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

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

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.

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.

America’s Grasslands Conference

NPAT will be a part of the next America’s Grasslands Conference takes place November 14-16, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. It brings together researchers, natural resource professionals, farmers and ranchers, policy experts, and conservationists to discuss relevant issues related to the conservation of North America’s grasslands. More information here.

Photo by Chris Emory

Texas Society for Ecological Restoration: Resilience & Connectivity at Our Roots

November 10 – 12

Texas Society for Ecological Restoration connects researchers, practitioners, growers, land managers and teachers engaged in ecologically sensitive repair and management of ecosystems. Their annual TSER conference provides a great opportunity to learn what Texas restoration and conservation practitioners are doing in the field.

This year’s conference on Nov. 10 to 12 in Denton showcases the momentous work of Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area and the keynote speaker will be Dr. Ken Steigman of LLELA. The event includes in-depth guided explorations of LLELA, including kayaking on the Trinity River. In addition, there is a full array of talks, workshops, and a ranch grazing field trip.

Social opportunities abound at the TSER, including a BBQ at the LLELA prairie, nighttime starlight Student & Young Professional Roundtable, and an awards dinner.

Register here.

Pocket Prairies with Pat Merkord

Discover the beauty and diversity of the native prairies across Texas and learn tips on how to create your own miniature wildscape at home.

Sat, July 22, 2017
10 – 11:30 AM
North Haven Gardens

free, please register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pocket-prairies-tickets-35573353859

Since 2006, Pat Merkord 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.

Find out what constitutes a “true prairie remnant” and gain insight into the sustainable habitat that was here in the Dallas Ft.Worth area before it was settled.

NPAT was founded in 1986 by a group of Texans concerned greatly about our disappearing prairie heritage, especially Texas’ endangered tallgrass prairies, and 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.

To make a donation: Native Prairies Association Online Donation

For more on the association: Texasprairie.org

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.