2017 Prairie Stampede Silent Auction

Just a few of the great items that will be featured at the 2017 Prairie Stampede to be held Wednesday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cherie Flores Pavilion at Hermann Park.

Go Birding with Steve Gast

Steve Gast will take the winner and up to 2 guests for an amazing day of birding in the greater Houston area.

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Steve started birding at age 13, and by age 18 was leading his own section of the local Christmas Bird Count near St. Louis, Missouri.  he is a retired geologist who spent much of his career working and birding around the world.  He has birded in over 35 countries and has an eBird life list of 5380 species!  He first moved to Houston in 1985 and by 1988 was leading birding trips to the Katy Prairie and other areas for Piney Woods Wildlife Society, the Outdoor Nature Club and Houston Audubon.  He has served on Houston Audubon and Gulf Coast Bird Observatory boards of directors and continues in advisory capacities to both boards.  Currently Steve serves as chair of the Texas Audubon Science and Conservation Committee and the Katy Prairie Conservancy Land Stewardship Committee.

Prairie in a Bucket

The Native Plant Nursery at the Edith L. Moore Sanctuary has donated a “Prairie in a Bucket,” including several Gulf Coast native prairie plants and information on their Bird-Friendly Community Initiative.  Make your yard a bird-friendly habitat!

Go Exploring with Andy Newman

Andy will take the winner and up to two guests on a personal plant expedition in the prairies around Houston.  He’ll teach some plant identification and help the winner appreciate the diverse flora of our coastal prairies!

Andy is the Mitigation Banking Program Manager for the Harris County Flood Control District.  His primary responsibility is the restoration of wetlands and streams to provide no-net loss of waters and wetlands in accordance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for all HCFCD projects.  Properties managed include a variety of habitats including bottomland hardwood forests, prairies, emergent marshes, and pine savannahs.  In addition to restoration, Andy has experience with wetland ecology, bird biology, identification of sedges and grasses, aquatic insects, and vegetation community classification.

Photography Class with Kathy Adams Clark

Kathy Adams Clark, Photographer, by Jeff RoseOne free photography class offered by Kathy Adams Clark.  Classes cover a variety of photography subjects including the popular Basic Photography: One Day Workshop.  Other topics include Intermediate Photography, Making Money With Your Camera, Photoshop & Lightroom for Photographers, and Processing with Photoshop & Lightroom.  Kathy offers a total of 23 different classes.  Classes are offered at different locations in the area and at different times.  Winner of this item will select a class on the 2018 schedule and contact Kathy for registration details.

Kathy Adams Clark has been a professional nature photographer since 1995. Her photos have been published in many places including AAA Journey, Nature’s Best, New York Times, Birder’s World, and Family Fun. Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas Highways magazines have used Kathy’s photos on their cover. Her photos have also appeared in a numerous books and calendars including the Barnes & Noble Ireland Countryside Calendar, the cover of the Arbor Foundation Rainforest Calendar, and the Sierra Engagement Calendar. Her photos appear every week in the “Nature” column in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News written by her husband, Gary Clark. Kathy and Gary have published six books and have one more in the works that combine their photography and writing skills.

Kathy’s photography is featured in Portrait of Houston published in 2012 by Farcountry Press. Photographing Big Bend National Park, published in 2013 by Texas A&M Press, is written by Kathy and uses her photography throughout.

Kathy is Past-president of the North American Nature Photography Association. She teaches photography and is a popular speaker at local and national events. She leads photo workshops to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Africa, Italy, Peru and Morocco through Strabo Tours.

Natural History of the Katy Prairie Tour with Bob Honig

Bob-Honig-300x235Bob Honig has decades of natural history experience under his belt. He has led numerous field trips/tours throughout the Houston area, elsewhere in Texas, Glacier National Park in Montana, and the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad; and has been part of Earthwatch expeditions to study caterpillars and their parasitoids in Costa Rica, Flammulated Owls in Utah, and sustainable watershed management in California. Bob has given many presentations to nature and conservation organizations in southeast Texas.

Bob is a founding board member of the Katy Prairie Conservancy, serving on the Board of Directors from 1992-2016, then moving to the Advisory Board starting in 2017. He also is a past Chairman of the Ornithology Group of Houston’s Outdoor Nature Club and a former Compiler of the Buffalo Bayou and Brazos Bend, Texas, Christmas Bird Counts. Professionally, he is an environmental consultant addressing such diverse issues as endangered species, wetlands, archaeology, recycling, and sustainable development. His work has taken him throughout North America and has included environmental surveys in Bolivia and the Algerian Sahara. His natural history pursuits have focused particularly on birds and dragonflies and damselflies.

A Pair of Bluebird Boxes and a one year membership to the Texas Bluebird Society

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Delicious, Naturally-raised Grass-fed Warren Ranch Beef!

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This prize includes four amazing steaks from historic Warren Ranch and a grill kit!

Sights and Sounds of Deer Park Prairie at Sunset (Wine Optional!)

VerserEnjoy a relaxing tour of Deer Park Prairie with prairie enthusiast Don Verser. The prairie at dusk is a special place to go back in time, discover new plants, and listen for a diversity of insects and birds. As the sun sets, you will enjoy refreshments on the observation deck and have the opportunity to take photos of the Deer Park Prairie landscape. Tour for 1-5 people on a mutually agreed upon date.

Don Verser is a prairie conservationist with a special interest in native milkweeds. He is an expert birder who has studied grassland birds in Oklahoma and the fall migration of land birds on the Upper Texas Coast.  He enjoys photographing insects, especially robber flies.  Don is active in Houston’s birding and native plant communities, where he has led efforts for habitat restoration with a focus on invasive species removal and growing plants that support lepidoptera species. He uses iNaturalist to document the plants in some of our local prairie remnants and is trying to learn how best to manage pocket prairie gardens.

Three Beautiful Cassidy Johnson prints

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Cassidy paints large canvases and has generously donated three smaller prints for the lucky winner of this item!