2018 Spring Prairie Day & City Nature Challenge Event

Please join us to celebrate Spring Prairie Day on Saturday, April 28 at Deer Park Prairie. Enjoy the spring wildflowers and prairie wildlife along with a bit of history and photography. Because the Deer Park Prairie has never been plowed, the landscape here looks much as it did in 1836, when the soldiers marched to the Battle of San Jacinto, less than 10 miles away. See schedule in the flyer and scroll down for City Nature Challenge information. If you plan to enjoy a complimentary lunch with us, please RSVP, so we can have a food count.

In an effort to help Houston win the City Nature Challenge (https://houstonprairie.org/2017houcnc/ & https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/texas_nature_trackers/naturechallenge/), we will be offering a short lesson on use of iNaturalist and will have plant walks and insect sweep netting. Bring your camera or smart phone to take pictures of all the species of plants and animals that you see and post on iNaturalist.org

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Della Barbato, Director of Education

Della Barbato at NPAT booth on April 22, 2018 at Houston’s Earth Day Celebration

Meet Della Barbato, Native Prairies Association of Texas’ (NPAT’s) new Director of Education at the Lawther – Deer Park Prairie Preserve. This position was generously funded by a grant from Shell. Della ” …will develop an educational program: train teachers to teach the prairie and facilitate a partnership with local school districts, businesses and other NGO’s…”

Della, a past board member of the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, represented NPAT at CEC’s Earth Day Houston -Discovery Green Celebration recently. She drew a steady crowd with her seed ball making activity. Della commented that both young and old like to get their hands dirty.

Della has been involved in environmental education for many years. She has her own company, Earth Voice that conducts interactive group programs about our ecosystems and managing natural resources. She has a B.S. and M.S. from Texas A&M, is a Galveston Bay Area Master Naturalist, has developed curriculum as a middle school science teacher, was Education Director for the Galveston Bay Foundation and other non-profits. Thanks to Shell’s generosity, Della as DPP’s Director of Education will tremendously benefit local area teachers and their students.

April ’18 UP(Urban Prairie) Team Events & photo: UH Shasta Prairie Workday

See changes below for Tomorrow, Saturday, April 7.

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UP Team at UH Shasta Prairie on March 23, 2018. See blog at this link.

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As always, keep checking the UP Team calendar (tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal). Events emails are only sent out once per month, but the calendar is kept updated as information comes in.

Click on the event and then the "more details" to show all details, including meeting place and parking specifics. All events have at least one contact person. If you are planning to attend an event , please RSVP to the contact person shown on the calendar so that person could let you know of any changes.

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April, 2018
For more information, go to tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal
New symbol: ** indicates an event that does not recur monthly

  • Monday, April 2 (1st Mondays): Nature Discovery Center. Monday Morning Gardening, 9:30 am noon.
  • Wednesday, April 4 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • **CANCELLED: Saturday, April 7
    (1st Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday.
  • **Saturday, April 7
    , Conservation Crew, Chinese Tallow Removal, Memorial Park Tennis Center.
  • Wednesday, April 11 (2nd Wednesdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday, 9:00am – noon. We will finish cleaning the Prairie Plant Demonstration Bed for the Spring Prairie Day on April 28. Free Plants: Extra plants that we pull out are free to take home. Lots of frogfruit and swamp sunflower among others
  • Wednesday, April 11 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon. Volunteer Workday for the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center (HANC) and Memorial Park Conservancy (MPC) joint project to grow prairie plants for savannah restorations at HANC. Project Leader Allen Brymer is also there Thursday and Monday mornings. Anyone who wants to volunteer on these days need to first contact Allen at abrymer.
  • Thursday, April 12 (2nd & 4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse in Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon.
  • **CANCELLED: Saturday, April 14
    (2nd Saturdays): Hermann Park, Whistlestop Prairie Workday.
  • **Saturday, April 14
    , Hogg Bird Sanctuary Harvey Clean Up with Student Conservation Association and Memorial Park Conservancy.
  • Wednesday, April 18 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Friday, April 20 (3rd Fridays): Memorial Park Conservancy, Conservation Crew – Chinese Tallow Removal. Memorial Park Tennis Center.
  • Wednesday, April 25 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Thursday, April 26 (4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon.
  • **Saturday, April 28
    (4th Saturdays): Deer Park Prairie Spring Prairie Day. Come to enjoy the wildflowers & wildlife; see a land that looks much as it did in 1836, when the soldiers marched to the Battle of San Jacinto, less than 10 miles away. In an effort to help Houston win the City Nature Challenge (houstonprairie.org/2018houcnc & tpwd.texas.gov…naturechallenge), we will be offering a short lesson on use of iNaturalist and will have plant walks and insect sweep netting. Complete program upcoming at Houstonprairie.org or send an email to HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org for more information. Workday at Deer Park Prairie is cancelled.
  • Saturday, April 28 (4th Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda), 9:00am -noon
  • **Saturday, April 28
    : City Nature Challenge at White Oak Parkway – join HPARD’s Natural Resources Management Program, along with Houston Audubon and Student Conservation Association to participate, 9am to 12pm. The City Nature Challenge is a competition between 7 cities in Texas to see who can document the most species. Last year, Houston won with the most documented species! Bring your camera or smart phone to take pictures of all the species of plants and animals that you see!

