Kim Olson at May 8th meeting

Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association and Blackland Chapter, NPAT will combine meetings to hear Kim Olson, Col., United States Air Force (Ret.) speaking on her experiences in beekeeping and native grasslands on her family farm in Mineral Wells.

Kim will also share what she is hearing about these topics as she travels the state as 2018 Democratic Nominee, for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. Kim has a vast resume including former Director of HR, DISD, and former CEO of Grace After Fire.

May 8th
6:30pm-8:00pm

In the Beekeepers Meeting Room, in the Pavilion, CC Young

Seating is limited.

For additional information contact Leigh Ann Ellislaellis55@aol.com, 214.395.1902

Spring Calendar

April

Field Trip to Maddin Prairie

Saturday, April 7

yellow.flowers maddinColorado City, west of Abilene

Workday on a wide-open 1,114-acre western prairie with horned lizards, prairie dogs, and abundant birds and deer.Spectacular sunsets and starwatching.

More info on Maddin Prairie

A 4-hour drive, staying Friday and/or Saturday night recommended. Camping, travel trailer, or Comfort Inn in Colorado City. Maximum of 12 participants, a few spaces left.

For details contact: Leigh Anne Ellis

 

Prairie Walks

April 7 to 27

NTMN.logoDallas County

North Texas Master Naturalists’ series of prairie discovery walks in April and May. Generally one hour long and led by experts in plants, grasses, birds, insects, amphibians, and geology.

Info Here

Facebook Page

RSVP at Meetup

 

flag.pole.hill. naturalNaturalist Walk: Flagpole Hill prairie

Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

(replaces February monthly meeting)

Walk the Flagpole Hill prairie and learn about the rare gilgai soil formations. Get a close look at spring wildflowers. Listen for crepuscular birds. Witness a great sunset. Led by Amy Martin. Meet at the picnic shelter.

 

Work morning at White Rock Lake, Dallas 

Saturday, April 21, 9:30 am

BoyScoutHill-map2Boy Scout Hill, southwest corner of Mockingbird and Buckner

Access from eastbound Mockingbird, turn on East Lawther, take first left in parking lot. Or take East Lawther exit from westbound Mockingbird, turn left on East Lawther, go to stop sign, take left to top of hill and a right into the parking lot.

Plant identification, pulling of invasive Queen Anne’s lace, clean up trash as needed.

 

May

BNPAT meeting

TBA

 

Prairie Walks

May 5 to 12

600_468816344Dallas County

North Texas Master Naturalists’ series of prairie discovery walks in April and May. Generally one hour long and led by experts in plants, grasses, birds, insects, amphibians, and geology.

Info Here

Facebook Page

RSVP at Meetup

June

National Prairie Day

June 2 – first Saturday of June

Info Here

National-Prairie-Day-wide

 

Northeast Texas Prairie Bus Tour

Saturday, June 16 (date tentative)

Details TBA

 

 

General Meeting: Presentation on Maddin Prairie

Tuesday, March 13, 6:30pm

Flag Pole classroom at The Point and Pavilion at C.C. Young Senior Living 
4847 W Lawther between Mockingbird and E Northwest Hwy Drive to the top of the hill and park.

A presentation on Maddin Prairie , a 1,114-acre NPAT property west of Abilene. Maddin Prairie Preserve is remnant and restored mixed-grass prairie, mesquite savanna, and riparian area.

A black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) reintroduction is in progress at Maddin featuring a colony of rescued animals. It also provides habitat for the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), a threatened species in Texas, and bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus).

Maddin photo album

What We Learned from the America’s Grassland Conference

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
6:30 to 8 pm

The Point and Pavilion at C.C. Young Senior Living
Flag Pole Classroom

4847 W Lawther between Mockingbird and E Northwest Hwy
Drive to the top of the hill and park. The Point is on the west side of the quadrant

Pat Merkord, executive director of NPAT, on what she gleaned from talks and field trips she experienced at America’s Grassland Conference held last December in Fort Worth. She will also catch us up on Mathews Prairie, issues in the Texas legislatures, and other NPAT news. 

For more information. contact Leigh Ann Ellis: 214.321.7159.

Blackland Chapter Holiday Shindig

with Milo’s Christmas Tamale Celebration

Tuesday, December 12th
6:30 to 9 pm

5645 SMU Boulevard at Greenville, Dallas, TX 75206
Limited parking behind Milo’s and on SMU Blvd. Rideshare if you can. 
 

We gather in the open and rambling spaces of Milo to recount a year saving prairie spaces and tip a few to congratulate ourselves.

The party at Milo Butterfingers is also a fundraiser for the Bob Uhler Jesuit Scholarship Fund. A $10 donation will be requested {not demanded} which will entitle you to plenty of tamales, two draft beers and a raffle. You can also order off the regular menu.

Cedar Ridge Preserve Workday

Saturday, November 18, 8 am

Plant preparation: 8 am
Planting: 9 am
Carpooling recommended; parking very limited on weekends.

We will help restore a Blackland Prairie parcel that has had no attention since the ‘90s. Volunteers will plant 250 one-gallon pots of native grasses and forbs. Jobs include moving plants, digging holes, prepping soil, planting, and watering. Wear long pants and hiking boots. Hats and sunglasses recommended. Bring a water bottle and insect repellent.

Volunteer signup page: https://www.volunteersignup.org/H7DTF

Questions? Contact Tom Willard at thikesto@aol.com or 469-766-7572, who says “You will be hard-pressed to find more fun than joining us.”

Mathews Prairie is Saved!

It was clear to prairie fans that $50,000 for a rare 100-acre plot of Blackland Prairie was a special opportunity. They rose to the occasion. With donations ranging from $20 to $10,000, and a major fundraising event by the Fort Worth NPAT chapter, Mathews Prairie was purchased in record time.

A big celebration will be held in January. Check our Facebook page for a report from an Liatris Matthews Prairie P1270202informal multi-group celebration excursion held there in November.

Mathews Prairie is under a conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy, but intense encroachment pressures led to NPAT to purchase the prairie and co-manage with TNC as it does with Mary Talbot Prairie. With the 1400-acre Clymer Meadow, Mathews, and other prairie remnants, Hunt County has the greatest concentration of Blackland projects in North Texas.

“The plant community on this particular remnant is incredibly diverse and shows many of the ‘indicator’ species known in the area thought to only grow in a true prairie are abundant on Mathews Prairie in summer,” says Brandon Belcher, North Texas Preserves Manager for TNC. “These prairies all work together as islands to support one another through genetic exchange.”