Grassland Wildlife with Pat Merkord

Grassland Wildlife
with Pat Merkord

Executive director, Native Prairies Association of Texas
North Texas Master Naturalists
Wednesday, November 8
6:30 to 8:45 pm

Meadows Conference Center
Oak Corner Conference Room
2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas, Texas 75204

Schedule:

  • 6:30 Meet and eat
  • 7:00 Introduction and Announcements
  • 7:20 Featured Presentation
  • 8:45 Adjournment

As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public. Hope to see YOU there!

Pat Merkord will speak on the wildlife, including birds and insects, that rely on prairies for their existence. Learn the vital role of prairies in migrating monarchs and the many grassland birds that do not rely on trees. Find out whose burrows laces the prairie soil and crawdads that tunnel down 10 feet or more. It’s a jungle in there!

Since 2006, Pat has been with the Native Prairies Association of Texas, a non-profit land trust that conserves, restores and educates about Texas prairies. She has served as Secretary and President of the Board and is now Executive Director. NPAT was founded in 1986 by a group of Texans concerned greatly about our disappearing prairie heritage, especially Texas’ endangered tallgrass prairies. It is a non-profit membership organization and land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. NPAT protects over 3,925 acres of native Texas prairie, including over 1340 acres of endangered/threatened tallgrass prairie.

An Austin native, Pat currently lives in Conroe, Texas with her husband, Glenn. Her Bachelor of Science degree is from Texas A&M Kingsville and her Master’s degree in biology is from Texas State University. Formerly a biology and chemistry teacher, she retired from teaching and started a biological consulting business, Bluestem Environmental Consultants, which has been operating since 2004. She enjoys birding, gardening with natives, and traveling around the state visiting with landowners, working to restore prairie habitats, and educating about Texas native prairies.