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National Pollinator Week: • was founded and is led by the Pollinator Partnership dedicated exclusively to the…

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Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Houston Chapter of NPAT Texas Prairie Restoration: One Goal, Multiple Approaches. How past land use dictates restoration efforts. • Andy…

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Pedaling the Prairie - Chisholm Trail Park Wednesday, from 6 – 7pm Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd, Fort…

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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 Gamma Grass’!

Bumble Bee enjoying Texas Thistle
 

       

       

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

Touring Burleson Prairie: 

Flowers found on Burleson Prairie:

 

   

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

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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