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

 

Seed Collecting, Early October 2017 dates

Seed collecting days in early October at Katy Prairie Conservancy, Deer Park Prairie, & Nash Prairie
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Seed Collecting
Columbus Day, 10/9 @ Katy Prairie Conservancy

Tuesday, 10/10 @ Deer Park Prairie
Saturday, 10/14 @ Nash Prairie

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Hi Seed Collectors,

Announcing three seed collecting opportunities:

1. On Columbus Day (Monday, 10/9), this year, we will be at KPC’s Warren Ranch & Rock Hollow Creek. For those of you who were at the Field Office on Saturday, for the Restoration Roundup, this is an opportunity to see another part of the Katy Prairie Conservancy land.

  • Date/time: Monday, 10/9/17, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Meet at Matt Cook Memorial Wildlife Viewing Platform parking lot (directly across the street from Warren Ranch).
  • After collecting at Warren Ranch, we will drive together down the street to Rock Hollow Creek. Directions: http://www.katyprairie.org/warren-ranch/#MattCook
  • Please bring signed liability release (KPC)

2. This year, for Prairies & Pollinator Month, we will be collecting at Deer Park Prairie
on Tuesday, 10/10. Among others, we will be collecting Florida paspalum, Texas coneflower, Lanceleaf blanketflower (Gaillardia aestivales). Some Liatris maybe ripe enough to pick. Note the usual 2nd Wednesday seed collecting day has been cancelled.

  • Date/time: Tuesday, 10/10/17, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Meet at the prairie house at 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park 77536. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Xnk39cMU1Wo. Please do not park directly in front of our neighbors’ houses. You may park on the driveway.
  • If you have not signed a liability release waiver within the past year, please bring a signed liability release (NPAT)
  • In November & December, we will be seed collecting at Deer Park Prairie on second Wednesdays of the month, unless there is a cancellation. Reply to this email for more information.

3. Saturday, October 14 at Nash Prairie – a seed collecting day on a Saturday for those who work. We will be collecting Texas coneflower, rattlesnake master, Florida paspalum among others.

  • Date/time: Saturday, 10/14/17, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Meet at Nash Prairie. Park on County Rd 255 (Orozimbo Rd.)and walk across the street to the prairie. We will meet at the start of the gravel road – the red marker on the map: https://goo.gl/maps/28AqkxkJ5292

General Instructions:

To sign up:
Fill out this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/2Y4sbPi8TIj5VwsC3 or you may leave a message at 713-714-6763. (This number is NOT the event day contact number. When you RSVP, you will get an email with the event day contact number.) Everyone welcome and welcome to collect for any non-profit organization or for your own personal use.

I will have paper bags for the seeds. If you have these, please bring pruners or scissors, a bucket or a recycleable grocery bag that you can hang on your arm and in which you can put the paper bags, and a pen. I will also have a limited amount of these available for your use also.

Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. As usual, we recommend water, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, long-sleeve shirt, and maybe a camera.

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Volunteers (no experience necessary) work to collect seeds which support numerous conservation programs in southeast Texas. This is your way to have a big impact and see prairies not often open to the public.

Seed collecting is a leisurely way to enjoy the prairie and learn prairie grasses. Walk with a companion in the prairie & run your hand up the appropriate seed head. Seeds that easily fall in your hand are ripe for collection.

See you in the Prairie,
Lan
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2017 Prairies & Pollinator Month Flyers & Agendas

Prairie Restoration Workshop Flyer & Agenda on Thursday, October 5 at Katy Prairie Conservancy Field Office – sign up now! Click picture below for printable form of flyer & agenda.

 

Join us for the many other Prairies & Pollinator Month activities listed at prairiepartner.org/prairiemonth/ or click this link for a 2-page printable list.

 

Later this month is Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Conservation Easement Workshop on Friday, October 20. Sign up now! Click picture below for printable form of flyer and agenda:

 

Not local, but a FREE Native Prairies of Texas event near San Antonio: Wildlife and Grasslands Restoration Workshop at the Kirchoff Family Farm Prairie Restoration area in Wilson County. Saturday, October 28. Sign up now!

