Upcoming Events (click on date on the calendar for more details):
Monday, May 8, 2017 from 6:30pm – 8pm
Monarchs as a Model for Change in Habitat Conservation
Presenter: Cathy Downs of Monarch Watch
Amon G. Carter, Jr. – Downtown YMCA at 512 Lamar Street
For thousands of years Monarchs and other butterflies have been a symbol of spiritual transformation. In more recent times they have become the icon for physical transformation of the landscape. The Monarch decline amplified a host of much larger issues and has become a symbol of multinational cooperation in restoring and conserving native plant habitat for all pollinators. We’ll follow the history of the Monarch populations and how this enigmatic insect was able to capture the hope and great efforts of three nations.
Bio: Cathy has worked with butterfly conservation and habitat since she became a Hill Country Chapter Master Naturalist in 2005. She partnered with Monarch Watch as a Monarch Conservation Specialist in 2012 and loves to travel through Texas providing outreach and education.
Her favorite passion is working with children in the field and she encourages everyone she trains to bring children into the garden with them…“they have better eyes, smaller hands and they are closer to the ground” for monitoring larva and using nets! Cathy proudly claims to have provided over 65,000 children with natural science or outdoor education.
Cathy also currently chairs the Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas (BBMT) program for Native Plant Society of Texas (www.npsot.org) and is a certified Monarch Larval Monitoring Project educator (www.mlmp.org).
Cathy was born and raised in New England and retired to Comfort, TX in 2004 from a 30 year career owning and operating her own retail businesses.
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.
Call for Abstracts & Sponsors
America’s Grasslands Conference: United for Conservation
November 14 – 16, 2017
This conference will bring together researchers, natural resource professionals, ranchers, policy experts and conservationists for two days to discuss relevant issues related to the conservation of North America’s grasslands. Call for Presentations/Postsers & Sponsors open now.http://www.nwf.org/…/He…/Americas-Grasslands-Conference.aspx
Hikes, field trips, tours & iNaturalist challenges are planned & led by Jeff Quayle. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Ray Roberts Lake State Park – Isle du Bois Unit Field Trip
Saturday, May 27, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm
Blackland NPAT Chapter’s 2nd Annual Texas Prairies Bus Tour!
Central Texas Prairies bus tour
Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 7am – 11pm – BUS LEAVES promptly from the parking lot of Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas.
Tour stops includes the following prairies: Burleson, Granger Lake, Lehmann, Riesel, & Simpson.
REGISTER ONLINE TODAY LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Registration questions: Pat Rinn, NPAT with any questions about registration Pat_Rinn@TexasPrairie.org
Additional information call: Leigh Ann Ellis, Blackland NPAT Chapter, Dallas: 214.321.7159