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** Nov 12-14 - register online.
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Free Guest Passes to Thursday & Friday (11/12-13) Southern Plains & Prairie Conference at the Houston Zoo!

Some of our sponsors cannot use all their sponsorship passes. A handful of free guest passes to the conference are being offered to HNPAT members and new members (membership information at this link). Email with your contact information (phone & email). First come first serve. Please let me know if you are a current member or new member (must be an HNPAT member or member of most recent local TMN class to use the pass.)
2015 Southern Plains & Prairie Conference
November 12-14
Houston Zoo + Outdoor Workshop



This year’s conference will bring together the best minds in prairie conservation from throughout the states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and beyond. These experts will provide practical methods to restore, conserve, manage, enjoy, and educate about our valuable and vulnerable prairies.

Our conference experience is designed for a broad audience: private landowners, natural resource professionals, governmental agencies, educators, landscape architects, naturalists, volunteers, and others looking for real-world solutions.

Our presenters and experiences will focus on three key areas: techniques and theories of prairie restoration; the economics of prairie restoration, management, ecosystem services, and recreation; and (creating connected, diverse prairie landscapes. 

Flyer for Teacher's workshop:

Some of the talks at the prairie conference. (Scroll down for upcoming events)
  • Anne Stine of the Xerces Society on Monarch 101
  • Artist Dixie Friend Gay (, who created the "mosaic mural depicting a vast Dallas sunrise above oversized Texas wildflowers... in the Main Lobby [of Dallas' Love Field]" on Connecting People and Prairies through Public Murals. Link to photo.
  • Ornithologist Clifford Shackelford on Wintering Grassland Birds Use Restored Prairies in East Texas, one of several bird talks. Other bird talks include Habitat Fragmentation and Northern Bobwhite, Pastures for Upland Birds...
  • Larry Joe Doherty; John Weir, two talks on Prescribed Burn
  • Jim Blackburn on Creating a Ecosystem Services Market for Prairies
  • Betsy Ross, who raises grass-fed beef, on Microbes in the Prairies: Facilitating Restoration a Different Way
  • Kelly Shields, U of St. Thomas student on Mircrobes Prairie Underground.
  • Andy Sipocz, TPWD biologist, on Texas Coastal Prairie: Geomorphology and Restoration
December 9
HNPAT Holiday Potluck
Prairie Seed and Plant Swap

Please join us at 6:30 p.m.

HNPAT meetings are held
at the Cherie Flores Pavilion in
McGovern Centennial Gardens @ Hermann Park.
1500 Hermann Drive, Houston 77004
(parking lot entrance is directly across the street from the Health Museum)
Approximate GPS location:


Video of the October talk on the horned lizard is at

HNPAT Meeting - Wednesday, October 28:
"Bringing Back an Icon: Can the Horned Lizard Be Restored to Harris County?"
by Dr. Cassidy Johnson,  Houston Community College & Rice University
and Jaime Gonzalez, Katy Prairie Conservancy

Join us and learn about this official Texas state reptile that squirts blood as a defensive mechanism and was common in Harris County only 50 -60 years ago. Can they be re-introduced to the Katy Prairie? Did you know that 20 harvester ant mounds are needed to support one horned lizard? A recent cursory survey of the Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Rock Hollow Creek area by Dr. Johnson found at least 42 mounds!
Due to Southern Prairie & Plains Conference at the Houston Zoo November 12-14, HNPAT's holiday potluck will be rescheduled from Wednesday, November 11 to Wednesday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.
Conference information at

Wednesday, 11/11
Deer Park Prairie Workday 9 - noon
Visitors will be permitted to walk around the prairie after checking in with the NPAT coordinator onsite and signing a liability release form.

Thursday, 11/12 - Friday, 11/13:
Southern Plains & Prairie Conference (SPP) at Houston Zoo.  Website:

Saturday, 11/14

SPP Workshops including Teacher's Workshop at Deer Park Prairie (link for more information)

Saturday, 11/28

Deer Park Prairie Birdsurvey: 7:30 a.m.
Workday 9:00 a.m. - noon
Visitors will be permitted to walk around the prairie after checking in with the NPAT coordinator onsite and signing a liability release form.
Lawther - Deer Park Prairie
1222 E. Purdue Lane 77536
Please do not park directly in front of our neighbor's houses.


Katy Prairie Conservancy's Rock Hollow Creek, 9/26/15

Recycling in case you did not see it in the last newsletteer:
Fall Prairie Activities in Pictures

Field trip led by Dr. Cassidy Johnson to Count red harvester ant mounds at Katy Prairie's Rock Hollow Creek area on 9/26/15. Twenty red harvester ant mounds are needed to support one horned lizard. Come to TONIGHT's (10/28) lecture to hear from her and KPC's Jaime Gonzalez about the prospects of re-introducing the horned lizard (horny toad) back to the Katy Prairie. (Scroll down for details of tonights meeting.)



Practicing transect. Dr. Cassidy intends to do a series of transects this spring. Come tonight (10/28) or email and sign up to help.


Seed Collecting at Nash Prairie 10/12/15, about two months after a burn. Several people said they have never seen Nash as beautiful as this. Email if you are interested in joining more seed collection trips to Nash & Deer Park Prairie this fall.

Photo Credits:
Lower horned lizard: Tom Spinker, , creative commons license:
Monarch Butterfly: Kenneth Dwain Harrelson, license:
Dixie Friend Gay Mosaic: Ed Schipul, license:
Henslow sparrow: Amy Evenstad,, license:
Prescribed Fire: public domain, US government 
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