Early Fall Seed Collecting Trips – 9/20 to 11/9

IT’S SEED COLLECTING TIME!

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Time 9:00 am – ~11:30 am
Dates & Locations:

No experience is necessary.  Collectors are very welcome to take some seeds home to grow or share with friends! Register here.

This fall, by volunteering to collect seeds, you will have opportunities to visit prairies or areas usually only open by appointment. We invite you to register, using the link below.  Please join Lan Shen and enjoy mornings on the prairie, while collecting seeds of native prairie plants for the Coastal Prairie Seed Increase Program and for use in restoration projects, in city pocket prairies, and in the Great Grow Out.

Registration required, so that we may notify you in case of cancellation due to inclement weather. Please click on this link to register

More December, 2015 Seed Collecting Trips

Sign up to be on the seed collecting email announcement list – email HNPAT​@TexasPrairie.org

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Seed Collecting
Friday, 12/11/15 @ Nash Prairie
Sunday, 12/13/15 @ Deer Park Prairie
Friday, 12/18/15 @ UH Coastal Center in La Marque
Seed Collecting at Nash Prairie, 10-12-15
Seed Collecting at Nash Prairie on 10/12/2015

Hi Seed Collectors,

Please join us for more seed collecting events this month (scroll down for details for each event).

  • Friday, December 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – noon or later at Nash Prairie just south of Brazos Bend State Park
  • ​Sunday, December 13, 2015, 1:00 pm to ~4:00 pm​ at Deer Park Prairie​ with Lan
  • Friday, December 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at UH Coastal Center with Jaime​ & Lan

Please RSVP with your cell phone number and indicate which event. You will be given date of event contact number.​ Late deciders are also welcome, but please know that we will not be able to contact you in case of cancellation.

Seed collecting is a leisurely way to enjoy the prairie and learn prairie plants. Walk with a companion in the prairie & run your hands up the appropriate seed head. Seeds that easily fall in your hand are ripe for collection. Or walk with a pair of scissors/pruners to cut off seeds with tough stems.

As always, wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Bring clippers if you have them.  Also recommended are long-sleeved shirt, hat, water, insect repellent, sunscreen.

*** Specific Information Below for Each Event ***

Nash Prairie: Friday, December 11, 2015, 10 a.m. – noon or later.  From Susan Conaty, email sent 12/4/15:

SEED COLLECTING AGAIN ON THE NASH
Same Place Same Time

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Liatris acidota – 10/12/2015

Thank you everyone who came out today to help collect liatris [Liatris acidota] for The Nature Conservancy. Your time and effort are greatly appreciated. It was such a beautiful successful day that we are going to collect again next Friday December 11th at 10:00 A.M.

If you have an electric hedge trimmer please bring it if you can, it will make the work easier.  Otherwise, bring the usual for seed collecting, scissors, paper sacks, gloves.  If you don’t have any of the above I will bring some extra.

You are welcome to hand collect seed for yourself or other project, after we collect for TNC

Reminder:
No facilities on the Nash.
Bring water

Meet at Nash Prairie
24110 County Road 25
(Or 29.254653,-95.60277)
Park on Orozimbo Rd (Cty Rd 255)
Damon, TX 77430
Driving Directions

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Deer Park Prairie: Sunday, December 13, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.​
1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536
Please bring a signed liability release: adult or adult+children .  Check out our newly completed viewing platform while you are there.


UH Coastal Center: ​Friday, December 18, 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Join Jaime & Lan for seed collecting at UH Coastal Center (usually not open to the public).
Meet in front of the gate in La Marque, TX, google map: https://goo.gl/maps/X3plH .  Please arrive on time, so we can go through the locked gate together.

Reminder: No facilities at UH Coastal Center.

See you on the prairie,

Lan

Come and help us collect prairie seeds, experience the prairie, help restoration efforts and also take some seeds home for your own garden.

Please send comments about your seed collecting trips to share with other prairie enthusiasts. Be sure to post photos of seed collecting trips at the CPP website: prairiepartner.org or send the photos to Lan Shen, HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org, and I will post them and credit the photos to you.

Information about this project, the individual teams, the seeds that we are collecting and when they would be ripe are online at http://prairiepartner.org/group/prairie-seed-council-of-texas.

