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Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM,Invasive Species Identification and Removal WorkshopCo-hosted by HNPAT and CPPLawther-Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park,…

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2018 North American Prairie Conference has been cancelled. Watch for notifications in early 2019. The 2019 North American Prairie Conference will be in the…

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Spring is wildflower season in Texas!

Monday, Apr 30, 2018

Visit The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website, for an idea of currently blooming wildflowers: What’s in season in Central Texas!  Check out their list of annual flowers blooming throughout Texas’s natural areas and gardens.
LEARN MORE: Germinating Milkweeds: Support insects by planting Asclepias species; Top 20 most common wildflowers you’ll see in Texas during spring and summer!
Visit the Center - If you’re anywhere near southwest Austin, taking time to meander through the tranquil Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is well worth it. This photo overlooking the open field at the The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center gives you an idea of what’s in store!

Texas Wildflower Sightings , Spring, 2018

Thursday, Apr 26, 2018

Where to see spring’s best wildflowers in Central Texas and South Texas

Photo of Texas country road by Sassy Frassy Lassie

Land Trust Alliance Introduces new SW/CA Program Manager

Friday, Apr 20, 2018

Regular Volunteer Opportunities in Houston Area with NPAT Affiliates

Monday, Apr 16, 2018

Prairie Workdays

Sheldon Lake Prairie Restoration: Tuesday, 8:30-Noon & Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.-Noon: Wetland restoration volunteer day! Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information. 
Armand Bayou Prairie Center: Fridays 8:30-Noon.
Katy Prairie Conservancy: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday, 9:00a – 1:00p at Indiangrass Preserve, Waller, TX. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Texas City Prairie Preserve: 2nd Friday every month. We’ve established a robust volunteer program; please contact.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (409) 941-9114. 

Oak Wilt - Devastates Live Oaks & Red (Spanish) Oaks!

Monday, Apr 16, 2018

Oak wilt is a disease that is devastating populations of Live Oaks and Red Oaks (Spanish Oak) in central Texas.

What you need to know about oak wilt by Meg Inglis of Native Plant Society of Texas

Meg Inglis has written this very informative article addressing the dreaded, deadly Oak wilt!
“Maybe you have seen the groves of dead oak trees dotting the countryside along the highways or roads you typically travel.
One of the easiest times to spot oak wilt is in the spring/early summer after temperatures start hitting 90 – 95 degrees, and the trees are pushing sap up into the leaves. Infected, symptomatic Live Oaks have a telltale sign – a yellowing of the leaf along the veins – because sap is being prevented from reaching the leaves due to clogged vascular channels. Spanish Oak leaves will become brown at the tips of the leaf lobes.

Meg offers ‘What you can do”.
Here are a few items:
Walk your property every May or June and through July
Examine the tree leaves for telltale signs of oak wilt. 
ONLY PRUNE in the coldest or the hottest part of the year: December/January or July/August.
IMMEDIATELY paint the wound with spray or latex paint, or wound dressing. Cut-then paint-prior to cutting the next limb.
Clean all pruning tools with 10% bleach solution or Lysol between sites and/or trees.
Immediately chip, burn or bury debris from diseased red oaks.
See www.TexasOakWilt.org for illustrations and more recommendations on action you can take.

Children of the American Revolution - Deer Park Prairie - April 8, 2018

Monday, Apr 09, 2018

“It was fun and the group seemed to enjoy themselves, although it was pretty cold out there!” 

Thank you, Mary Waters for braving the cold and capturing this historical reenactment!

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