12/18 & 12/19 – Seed Collecting Update

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Seed Collecting
Friday, 12/18/15
@ UH Coastal Center (La Marque)

Saturday, 12/19/15 @ Deer Park Prairie

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Seed Collecting at UH Coastal Center, 11-1-2013.
Hi Seed Collectors,
Tired of wall to wall people indoors in the malls? Join us on the prairie for some fresh air, easy volunteering, and much fellowship. Help us collect seeds that will be used in prairie restorations.  Two trips are scheduled for the end of this week.

  • Friday, December 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at UH Coastal Center (in La Marque) with Jaime and Lan
  • Saturday, December 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to ~noon with Lan at Deer Park Prairie, Deer Park, TX

Scroll down for specifics of each event. Please RSVP to HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org  with your cell phone number and indicate which event. You will be given date of event contact number. Late deciders are also welcome, but please know that we will not be able to contact you in case of cancellation.

Seed collecting is a leisurely way to enjoy the prairie and learn prairie plants. 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. Or walk with a pair of scissors/pruners to cut off seeds with tough stems.
As always, wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Bring clippers if you have them. Also recommended are long-sleeved shirt, hat, water, insect repellent, sunscreen.

*** Specific Information for Each Event ***

UH Coastal Center: 
Friday, December 18, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
UH Coastal Center is usually not open to the public and the gate is kept locked. Meet in front of the gate in La Marque, TX – google map: https://goo.gl/maps/X3plH.  Please arrive on time, so we can go through the locked gate together.
Event day contact number – 281-660-6683 (Jaime)
Reminder: No facilities at UH Coastal Center.
Deer Park Prairie: 
Saturday, December 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to ~noon
1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536  https://goo.gl/maps/RtcecLSFnp22
Please bring a signed liability release: adult or  adult+children
Please do not park directly in front of our neighbors’ houses – park across the street.
Feeding the Chipper at Deer Park Prairie – Eagle Scout Project on December 12, 2015
In addition to seed collecting, volunteers at Deer Park Prairie can also:
** Help get already chopped tree limbs and branches off the prairie by helping Glenn Merkord feed them into a chipper that The Nature Conservancy’s Nash Prairie loaned to us.
** Help with invasive control by (1) picking up residual Japanese honeysuckle pieces – chopped last weekend – off the prairie before they root in this moist soil, (2) digging up a few clumps of Angleton bluestem and (3) using a lopper to get rid of the invasiveLantana camera.
New Viewing Platform at Deer Park Prairie.
Come help us collect seeds and check this out.
See you on the prairie, 
Lan

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: prairiepartner.org or send the photos to Lan Shen, HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org, 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 http://prairiepartner.org/group/prairie-seed-council-of-texas.