Upcoming in May

For more information & to RSVP, go to tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal

  • Wednesday, May 2 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Saturday, May 5 (1st Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday.
  • Monday, May 7 (1st Mondays): Nature Discovery Center. Monday Morning Gardening, 9:30 am noon.
  • Wednesday, May 9 (2nd Wednesdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday, 9:00am – noon.
  • Wednesday, May 9 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Thursday, May 10 (2nd & 4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse in Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon.
  • Saturday, May 12 (2nd Saturdays): Hermann Park, Whistlestop Prairie Workday.
  • Wednesday, May 16 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Friday, May 18 (3rd Fridays): Memorial Park Conservancy, Conservation Crew. TBA. Contact volunteer for more information.
  • Wednesday, May 23 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Thursday, May 24 (4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon.
  • Saturday, May 26 (4th Saturdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday, 9:00am -noon.
  • Saturday, May 26 (4th Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda), 9:00am -noon.
  • Wednesday, May 30 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.

General workday attire/needs: long pants and closed toe shoes. Optional: hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, insect repellent, water. If you have them bring some garden tools like garden gloves, trowel and/or shovel.

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Instructions in the form of a Grower’s Handbook or in the form of videos are at Lshen

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At UH’s Shasta Prairie on March 23

On March 23, 2018, a group of enthusiastic University of Houston students spruced up the UH Shasta Prairie, a part of the Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Prairie Builders Schools + Parks Program . The students weeded, cut back and pulled out winter’s dead plant material, added seeds, and planted ten new plants purchased from Houston Audubon’s Natives Nursery  at their Edith L. Moore Sanctuary near Memorial Dr. and West Beltway 8. Funds for the purchase came from UH’s Grassroots for Change (Crowdrise) Fund which was raised a couple of years ago.

Anyone wanting to view the prairie, it is near the Science & Research 2 building on Cullen Blvd (gps coordinates 29.7242, -95.3450). Look for the explanatory sign.

 

City Nature Challenge.

Everyone can join the fun & it’s easy! You just need a camera (or camera on smartphone) to take some pictures of nature and upload the photos onto iNaturalist.org

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Greater Houston is competing against 6 other Texas regions, plus 60+ cities around the world in the 2018 City Nature Challenge on iNaturalist.  Of the three categories (most participants, most species found, most observations posted) last year, Greater Houston won the “most species” category (2017 results).  Greater Houston includes the following counties:  Harris, Galveston, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller.  For more information, check www.tpwd.texas.gov/naturechallenge.

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Save these dates:  City Nature Challenge 2018

Some pertinent websites:

Events Prairies: March & April

Sundew, Deer Park Prairie by D. Verser, 2/29/2012

Spring has sprung in Houston and it’s time to go out in nature. In greater Houston, that means many events on the prairie are here and upcoming. See summary below and scroll down for details:

  • Tonight (3/8/18): Benigno & Newman of Harris County Flood Control talk on “A Tale of Two Prairies” at Sierra Club meeting
  • Check out all upcoming Urban Prairie events:
  • Saturday, March 17: Bellaire Garden Club plant sale at Nature Discovery Center (7112 Newcastle, Bellaire) has an assortment of native prairie plants. Click here for more information.

