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

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.

September Meeting with Brett Johnson

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 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).
 

Brett Johnson, Urban Biologist for Dallas Parks & Recreation, will be our guest speaker. He will speak about the progress and setbacks about the Blackland Prairie parcels at White Rock Lake, including Johnson grass and Queen Anne’s lace control, privet clearing, mowing practices, Flag Pole Hill plans, and more.

For Additional Information, contact Leigh Ann Ellis, 214.321.7159

Prairies of North Central Texas with Jason Singhurst

Tuesday, May 30, 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.

SPEAKER CHANGE! Jason Singhurst has to go out of town for an important matter and will join us this fall. New speaker/panel/discussion will be announced. 

Jason Singhurst has been a Botanist/Plant Ecologist at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for over 20 years. He coordinated a 95-county tallgrass prairie mapping project in Texas with a partnership with NPAT.  As a result of this mapping project partnership, Jason joined the NPAT board and has assisted with the Property, Acquisition, and Management (‘PAM’) Team. He has described five plant species new to science that are endemic (restricted) to Texas and co-authored the book Rare Plants of Texas. He has an extensive knowledge of the flora of Tallgrass Prairies. Recently, he developed an Identification of Milkweeds Field Guide in support of the Texas Milkweeds and Monarchs iNaturalist mapping project.

For Additional Information
Contact Leigh Ann Ellis, 214.321.7159

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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