June 5 – Della Barbato, Director of Education, co-facilitated an education workshop at the NAPC with Jaime Gonzales titled Prairie 101 – Teaching City-Slickers about Prairies through School Lessons, Pocket Prairies, Storytelling and Technology. I asked Rhonda Burrow from Katy High School to discuss her experiences building a one-acre pocket prairie on her campus. Workshop topics discussed: NPAT and history, Deer Park Prairie and history, my student and adult education programs, connecting the ecosystem to belief and value systems, teaching audiences about themselves and where they live, connecting to neighborhoods, building pocket prairies with signage to educate and a name that connects with them, and building the Katy HS Pocket Prairie.
8:30 p.m. Doors open – visitors are encouraged to walk and view the prairie in the relative coolness and breeze around sunset
~ 9:00 p.m. or after dark: Moth and night insect viewing begins
Visitors are welcome to drop by and leave at any time. Cost: Free
Moth and insect enthusiasts Katy Emde and John Schneider will set up black (UV) lights and white screen to attract moths and other night insects. We had some Harris County firsts last year and a lot of fun! Once it gets dark, we’ll see what shows up! We’ll be ID’ing, photographing and talking moths and other night insects such as the silver butt beetle. Light refreshments will be served in the house – please register, so we can get an estimate for food.
In the May, 2019, Texas Wildlife is an article by Keith Pawelek, Associate Director of Texas Naive Seeds Program titled “Land Disturbance, Problem or Opportunity”. The article gives tips on how to use land disturbance as an opportunity to improve the wildlife habitat of a property and can be found at this link: https://issuu.com/texaswildlifeassociation/docs/2019-05-proof5/44. The emphasis is on seeding with native plants.
Thanks to Alyssa Conn for pointing out this article.
For a size to actually read it, hover the cursor on the page and click the full screen icon that appears (on the lower right). Aside: I hate issuu, however, that is the only format where I found the article. How long the link will be active is unknown, so if you want to save the article, take screen shots and save that way.
Lawther – Deer Park Prairie Preserve Celebrating the 5-Year Anniversary of the purchase and conservation easement that saved this 52-acre incredible prairie remnant
April 27 – Saturday SPRING WILDFLOWER DAY AT THE LAWTHER – DEER PARK PRAIRIEPRESERVE
1222 E Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536 (Please do not park directly in front of our neighbors’ houses)
Join the Houston Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas for Talks and Tours at the prairie. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring your camera! This is a City Nature Challengeevent (citynaturechallenge.org and previous blog)
7:30 Birding Tour (Prairie open only for bird tour participants) 9:00 Prairie Opens 9:15 iNaturalist Review 9:30 Prairie Plants Talk & Tour 10:30 Insects & Pollinators Talk & Tour 11:30 – 12:30 Complementary Lunch 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Prairie Open for Visitors
Learn about living organisms on the coastal prairie by participating in two City Nature Challenge events on Houston Prairies:
On Saturday, April 27 at Deer Park Prairie in east Harris County. More information here.
On Sunday, April 28 at Katy Prairie Conservancy Preserve in far west Harris County. See below.
From a Katy Prairie Conservancy announcement:
Join us for City Nature Challenge! Let’s help Houston win by participating in KPC’s City Nature Challenge Event!
When: Sunday, April 28th from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Matt Cook Memorial Wildlife Viewing Platform & Rockhollow Creek on the Katy Prairie Conservancy Preserve
What: The City Nature Challenge is a competition between cities of the world using iNaturalist.org. This international bioblitz-style competition asks individuals to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the world. Houston will compete against other cities to see which one can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the greatest number of people.
Sound fun? Meet at the Matt Cook Viewing Platform parking lot (Location: http://www.katyprairie.org/visit or google map) at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, April 28. Please dress for the outdoors (closed toe shoes, long pants, hat); also recommended are sunscreen, bug spray, water. Bring your camera and a signed liability release or sign one when you get there. For more information, email Lshen@katyprairie.org.
Note: no bathroom facilities available at the location.
Can’t come? Sign up for an iNaturalist.org (free) account and post photos or sounds (e.g. bird calls) of living organisms from greater Houston (see this link for map of area) between 12 a.m. CDT April 26 and 11:59 p.m. CDT April 29. You do not have to identify the organism. You can take photos to be posted later, but within the contest time span. In order for your photos to count, be sure to turn your location on when taking the photos OR enter the locations manually on the computer, when uploading the photos. For more information, see our previous blog.