Reminder: THIS Weekend is Bioblitz at Deer Park Prairie

Join us to catalog and view the flora and fauna of Deer Park Prairie!

Pat Merkord, Executive Director of NPAT, will be leading this event. See flyer on our home page HoustonPrairie.org for the entire weekend’s program on Saturday, 10/22 & Sunday, 10/23.

1/28/15 HNPAT Meeting & Miscellaneous News

Wed, 1/28 HNPAT mtg at Deer Park Prairie – Damien Carey & Pat Merkord on Birds of Deer Park Prairie; TPWD Frogloggers for detecting Crawfish Frog & others; Prairie Demo Garden, etc.

 Wednesday, January 28:
HNPAT January Meeting
Birding at Deer Park Prairie:
Birds That Utilize A Coastal Prairie Remnant

by Damien Carey & Pat Merkord

@ House on the Deer Park Prairie
1222 E. Purdue, Deer Park 77536
6:30 p.m. – Refreshments; 7:00 p.m. Program Starts

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Bird data for Deer Park Prairie:
The bird information for Deer Park Prairie will be consolidated soon.  However, for those wanting to view it immediately, the following links will take you to raw data currently available: 

Next Deer Park Prairie Workdays: 
Wednesday, February 11, 9:00 a.m. – noon.
Saturday February 28, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Workdays contact:
Glenn Merkord Glenn@Merkord.com or 936-827-7978
Wear rubber boots! Bring gardening tools that you have such as loppers, pruners, saws, garden gloves, etc. Limited amount of tools also available for use.

Next Deer Park Prairie Bird Survey:
Saturday, February 28, 7:30 a.m.
contact:
HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org

Next Meeting:
WEDNESDAY, February 25, 2015

Barbara Willy on
Monarch Butterflies & Growing Native Milkweeds
@3015 Richmond Ave. 77098 (Parking lot entrance on Eastside)
6:30 p.m. – Refreshment; 7:00 p.m. – Meeting starts.
Barbara is a Coastal Prairie Master Naturalist & Brazos Bend State Park Volunteer.  She is growing native milkweeds in her greenhouse and has put in many Monarch Way Stations including with a St. Thomas University environmental group.

Miscellaneous HNPAT News

Thanks to all our amazing volunteers who worked tirelessly this winter. Eventually a blog with photos will be posted.  Sorry for the delay!

From Kelly Norrid, Urban Wildlife Biologist, Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.:  Tomorrow he & Diana Foss “are putting in a couple of acoustic monitors (frogloggers) in Deer Park Prairie to monitor for the Crawfish Frog (and other species).  We need to get the loggers out there ASAP because it is believed that they call as early as December through February….If you know of any volunteers that would like to assist with checking on the monitors & replacing batteries, feel free to give them my contact info…
Kelly’s contact info: kelly.norrid@tpwd.texas.gov.

Judy Thomas and Pat Merkord are talking about building a demonstration prairie garden along the cyclone fence backing onto the school. Anyone wishing to help, please contact Judy (jrthomas01@aol.com).

More pocket prairie are being established!  Yesterday, Hazel Potvin and Helen James received donations of prairie plants from the Gulf Coast Master Naturalists (Native) Plant Propagation Program (GCMN-PPP) for urban pocket prairies. Hazel and Noreen Hoard, Past-President of HNPAT are restoring a pocket prairie remnant, part of Westbury Community Garden. Helen, working with Eileen Hatcher are putting a pocket prairie at Japhet Creek Park.

Work for the November 12-14 Prairie Conference to be held at the Houston Zoo is coming along. Volunteers who wish to be involved, please contact (janis.terry@txgcmn.org) and she will put you down on the list. Thanks to Janis for being willing to be volunteer coordinator!  More information will be posted on our volunteer conference needs as they become available.  Locally, Celeste Mead and Cheryl Sedivec will be working on securing a hotel package. Conference calls are scheduled to talk about theme and topic strands for the conference.

We are still looking for possible meeting locations after this fall, since the building at Richmond Ave. will be torn down.  Thanks to Eileen Hatcher for her suggestion.  Other suggestions are welcome.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Birding at Deer Park Prairie: January 28 HNPAT Meeting at Deer Park Prairie

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
HNPAT Meeting
Birding at Deer Park Prairie:
A Look at Birds that Utilize a Coastal Prairie Remnant

6:30 p.m. (Refreshment); 7:00 p.m. (Meeting starts)
At the House on Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park 77536

Presented by:
Damien Carey – Birding Expert who has been doing bird surveys at DPP since 2013
Pat Merkord – NPAT Executive Director, Birder and Organizer of DPP Birding Surveys

Find out how birds rely on and utilize Lawther Deer Park Prairie throughout the year and why this rare remnant prairie is so significant to coastal bird populations including neotropical migrants, grassland species, winter & summer residents and breeding birds.

Note: The meeting will be at Deer Park Prairie because the conference room at 3015 Richmond Ave. is unavailable that day.
For carpooling from Meyerland (near the Starbucks & Becks Prime), contact Lan at HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org . Probable meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

Join Damien Carey for a morning of bird surveying and/or Glenn Merkord for workday on Saturday, January 24.  Bird survey starts at 7:30 a.m.; workday is 9:00 a.m. – noon.  1222 E. Purdue Lane, 77536. Contact HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org.  Your information will be forwarded to either Damien or Glenn.