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:

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:

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.

Pat Merkford on Grassland Birds and Wildlife for Audubon 5/18

Grassland Birds and Wildlife for Audubon Dallas

Presented by Pat Merkford

Thursday evening, May 18
Meet and Greet – with light refreshments – 6:30
Audubon Dallas Chapter business meeting – 7:00
Program – 7:15
Half Price Books
5803 Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75231

Pat served the Board of Directors of the Native Prairies Association of Texas as  Secretary and President prior to moving into her current role, Executive Director. She owns a consulting business, Bluestem Environmental Consultants. Her previous business endeavors included wildlife management plans, wildlife and endangered species surveys, plant surveys and watershed evaluations.

A retired high school biology/chemistry teacher, Ms. Merkord earned her master’s degree in Biology with a specialty in Wildlife. She is especially interested in prairie conservation and restoration in Texas and is an an active member of the Maddin Prairie Committee, Maddin Prairie Preserve, in Mitchell County, Texas.

Pat and her husband, Glenn, have been active birders for many years and enjoy restoring their “urban acre” in Conroe with native plants.

Prescribed Burns for Prairie Health – Chapter Meeting 4/11

Tuesday, April 11th

6:30 pm

The Point and Pavilion at C.C. Young Senior Living
Flag Pole Classroom
4847 W Lawther Dr. 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 (closest to Lawther). See map below.

Let’s get hot! Our speaker is Stan Graff  of Northeast Texas Prescribed Burn Alliance  and the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange. He will speak on the many ways fire can be used to restore health and manage prairies, including prescribed burns and patch burns. 

For More Info: Leigh Ann Ellis, 214.321.7159

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Blackland Chapter Holiday Season Shindig

with Milo’s Christmas Tamale Celebration

Tuesday, December 13th

Milo Butterfingers
5645 SMU Blvd. at Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
Parking behind Milo’s and on SMU Blvd.


xmastamale2$5.00 requested donation at the door includes tamales and benefits Jesuits Scholarships

Thanks to Milo’s manager Tom Willard, one of our members, who has graciously opened his doors to us!

Workshop and Work Day: How to Collect Native Prairie Seeds

Workshop: How to Collect Native Prairie Seeds

by Randy Johnson, horticulture manager, Dallas Zoo & owner, Randy’s Organics (native plant nursery)

Saturday, November 19th

9 to 11 am – Boy Scout Hill

southwest corner of Mockingbird and Buckner

randy-johnsonWe will learn how to select the best seeds and which plants to focus on from Randy. Then we’ll collect on the Blackland NPAT work site on Boy Scout Hill at White Rock Lake. All seeds collected will be returned to City of Dallas Parks and Recreation for restoring other prairie sites around White Rock Lake.

Meet up at the small parking area and picnic structure at Boy Scout Hill. Easiest access is to take the turnoff for East Lawther off eastbound Mockingbird. From westbound, exit for East Lawther, take a left and then your first left at the stop sign