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Tonight from Sierra Club email:

March 8, 2018 – A Tale of Two Prairies

At [Houston Sierra Club’s] March 8, 2018 meeting, we will have a presentation of “A Tale of Two Prairies”, the green version of the Charles Dickens classic. (“It was the best of prairies… etc.”) This is a program for prairie lovers and habitat restoration fans. [The] guest speakers will be Stephen Benigno and Andrew Newman of the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD), who will update us on their prairie restoration projects.
The event is free and open to the public at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1805 West Alabama, Houston. Main program starts 7:30 PM. Doors open 7:00 PM.

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March & Upcoming UP (Urban Prairie) Team Events

As always, keep checking the UP Team calendar (tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal). Events emails are only sent out once per month, but the calendar is kept updated as information comes in. Click on the event and then the “more details” to show all details, including meeting place and parking specifics. Each event has at least one contact person.
If you are planning to attend an event , please RSVP to the contact person shown on the calendar so that person could let you know of any changes.   
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March, 2018

For more information, go to tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal
  • Saturday, March 3 (1st Saturdays): Hermann Park, http://tinyurl.com/UPTeamCalBayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda)
  • Monday, March 5 (1st Mondays): Nature Discovery Center. NO WORKDAY.
  • New!  Wednesday, March 7 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday for the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center (HANC) and  Memorial Park Conservancy (MPC) joint project to grow prairie plants for savannah restorations at HANC. Project Leader Allen Brymer is also there Thursday and Monday mornings. Anyone who wants to volunteer on these days need to first contact Allen at abrymer@katyprairie.org . 9am – noon
  • Thursday, March 8 (2nd & 4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse in Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon
  • Saturday, March 10 (2nd Saturdays): Hermann Park, Whistlestop Prairie Workday (near entrance to Japanese Garden), 9:00am – noon
  • Wednesday, March 14 (2nd Wednesdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday, 9:00a – noon. Last month’s workdays were cancelled, so help is needed to clean up and cut back the demonstration garden. Free Plants:  Extra plants that we pull out are free to take home. Lots of frogfruit and swamp sunflower among others.
  • Wednesday, March 14 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • NEW! Friday, March 16 (3rd Fridays): 9am – noon. Memorial Park Conservancy, Conservation Crew, Kayak/Canoe Access (Woodway, immediately west of 610), invasive control and working on a recently planted restoration project. 9 am – noon. Contact volunteer@memorialparkconservancy.org for more information, since location differs each month.
  • Wednesday, March 21 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Thursday, March 22 (2nd & 4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon
  • Saturday, March 24 (4th Saturdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday. 9:00am -noon. Come and see the early spring wildflowers!  Especially NEEDED: Exxon Mobile employees, retirees, and/or immediately family members to form a team and earn a $500 donation from Exxon Mobile. The effort is led by retiree Allen Potvin and his wife Hazel, board member of Houston Chapter, Native Prairies Association of Texas. For more information or to RSVP: HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org
  • Saturday, March 24 (4th Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda), 9:00am -noon
  • Wednesday, March 28 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.

Upcoming in April

For more information & RSVP contact, go to tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal
  • Monday, April 2 (1st Mondays): Nature Discovery Center. Monday Morning Gardening, 9:30 am noon.
  • Wednesday, April 4 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Saturday, April 7 (1st Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda)
  • Wednesday, April 11 (2nd Wednesdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday, 9:00am – noon
  • Wednesday, April 11 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Thursday, April 12 (2nd & 4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse in Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon
  • Saturday, April 14 (2nd Saturdays): Hermann Park, Whistlestop Prairie Workday (near entrance to Japanese Garden), 9:00am – noon
  • Wednesday, April 18 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Friday, April 20 (3rd Fridays): Memorial Park Conservancy, Conservation Crew, Kayak/Canoe Access (Woodway, immediately west of 610), invasive control and working on a recently planted restoration project. 9am – noon.Contact volunteer@memorialparkconservancy.org for more information, since location differs each month.
  • Wednesday, April 25 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon
  • Thursday, April 26 (4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon
  • Saturday, April 28 (4th Saturdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday, 9:00am -noon.**Also Deer Park Prairie Spring Prairie Day & City Nature Challenge!** Program specifics upcoming at Houstonprairie.org or email HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org for more information. Join HNPAT’s Spring Prairie Day and take lots of photos to post on iNATURALIST, since this is during the City Nature Challenge. Come and see the early spring wildflowers! Organized events of the City Nature Challenge can be found at houstonprairie.org/CNCactivities/
  • Saturday, April 28 (4th Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda), 9:00am -noon
General workday attire/needs: long pants and closed toe shoes. Optional: hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, insect repellent, water. If you have them bring some garden tools like garden gloves, trowel and/or shovel.

