Email of May 22, 2015

5/23 Workday rescheduled to Saturday, 5/30. Bird survey, still 7:30, 5/23. Scott Barnes, landscape designer is speaker at 5/27 meeting, 6:30p. HNPAT updates and news will be in another email to be sent in a couple of days.
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Tomorrow’s (5/23) Workday is Rescheduled to Saturday, 5/30
Bird Survey with Damien Carey will still be at 7:30 a.m. TOMORROW, 5/23

Workday on Saturday, May 30 will be at the regular time of 9:00 am – noon. The prairie will also be open to visitors at that time. Contact: Glenn Merkord 1-936-827-7978.

Bird survey will still take place on 5/23 at 7:30 a.m.

Deer Park Prairie: 1222 E. Purdue Lane 77536. Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Recommended are long sleeved shirt, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water.

HNPAT Meeting – Wednesday, May 27

Using ‘Ecological Landscape Design’ to Create Small-scale Prairies

by Scott Barnes, Landscape Designer

Scott Barnes, Landscape Designer and owner of his own company,Applied Habitats, ​specializes in restoring native plant communities including prairies in urban (City of Houston Permit Building, Green Roof Design and Installation) and rural (George Ranch, Fort Bend County) areas.Scott will be defining and explaining the importance of the guiding principle that he uses for his projects – Ecological Landscape Design. He will explain how to use the science of ecology and design – as separate but equal bases – for selecting and assembling plant populations and plant communities so that the human and ecological criteria will be met.

Scott will also provide practical “how-to’s” of putting in small-scale prairies or prairie gardens.

HNPAT meetings are held
at the new Cherie Flores Pavilion in
McGovern Centennial Gardens @ Hermann Park.
1500 Hermann Drive, Houston 77004
(parking lot entrance is directly across the street from the Health Museum)
Approximate GPS location: (note google maps has not been correctly updated.).
Please join us at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments; presentation at 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Speakers

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – talk about the Wildlife Habitat Federation byprobably Jim Willis.  See HNPAT blog “Wildlife Habitat Federation & Audio of Bob White Quail Calls” for more information about Jim and this topic.Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – A Texas Park & Wildlife Department Intern will talk about his summer research on fauna surveys of Deer Park Prairie, including information from the frog logger that was installed by Kelly Norrid & Diana Foss on January 28, 2015 (see video – start watching the video at the 2 minute mark.).

Kill A Fire Ant – Save A Prairie Chicken

Campaign lasts through the month of May.

Help save the​ extremely endangered Attwater’s Prairie Chicken, unique to Texas & Louisiana, by donating to kill red imported fire ants, which are out-competing the prairie chicken for the available food – the insects. A very worthy cause! Go to the website to read about the problem and possible solution.