October is Prairie Month!
The Houston Chapter presents:
PRAIRIE SEED COLLECTING–Don’t miss this opportunity!
Thursday, September 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
3015 Richmond Ave. Houston 77098
Learn all about collecting native prairie plant seed from Glenn Merkord. The talk will include demonstrations and hands-on opportunity to learn:
• When and How to Collect
• When Seeds are Ready to Collect
• How to Dry and Clean Seeds
• How to Prepare for Storage
• How to Store Seeds
Free Native Seeds for Those Attending!
SPOOKY HALLOWEEN ON THE PRAIRIE
Thursday, October 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
at Lawther – Deer Park Prairie Preserve,
1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park
Ghosts and Goblins (Friends of NPAT all!) are invited for a night of creepy critter snacks and a view the bone collection! Includes a prairie-themed Halloween costume contest. Come in a costume or dressed as you are. Prizes will be awarded to winners.
A presentation on haunted prairie cemeteries, ghosts, ghost towns and the strange creatures of the prairie will follow with a ghostly night walk across the prairie to the edge of the cemetery and back (hopefully!). Wear walking shoes, bring plenty of insect repellant and a flashlight or headlamp for the walk across the prairie. Parking is available at the church down the street or in front of the house.
FIELD TRIP TO BIG THICKET PRAIRIES
Saturday, October 25
Join NPAT and the Houston Sierra Club on a field trip to several prairies and savannahs in the Big Thicket. We will first visit Marysee Prairie, which is the only native prairie in the Big Thicket that has been preserved. We will then visit Hickory Creek Savannah Unit of Big Thicket National Preserve to view a Longleaf Pine – Little Bluestem Savannah. Finally, we will visit the Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve to see a Wetland Pine Savannah.
For more details, go to http://texasprairie.org/index.php/news_and_events/
The Blackland Chapter presents:
MATT WHITE, AUTHOR OF PRAIRIE TIME
Monday, October 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
At the Dallas Academy, 950 Tiffany Way, (west side of Lake Highlands and Buckner Blvd.) in the Cafeteria/Auditorium
Author and Blackland prairie expert, Matt White will speak. Copies of his books Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait and The Birds of Northeast Texas will be available for purchase. Cash or check accepted.
The Fort Worth Chapter presents:
HOW TO RECOGNIZE PRAIRIE REMNANTS Workshop
Saturday, October 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
1700 University Drive, Fort Worth
Pat Merkord, Executive Director of Native Prairies Association of Texas will show how to acquire skills to recognize native remnant prairies in this hands on workshop that will train you to recognize indicator species, how to use the internet to locate potential prairie sites, how to record data and report it. Identification of major native prairie grasses and indicator forbs will be focused on with lots of specimens to work with. BRIT’s beautiful outdoor landscaping with native prairie plants will provide an outdoor opportunity to see live specimens and we will have lunch on the grounds, so please bring a sack lunch and walking shoes.
Cost of Workshop: $25 Members and $35 Non-Members
To register go to the Native Prairies Association website News and Events page.
DON AND DEBRA YOUNG ON TANDY HILLS
Monday, October 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
at the Presbyterian Church at 8700 Chapin Road,Fort Worth
This meeting features a presentation by Don and Debra Young of Tandy Hills Natural Area. This is part of a series of presentations on the prairies of the Fort Worth area.
TANDY HILLS FIELD TRIP
Saturday October 18th
Tandy Hills Natural Area
3400 View Street, Fort Worth 76103
Join the Fort Worth chapter for a hike at the 160 acre remnant of Fort Worth prairie. Details coming!