 

UP Team: September 2017. Aug to early Sep photos & Upcoming Activities

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Sorry for the late enewsletter. I hope all of you were safe and dry during Hurricane Harvey. My home fortunately did not flood.
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I hope you all were checking the UP Team calendar (tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal). Even though an UP Team email was not sent out, the events are on the calendar.  Click on the event and then the “more details” to show all details, including meeting place and parking specifics.
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All events have at least one contact person. If you are planning to attend an event and RSVP’ed to the contact person, that person will let you know of any changes.
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UP (Urban Prairie) Team Photos August- mid-September

(Anyone wanting original sizes of these photos, email Lan.shen@txgcmn.org.)
Seed Collecting Day at Deer Park Prairie, August 9, 2017.  Martha Richeson brought her granddaughter, 12 years old Natalie, who discovered a plant that had not been seen before at DPP.  It was not on the Deer Park Prairie plant checklist. Martha took a photo and posted it on iNaturalist. She wrote me, ‘”ID of this plant at DPP with seedpods was Arrowhead Rattlepods Crotalaria sagitallis according to ‘sambiology’ ”  Way to go Natalie!

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Seed Collecting Day with Memorial Park Conservancy, August 17. Because Memorial Park Conservancy’s Anthony Todd drove us in a Kubota, we saw the entire length of the NE Quadrant of the Memorial Park prairie along the power line. Away from Memorial Drive were areas with Liatris sp.

 

UP Team Workday at Deer Park Prairie, September 13. Seven volunteers came to collect seeds at Deer Park Prairie: Tom Solomon, Rowena McDermid of UH Clear Lake and her graduate student Descis, Kelli Ondracek, TJ Marks, and Cassidy of Houston Park & Recreation Dept.,  and Kelli’s husband Cullen, who works for the City of Pearland. The Liatris pycnostachya were blooming beautifully and we all got to see a just emerged cicada that was hanging on the front door jam of the house.

 

UP Team Workday at MD Anderson Prairie, September 15. The team: Irmy and her mother Hildy, Frances (Jaime’s landlady from before he was married), Craig, and Wally Ward (Katy Prairie Conservancy’s board member) worked on the area of the pocket prairie by the power station. They trimmed back the woodies, dug out Vesey grass, and plant sprigs of eastern gama grass. Wally worked so hard that he literally lost his sole.

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Events mid-September, October 2017

Details of all events are on our calendar  tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal.  Check the calendar for location, time, contact information, and other details.
  • Thursday, September 21 (3rd Thursdays): Seed Collecting with Memorial Park Conservancy)
  • Saturday, September 23 (4th Saturdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday
  • Saturday, September 23 (4th Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda)
  • Thursday, September 28 (4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse in Memorial Park
  • Saturday, September 30: Houston – Native Prairies Association of Texas’ Fall Prairie Day and Bioblitz at Deer Park Prairie (new). Information and registration link at HoustonPrairie.org. Please register, if you would like to join for lunch. Volunteers are needed to participate in the bioblitz and/or to man stations for visitors. 9:00 to 2:00 pm with bird survey at 7:30 am.
Save these future dates:
  • Thursday, October 5 (1st Thursdays): Memorial Park Conservancy Greenhouse Workday (new)
  • Wednesday, October 11 (2nd Wednesdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday & Seed Collecting Day
  • Thursday, October 12 (2nd Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse in Memorial Park
  • Saturday, October 14: HPARD’s Natural Resources Management Program – Hobart Taylor Park Prairie Planting Event (new), 8100 Kenton St., 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 14 (2nd Saturdays): Hermann Park, Whistlestop Prairie Workday (near Japanese Garden)
  • Monday, October 16, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Willow Waterhole Demonstration Native Plant Gardens
  • Thursday, October 19 (3rd Thursdays): Memorial Park Conservancy Greenhouse Workday
  • Saturday, October 21, HPARD’s Natural Resources Management Program – Stuart Park Prairie Planting Event (new), 7270 Bellfort St., 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 26 (4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park
  • Saturday, October 28, HPARD’s Natural Resources Management Program – Clinton Park Prairie Planting Event (new), 200 Mississippi St., 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 28 (4th Saturdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday
  • Saturday, October 28 (4th Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda)
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.