Upcoming Events Announced on February 25, 2015

Come help prepare prairie plant demonstration garden on Deer Park Prairie Workdays

Come help prepare prairie plant demonstration garden on Deer Park Prairie Workdays

Friday, February 27, 9am-4pm: Workday at Texas Nature Conservancy’s Mowotony Prairie (near Nash Prairie). Meet at Nash & shuttle to Mowotony. The work includes clearing a barbwire fence of brush and moving the debris to a  pile in preparation for a prescribed burn. The work will be done with chainsaws and loppers. Also need people to help drag the debris to the burn pile.

Saturday, February 28 & March 28: Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536. Please do not park directly in front of our neighbors’ houses. Open to visitors until noon.

  • 7:30 am – bird survey
  • 9:00 am – noon Workday – continue work on building the prairie plant demonstration garden. No experience necessary.

Wedmesday, March 11, 9:00 am – noon: Deer Park Prairie Workday. Open to visitors until noon.

Wednesday evening & Saturday morning, March 25 & 28: Meadowlark training. Learn to be a prairie docent. Classroom instructions Katy Prairie Conservancy home office, 3015 Richmond Ave. Field training at Buffalo Bayou ParkMore information at this link.

Wednesday evening & Saturday morning, April 1 & April 4: Meadowlark training. Learn to be a prairie docent. Classroom instructions KPC home office in town. Field training at KPC’s Indian Grass Preserve. More information at this link.

Saturday, April 4: Field trip to Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary in E. TX. Joint field trip with Sierra club. Contact brandtshnfbt@juno.com for more information & to RSVP

Saturday, April 4, 2014, 8:00 am – noon: Sheldon Lake State Park. Green the Prairie. Volunteers are needed to plant 2,500 native coastal prairie grasses. This event will continue the restoration of 400 acres of farmland to native prairie habitat and reestablish the diverse wildlife that it once had. Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center, 14140 Garrett Road, Houston, Texas 77044, roshonda.gibbs@tpwd.texas.gov

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Click picture for link to flyer in pdf

 Save the Dates:

Saturday, April 25: Meadowlark docents needed at UH Coastal Center’s open house. Please help preserve this wonderful prairie by informing visitors of its value. Script for the tour will be provided, if desired.

April 6 – 12: Attwater Prairie Chicken Week. Preliminary information, subject to change. This blog will be updated, when the flyer is available – check back.greentheprairie 4.4.15

  • April 9: Evening lecture at Houston Zoo
  • April 8 & 10: Guided Tour: Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Breeding Facility at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. A rare chance to see where prairie chickens are bred and nurtured. Registration deadline is Monday, April 5 at 2 pm.
  • April 11-12, 2014 – Event: Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Booming – N – Blooming Festival @ Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge. Ride a refuge van to a special viewing platform and try to spot a real, wild prairie chicken on a beautiful 10,000 acre wildlife refuge. http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Attwater_Prairie_Chicken/

Saturday, May 9: Prairie Celebration at Deer Park Prairie with dinner at Monument Inn

Thursday – Saturday, November 12-14, 2015: Southern Plains and Prairie Conference (SPP, formerly SOP or State of the Prairie Conference)

 

 

Work Day On TNC Mowotony Prairie: Friday, 02/27/15 (near Nash)

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Great opportunity to see another high quality prairie and to help maintain it! Anyone wishing to carpool from Houston from the Kroger’s at W. Bellfort & S. Post Oak, email hnpat@texasprairie.org.

From Susan Conaty:

A work day at the Mowotony Prairie (part of the TNC Nash Prairie Preserve) is being scheduled for Friday February 27th from 9 to 4.
 
