Spring Calendar for Blackland chapter of NPAT

February

Work morning at White Rock Lake, Dallas

(replaces February monthly meeting)
TO BE RESCHEDULED DUE TO weather — Saturday, February 17, 9 to 10:30 am

Boy 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.

Due to its location at the corner of two large thoroughfares, Boy Scout Hill is possibly the most visible Blackland Prairie remnant in Dallas. Let’s help it looks the best it can. Identify spring growth, clean up trash as needed, start pulling Queen Anne’s lace.

This workday is approved for North Texas Master Naturalist Hours.

For More Info: Leigh Ann Ellis, 214.321.7159

March

General meeting. Topic: 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 Abeline. Maddin Prairie Preserve is remnant and restored mixed-grass prairie, mesquite savanna, and riparian area. It provides habitat for the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), a threatened species in Texas, and bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus). Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) reintroduction is in progress featuring a colony of rescued animals.

 

April

Field Trip to Maddin Prairie

Saturday, April 7

Details to be announced

May

Bio Blitz at Paul Matthews Prairie

Date and details to be announced.

Photo by Paul Mathews

June

Northeast Texas Prairie Bus Tour

Saturday, June 16

Details to be announced

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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.”

Just a few more $ needed to fund Paul Mathews Prairie

Coming down the home stretch for Paul Mathews Prairie funding. Exciting! Please help NPAT preserve this rare 100 acres of true Blackland Prairie. Share this flier! Donate here: https://app.etapestry.com/…/NativePrair…/mathewsprairie.htmlPaul-Mathews-flyer

Check out this great PowerPoint presentation by the Fort Worth NPAT chapter.

mathews power point 1

 

Cedar Ridge Preserve Field Trip

Photo by Ben Sandifer, Trinity Trails Blog

Saturday, November 11

Meet 9:30 am at Cedar Ridge Preserve

7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75249

Carpooling recommended; parking very limited on weekends.

Tom Willard introduces the Blackland Chapter to the prairie parts of Cedar Ridge Preserve in southwest Dallas County. The county’s highest elevation at 755 feet, the 600 acres (formerly the Dallas Nature Center) offers some astounding views and a wide variety of habitats. This will be in lieu of the November BNPAT meeting. Trail map.

It will take 90 minutes for the complete tour. Though it will involve quite a bit of walking, we will start with the close, easy walking sites, and then progress to the more challenging. You can bow out at any time.

Discover some well-established prairies, and examine overgrown prairies and those being restored. (A BNPAT workday will be the following Saturday.) We’ll discuss the challenging aspect with prairie restoration and maintenance. 

Comfortable work shoes or boots, hat, and sunglasses recommended. Bring a water bottle and insect repellent. Questions? Email thikesto@aol.com, text or call 469-766-7572.

Details on November 18 workday.