2018 Monthly Meetings

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2018 Meetings/Events

Meetings are held on the Fourth WEDNESDAYS: Except November & December and are open to the public

Our meetings will usually be held at the Houston Red Cross Building at 2700 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 

Please join us at 6:30 pm for refreshments & presentation at 7:00 pm

Directions

If coming from the North on 59, exit Fannin. Turn left at Hermann Drive, then right on Caroline Street into Hermann Park by the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

If coming from the Southwest on 59, exit and turn right at Main Street. Go around Mecom Fountain and take Hermann Park Drive toward Sam Houston Monument and into the Park.

If coming from the North on 288, exit MacGregor and turn right onto North MacGregor. Hermann Park begins once you cross Almeda at the first traffic light. Continue on North MacGregor, turning right at the next light onto Cambridge Street, and then right again onto Hermann Park Drive, to reach the central parking lot and Zoo entrance.

If coming from the South on 288, exit MacGregor, turn left onto North MacGregor. Hermann Park begins once you cross Almeda at the first traffic light. Continue on North MacGregor, turning right at the next light onto Cambridge Street, and then right again onto Hermann Park Drive, to reach the central parking lot and Zoo entrance. 

(parking lot entrance is at the corner of Crawford and Hermann Dr. Do not drive into the park as some maps direct.) 

January 24, 2018

Seed Cleaning Party Sponsored by Katy Prairie Conservancy:

We will be cleaning seeds collected this fall and putting them in packets to be distributed to people willing to grow them out for KPC’s Great Growout Program. Come and see what these native seeds look like, how to clean them, and take some home. Learn about prairie plants and seeds from KPC experts.   KPC is providing pizza!

February 28, 2018 – Meeting Cancelled

This month we have the honor of hosting Jim Blackburn, who will be discussing the Texas Coastal Exchange, a system developed at the Severe Storm Prevention, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (“SSPEED”) Center at Rice University, for buying and selling ecological services such as carbon sequestration, water supply enhancement, flood mitigation and fish and wildlife enhancement. Restoration of coastal and inland prairies is a key driver of Texas Coastal Exchange, and this restoration along with certain grazing techniques could revolutionize conservation thinking as well as the farm and ranch economy and the oil and gas industry.

Jim Blackburn is an environmental lawyer and professor in the practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University.  At Rice, Blackburn is a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute, co-director of the SSPEED Center and directs the undergraduate minor in Energy and Water Sustainability.  Texas A&M Press published Blackburn’s Book of Texas Bays in 2004 and his new book, A Texan Plan for the Texas Coast, was published in 2017 by Texas A&M Press. Blackburn has also co-authored a book of poems and paintings with artist Isabelle Scurry Chapman titled Birds: A Book of Verse and Vision.  Blackburn still maintains his private law firm, Blackburn Carter, and also owns a planning firm called Sustainable Planning and Design that is working on coastal Louisiana land loss issues including restoration.

 

March 29, 2018Note a date change to Thursday!

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Come learn about what lies beneath the prairie!  The presentation will be an introduction to the archaeology of  Houston and the Gulf Coast area, covering several archaeological surveys and excavations conducted by the Houston Archaeological Society recently, which have resulted in the discovery of prehistoric and historic sites and the recovery of many important artifacts.  We look forward to showing your group how we “dig up Texas history, one trowel full at a time”!
Linda Gorski is a researcher and writer who has had a lifelong interest in archaeology and history.  She has been an avocational archaeologist for 40 years and currently serves as President of the Houston Archaeological Society, leading the society in surveys and excavations in Houston and Southeast Texas.    She was also appointed by the Texas Historical Commission to serve as a  member of the Texas Archaeological Stewards Network, a group of highly trained avocational archaeologists who work closely with THC professionals.
Louis Aulbach, a native Houstonian, is a graduate of St. Thomas High School, Rice University and the University of Chicago. He retired in 2008 after over seventeen years as the Records Management Officer for the City of Houston.    He served on the Harris County Historical Commission in the 2009-2010 term.     Aulbach is vice president of Houston Archaeological Society and is also a member of the Texas Archaeological Stewards Network.  Gorski and Aulbach are authors of several books including a series of  guides to paddling the rivers of west Texas, including the Rio Grande, the Devils and the Pecos Rivers.  They have also written a history of Houston as it developed along Buffalo Bayou titled “Buffalo Bayou: An Echo of Houston’s Wilderness Beginnings” and  a book on Camp Logan, a WWI training center that was built in what is now Memorial Park.  They are currently writing a series of walking guides to archaeological sites in Rome.

April 25, 2018

Alligators snapping turtles

Turtles are part of the prairie ecosystem too!  As prairie people, we don’t always think about turtles – join Eric Munscher as he shares some interesting information on the several turtle species of the Gulf Coast prairie.

Eric C. Munscher is currently a Research Ecologist with SWCA Environmental Consultants (SWCA) and is based in Houston, Texas.  He obtained his B.Sc from Penn State University and an M.Sc from the University of North Florida in 2007.  Eric is also the Principal Investigator of the Turtle Survival Alliance’s – North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG).  Eric has been studying turtle populations in Florida and Texas Springs for over 19 years.  Eric is also a Florida certified Gopher Tortoise agent.  He has extensive experience in wetland delineation and threatened and endangered species surveys throughout the southeast and northeast regions.  (Photographed by Arron Tuggle).

April 28, 2018

Spring Prairie Day at Lawther – Deer Park Prairie!

