HNPAT Announcement of May 21, 2014

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Hi all,

​Reminder:
  • TOMORROW – HNPAT meeting &
  • Saturday – Bird Walk at Deer Park Prairie led by Damien Carey.
Plus new photos, blogs, & upcoming events.  ​Index of items are next;

scroll down for details:

  1. TOMORROW:
    Thursday, 5/22: Jaime Gonzalez on SURVIVORS: Conserving Prairie Wildlife in the Age of the Sixth Extinction (Prairie Wildlife Series Part III) at HNPAT meeting, 6:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., 3015 Richmond Ave.
  2. THIS Saturday, 5/24: Birding field trip to Deer Park Prairie with Damien Carey, 8:00 am.  RSVP by replying
  3. ​Newest photos & blogs about ​our activities: 
  4. May 29-31 5th Annual State of the Prairie Conference in Fort Worth.
  5. Next Meadowlark training (we need you to sing & tell stories about the prairie!) on Wednesday evening, 6/4 with field training on 6/7
  6. ​Other June events:
    • June 14?? Brandt Mannchen will lead another trip to the Blackland Prairie of the Sam Houston National Forest – email him for specifics ​

      brandtshnfbt@juno.com

    • June 19​ ​ – Tour of Memorial Park Prairie
    • June 26 – Jason Singhurst on the Flora of Deer Park Prairie at HNPAT meeting
    • June 28 – Tour of Deer Park Prairie​
  7. Repeat acknowledgement of our sponsors for Deer Park Prairie Celebration.
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TOMORROW, Thursday, May 22: SURVIVORS: Conserving Prairie Wildlife in the Age of the Sixth Extinction (Prairie Wildlife Series Part III) by Jaime GonzalezConservation Education Director of Katy Prairie Conservancy and President of Coastal Prairie Partnership
Time: 6:30 p​.​m​. Refreshments, 7:00 p​.​m​.​ Meeting Begins
Location: 3015 Richmond Ave., 1st Floor Conference room, Parking lot entrance on Eastside​
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.

Upcoming Thursday, June 26 meeting: (Rescheduled from February):  Cajun Prairie in Texas = Mardi Grass in June: Mardi Grass: Flora of the Famous Cajun Prairie in Deer Park, Texas by Author and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Botanist, Jason Singhurst. Jason has done extensive studies of the plants in Deer Park Prairie.

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Bird Tour of Deer Park Prairie: Saturday, May 24, 8:00 a.m. RSVP to HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org required.​

ImageDamien Carey, who led the bird tour at the Prairie Celebration, has agreed to lead another bird tour of Deer Park Prairie on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.  RSVP is required to HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org.  We will email parking instructions, depending on the number of cars coming.

The photo of the bald eagle over Deer Park Prairie was sent by Mary Anne Weber of Houston Audubon

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Newest photos & blogs about ​our activities: 

    • Photos & blog of field trip to Blackland Prairie of the Sam Houston Forest: see photos of the beautiful field of Topeka purple coneflower, among other things. (May 17, 2014). Thanks you Brandt Mannchen for organizing this trip.
​Follow our blogs at http://HNPAT.wordpress.com to get the latest information directly in your email box as they are posted.​


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May 29-31 5th Annual State of the Prairie Conference in Fort Worth:  Prairie experts from TX, LA, & OK will be presenting!  Field trips, awards dinner, etc. Go to http://prairiepartner.org/page/2014-sop-conference for links to agenda/program and registration. 

​ New! This updated Flyer with one day registration information.​ 

Should be a fabulous conference!

​Volunteers are needed for the prairie conference.  Volunteers get free registration on the day they work.  Anyone interested, please view this link.​

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Next Meadowlark training (we need you to sing & tell stories about the prairie!) on Wednesday evening, 6/4 with field training on 6/7.

(​To sing, figuratively, in my case because we don’t want to run off visitors with my tone-deaf voice 🙂

Teaching Prairies to City-slickers – Interpretation Training

We need trained storytellers to serve as ambassadors between the a diverse, urban population and our misunderstood local prairies. We call these volunteer ambassadors Meadowlarks. Want to be a Meadowlarkand make a huge difference? Please attend one of the trainings below..

How this Works:

The idea is to learn to tell stories in the classroom about our pocket prairies, city prairies, and other prairies currently without interpretive guides. Then comes field practice on a (pocket) prairie.  After that, Meadowlark trainees can followed trained Meadowlarks (prairie interpreters) when they give tours until the trainees feel comfortable giving his/her own tours.  There will also be written resources online.

When people request tours, an email will go out to those who had taken the class.  Whoever feels comfortable leading that particular group can volunteer. No ceremony when you switch from follower to Meadowlark guide – just volunteer to do a tour.  We would like people who take the training eventually be able to lead tours, but there is no obligation or requirements that they do.

Possible locations: Deer Park Prairie, MD Anderson Pocket Prairie, Hermann Park Pocket Prairies (Whistlestop & Bayou Savannah), Buffalo Bayou Park Pocket Prairie, Willow Waterhole Prairie (SW Houston) – possiblities – Marysee Prairie(?) in E. Texas, UH Coastal Prairie (?).

​​Go to http://prairiepartner.org/page/prairie-power-series for more information & to register.
Flyer at this link.

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​​​For other future events: check out the Calendar tab at http://HNPAT.wordpress.com

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​We really appreciate our sponsors of the Deer Park Prairie Celebration on April 5​, so we are listing them again in this email​. Please note who they are and if you see them or visit their businesses, please thank them for ​supporting NPAT, HNPAT, and Deer Park Prairie.​

Thanks to Our Sponsors ​ for the Deer Park Prairie Celebration​!