Father Peter Conaty

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Susan an Peter Conaty supporting Deer Park Prairie

Another prairie hero has left us: Father Peter Conaty. Peter and Susan Conaty were instrumental in saving the Nash Prairie and supported efforts to save Deer Park Prairie.

From David Bezanson of The Nature Conservancy:

Peter was rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in West Columbia, Texas, and it’s due to the vision and leadership of Peter and Susan, his wife, that TNC was able to acquire Nash Prairie Preserve from the church and hospital district in 2011.

The article below is a reminder of Peter’s eloquence and commitment to conservation:

http://www.epicenter.org/article/texas-church-helps-preserve-rare-prairie/

Peter lived an extraordinarily full and interesting life, which was documented in the local newspaper when he retired from St. Mary’s earlier this year:

Kunda Wicce, NPAT Founding Member

From Kirsti Harms, NPAT board member:

“I see from the Facebook posts that our former president and founding member, Kunda Lee Wicce (Lee Stone) passed away on Saturday August 12. … She was a passionate advocate for prairies….

I found one of the last items Kunda wrote as president in the Fall 2008 [NPAT] Newsletter. It gives a sense of our history. Here’s a photo of her at Daphne Prairie holding grasses, something she always seemed to [be] doing!”

By Kunda Wicce, 2008:

This message makes a good marker for the end of an era of sorts. We were founded in 1985, after eccentric, multi-degreed, prairie-conservation-minded, retired British physician Geoffrey Stanford turned to Dallas kindred spirits Madge Lindsay and Arnold Davis at a special touring tallgrass prairie exhibit—which they had themselves put together—and said something brief like “is there an association in Texas for conserving prairies?” Upon hearing the answer in the negative, Stanford continued with “then we must found one.” And we were. Geoff had something like this in mind when he attended the 1984 North American Prairie Conference—which is put together biennially by whoever is willing to do it—and at the post-meeting stood and asked for approval for Texas volunteers to organize the 1986 NAPC! And they did. We still have proceedings from that conference which focused on Texas prairies—it is an excellent series of papers by our best prairie minds.

I was recruited to the Board of Directors in 1987 by Arnold Davis—another wonderful prairie person who cut his prairie teeth with the Soil Conservation Service during the large-scale replanting and soil stabilization work in the Dust Bowl states. Arnold happily mentored all of us in the ways of restoration, drove all over the state, and wore his love of prairies on his sleeve for all of us to see. R.C. “Rollie” Mauldin was another delightful SCS elder who appeared at almost every field trip and meeting. He exhorted us new prairie people to pay close attention to the native legumes, and to remember that a good restoration needed multiple legume species as some species would be most palatability at different times. So, every time I think of Rollie and mention his name, I pass on his message.

I was very very lucky indeed in those earlier NPAT days to have known our inspiring prairie elders, including Edith Hoyt, and Dr. Paul and Virginia Mezynski. Geoff, Arnold, and R.C. have been gone now for a while. Edith passed away last week. It has been with some sorrow now that I’ve realized I’m the last one on the Board who knew them, which makes me an elder of sorts. They would all be cheering to see we are entering a new era of prairie conservation in Texas!

We are focused and we are increasingly more effective. After laying groundwork—and with Jason Spangler’s business acumen—we have received important grants from the Houston Endowment, the Meadows Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Dixon Water Founda­tion to support professional staff, and—for the next two years—to employ prairie-wise contractors, to actively scour each historic tallgrass prairie county to catalog the remnant fields of tallgrass in this state.

