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Note: We do not have a November Meeting, but save the date for a
Virtual Prairie Stampede
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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Join us on Zoom for our October 28 program:
Erin Mills Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center, Houston Museum of Natural Science on
Insect Allies of the Prairie Landscape

The prairies of Southeast Texas are full of life. Abundant wildflowers provide food for some of its most popular residents, butterflies. But behind-the scenes, there is an entire army of tiny inhabitants that keep the prairie ecosystem alive and thriving. Join Entomologist and Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center, Erin Mills, as she gives you a look at some of the lesser-known allies of the prairie landscape.

Erin Mills received her undergraduate degree in Entomology from Texas A&M University in 2004, and after a short tour of the pest control industry, joined HMNS as the Cockrell Butterfly Center’s Insect Zoo Manager in 2005. Over the years she expanded the butterfly center’s live arthropod collection, developed the ever popular “Bugs on Wheels” outreach program, and continued to establish her role as HMNS’s insect expert.

In October of 2016, she achieved her long time goal of becoming Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center. She is constantly striving to improve the butterfly center and how it serves and educates the public about the wonderful and amazing world of insects! As a Board Certified Entomologist, Erin has extensive knowledge of insect identification, ecology, plant relationships, husbandry, really any insect-related topic!”  … from HMNS website https://www.hmns.org/exhibits/curators/erin-mills/

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Chat with other participants at 6:30 p.m., presentation starts at 7:00 p.m.


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Log in as early as 6:30 PM to work through any connection issues and to chat with your fellow prairie enthusiasts.


REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Zoom registration link: https://tnc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvduGgqTgtG9bqBE5WSF9zqy5witILdk9X

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Due to Covid-19:

All HNPAT in person events have been cancelled until further notice.

Deer Park Prairie will be closed to visitors until further notice.

The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a non-profit land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. In the Houston area, HNPAT is responsible for the management, conservation and educational uses of the Lawther – Deer Park Prairie Preserve in Deer Park, Texas.  All are invited to join our activities, including monthly programs on the 4th Wednesday evening of every month.