The work includes clearing a barbwire fence of brush and moving the debris to a  pile in preparation for a prescribed burn. The work will be done with chainsaws and loppers  Also need people to help drag the debris to the burn pile.
There is not enough room to park at the Mowotony Prairie.  The road does not have a shoulder and the ditch is steep. We will meet at the Nash Prairie and shuttle to the MowotonyDo not be concerned about not being able to leave the Mowotony when you want to . I will take anyone back to their car when ever they want to leave.
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Date:     Friday, February 27th
Time:    9:00AM – 4:00PM   (Can come for all or part of the time)
Place:    Mowotony Prairie  ( County Road 18 and Hwy 36 , south of Damon)  https://db.tt/OdR3ZVR5
 
Meet:    at the Nash Praire (CR 25 and CR 255)  https://db.tt/hlYqehcM [Google map to Nash: https://goo.gl/maps/0RB6m]
Bring:    loppers, trimmers,  chain saw if you have it and want to use it, water, snacks and or lunch,    
Wear:    gloves , boots, hat , sunscreen (safety equipment if you use a chainsaw.  Example; ear protection, eye protection, chaps)
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Questions and concerns contact:
Susan Conaty –  pmcsmc2@centurylink.net       979-417-1421
Aaron Tjelmeland – atjelmeland@TNC.ORG    409-941-9114
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            Thanks Susan Conaty

Fri, 2/27/15: Work Day On TNC Mowotony Prairie

Nash Mowotony Map

Join the Cradle of Texas TMN in a workday and great opportunity to enjoy Nash & Mowotony Prairie.
Please email HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org, if you would like to carpool – probably from either Starbucks at Meyerland (on Beechnut) or Krogers at W. Bellfort & S. Post Oak.
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From: Peter S susan conaty
Subject: Work Day On TNC Mowotony Prairie 02/27/15

…A work day at the Mowotony Prairie (part of the Texas Nature Conservancy’s Nash Prairie Preserve) is being scheduled for Friday February 27th from 9 to 4.
The work includes clearing a barbwire fence of brush and moving the debris to a  pile in preparation for a prescribed burn.  The work will be done with chainsaws and loppers  Also need are people to help drag the debris to the burn pile.
There is not enough room to park at the Mowotony Prairie.  The road does not have a shoulder and the ditch is steep. We will meet at the Nash Prairie and shuttle to the Mowotony.  Do not be concerned about not being able to leave the Mowotony when you want to . I will take anyone back to their car when ever they want to leave.
Date:     Friday, February 27th
Time:    9:00AM – 4:00PM   (Can come for all or part of the time)
Place:    Mowotony Prairie  ( County Road 18 and Hwy 36 , south of Damon)       https://db.tt/OdR3ZVR5
 
Meet:    at the Nash Praire (CR 25 and CR 255)   https://db.tt/hlYqehcM
 
Bring:    loppers, trimmers,  chain saw if you have it and want to use it. Water, snacks and or lunch,
Wear:    gloves , boots, hat , sunscreen (safety equipment if you use a chainsaw.  Example; ear protection, eye protection, chaps)
 
Questions and concerns contact: 
Susan Conaty
Aaron Tjelmeland
(Email HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org and your questions will be forwarded.)
 
Thanks Susan Conaty

Prairie Month Event Photos

Below are photos from some of the Prairie Month Events:

October 11, 2014: Bioblitz at Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Indian Grass Preserve.

We saw damselfly, green frog, two snakes, many plants native and non-native, plus the nursery behind the field office, where prairie plants for restoration are raised and volunteers work on Tuesdays. KPC is in the process of restoring Indian Grass Preserve with Boys Scouts’ planting prairie plants from gallon pots on November 15 and seeding of the prairie in January.  More bioblitz photos.

 

October 16, 2014: Restoration Roundup at the Rosenberg Civic Center & Seabourne Creek Park.

Videos of most morning talks are posted at the Coastal Prairie Partner’s website (prairiepartner.org).

Lisa Gray was presented the Dick Benoit Upper Texas Coast Prairie Award for her series of articles last year on Deer Park Prairie, articles that were one of the elements instrumental in saving the prairie.

Afternoon demonstrations were held at the Seabourne Creek Park Prairie. Chip Davis brought the burn box that he made for Harris County Flood Control. Jim Willis brought equipment appropriate for small pocket prairie restorations. More Restoration Roundup photos.

 

October 20, 2014:  Seed Collecting at the Nature Conservancy’s Nash Prairie. 

 

November 8, 2014: Prairie Pandemonium at Sheldon Lake State Park.

Thanks to Jerry Hamby for these photos:

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Thanks to all participants of Prairie Month.