This galvanizing survey across 94 Texas tallgrass counties has already added a few hundred prairie owners to our database. We are finding more tallgrass than was previously guessed and it is our intention to reach out to all these owners, offering praise and celebration of what they and their predecessors have been stewarding since settlement times. We also desire to support a network among all prairie owners, and to share information on management and economic opportunities.

I have now served on the NPAT Board of Directors for 22 years. I am standing for re-election to the board to serve for one more term, to be of whatever assistance I can be during this exhilarating transition time, yet this is my last time to serve as an officer. It has been my honor and my great pleasure to serve in various roles with NPAT over these years, always with eyes on the prize of native grassland conservation. My attention is turning towards international grassland conservation and I want to see in what ways I can be helpful. If I’m blessed and persistent, perhaps someday I’ll be emailing reports to this Journal from a Himalayan grassland plateau!

Prairiely yours,
Kunda Wicce (fna Lee Stone)

Let’s Help NPAT Save The Paul Mathews Prairie!

 

NPAT has an exciting opportunity to conserve a vibrant prairie in North Texas. The Paul Mathews Prairie is a rare and pristine 100-acre remnant of the Blackland Prairie near Floyd, TX in Hunt County, not far from the well-known Clymer Meadow. For an incredible price of $50,000, NPAT can become the owner of this unique prairie! We believe this is the chance of a lifetime and one that we should not pass up. NPAT only has a limited time to raise the funds to buy this beautiful prairie. We hope you will help us purchase the prairie, cover the land transaction fees, and create an endowment fund for its stewardship & protection. Those of you familiar with the Deer Park Prairie, will know how expensive it is to maintain a prairie and defend it against pressures such as invasive plants, trees and shrubs, etc. without the traditional tools such as fire and bison. We need to raise $50,000 to cover the entire project.

Although the land is already under conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), purchasing the property will ensure that NPAT with its vast prairie expertise will be able to manage the preservation of this extremely rare remnant of what was once a dominant habitat in North American and today is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world.

Hey, Houston Prairie People: if we could do the Deer Park Prairie (~50 acres for ~$4 million), we should be able to do this easy! People from all over the world helped us save the Deer Park Prairie, let’s return the favor! Please donate and pass the word onto your friends & relatives in the DFW area.

Donate now online at this link or by mail (use this form) to Native Prairies Association of Texas, 415 N. Guadalupe St. PMB 385, San Marcos, TX 78666 (please write Mathews Prairie in the memo line of your check if you want to direct your donation specifically to the Mathews Prairie.)

History of the Mathews prairie:  Paul Mathews played in this prairie as a boy in the early 1900s and wanted to preserve it. He finally bought the land in 1969, put it under conservation easement with TNC in the 1980s, and managed it by haying until about 1996. He had received the Lone Star Land Steward award and died at age 101 in 2005. The current owner is Dr. Jim Conrad, a history professor in Commerce, who wants to sell the land and is happy to sell it to NPAT.

Former TNC manager Jim Eidson considers the Mathews Prairie as one of the best representatives of a gamagrass/switchgrass/indiangrass vertisolic (gumbo clay) prairie in Texas. It has very deep gilgai formations.

This prairie has some rare species as well, including a crawfish that was thought to be rare, but now is considered more common than originally thought. Other wildlife information about this prairie can be found at the links below:

Check out the information about the Paul Mathews Prairie at the NPAT website’s home page: TexasPrairie.org

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Photo credits. Top: Jason Singhurst. Bottom: Kirsti Harms.

