Upcoming Events (click on date on the calendar for more details):
Monday, April 10, 2017 from 6:30pm – 8pm
Prairie Management on Public & Private Property in Tarrant County
Amon G. Carter, Jr. – Downtown YMCA at 512 Lamar Street
We have an exciting program planned for the April 10, 2017 meeting of the Native Prairies Association of Texas Fort Worth Chapter meeting. There is a groundswell developing in Tarrant County among public and private property owners and managers to identify, conserve and in many cases restore native prairie remnants for a variety of reasons. What motivates people to learn about and save their local natural heritage? And how can folks connect to other like-minded conservationists?
To explore answers to these questions and to facilitate networking we have put together a panel of local prairie owners/managers for our April meeting. Currently scheduled to serve as panelists are:
- Mr. Nathan Loftice – Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Sustainability and Environmental Division
- Mr. Don Young – Founder and President, Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area
- Dr. Greta Bowling – Faculty Member, Tarrant County College Northwest Campus
- Dr. Jeanmarie Stiles – Faculty Member, Tarrant County College Northeast Campus
- Ms. Floreen Henry – Faculty Member, Tarrant County College South Campus
- Mr. Marc Villanueva – Lead Groundskeeper, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus
- Ms. Pat Merkord – Executive Director, Native Prairies Association of Texas
Suzanne Tuttle, FW-NPAT Treasurer and recently retired Manager of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge will serve as moderator. Audience members are encouraged to actively engage in the discussion. Please join us – we expect a lively, informative evening!
Unless otherwise noted, typically, the Fort Worth chapter of NPAT meets at the Downtown Fort Worth YMCA:
Amon G. Carter, Jr. – Downtown YMCA at 512 Lamar Street, Corner of 5th and Lamar Streets
Parking can be found in two lots. One connected to the building between 4th and 5th Ave., along Burnett or across from the building & between 3rd and 4th Ave., also along Burnett. There’s plenty of YMCA signage in both lots, so they shouldn’t be difficult to find & both are free with validation from the front desk. Parking in the street is free too.
2ND Annual Savage Cabbage Bash
March 25 from 9 – Noon
Trinity Trail in Fort Worth
Clearfork Trailhead (near the Press Cafe) to the Crystelle Waggoner Trailhead (near the Woodshed)
Sponsored by FW-NPAT and Tarrant Regional Water District
Join students in an invasive species/public awareness event on the Trinity Trail in Fort Worth on March 25 from 9-12pm. (Certificates for 3 hours of community service are provided.) This event was started by the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth last year. We will be pulling Rapistrum rugosum, aka bastard cabbage, aka savage cabbage. This invasive species threatens our native wildflowers by blocking sunlight to seedlings and mature plants because of its basal leaves and size, (1-5ft). Luckily it’s an annual plant, just like bluebonnets, so if we pull it up we are pretty successful in removing it. The pictures show last year’s Bash and the same place this year, so you can see the positive effect of our efforts. We will clear the plants that have grown this year along the west bank of the Trinity River from the Clearfork Trailhead (near the Press Cafe) to the Crystelle Waggoner Trailhead (near the Woodshed).
If you can’t join us, please get your own bash going where ever you see this invasive! I will be needing Cabbage Spotters to lead teams in finding it and also point out other prairie plants that are around. I have signs that will be posted along the route, to publicize our event and draw attention to the problem. The Tarrant Regional Water District is sponsoring this with gloves, trash bags and clean up. So grab your refillable water bottle, weeding stick (or long screwdriver), wear long pants and closed toed shoes, and come join the fun! All ages are welcome, come out to support our wildflowers!
NPAT’s “Open Preserve”
Maddin Prairie Preserve, Colorado City, TX
Saturday, March 25 & Sunday, March 26
-Take advantage of this opportunity to explore NPAT’s western-most prairie.
-We hope there will be a spring wildflower show, and birds and insects should be active.
–RSVP & Info on Daily Schedules: Email Kirsti Harms
BioBlitz at LLELA (Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area) on Saturday, April 1, 2017
(Submitted by Scott Kiester)
PLEASE EMAIL Scott. Skiester2@gmail.com put bioblitz in the subject line. (and of course put April 1st bioblitz on your calendar)
So in a Moment of Insanity Martha Peet and Scott Kiester decided to do a BioBlitz at LLELA, on April first no less. If you’re up for a working party on April Fool’s Day, come spend part of the day at LLELA helping to find and identify life forms. Read more about the LLELA BioBlitz.
City Nature Challenge
Tandy Hills Natural Area – April 17 from 4pm – 7pm
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department is sponsoring City Nature Challenge, (a kind of, mini-bioblitz), April 14 – 18. It’s a friendly competition between Dallas/Fort Worth and other metro areas around the state and country. Friends of Tandy Hills is participating on Tuesday, April 17, from 4 – 7pm. Sam Kieschnick (TPWD Urban Biologist) will be on-site to assist your efforts in recording as many species as possible via iNaturalist. Join us!
Hikes, field trips, tours & iNaturalist challenges are planned & led by Jeff Quayle. Please send an email to email@example.com or call 817/729-0283 if you plan on attending any hikes or field trips, so he will know who to expect. If there are any changes or a fieldtrip is cancelled, you will be notified.
Use of the iNaturalist app during fieldtrips is also encouraged, so you can contribute valuable data for our state and have your own personal list so you can learn more about what you observe as you go along.
Download details about each hike.
Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve Field Trip
Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm
Marion Sansom Park iNaturalist Challenge
(City of Fort Worth, at the Lake Worth dam)
Saturday, April 15, 2017
9:00am – 11:30am
Southwest Nature Preserve iNaturalist Challenge
Saturday, April 15, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Chalk Mountain Ranch Field Trip
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Thora Hart Park Hike
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:00am – 11:00am
Fossil Hill Hike @ Lake Amon Carter (south of Bowie) Field Trip
Saturday, May 6, 2017
8:30am – 2:00pm
LLELA Nursery & Restoration Tour
Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm
Skip Barnett Ranch Field Trip
Saturday, May 20, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm
Ray Roberts Lake State Park – Isle du Bois Unit Field Trip
Saturday, May 27, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm