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Recently, the UP (Urban Prairie) Team was replanting areas of MD Anderson Prairie that had been under tarp and more for about two months for their 75th anniversary celebration. We were amazed at how much vegetation re-grew from roots or seeds since the tarp was removed at end of December.

Plants added were ones rescued before the tarp came down. Some were kept by Ahlene Shong at her home and  some at the COH Memorial ParkGreenhouse by the Gulf Coast Master Naturalists’ (native) Plant Propagation Program, led by Celeste Mead. We also spread prairie plant seeds – some from years past and some residuals from January’s Seed Cleaning and Packing Pizza Party.

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We like insects, snakes, frogs, fields of “tall weeds”!

Would you believe the Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston Chapter just convinced over 200 people to pay to hear about  liking snakes & frogs (herps), insects, a field of  “tall weeds” (pocket prairie at MD Anderson) and planting native plants to attract more insects (Doug Tallamy)!

David Renninger, facilities manager of MD Anderson, gave a fantastic talk about the MD Anderson Pocket Prairie at the corner of Fannin and Holcombe.  If you were not there – no problem, the talk is now on video: http://prairiepartner.org/video/david-renniger-urban-prairies-and-perspectives-2014-wildscapes. Another MD Anderson Employee & Gulf Coast Master Naturalist Vice-President, Michael Eckenfels found 37 species of bees at that pocket prairie. MD Anderson is really at the forefront of building healthy landscapes.

On Sunday about 20 people visited that Pocket Prairie at the corner of Holcombe & Fannin. Next schedule visit is during Prairie Month‘s Urban Prairies by Light Rail on Wednesday, October 29, 4:30 – 7:00 pm.  Or schedule a private tour by emailing HNPAT@texasprairie.org.

Keynote speaker Doug Tallamy also gave a terrific talk about certain birds are dependant a variety of caterpillars to feed their young. Planting more natives that support many species of caterpillars benefits the birds. See his talk also on video: http://vimeo.com/106079273 .

Thanks to Jaime Gonzalez for these two videos! Thanks to the Houston Zoo for providing the location for the workshop!