May 23, 2018

Jim-Blackburn-HGAPS

This is the reschedule of the cancelled meeting originally scheduled for February.

This month we have the honor of hosting Jim Blackburn, who will be discussing the Texas Coastal Exchange, a system developed at the Severe Storm Prevention, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (“SSPEED”) Center at Rice University, for buying and selling ecological services such as carbon sequestration, water supply enhancement, flood mitigation and fish and wildlife enhancement. Restoration of coastal and inland prairies is a key driver of Texas Coastal Exchange, and this restoration along with certain grazing techniques could revolutionize conservation thinking as well as the farm and ranch economy and the oil and gas industry.

Jim Blackburn is an environmental lawyer and professor in the practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University.  At Rice, Blackburn is a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute, co-director of the SSPEED Center and directs the undergraduate minor in Energy and Water Sustainability.  Texas A&M Press published Blackburn’s Book of Texas Bays in 2004 and his new book, A Texan Plan for the Texas Coast, was published in 2017 by Texas A&M Press. Blackburn has also co-authored a book of poems and paintings with artist Isabelle Scurry Chapman titled Birds: A Book of Verse and Vision.  Blackburn still maintains his private law firm, Blackburn Carter, and also owns a planning firm called Sustainable Planning and Design that is working on coastal Louisiana land loss issues including restoration.

Plus stay tuned for a special Members Only event at Deer Park Prairie in May!

June 27, 2018

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Wally Ward will present a program on native plant propagation.  Cultivating plants successfully from seed is something like law practice:  many times cases turn on the facts. An experimental frame of mind and information from experts can bring success, especially with native plants. Occasional crop failures are also a learning tool,  he shall be blunt about what can go wrong, too. Many desirable natives are difficult to obtain as mature plants, so some expertise and success with seeds can festoon a garden with nectar and host plants for butterflies, bees, moths and beetles plus hummingbirds. He shall review topics relating to soils, seed storage, seed sprouting and care of seedlings.

Wally was born in Atlanta and spent his first six years across the street from a creek valley and large park in the Collier Forest section of Atlanta, where he would see nuts and seeds sprouting all around. He also resided in Camp Hill, PA; Alexandria, VA; and Bartlesville, OK in addition to Houston. Frequent trips to California and Florida  introduced him to the flora of those areas as well. He learned to sprout “easy” seeds such as from zinnias, marigolds and the like to assist his mother’s highly successful flower-arranging activities with the National Capital Area Federation of Garden Clubs  including making flower arrangements for a dinner at the Ford White House during his family’s long tenure in the Washington, D.C., area. His non-botanical career included practicing law; serving as a commercial arbitrator; being employed as a gas-industry lobbyist; and being a public-affairs and an environmental-compliance manager in the oil patch.

Plus we’ll co-host the Invasive Species ID and Treatment Workshop at Deer Park Prairie on June 23 as part of the Coastal Prairie Partnership!

July 25, 2018

Stuart Marcus

Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus will present a program on Moths of Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Stuart Marcus is the first and current Refuge Manager of the 30,000 acre Trinity River National Wildlife located in Liberty, TX. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1977 with a degree in Wildlife Ecology.

 Stuart worked as a seasonal forester with the U. S. Forest Service in 1977 and 1978 at Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina.  He started his career with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1979 as a Biological Technician at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge located in north Florida.  He went on to work as an Assistant Refuge Manager at three other refuges, throughout different parts of Florida.  He was promoted to Refuge Manager of the Trinity River Refuge in June, 1994.  His long-time interest in birds and butterflies now includes moths.

Plus Katy Emde and John Schneider will present a special moth event at Deer Park Prairie on Saturday, July 28 beginning at 8:30 p.m.  We’ll put up moth stations and view and ID the moths that come in.

August 22, 2018

Dr. Wade Harrell, the U.S. Whooping Crane Coordinator at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, will present on Whooping Crane conservation. As a fifth generation Texan with a passion for conservation, his early years in South Texas afforded him his enthusiasm for wildlife, marine life and ecosystems. He has degrees from Texas A&M-Kingsville and Oklahoma State University. After obtaining his PhD in rangeland ecology in 2004, he returned to Texas and served with The Nature Conservancy for six years. In 2009, Dr. Harrell began work at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service where he led a team of biologists in restoring and maintaining diverse wildlife habitats.

September 26, 2018

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Amie Treuer- Kuehn from Texas Parks and Wildlife will talk about their Texas Ecosystem Analytical Mapper (“TEAM”) project.   TEAM is an interactive mapping tool to assist in understanding Texas habitats and to integrate Ecological Mapping Systems Data with land management and resource planning of all types.

Amie Treuer-Kuehn is a Plant Ecologist at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). She received her B.S. and M.S degree in Biology with a focus on Plant Ecology.  In 2007 she was hired on at TPWD as the Botanist/Plant Ecologist for the GIS Lab. Since then Amie has worked as the lead field Ecologist for the Ecological Mapping Systems of Texas, the Ecology Coordinator for the Conservation Opportunity Areas Project, TEAM application designer, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee for Balcones Canyonlands Preserve She was acknowledged for her efforts by TPWD in 2011 when she received the Employee Recognition Award in Conservation and in 2012 he Governor’s office honored her with the “Outstanding Women in Texas Government Award”.

Fall Prairie Day also happens in September!

October 17, 2018

Wild About Houston Film Festival at Rice University

November 28, 2018

Prairie Stampede annual celebration and awards ceremony!