Midwest Native Prairies at Chapter Meeting 2/14

Tuesday, February 14th

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.



Pat Merkford of NPAT to speak on midwestern native prairies.


Photo: Columbus, Ohio prairie by Jim McCormac


Morning sun lights up the grasses and scattered trees of Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve, northern IndianaPhoto: Indiana Prairie courtesy The Nature Conservancy

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Daphne Prairie Field Trip

January 28-29

Mount Vernon, Texas

Join this NPAT field trip to visit our newest addition to our land portfolio, the beautiful 922-acre Daphne Prairie in Northeast Texas near Mount Vernon. It happens on January 28-29, 2017.

Daphne-by-StalinSMView this large and very rare tract of Alfisol Prairie with grassland sparrows and other winter birds protected on this property. You do not have to be experienced in birding or wildlife surveying and all can participate by joining the experts as we explore this property and document its species.

Please contact Pat Merkord for information and directions to the property. There will be carpools from the Dallas area and the Houston area if you would like a ride or you may come on your own. pat_merkord@texasprairie.org or call 936-827-7973.

Prep yourself by contacting Timothy Stephen Dalbey for a CD of his report from last year. See his contact info in Visitor Posts in the right column (on computers) on our Facebook page.

Here’s our post from last summer on the field trip. Includes a 360-degree video.

Amy Martin’s poetic report on Daphne is the last section of this article: http://www.greensourcedfw.org/…/north-texas-wild-columnist-…

Maddin Prairie Preserve Winter Bird Survey, Monitoring & Maintenance Field Trip

January 21 & 22, 2017

16003005_574499866092513_7794637711326160865_nIf you would like to explore our fabulous preserve of the Rolling Plains ecoregion consider joining NPAT on a field trip to Maddin Prairie Preserve near Colorado City, between Abeline and Midland. It happens on January 21 and 22.

It is possible to carpool from Houston, Fort Worth and Austin or you can come on your own.

We will be doing surveys of the property including our winter bird point count, survey of prairie dogs and a general wildlife survey. There will be other maintenance activities that will require volunteer help as well such as checking the fence line and water pipes. There are always surprises waiting for visitors such as the burrowing owls living in the prairie dog burrows last January or the porcupine in a tree by Champion Creek that flows through the property on its way to the Colorado river.

To join this field trip contact kirsti_harms@texasprairie.org or pat_merkord@texasprarie.org or call Pat at 936-827-7973.

First chapter meeting of 2017!

Tuesday, January 10th
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.

Chapter member and archaeologist Tim Dalbey will present his findings on our June 4, 2016 tour of Northeast Texas prairies.

Also to be addressed at the meeting: Officers, meeting topics, and field trips for 2017.

Photo essay on the 2016 trip by chapter member Amy Martin.

For More Info: Leigh Ann Ellis, 214.321.7159

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

“The State of Quail” at chapter meeting in Fort Worth 11/12

November NPAT meeting of combined Fort Worth and Blackland chapters

November 12 Monday

6:30 pm – social & networking
7pm – announcements & presentation

Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA
512 Lamar St. at 5th, Fort Worth, TX 76102
~ lot between 4th and 5th Ave. adjacent to YMCA
~ lot between 3rd and 4th St. across from YMCA
Look for YMCA signs; free with front desk validation

Contact Leigh Ann about carpooling from Dallas

tpwd-logo-largeJason Hardin, Upland Game Bird Specialist for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will present “The State of Quail” covering the history and management of bobwhite quail in Texas. Learn how prairie preservation is essential for bobwhite quail to make a comeback, and how TPWD and partners are addressing the issue.

Jason Hardin – Upland Game Bird Specialist with TPWD:

  • Former Quail and Grassland Birds Program coordinator with Audubon Texas
  • Former Research Associate with Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management – Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • B.S. in Forest Wildlife Management – Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Landowner in Leon County, Texas
  • Husband and Father of two

For More Info: Leigh Ann Ellis, 214.321.7159