December meeting – How to Identify Native Prairie Remnants
Join us Tuesday, December 2 at St. John’s Episcopal School 6:30-8:00 PM (enter from the backside through the cafeteria). Our Executive Director, Pat Merkord will be presenting How to Identify Native Prairie Remnants.
Discover the beauty and diversity of the native prairies across Texas and what constitutes a “true prairie remnant”. This workshop will cover the steps and how to discover native prairie remnants based on protocols established for Native Prairies Association of Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife to find and identify native prairie remnants. Attendees will learn how to use a four step process to find and locate potential sites, how to evaluate a potential site, what kind of data is needed about the site and who to submit findings to. Tools needed for identification and how to use internet resources will be discussed and illustrated. Also covered will be prairie indicator species, grass quality descriptors, grass types and identification, cover classes and problem invader species.
The program will identify why it is important to identify native prairie remnants and how the information can be used.
Presenter Pat Merkord has been with the Native Prairies Association of Texas since 2006 as Secretary and President of the Board and now as Executive Director. The Native Prairies Association of Texas is a non-profit land trust that conserves, restores and educates about Texas prairies. Pat is an Austin native but currently lives in Conroe, Texas with her husband, Glenn. Her Bachelor of Science degree is from Texas A&M Kingsville and her Master’s degree in biology is from Texas State University. She was formerly a biology and chemistry teacher. She retired from teaching and started a biological consulting business, Bluestem Environmental Consultants, which has been operating since 2004. She enjoys birding, gardening with natives, and traveling around the state visiting with landowners, working to restore prairie habitats, and educating about Texas native prairies.