 

UP Team/Aug: July Photos & News, Aug Events, & Fall Previews

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In July, the UP Team schedule had several changes. Since UP Team announcements are sent once per month, close to the workday you wish to attend, please check the UP Team calendar (tinyurl.com/UPTeamCalto view all updates. 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 and RSVP’ed to the contact person, that person will let you know of any changes.
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UP Team at Willow Waterhole Prairie Demo Garden
From Hazel Potvin:
“In February 2017, Willow Waterhole Greenway Park in SW Houston,  with the help of the the Department of Natural Resources  of the City of Houston, planted lots of prairie grasses and flowers in a newly created garden on S. Willow Drive.  Needless to say, no garden stays decent without care. Thanks to the vision of the Coastal Prairie Partnership, Urban Prairie gardening groups have been established to help maintain pocket prairies in schools, parks, and neighborhoods.  
A team of five members of the Houston Native Prairie Association of Texas  and two Westbury women  gathered on Monday, July 17, at 6 p.m. to tackle the weeds and find the plants originally planted in February.  The soil was moist and the day was cooling down to give good conditions for some gardening.  The team and anyone else wishing to join will meet again on Monday, August 21 at 6 p.m. to continue their work.  The best place to park is at 5310 S. Willow Dr., Houston 77035.  The garden is a short walk from there.  Bring your favorite weeder and gloves.
The UP Team members on July 17 were Jane Reierson, Diane Kerr, Maya Fletcher-bai, Sara Lyons, and Hazel Potvin.  Janie Schexnayder and Jackie Heidorn, who both helped plant the garden, joined in with the team and were glad to have help in maintaining the prairie garden.”
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Photo credit: Agalinis purpurea at Willow Waterhole Project in SW Houston, Texas. Sept. 2010 by M.P.N.texan or PINKE at https://www.flickr.com/photos/8113246@N02/5037570404. Creative commons: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

UP Team at City of Houston Greenhouse in Memorial Park
Photos from Workday on July 13, 2017
Top left: Gail Baxter, GCMN-PPP liaison; 
right: UP Team volunteers;
bottom left: Jed Aplaca & Kelli Ondracek, Houston Park & Recreation Department’s (HPARD) Natural Resources Management Program (NRMP) Team.
 
Bottom center: Deer Park Prairie’s rough coneflower (Rudbeckia grandiflora) seedlings. Bottom right: San Jacinto Battleground’s beebalm (Monarda lindheimeri). Seedlings were from seeds collected by Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) and grown by Wally Ward, KPC’s germinator extraordinaire, and given to the NRMP for planting in city parks.
 
Facebook videos & photos of UP Team at with Houston Zoo’s Teen Conservation Program at 

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Events This Month

Details of all events are on our calendar  tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal

Monday, August 21, Willow Waterhole Demonstration Native Gardens, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
From Hazel Potvin: “…We are currently trying to get the weeds down in the gardens which were planted in March with plants from the City of Houston Natural Resources Dept. We work from 6-8 in the evenings because of the heat. The address is 5500 block of S. Willow. We drive up into the area but you can park at The Gathering Place at 5310 S. Willow and walk over. ” To RSVP and for more information, contact Hazel Potvin, email: hazelnut856@yahoo.com
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Regular monthly UP Team volunteer events are posted on the calendar at tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal. Check the calendar for location, time, contact information, and other details.
  • Saturday, August 5 (1st Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda)
  • Wednesday, August 9 (2nd Wednesdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday
  • Thursday, August 10 (2nd Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park
  • Saturday, August 12 (2nd Saturdays): Hermann Park, Whistlestop Prairie Workday (near Japanese Garden)
  • Thursday, August 24 (4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park
  • Saturday, August 26 (4th Saturdays): Cancelled: Deer Park Prairie Workday
  • Saturday, August 26 (4th Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda)


Save these future dates:

  • Monday, September 18, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Willow Waterhole Demonstration Native Plant Gardens
  • Saturday, September 30, Deer Park Prairie Fall Prairie Day & Bioblitz. Volunteers are needed to participate in the bioblitz and/or to man stations for visitors. Lunch will be served. 9:00 to 2:00 pm with bird survey at 7:30 am.
  • Monday, October 16, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Willow Waterhole Demonstration Native Plant Gardens
  • Saturday, October 14, HPARD’s Natural Resources Management Program – Hobart Taylor Park Prairie Planting Event, 8100 Kenton St., 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 21, HPARD’s Natural Resources Management Program – Stuart Park Prairie Planting Event, 7270 Bellfort St., 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 28, HPARD’s Natural Resources Management Program – Clinton Park Prairie Planting Event, 200 Mississippi St., 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
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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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 Lan.Shen@txgcmn.org.

