2019 Events

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2019 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

January 23, 2019

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 27, 2019

Della Barbato, “Inspiring Through Education at Lawther Deer Park Prairie”

NPAT AMBASSADOR, Della joined the NPAT staff in April, 2018 as our Director of Education and is based in the Houston area.  (Shell Oil Company bestowed a grant to benefit individuals in their own backyard, the city of Deer Park, TX.)  Ms. Barbato teaches levels K-9 (to so many young prairie people!)  through her adult programs and teacher workshops in addition to K-12 prairie programs.  Della has become the image of NPAT, conservation, prairies, and more to so many prairie people!

Also, board member Hazel Potvin will bring up to-to-date on the progress at the Prairie Demo Garden at Willow Waterhole, which Don Verser has been working on.

 

March 20, 2019

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Wildflower of Texas author Michael Eason will be our special March speaker!
Michael Eason works in the private sector as a conservation botanist for Texas Flora, a Facebook group devoted to plant identification in Texas and adjacent states in Mexico. He performs botanical inventories and rare plant surveys on private and public lands, primarily in the Chihuahuan Desert ecoregion. Previously, he served as the plant conservation coordinator for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in botany from Texas State University and is working on a master’s degree at Sul Ross State University.

 

 

 

April 24, 2019

Kirsti Harms, interim executive director for the Native Prairies Association of Texas and Pat Merkord, immediate past executive director, will share information about NPAT successes at Madden Prairie.

Maddin Prairie Preserve features remnant and restored mixed-grass prairie, mesquite savanna, and riparian areas. A tributary of Champion Creek passes through the property and features a diverse riparian area.

Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis), and Sand Dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus) are common grasses.

Maddin Prairie Preserve also provides habitat for the Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), a threatened species in Texas, and Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus). A Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) reintroduction is in progress.

April 27, 2019

Spring Prairie Day at Lawther – Deer Park Prairie!

May 22, 2019

Ben Hutchins from Texas Parks and Wildlife will present on Invertebrate Conservation

June 2 – 6, 2019

NA Prairie Conference

June 26, 2019

David-RDavid Riley, staff biologist with Plateau Land & Wildlife Management, will present on range land ecology.

Plateau Land & Wildlife Management has been helping rural landowners protect and enhance their rural land since 1997. Plateau was born out of a law that was passed in 1995 by the Texas Legislature that made it possible for folks with an Ag valuation to maintain their same property tax savings while managing for native habitat and wildlife, instead of livestock, crops, timber or any other open-space management requirements. Plateau stepped up to help hundreds of landowners across Texas make this transition to Wildlife Management Valuation, and along the way, realized that there were many folks who needed more than just a Wildlife Management Plan to get their Wildlife Valuation in place.

 

 

July 24, 2019

Snakes

Laura and Adrian Berg of Crossbone Corns will present on Snakes of Texas.  Educating people about the snakes that are indigenous to Texas is a passion at Crossbone Corns. We feel that if people understand the native wildlife, they are more likely to respect it. That respect makes nature safer for the animals and people involved.

Plus, we’ll have a Moth Night event out at Deer Park Prairie!

August 28, 2019

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Ben Pfeiffer from Firefly.org will present on the current state of fireflys and how current environmental conditions are impacting their populations.

Firefly.org is a nonprofit organization founded by Ben Pfeiffer, a firefly researcher and Texas-certified master naturalist with a degree in biology from Texas State University.

“It was maybe 2008 when I noticed the fireflies in South Texas were disappearing,” Ben says. “There weren’t as many as I remembered when I was a kid. And then I heard a report on firefly decline on NPR Radio that confirmed it.”

Ben was uniquely suited to tackle this problem. He grew up in the Hill Country and in South Texas, and as a beekeeper and naturalist, he’d developed a deep understanding of the state’s unique ecology. He combined that with a background in marketing, web development, and SEO to build a website and foundation that would help him and others take action.

“The website has two missions,” Ben says. “To educate the public on threats to fireflies and how they can help; and to serve as a resource for scientists.” Currently, Ben is working on an exhaustive catalog of Texas and Southwest firefly species.

Firefly.org has been featured and interviewed by many news outlets, journals, and research organizations since its founding. Those include NASA, the National Wildlife Foundation, Smithsonian Magazine, the Examiner, CBS Morning News, the Indianapolis Star, and The Fireflies Book, among many others.

September 25, 2019

TBD

Fall Prairie Day also happens in September!

October 2019

Wild About Houston Film Festival
October 27, 2019
Special Members Only event at Deer Park Prairie!

November 2019

Annual Prairie Stampede!