Yellow Indiangrass. Photo by Carolyn Fannon, Wildflower Center, Austin
Hi Seed Collectors,
Please join John Magera for a Seed Collecting Trip to Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, November 1, 10 AM – ~12 noon. There will be a Refuge tour earlier that morning, from 8 AM – 9:30 AM before seed collecting. Seating for the tour is limited, so anyone interested must call the refuge to reserve a seat (979-234-3021). Great chance for the possibility of viewing Attwater’s Prairie Chicken!
Seed collecting provides an opportunity to see parts of the NWR not usually open to visitors and at the same time collect the seeds, which will support numerous conservation programs in southeast Texas. Click here for registration and directions.
Target species are Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans), Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum or USDA Fact Sheet), Silver Bluestem, Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) and Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium). Seed collecting is a leisurely way to enjoy the prairie and learn prairie grasses. Walk with a companion in the prairie & run your hands up the appropriate seed head. Seeds that easily fall in your hand are ripe for collection.
Also, free to take home: eastern gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides) plugs available to anyone willing to dig them up. Eastern gamagrass, a great native grass related to corn, is quite large – about the same size as Pampa grass. More information on eastern gamagrass is at Wildflower center link and USDA Plant Fact Sheet link. A mattock would be handy to dig up the large, tough rhizomes.
Also on November 1 is Prairie Heritage Day in Rosenberg. Stop by and visit that on the way back! Flyer.
Come and help us collect prairie seeds, experience the prairie, help restoration efforts and also take some seeds home for your own garden.
Please send comments about your seed collecting trips to share with other prairie enthusiasts. Be sure to post photos of seed collecting trips at the CPP website: www.prairiepartner.org and send me a link. Or if you prefer, send
the photos and I will post them and credit the photos to you.
Information about this project, the individual teams, the seeds that we are collecting and when they would be ripe are online at www.prairieseedco.org.
For seed envelopes, either email me or come by Katy Prairie Conservancy Office at 3015 Richmond Avenue, Suite 230 Houston, TX 77098-3114 or phone 713.523.6135.