived early were greeted by Scott Kirchoff and his Crew who had prepared great breakfast tacos cooked over a camp stove!! Scott’s crew, Amy, Katelyn, Tristin, and Aden, remained on the prairie and provided expert help throughout the day!

FUTURE EDUCATIONAL & WORK PROJECTS - ESCAPE THE CITY!!
Attendees expressed how rewarding it was to have the opportunity to
get out of the city and
work on restoration activities while
gaining valuable ‘hands-on’ educational experiences!

They discussed scheduling monthly “Prairie Workdays!”

PRAIRIE WILDLIFE:
Pat and Glenn Merkord led discussions of prairie wildlife;

Thank you, Pat and Glenn! Bringing your “mule” enabled
everyone to participate in the highly educational tours!

While walking toward the farm house
Krista Powell and Teresa Maslonka paused so a
quail hen and about a dozen tiny chicks could cross the driveway.

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT:
The Bill Fehr family and son, Jesse, whose Eagle Scout Project
was to construct 3 Burrowing Owl Roost Sites on the prairie,
performed maintenance on the owl sites.
(Sorry we hope to add a photo of the Fehr family
working on this project!)

COLLECT/PLANT NATIVE SEEDS:
Brenda Kirchoff explained how to collect NATIVE SEEDS
and demonstrated planting native seeds into 4” Hiko Trays!

Our “Thanks” to Douglas King Seed Company!
We appreciate your donation of 400 Indian Grass Seedlings; 200 were planted Saturday. 
(More volunteers and definitely more soil moisture were needed!!  The remaining 200 plugs will be kept alive until it rains and another planting effort can be attempted.)


Several zizotes plants had been observed in previous years. Pat Merkord recorded green milkweed last year and USFWS interns confirmed antelope horn earlier this year.

Attendees observed the four milkweed species (zizotes, green, antelope horn, and vining) re-establishing on the prairie.
Workshop attendees observed that these young zizotes plants already are flowering and are expected to produce many seed capsules in a few months. Newly planted zizotes seedlings begin flowering a few weeks after transplant to Seed Increase Plot:

Zizotes seeds were collected from nearby plants on county roads and planted into 8” Hiko trays in October, 2016.

Sixty-four seedlings were transplanted to a seed increase plot on the prairie in early April, 2017.

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