Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
(Prairie Mapping, Phase II: Calling for Volunteers to Help Survey Existing & Discover New Prairie Remnants – see below
It’s 4th Saturday again!
Deer Park Prairie Workday (9a-12p)
Glenn Merkord, 1-936-827-7978
Come at 7:30 am and join Damien Carey in the bird survey and then stay for the workday, when we will be clearing up the trash that has blown in from the cemetery, among other tasks. Rubber boots are strongly recommended. This is a wet prairie in winter.
No experience necessary. Please note: Late deciders are welcome. However, only those who RSVP to HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org will be notified of cancellations.
Closed toe shoes & long pants are required. Rubber boots, hat, sun screen, bug repellent, long-sleeved shirt are recommended.
Location: 1222 E. Purdue, Deer Park, Tx 77536. Please do not park along the curb in front of our neighbors’ houses.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Prairie Mapping, Phase II: Calling for Volunteers to Help Survey Existing & Discover New Prairie Remnants
by Pat Merkord, Executive Director of NPAT (Native Prairies Association of Texas)
+ Election of HNPAT 2016 Officers
Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.; Meet starts at 7:00 p.m.
Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion,
McGovern Centennial Gardens, Hermann Park.
1500 Hermann Dr. 77004 (Parking lot entrance – across the street from the Health Museum)
Deer Park Prairie September 2015
Prairie Mapping Project Phase II:
Find out how the Houston NPAT prairie supporters can help update the NPAT and Texas Parks & Wildlife Database by revisiting known prairie sites and finding new potential sites for acquisition
In this presentation, NPAT executive director Pat Merkord will start off the year describing a new prairie mapping initiative for NPAT and how volunteers can help survey known prairies and find new prairies which will provide very useful information used by Texas Parks and Wildlife to determine the status of prairie lands and add new prairies to the existing data base housed by TPWD. It may also be used to identify new prairies to target for acquisition and identify areas that may be potential restoration sites or seed sources. The mapping tool also requires reporting of pollinators and pollinator plants being utilized. If you are interested in being a part of the new mapping teams for the Houston area don’t miss this meeting. This mapping activity is a great opportunity to get out and learn more about prairies and the amazing plants and animals that live there. Workshops on using technology to locate prairies and how to record photos and information gathered will be offered this spring. Field trips and workshops to develop skills in plant and prairie identification will also be offered.
Join us and find out how you can be involved in the new Prairie Mapping Project Phase II!
Presenter Pat Merkord has been with the Native Prairies Association of Texas since 2006 as Secretary and President of the Board and now as Executive Director. The Native Prairies Association of Texas is a non-profit land trust that conserves, restores and educates about Texas prairies. Pat is an Austin native but currently lives in Conroe, Texas with her husband, Glenn. Her Bachelor of Science degree is from Texas A&M Kingsville and her Master’s degree in biology is from Texas State University. She was formerly a biology and chemistry teacher. She retired from teaching and started a biological consulting business, Bluestem Environmental Consultants, which has been operating since 2004. She enjoys birding, gardening with natives, and traveling around the state visiting with landowners, working to restore prairie habitats, and educating about Texas native prairies.
Please note regarding workdays & field trips: Late deciders are welcome. However, only those who RSVP to HNPAT by 5:00 pm the day before event day will be notified of cancellations by email or by cell phone, if you send that number in your RSVP.