Want to volunteer in your own home? Join the Great Grow Out Program. Katy Prairie Conservancy is seeking volunteers to grow (in the comfort of their own home) plants from wild collected seeds that we will send you. Then return the seedlings to KPC for restoration projects! Don’t forget to keep a few for your garden!

Instructions in the form of a Grower’s Handbook or in the form of videos are at www.katyprairie.org/ggo. For more information, view the webpage or contact Lshen@katyprairie.org

If you want to get this monthly email and are not an UP (Urban Prairie) Team member, please join our team of volunteers interested in helping at urban pocket prairies and/or to communicate about prairies. See UP Team information and a flyer at this link. Click the button below to get monthly emails on Urban Prairies activities that need your help!

 

See you all on the prairie!

 

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Flo Hannah

Photo by Don Verser

Update: Memorial service: Tuesday, January 16, 11:00 am at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas.  View Flo Hannah’s Obituary and express your condolences

The prairie and conservation community received some extremely sad news yesterday (1/10/18) via Jaime Gonzalez:

Dear Friends,
It is with a very heavy heart that I write to you today. Our friend Flo Hannah lost her battle with cancer this afternoon. She fought until the end.
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Flo was a wonderful advocate for nature and and even better friend and mentor. Her spirit, vision, passion, and smile will be sorely missed by all of us. I will await word from the family about funeral arrangements and will let you know as we know more. I also wanted to let each of you know how much you mean to the rest of us and how much your friendship and support mean to one another. In many ways we are like a family and the lost of any of us is deeply felt.
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Your Friend, Always,
Jaime González
Community Conservation Director, Katy Prairie Conservancy”
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Flo Hannah of Houston Audubon Society (HAS) and Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston (NPSOTH) was a giant in our local prairie, native plant, and conservation community. Directly and indirectly, she was responsible for saving the Deer Park Prairie and the Nash Prairie among many other lands that she helped preserve through her work at Houston Audubon. In one of my earliest encounters with Flo, who was then NPSOTH Field Trip Coordinator, she and Dr. Larry Brown led us to an area in Fort Bend or Brazoria County that HAS had just conserved.
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Flo was especially passionate about our native grasses and was an expert in that subject. She knew that these grasses and other native plants provided much needed habitat and food for many birds. She was one of the first, if not the first person in greater Houston to collect seeds of local native grasses, grew them, and started a business in back of her house to sell them commercially, in order to provide a much needed source for local restoration projects.  Then she expanded the effort by creating the Houston Audubon’s Natives Nursery at Edith L. Moore Sanctuary with volunteer labor. Katy Emde reminisced that back in the day, she and Flo talked about gathering local native seeds and growing native plants to sell, but Flo was the one who actually did it.
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Flo was not only passionate herself about our local natives and habitats, but she taught and inspired others around her to be passionate too. She led and we followed. When she realized that a rare prairie remnant on Saums Road (near Greenhouse) was to be sold and turned into a flood control detention basin, she – in the middle of August – motivated volunteers from HAS, NPSOTH, and Texas Master Naturalists to rescue (dig up) and replant the native plants from that site to various pocket prairies throughout greater Houston.  Moreover, she convinced Harris County Flood Control to use heavy equipment to move larger sections of that prairie remnant to Harris County Parks and the pocket prairie on Brays Bayou at South Braeswood near Buffalo Speedway. Through the years, Flo motivated volunteers to participate in her pocket prairie workdays, Horseshoe Marsh restoration workdays, rescue of Willow Waterhole plants and many other projects.
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Jaime Gonzalez has told the story many times of how from the agony of losing the incomparable Saums Prairie, he and Flo formed the Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP) to promote our local prairies. Flo was for many years on the board of CPP (as well as that of NPSOTH).
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Because of the agony of losing Saums Prairie, Flo was instrumental in the saving of the Lawther – Deer Park Prairie Preserve. Shortly after she and Don Verser first visited the property that is now Deer Park Prairie, many of us prairie enthusiasts were gearing up to rescue plants from that land, which was to be developed. However, Flo said that she wanted to meet the landowner and find out what it would take to preserve that prairie. Without that initial act, the platinum quality Deer Park Prairie would now have been a development with 200 houses. Then, when she found out that the selling price was $4 millon, Flo and Jaime led the first effort to raise the purchase price, despite many people saying that it could not be done.
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Without Flo, the Nash Prairie might also not have been conserved. Flo gave many talks about prairie grasses especially in the early days, when perhaps hers were the few on that subject available. Grasses are hard to learn. I remembered the many times I sought out her talks in the hopes that eventually by repetition, I would understand and learn glume, lemma, palea, spiklets, florets… As I remember the story, Susan Conaty also attended one of Flo’s talks where she saw photos of local grasses and forbs and realized that a property of West Columbia’s St. Mary’s Episcopal Church that she and her husband Peter, the pastor, monitored had some of the same plants. She talked to Flo and discovered that some of Flo’s photos were of that exact property. That was the start of Susan and Peter’s passion for the Nash Prairie – a chance encounter with Flo that eventually led to the Conatys’ saving the Nash Prairie.
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These are only a few of Flo’s accomplishments which earned her the Coast Prairie Partnership’s 2017 Prairie Excellence Award at last November’s Prairie Stampede. A video of that presentation could be seen on youtube.
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These are just some recollections from my encounters with Flo and the people she influenced. Some stories were heard second hand, so if there are any inaccuracies, please let me know and I will correct them.
Lan, an admirer of Flo Hannah, the person she was and all that she accomplished