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If you 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. Or click here to get monthly emails on Urban Prairies activities that need your help!

Updated 7/13/17: UP (Urban Prairie) Team Events July, 2017

UP (Urban Prairie) Team Events July, 2017

Details of all events (regular and special) are on our calendar tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal
 

Changed: Friday, July 14, St. Thomas University Prairie, 9:00 am – noon

Join University of St. Thomas students for a workday at their prairie.
Address: 4103 Graustark., Houston, TX 77006
Monday, July 17, Willow Waterhole Demonstration Native Gardens, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
From Hazel Potvin: “We have 8 smallish gardens with concrete walkways around them so people can visit and observe. We are currently trying to get the weeds down in the gardens which were planted in March with plants from the City of Houston Natural Resources Dept. We work from 6-8 in the evenings because of the heat. The address is 5500 block of S. Willow. We drive up into the area but you can park at The Gathering Place at 5310 S. Willow and walk over. ” To RSVP and for more information, contact Hazel Potvin, email: hazelnut856@yahoo.com
May Be Changed. Updates will be posted on calendar next week:  Friday, July 21, Buffalo Bayou Park, Prairie Area Workday, 9:00 am – noon
For detailed information on meeting location and parking, please check the calendar, tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal,  for updates a few days before the event or contact JGonzalez@KatyPrairie.org
Cancelled: Friday, July 28, UH Downtown Pocket Prairie
Reason:  The construction in Johnny Goyen Park, site of the UHD Pocket Prairie, continues and appears unlikely to be completed by July 28th.

Regular monthly UP Team volunteer events are now posted on the calendar: tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal

Check the calendar for details.
  • 1st Saturdays: Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda)
  • 2nd Wednesday: Deer Park Prairie Workday
  • 2nd Thursdays: Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park
  • 2nd Saturdays: Hermann Park, Whistlestop Prairie Workday (near Japanese Garden)
  • 4th Thursdays: Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park
  • 4th Saturdays: Deer Park Prairie Workday
  • 4th Saturdays: Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda)


August Preview:

  • Monday, August 21, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Willow Waterhole Demonstration Native Plant Gardens
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.

Reminder: Invasive Species ID + Field Application (Sat, 6/24) & Butterfly ID Class (corrected – Thur 6/29)

Just a few more spaces left for this Saturday’s (6/24) Invasive Species ID Class and Field Application (9:00 am – noon) to be taught at Deer Park Prairie (DPP) by Glenn Merkord, essentially DPP’s volunteer “Land Manager”. This workshop will be a great primer on invasive species of the coastal prairie and will provide hands-on demonstrations of how to control these noxious weeds. $15 class fee includes materials and lunch. Class rated for novices. Click here for more information and registration.

Come and see the wildflowers in bloom at Deer Park Prairie and how non-native invasives are being controlled to ensure continued abundance of our native prairie wildflowers.

        

More spaces are also open for next Thursday’s Prairie Butterfly ID Class (6/29, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm) . Wally Ward, member of Butterfly Enthusiasts of Southeast Texas (B.E.S.T.), as well as Katy Prairie Conservancy Board Member and President of Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston will give an overview of local prairie butterflies and their identification at Trini Mendenhall Community Center in Spring Branch. Class rated for novices.  Click here for more information and registration.

Class participants are encouraged to practice their new knowledge and join Wally on a local butterfly field trip on Saturday, July 8th, 10 a.m. – noon at Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Indian Grass Preserve. For more information and registration for the field trip, Click here.  Note: due to unexpected problems, previous offer for a field trip on July 1st has been cancelled.