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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!

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Adventures with a Texas Botanist: Jason Singhurst – Texas Parks and Wildlife

A new youtube video was recently posted by Texas Park & Wildlife Department about TPWD’s Plant Ecologist/Botanist, Jason Singhurst, who is also a Native Prairies Association of Texas Board member. The video was in honor of an award that Jason recently received.

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See Jason at Deer Park Prairie and Memorial Park Prairie in Houston and watch NPAT member Katy Emde talk about what a pleasure it is to accompany Jason on one of this botanizing field trips.

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Th, 6/26″Flora of Deer Park Prairie” by TPWD botanist Jason Singhurst & 6/28 Wildflower Walk at DPP

Video: Jason Singhurst using a field press to preserve herbarium specimen of plants of Deer Park Prairie last October. This video is at http://youtu.be/4zLjE-wOsa0 (The explanation of what he is doing starts at ~1:30 minutes.) .

Thursday, ​June 26: “Flora of the Famous Cajun Prairie in Deer Park, Texas” by Jason Singhurst, author and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Botanist. Jason has done extensive studies on the plants at Deer Park Prairie. Come early at 6:30 p.m. and bring your unknown native plants to be identified by a botanist extraordinaire. ​

Time: 6:30 p.​m​. Refreshments & Plant ID by Botanist Jason Singhurst; 7:00 p​.​m.​Meeting begins

Location: 3015 Richmond Ave., 77098, 1st Floor Conference room, Parking lot entrance on Eastside​ St.

 

Saturday, ​June 28: ​Wildflower & Native Grass Field ​T​rip to Deer Park Prairie.9:00 a.m.  ​Email HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org (or reply) to ​RSVP ​and get driving and parking instructions.  This trip may be lead by newly trained Meadowlarks.

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Upcoming Meeting: Thursday, July 24 meeting: Night Flight: Prairie Moths & Other Night Insects” by Katy Emde followed by night time field trip to Deer Park Prairie to view the nocturnal insects. This meeting and the corresponding night field trip to Deer Park Prairie has been posted at http://NationalMothWeek.org/.

Saturday, July 26,  from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Nighttime field trip to the stunning Deer Park Prairie looking for nocturnal insects including native moths led by Katy Emde. Registration for field trip is required. Register now.

See more upcoming meetings at https://hnpat.wordpress.com/hnpat-activities/monthly-meetings/