Two Opportunities for Seed Collection – Saturday, 6/7/14

Two opportunities to collect prairie plant seeds this Saturday morning:

  • At Marysee Prairie County Road 2077, off Hwy 105 between Batson and Moss Hill .  Join Lan Shen and two of Diana Foss’s interns – Sarah and Paolo –  to collect seeds for the Coastal Prairie Seed Increase Program .  The Sierra Club has a workday Saturday morning at Marysee Prairie.  We will take the opportunity to carpool with them and collect seeds on the property. Please RSVP to
  • In Alvin with Mary Carol Edwards – see email below for specifics.

Volunteers needed to collect seeds at Alvin for Jaime’s pocket prairies & for the Coastal Prairie Seed Increase Program.  Since I (Lan) cannot be there, I’m looking for volunteers that will collect for us in Alvin.  Anyone interested, please email  The Coastal Prairie Seed Increase Program  will be looking for little barley, cherokee sedge, Virginia wildrye, knotroot bristlegrass, silver bluestem, among others.  Please also collect Rudbeckia hirta (need scissors to cut off flower head, ripe when the stem just below the flowerhead is no longer green – is tan or brown), green milkweed (ripe when it is slightly popped open) and others for our other projects.

Cherokee sedge knotroot IMG_00002274

Left: Cherokee Sedge. Right: Knotroot bristlegrass

Little Barley Wild Rye IMG_00002275

Left: Little Barley. Right: Virginia wildrye

Thanks to anyone who volunteers,


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From: Mary C. Edwards <>
Date: Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Subject: Invitation to collect seed June 14

​…​Can you let your groups know about this opportunity? I would love to have your participation. If you have any questions, let me know. Thank you!

What and when:  Coastal prairie seed collecting, Saturday morning June 14,  8am to 11am.

Come collect green milkweed, blackeyed susans/Rudberkia hirta, and other ripe seeds for your projects, and also for reseeding the site after the stormwater basin is excavated.

Where: The City of Alvin has given permission to collect seed from a 15 acre parcel that will be developed as a stormwater detention basin. The land is at the corner of Kost and South St, on the west side of Kost:,-95.261089,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x86408f2ce6ffd5dd:0x8b7e7ae8ff408b41

How: You may find the best place to park is on Coffee street north of the site, or ask to park at Valero across South St.

Bring your bags and pruners. I will have cold water, watermelon, labels and identification books.

Why: Alvin is developing the site for much needed flood control and water quality measures. Much of the site will become part of a shallow flood control basin with stormwater wetlands. Groundbreaking for excavating the Kost Pond basin will be later this year. The topsoil will be banked and spread on the uplands after construction, and ​​ the grounds will be reseeded with seeds collected by volunteers.

For more information please contact:

Mary Carol Edwards
Stormwater Wetland Program Coordinator
Texas Coastal Watershed Program
Texas Sea Grant/ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
1250 Bay Area Blvd., Ste. C
Houston, TX 77058
281-218-8100 Office
281-989-5517 Cell
281-218-6352 FAX

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