HNPAT Theme for 2015: Highlighting Local Prairies

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HNPAT’s theme for 2015 is to highlight local prairies. Toward that goal, one or more prairies or pocket prairies/prairie gardens will be highlighted at each meeting and in field trips throughout the year. As they are highlighted, these prairies will be marked on a google map: http://tinyurl.com/nbdesxt

The map contains 3 layers:

  • Natural Large Prairies in Greater Houston (Houston & 7 surrounding counties)
  • Pocket Prairies / Prairie Gardens in Greater Houston
  • Prairies for Day Trips from Houston

The viewer need only to check the box by the layer or layers to be viewed in order to pull up the prairies in that category. Then click on the desired prairie to see additional information.

At the February 25, 2015 meeting, Barbara Willy will talk about the prairies at Seabourne Creek Nature Park and at Brazos Bend State Park.

Keep checking this map, as we put in more information throughout this year.

Prairies Vanishing & Ted Talk on Using Prairie & Nature in Cities

Thanks to Don Verser for the article and the link to Mark Simmon’s Ted Talk:
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From: Don Verser
Date: Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Subject: Another Bringing Nature Home talkhttp://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Eco-metropolis-Deploying-the-Po;search%3AMark%20simmons

Ted Talk on Eco-metropolis: Deploying the Power of Nature by Mark Simmons, Director of the Ecosystem Design Group at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas.  The talk is on lawns vs prairies, storm water retention area with native plants…using nature in cities.