Visit to Frankford Prairie – Feb. 13

  • Date: February 13
  • Time: 10:00-12:00 (approximately)
  • Address: 17400 Muirfield Dr, Dallas, TX 75287

We ask that you wear your mask and maintain social distance for this tour. 
Read about Frankford Prairie:
https://frankfordpreservationfoundation.org/
https://travelartsy.com/old-frankford-church-and-town-of-frankford/

Leading our tour will be Katherine Power, President Frankford Preservation Foundation and Gary Barton, North Texas Master Naturalist. If you are planning on joining us please RSVP to Brenda Catlett at btcatlett@gmail.com.

“Power will discuss the successful efforts to restore the Frankford Church in far North Dallas and the subsequent discovery of a rare remnant of the Blackland Prairie. This native prairie soil thrives with wildflowers and includes what is referred to as an everlasting spring. This has led Power, who is the descendant of Collin County pioneers, to promote further efforts to find and protect other native areas of Texas.”

Spring 2015 Prairie Tours

There are a few prairie tours this spring that you should know about.

On April 18th & 19th tours will be given on Frankford Prairie near Frankford & the tollway.  Visit http://www.frankfordcemetery.org/ for more information.  Note: signing up is requested.

On May 2nd, the North Texas Master Naturalists will host Native Plants and Prairies Day at White Rock lake which will include tours of the White Rock prairie.

On Sunday, May 3 at 10am, Eric Reed will lead a tour of Beck’s Creek Blackland Prairie & Springs.

On May 16th, the Nature Conservancy is opening Clymer Meadow for a tour.  Visit the Nature Conservancy website for more info.  Note:  RSVP is required as space is limited.

On June 6th, our own Pat Merkord will give a tour of NPAT’s Mary Talbot Prairie in Bowie County.  See post on this website.

Know of other tours?  Let us know and we’ll add them to this post.  For all similar interest events the Master Naturalists have a great calendar!  http://public.ntmn.org/calendar

Spring Events

Workshop Status

Thank you for all the RSVPs.  We have determined we have enough to hold the workshop.  If you haven’t RSVP’d, you are more than welcome to come.

On March 28th, Pat Merkord will be giving workshop on “Native Prairie Indicator Species: Signs Prairie Hunters Seek” at the Bath House Cultural Center at 10:00 am.

Find out what the top 10 indicator grass and wildflower species for Dallas area blackland prairies are and have hands on opportunities to identify selected grasses and forbs.
This workshop will help those interested in looking for prairies or those who want to learn more on how to identify prairie indicator species an opportunity to expand their prairie knowledge.

Schedule:
10-10:30 – Set up
10:30 to 11:30 – Introduction to top 10 Prairie Indicator Species for Blackland Prairies
(Includes tips on ID with actual specimens)
11:30 to 12:00 – Lunch – Please bring your own brown bag lunch on site
12:00 to 1:00 – More in-depth view of Prairie Indicator Species using nearby prairie site walk and field specimens
1:00 to 1:30 – Presentation Wrap-up on some North Texas Prairies


Texas Buckeye Trail Tour

Revison:  Tim Dalbey (& possibly Jim Flood) has graciously offered to take us on another field trip.  This time to view the blooming Buckeyes along the Texas Buckeye Trail.  They’ve offered to guide us Sunday, March 29 at 10am, weather permitting.

“The Texas Buckeye Trail is a natural surface nature trail that meanders into the Trinity River’s hardwood bottomland forest. Trail destinations include the River Overlook and the Buckeye Grove. Both paths will lead you to the river’s edge deep into the forest surrounded by mature Bur Oak, Cedar Elm and Pecan trees. This trail provides the hiker a true wild outdoor experience less than four miles from downtown Dallas!”

The Buckeye Trail can be found at the south end of Bexar Street: 7000 Bexar Street.  Park in the cul-de-sac  Bexar Street exits right of Hwy. 175 (road to Kaufman at the I-45 split) heading south to Houston after downtown if coming that way down Central.  Or, go south on Jim Miller like to the escarpment sites we visited, right on Bruton off Jim Miller, to Hwy 175 ramp onto Hwy. 175 going towards town and take Bexar exit and then turn left on Bexar and go to the end where there is a cul-de-sac and the trail head.  Jim Flood and Tim use to clear the trail and do plant inventories for the bottomland hardwood forest.  Jim has been doing a privet eradication project for his Master Naturalist hours.


No April meeting

Because of a lot of members will be at the Dallas City Councilman’s candidate forum at our regularly scheduled time and other associations meetings.  We will forgo April’s meeting as well.  But, we have other get together opportunities…


Earth Day in Oak Cliff – Call for Volunteers 

Oak Cliff Earth Day LOGO WITH TEXT

Oak Cliff Earth Day Blackland Chapter, NPAT Booth
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Lake Cliff Park, 1200 Zang Blvd., Dallas 75208

The Blackland Chapter, NPAT has reserved a booth, two chairs and one table at this year’s Oak Cliff Earth Day event.

Nine volunteers will be needed – see attachment.
Volunteers – wear a BLACK T-Shirt (our Blackland “uniform”) – you will have name tags.

The goal of the Blackland NPAT at this event is to share basic information about the Blackland Prairies in Texas and to raise awareness of NPAT and our local Blackland chapter:
1. Chapter awareness:
a. Share Blackland Chapter’s Facebook and website address…
b. Share Info on chapter meetings and future events…
c. Share info on the 13 counties under BNPAT’s umbrella…
2.  Share names, location, directions of known Blackland Prairie remnants…
3.  Share information on state organization, NPAT, their accomplishments, upcoming events, website address, etc…
3.  Prairie Importance:
a. Blackland Prairies ecological importance…
b. Blackland Prairies as a habitat…
4.  Beauty of the Blackland Prairies – Flora – show visuals…
5.  Collect names, and contact info from individuals who show interest in attending chapter meetings and events – add them to our mailing list…

This can be accomplished by:
1.  Talking
2.  Showing visuals (paper or electronic)
3.  Hands-on activities, etc. – bring your own knowledge to the booth and use your talents for sharing…

How to VOLUNTEER:
1. Please read attachments – be sure to review the volunteer rotation shift schedule – attachment page 2.

2. Once you have chosen your volunteer time, then plan a demo, or bring literature/visuals to aide in your sharing, or just show up and talk to the individuals who visit the Blackland Chapter Booth – be creative!

3. Finally e-mail, phone or text Kathleen Lynch with your chosen volunteer times – remember “the early bird gets his/her first choice”.  Her contact info can be found on the attachment.

Kathleen will answer any questions.  Refer to the attachment in the email sent 3-12-15.


Frankford Prairie Tour

On April 18 & 19th, Rosa Finsley and Kathy Powers will be giving tours of the never plowed, native Blackland Prairie at the Frankford Church and Cemetery.  Saturday, April 18th’s tour will be at 10am and Sunday, April 19th’s tour will be at 4pm.  Come to both to view both in different lighting conditions.  Best part of tour?  The wild hyacinth should be blooming!  More info to come.

Wild Hyacinth