Teaming with Wildlife: How You Can Help – Sept Meeting 9/12

September NPAT meeting of combined Fort Worth and Blackland chapters

September 12 Monday

6:30 pm – social & networking
7pm – announcements & presentation

Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA
512 Lamar St. at 5th, Fort Worth, TX 76102
~ lot between 4th and 5th Ave. adjacent to YMCA
~ lot between 3rd and 4th St. across from YMCA
Look for YMCA signs; free with front desk validation

Contact Leigh Ann about carpooling from Dallas

TeamingWIthWildlife2Teaming With Wildlife: True To Texas is the state chapter of Teaming with Wildlife, a national coalition of businesses and organizations committed to restoring and conserving our native wildlife. The goal of Teaming with Wildlife is to find sustainable funding to support wildlife conservation and management efforts.

Recently, significant developments have created the potential to secure $100 million annually to fund state-based conservation efforts. The Texas House passed with HB 158 last year, finally gave Texas natural resources its long overdue funding.  Come and find out how you can help participate in one of the biggest “wins” in conservation history!

Sam KieschnickThe evening’s presenter, Sam Kieschnick, urban biologist for Texas Parks & Wildlife serving the east side of the DFW metroplex, will focus on the three A’s: Awareness, Appreciation and Action. Both chapters have hosted popular talks by Kieschnick who’s been in the national news lately for his iNaturalist work. Kieschnick previously worked as a nature educator with the City of Mansfield at Oliver Nature Park, as a naturalist at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, and as a science interpreter with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

For More Info: Leigh Ann Ellis, 214.321.7159

Texas & Cajun Prairies Symposium – Apply Now

Learn. Connect. Be Empowered.

tx-cajun-prair-fotoAttached is the agenda for the Texas & Cajun Prairies Symposium. The idea is for Texas prairie enthusiasts to travel from Houston (tentatively from Rice University) by bus (where we have a chance to socialize and network with each other) to the USGS’ Wetland and Aquatic Research Center in Lafayette, La. There we will meet with prairie enthusiasts of the Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society and have an afternoon of informative presentations (see agenda). Following that will be an evening Cajun Party and Fais-do-do!

Note on hotel rooms in Lafayette: there are rooms with 2 queen size beds, so cost can be shared. Cutoff date for getting the reduced conference room rate is September 3, 2016)

On Sunday, there will be a tours of the Eunice Cajun Prairie and the Duralde Prairie followed by lunch and the bus ride back to Houston.

Offer: members ( and new members) of Native Prairies Association of Texas from outside of Houston are invited to bring a sleeping bag and spend the night of Sept. 23 and/or Sept. 25 at the Deer Park Prairie house (there are some beds and lots of floor space; 1222 E. Purdue Lane 77536) or at Pat Merkord’s (Executive Director of NPAT) house in Conroe. Space limited. Reply to to reserve your space.

Attached are the agenda and the sponsorship letter that I have enclosed because the letter gives a good description of why we are doing this and has some great photos. Click link below to get PDF.

Agenda Texas and Cajun Prairies Symposium Agenda V2

Letter TX-LA Prairie Symp_Page_1

Should be fun! Sign up now!