NPAT and HNPAT thank the following Sponsors of the Prairie Celebration for their generous donations that helped make the event a success! Proceeds from the Silent Auction will be used for Deer Park Prairie.

For the Silent Auction

  • Barbara Keller-Willy donated two Monarch Waystations (each 135 sq. ft.): 3 kinds of not-for-sale native milkweed plants (not just the seeds, but actual plants) plus tropical milkweed, minimum variety of 5 native nectar plants to provide a density of 3-5 plants per square yard,  instructions, consulting, and partial co-labor for the installation of a Monarch Waystation in your garden. (Approx. 15 – 20 plants total). Application form will be compiled but bidder must pay the $16 fee to Monarch Watch for signage and certification.
  • Beth Clark of Clark Condon Associates, Inc., 10401 Stella Link Rd, Houston, donated two gift baskets:
    • one Gift Basket with Organic Wines, Crackers, etc. and
    • one Gift Basket with Gardening Iimplements – trowel, gloves, etc.
  • Celeste Mead donated two Watercolors of Deer Park Prairie
  • Coastal Prairie Partnershiphttp://prairiepartner.org, donated the book, Cajun Prairie: A Natural History by Malcolm F. Vidrine
  • Cox Hardware, 1923 Wayside Dr, Houston, donated a Case Bone Handled Pocket Knife
  • Danny and Robin Klaes donated Siix Bottles of French and California Wines and Wine Stopper.
  • Diane Humes donated two units of her famous Homemade Pepper Jelly (6 jars) in Bag Made of Prairie T-shirts
  • Frame It, 2604 Center St, Deer Park, donated 2 Frames plus Framing for Two 8 x 11 Photographs by Don Verser taken at Deer Park Prairie.
  • Grand Prize Barbecue, 3002 E. Pasadena Frwy 77502, donated Barbeque Dinner for Two
  • Hank Hilliard donated a Bee Collection – A Bee Tea Pot and Honey Jar, Assorted Bee Server Tools, and 4 Honey Bears of Local Hilliard Honey.
  • Hank Hilliard donated a Framed Watercolor of Dove by Marianne Gould
  • HEB, 3601 Center St, Deer Park, donated $30 Gift Card
  • Hilliard Emissions Control, Inc., 3100 Edloe St., donated an assortment of brooches: Porcelain Bird Pin, Mother of Pearl Dove Pin, Sarah Coventry Costume Silver Sea Gull pin, White Sea Gull pin, Mixed-metals Road Runner Pin, Abalone and Sterling Silver Butterfly Pin, Sterling Silver, Pearl and Malachite Dragonfly Pin, Mamselle Gold Plated Butterfly Pin, Orange and Black Enamel Butterfly Pin, Blue Rhinestone Butterfly Pin
  • Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024, donated two Annual Memberships to the Arboretum
  • Houston Ballet, 601 Preston St., Houston, TX 77002, donated 4 Orchestra Seats to the Ballet Modern Masters. Choice of performances: 7:30 PM on May 22, 24, 30, 31, 2014 or 2:00 PM on May 25, June 1, 2014 (pending availability)
  • Houston Chapter – Native Prairies Association of Texaswww.TexasPrairie.org, donated a Large Decorative Blue and White China Bowl.
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science,  5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, donated a Family Pack of 8 Tickets that can be used for entrance to the Museum or the Planetarium or the Cockrell Butterfly Center.
  • Joshua’s Native Plants, 502 W 18th St, Houston, donated a Metal Texas Star for the garden
  • Monument Chevrolet,3940 Pasadena Fwy, Pasadena, donated Oil Changes for One Year Coupon
  • Monument Inn, 4406 Independence Pkwy, La Porte, donated $25 Gift Certificate
  • Munro’s Safety Apparel, 802 Center St, Deer Park donated a pair of LaCrosse Hunting Boots
  • Native Prairies Association of Texas donated 1 year Individual Membership
  • Sally Hilliard donated a San Jacinto Battleground Come and Take It T-shirt.
  • Sally Hilliard donated a Butterfly Basket with Butterfly Gardening Book and Assorted Butterfly Objects
  • Sarah Smith, donated a Hand-made Mosaic Table Top.
  • Whole Foods Market, 2955 Kirby Dr, Houston, donated a Gift Basket for a Picnic on the Prairie.

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For Prairie Plant Lovers:  Kelly Walker, plant rescuer extraordinaire, has rescued Liatris acidota, or sharp blazing star, not available in nurseries, from a to be developed prairie remnant near the Katy Prairie and planted them in pots.  These mature corms took years to grow from seed.  They are gifts for donations to NPAT for Deer Park Prairie: minimum $10 / per gallon pots and $15 / larger pots.  The thinner Liatris acidota blooms a bit earlier than the thicker and much taller L. pycnostachya that was in many Deer Park Prairie photos in August/September 2011.  However, according to Thomas Adams, botanist for the Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge, the Liatris acidota grows best in clay soil.  They grow in full sun and once established will survive the summer without supplemental irrigation.  Due to their smaller size, they would perhaps work better in a city garden.  See photo of seed collecting in a field of L. acidota at Deer Park Prairie;  L. acidota at Deer Park Prairie, October, 2011;  http://www.wildflower.org/gallery/result.php?id_image=37177.

Other donations that supported the event:

  • HEB, 3601 Center St, Deer Park, TX 77536, donated $40 gift certificate for food for volunteers
  • Frost Bank donated $100.
  • Many volunteers donated their time!

Lan Shen
President, Houston Chapter, Native Prairies Association of Texas 
 
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Resources:

Save Deer Park Prairie  http://SaveOurPrairie.com

 

Coastal Prairie Partnership http://prairiepartner.org/
Prairie Seed Council  http://www.prairieseedco.org

 

Native Plant Society www.npsot.org/houston/