July, 2014 HNPAT Announcements – News – Blogs – Photos

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Hi all,

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  1. ​​***Volunteers needed*** for 3 urgent invasive and non-native species removal workdaysJuly19, 21, & 26. We are trying to removed >2 inch diameter woodies and Chinese tallow before the brush hog treatment in August. RSVP not required. Click link or see attachment for details.
  2. Join a volunteer email list – Although we are eager for you to participate, joining the list does not obligate your participation. It just allows us to keep the general HNPAT emails to 1-3 times per month.
    • For Deer Park Prairie monthly workday (to be established) – please indicate availability
    • For HNPAT – NPSOT-H publicity committee (format email announcements in desired formats and forward as time permits)
    • For planning October Prairie Month
  3. Upcoming Events: (scroll down for details)
    • Thursday, July 17: Field Trip to Memorial Park Prairie: View Native Prairie Plants Growing in Nature & Tips for Using Them in Your Garden:”. Afterwards go to Houston Arboretum (4501 Woodway Dr.) and hear Michael Eckenfels on “Gardening for Bees is Conservation for Everyone” at the NPSOT-H meeting.
    • Saturday, July 19: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Mainly invasive control at Deer Park Prairie. Come when you can and stay as long as you wish for mainly.  Some inside jobs in A/C also. See attachment.
    • Saturday, July 19: Seed collecting with TPWD intern Sarah Lindell at Marysee Prairie in E. Texas, 8:30 a.m. – Noon. Attached map & flyer.
    • Monday, July 21: 9:00 a.m. – noon. Invaisve control at Deer Park Prairie. See attachment.
    • Thursday, July 24: 6:45 p.m. HNPAT Meeting – Night Flight: Prairie Moths & Other Night Insects by Katy Emde
    • Saturday, July 26: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Mainly invasive control at Deer Park Prairie. Come when you can and stay as long as you wish for mainly.  Some inside jobs in A/C also. See attachment.
    • Saturday, July 26: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Night Field trip – Night Flight: Prairie Moths & Other Night Insects, at Deer Park Prairie
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Volunteers neededfor 3 urgentinvasive and non-native species removal workdays in July. Click link or see attachment for details. Come when you can and stay as long as you wish during these times.  Indoor (in A/C) volunteer opportunities also available. Food & water provided. Volunteers will be allowed to collect limited amount of selected seeds for personal use. If you know you are coming, please help us plan and RSVP to HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org. Otherwise, just come.

  • Saturday, July 19 – 8:00 am – 6:00pm
  • Monday, July 21 – 9:00am – noon
  • Saturday, July 26 – 8:00am – 7:00pm

 

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Join volunteer list(s): please reply which email list(s) you would like to join. Although we are eager for you to participate, joining the list does not obligate your participation. It just allows us to keep the general HNPAT emails to 1-3 times per month.

  • For Deer Park Prairie – We would like to establish a regular MONTHLY workday at Deer Park Prairie. Anyone interested, please reply and let us know the day of the week (i.e. mornings of all Wed, all Thur except 2nd Thurs, Sat mornings only…) you would be available.  Activities involve invasive control, perhaps transects, seed collecting, updating the house, mowing the lawn by the house, landscaping the front and side yard with prairie plants for an appropriate entrance to the prairie…
  • For HNPAT – NPSOT-H publicity committee right now Jacqueline Smith & sometime I have been sending out publicity emails to CEC, Kathy Huber, community newspapers (when we get a chance), online event calendars (when we get a chance)…. We would like to organize a committee to do this for HNPAT and NPSOT-H events. Someone on the committee will generate a blurb for each event and then whenever a  volunteer has time, he/she will go to a shared google document and initial the venue to which he/she is placing an announcement and then send the announcement via email.  Participants will be able to volunteer as their time allows.
  • Planning October Prairie Month Prairie Month is an opportunity to highlight prairie activities in the Greater Houston area. If we can get some help, we are planning to design a page that participants can print out and receive a stamp at each activity. One or more prizes will be offered to the person or persons who participated in the most number of activities. We need help planning this activity.

