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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Prairie Wildlife Series – Part II:

The Prairie – Bird Connection

by Glenn Olsen, Tour Guide for GOBirding Ecotours

Location:  3015 Richmond Ave. 77057 (Parking lot entrance on Eastside St.),

First Floor Conference Room

Earth Month prairie related activities & HNPAT Meeting

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Refreshments & Earth Month Activity:  Make a seedling pot out of used newspaper or toilet paper roll or egg cartons. Decorate pot with color markers. Fill the pot with soil & plant Indian Blanket seeds.

7:00 p.m. Meeting starts:  Did you know that approximately two-thirds of the birds found on our local prairies are migratory? In addition to our resident birds, our prairies also host tropical travelers flocking up from the forests of Central America as well as tundra birds from the great north. Join noted bird expert Glenn Olsen as he reveals the key role that our prairie plays in the survival of this highly diverse bird community: residents, neo-tropicals, and neartic migrants. Glenn, who leads bird tours for a variety of organizations, will give insights into seasonal birding hotspots.

About Glenn Olsen: Contact Glenn atgobirdingecotours.wordpress.com or ath.glenn.olsen@gmail.com  Glenn Olsen leads natural history and birding tours with GOBirding Ecotours and teaches Bird Identification, Landscaping for Birds and Butterflies, and nature related classes / programs / field trips through Rice University’s Continuing Studies Department, Houston Audubon, the Texas Master Naturalist, Katy Prairie Conservancy, Galveston FestherFest, Rockport Hummer/Bird Festival, and more.  Glenn has monitored endangered Attwater’s Prairie Chickens at the Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Preserve, and co-founded the Wildscapes Workshop through the Native Plant Society of Texas, where he served as president.  Glenn has led trips to such exotic locales as Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica and the hottest birding locations in the U.S.   

 

Coming on Thursday, May 22, 2014:

Prairie Wildlife Series Part III:

“SURVIVORS:  Conserving Prairie Wildlife in the Age of the Sixth Extinction”

by Jaime Gonzalez, Conservation Education Director of Katy Prairie Conservancy and President of Coastal Prairie Partnership

Did you know that Houston has been home to a grassland for over 100,000 years? During this time the prairie has seen a parade of stampeding elephants, voracious lions, migrating buffalo, and howling wolves. Today’s prairie survivors have overcome two great survival bottlenecks but can they survive what has been called the sixth extinction – the rapid, modern decline in biodiversity playing out worldwide? Join Jaime González as he surveys the incredible diversity of wildlife that survivor on local prairies and get to know the magnificent creatures from times past.

Saturday, May 24, 2014:
Damien Carey will be leading a birding tour at Deer Park Prairie at 8:00 am. RSVP to this email required because we will email parking instructions, which is dependent on the number of RSVPs.

State of the Prairie Conference | Fort Worth, Texas
May 29-31, 2014 | Click here to go Conference Page now.

Thur, 4/24/14: HNPAT Meeting & Earth Day Event