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)

 

 

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.