 

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Upcoming Events:

    • Thursday, July 17: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. “View Native Prairie Plants Growing in Nature & Tips for Using Them in Your Garden: Field Trip to Memorial Park Prairie”. The Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston (NPSOT-H) and the Houston Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas are sponsoring monthly one-hour visits to the high quality prairie remnant adjacent to the railroad track and in the Center Point easement in Memorial Par​k. Many prairie plant​s ​rare ​to our area​ grow here. This month we will visit the NE quadrant​. Meet at 6:00 p.m. at the pedestrian bridge parking lot south of Memorial Drive. Contact HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org for specifics. Free. Afterwards go to Houston Arboretum (4501 Woodway Dr.) and at 7:30 p.m. hear Michael Eckenfels talk about “Gardening for Bees is Conservation for Everyone”at the NPSOT-H meeting.
    • Saturday, July 19: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Come when you can and stay as long as you wish for invasive removal at Deer Park Prairie. See item #1.
    • Saturday, July 19: Seed collecting with TPWD intern, Sarah Lindell ( lindell.sarah@yahoo.com ), at Marysee Prairie in E. Texas. 8:30 a.m. (at Marysee Prairie) to Noon. See attached flyer & map. Location: 220 County Road 2077, Hull, TX 77564 ( http://goo.gl/maps/WzmCg ). For carpooling possibilities, email HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org.
    • Monday, July 21: 9:00 a.m. – noon – invasive removal at Deer Park Prairie. See item #1.
    • Thursday, July 24:  July HNPAT monthly meeting: “Night Flight: Prairie Moths & Other Night Insects”by Katy Emde, Texas Master Naturalist, board member of the Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston, etc.  Katy’s talk on prairie moths, pollinators, and nocturnal insects will be followed two days later by a field trip to see these insects at Deer Park Prairie.  This two-part event is part of the 2014 Prairie Power Series & RSVP is required for the field trip (see below).  Details: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., presentation at 7:00 p.m.; 3015 Richmond Avenue (parking lot entrance on Eastside), 1st floor conference room. Registered with National Moth Week.
    • Saturday, July 26 – 8:00am – 7:00pm – Come when you can and stay as long as you wish for invasive removal at Deer Park Prairie. See item #1. OR come in late afternoon for invasive removal, join us for dinner (provided by NPAT), and stay for the nighttime field trip.

 

  • Saturday, July 26:  Nighttime Field trip, 8:00 p.m. – 10 p.m., “Night Flight: Prairie Moths & Other Night Insects at Deer Park Prairie” Katy Emde will lead us to look for nocturnal insects including native moths. Registration required for July 26 field trip – register here or go to http://prairiepartner.org/page/prairie-power-series

 

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

 

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Recent News:

Thanks to all who responded by email and came to the open HNPAT board meeting. Attending were Linda Knowles, Mark Morgenstern, Hazel Potvin, Don Verser, Barbara Willy, and Lan Shen.  We had a productive evening discussing goals and how to measure them. General consensus is that we would like to keep our current members happy with desired programs and and yet try new ways and new types of programs to attract the general public. Other ideas were to have more field trips, more plant related programs, maybe a series of programs leading to a project. No conclusions were reached – we need to have more meetings to explore which goals to set and means of measurement.

On June 21, NPAT Board (board of our parent organization) met at Deer Park Prairie.  In regard to HNPAT membership, the NPAT Board did approve a motion that NPAT members with registration address in Harris and its surrounding counties () would automatically become HNPAT members; 20% of their dues would be available for local use. Currently, NPAT is organizing chapters in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Austin and using HNPAT as a model. Read more NPAT news at www.TexasPrairie.org.

Pauline Singleton (June), Kelly Walker, and Kelly’s friend Carlton (July) rode with Pat Merkord, NPAT Executive Director, to NPAT’s Maddin Prairie in Mitchell County and volunteered and had a great time on the prairie.  Kelly also went with Pat to Talbot Prairie. See a list of NPAT prairies at http://texasprairie.org/index.php/npat_prairies/. Whenever NPAT staff or board go to these prairies, they welcome people wishing to join them – another way, HNPAT members can join prairie field/work trips.

In August, NPAT has hired a hayer to come to Deer Park Prairie with a brush hog to cut down everything under two inches diameter, hence the workdays in July to remove species that need to be removed before the brush hog comes through.  For example, the Chinese tallow need to be treated with herbicide as soon as it is cut, so needs removal, as do some of the larger diameter woodies that is not part of an established motte.  Pat has called a meeting to update the DPP management plan for morning of July 22.  Anyone with a background in prairie management and is interested in the process, please reply and your email will be forwarded to Pat Merkord.

 

June, July 2014 Prairie Activities in Photos Click the link to see selected photos of recent HNPAT and other prairie activities and see more photos at our Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hnpat. To view list of albums, go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/hnpat/sets/. Below is just a screen shot of some of the photos.

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Lan Shen

President, Houston Chapter, Native Prairies Association of Texas

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