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.

Invasives (6/24) – Butterflies (6/29) – Films (8/23)

Coastal Prairie Partnership & Houston Native Prairies Association of Texas are offering a summer of Invasive ID & Control, Butterflies, and Films. Details in the flyer below.

Invasive ID & Control: Saturday, June 24, 2017 by Glenn Merkord at DeerPark Prairie. Register Now.

Butterfly ID: Thursday, June 29, 2017 6:00 pm by Wally Ward (Click here to register for the class ).

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.

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Local Wildlife & Conservation Short Film Screening: HNPAT’S August 23rd Meeting at Cherie Flores Pavilion, 6:30 pm, refreshment; 7:00 pm program begins. Register for film screening.

Offsprings from Monarch Way Station from Deer Park Prairie Celebration

First 2 Monarchs to emerge by Janis Terry.

First 2 Monarchs to emerge. Photo by Janis Terry.

For the silent auction at the Deer Park Prairie Celebration on April 5, 2014, Barbara Willy donated 2 Monarch Way Stations.  Janis Terry won the bid on one of them. Barbara planted the Monarch Way Station in Janis’ yard shortly thereafter.  This is the result:

From Barbara Willy on October 9, 2014:

Janis’ Deer Park Auction Monarch way station delivered its first offspring. She took the caterpillars inside to protect them from predation and now the butterflies have “eclosed” (emerged) from their chrysalis. And I just noticed she has one male and one female. The black dot on the wing of top butterfly denotes male.

From Janis Terry to Barbara Willy earlier on the same day:

Two Monarchs were waiting for me this morning! They are the first that I know for sure came from the garden you planted. Exciting!