 

Prairie Stampede in Two Days!

Still time to register. From our home page:

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eerx5jpw63e1eaef&oseq=&c=&ch=

HNPAT and the Coastal Prairie Partnership are proud to announce the 2017 Prairie Stampede! We will honor a number of prairie champions from across Texas and coastal Louisiana including Flo Hannah of Houston Audubon.

Join us for a prairie potluck dinner and evening of networking, awards, and celebration of 2017 prairie accomplishments for Greater Houston, Texas, and Louisiana. All prairie enthusiasts, restorationists, and organizations supporting and preserving native prairies in Texas and Louisiana are cordially invited! This is a potluck dinner, so register and bring something tasty!

Click here to register now.

2 for 1 Bargain ~7:01 AM, Tuesday, 11/28

 

Do what I will be doing around 7:01 AM, Tuesday morning, 11/28:
Taking advantage of a 2 for 1  & donating to Native Prairies Association of TX via Jason Spangler‘s #GivingTuesday fundraiser for NPAT (https://www.facebook.com/donate/1901471626771542/ ).

Do it early to to get the 2 for 1:
“Up to $2 million in donations to nonprofits will be matched by Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation starting on Nov 28 at 8 AM ET.” (7 AM CST). https://m.facebook.com/help/332488213787105

To get the match and donation fee waiver, you must do it at or after 7:00 AM CST tomorrow, 11/28 and before the $2M is reached. (After that, facebook charges a whopping 5+%)

If you only donate a few dollars (choose “other”), your donation will be doubled!

America’s Grassland Conference: United for Conservation

Register now for America’s Grassland Conference: United for Conservation, November 14th – 16th in Fort Worth, Texas.

The America’s Grassland Conference: United for Conservation is almost here! This year CPP and the Native Prairie Association of Texas joined forces with the National Wildlife Federation to help organize NWF’s bi-annual conference in Fort Worth on November 14-16th. Registration is open and the hotel rooms are filling up fast!

Below is a small snippet of what to expect:

Keynote address: Robert Potts, President & CEO of the Dixon Water Foundation.

Perspectives from numerous ranchers and producers, including Jerry Doan, Jerome Scharr, Tracy Rosenberg, and many more.

Presentations and discussions on human dimensions of grassland conservation, grassland-dependent birds and pollinators, challenges and opportunities of grass-based livelihoods, the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill, among many other great topics.

An opening reception at the wonderful Botanical Research Institute of Texas and an outdoor BBQ at the amazing Fort Worth Nature Center.

For more information visit: https://www.nwf.org/grasslandsconference