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Native Plant Society of Texas - HOUSTON CHAPTER
2014 Executive Board and Coordinators
NPSOTH Newsletters- TEXAS NATIVE TIMES
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find other plant lists, events, seed collections opportunities and more at the Coastal Prairie Partnership Website www.coastalprairiepartnership.org
INFORMATIONPAGES.pdf Native Plant Information Pages- for printing out. updated 7/26/13
Native Plant Information with Hyperlinks! June2013NPSOTHoustonInformationPagesLinks.pdf
Environmental List/Calendar updated 2/20/2014
We need your help with our outreach information/display booth. Contact dknowlespe at aol.com. Please let us know if you can help at these dates:
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a) Feb. 22 Sea Center Texas Nature Day www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/site-calendars/sea-center-texas
b) Mar. 1 Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center Nature Day www.hcp4.net/jones
c) March 7 - 9 Azalea Trail www.riveroaksgardenclub.org/AzaleaTrail.cfm
d) Fri., Mar. 14 8 - 4 & Sat., Mar. 15 8 - 3 Mercer March Mart www.hcp4.net/mercer - info booth
e) Mar. 22 Wildlife & Woodland Expo - Lone Star College - Montgomery www.expo.tamu.edu
f) March 28, 29 & 30 33rd Annual Houston Home Show at George R. Brown Convention Center www.texashomeandgarden.com - NPSOT/MN info booth
g) April 10-13 Galveston FeatherFest www.galvestonfeatherfest.com
h) April 12, 2014 Earth Day Houston at Discovery Green - NPSOT/MN info booth
i) April 12-13 Annual Migration Celebration - Mid-Coast Preserve http://migrationcelebration.org
j) Sat., Apr. 20 Nature Discovery Center Spring Fling www.naturediscoverycenter.org- info booth
k) Sat., Apr. 26 Kemah Boardwalk Bay Day www.galvbay.org - NPSOT/MN info booth?
l) Sat., Apr. 26 NPSOT Spring Symposium at the LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin www.npsot.org - NPSOT/MN info booth
Wildscapes Workshop 2014- Sept. 13 at the Houston Zoo's Brown Education Center
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NPSOT-Houston Mailing Address: P.O. Box 131254, Houston, TX 77219
Thursday, February 20 Membership Meeting at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center in Memorial Park at 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024
7:00 pm Meet, Social Time, Refreshments
7:30 pm Speaker:
Jaime Gonzalez of
Katy Prairie Conservancy
will speak on
"Katy Prairie - Can It Be Saved".
Jaime will be talking about various threats to the Katy Prairie, including the proposed Highway 36A which would cut right through KPC land, and about how all of you can get involved to save the Katy Prairie."
Please join us for this enlightening talk from Jaime! We will have refreshments and door prizes and would love to see you there! More about Jaime, below.
From January to November, the Houston Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets at the Houston Arboretum www.Houstonarboretum.org)
Upcoming Houston Chapter Native Plant Society Meetings: Visitors are welcome at all meetings and field trips!
March 20 - Mickey Merritt: Urban Trees
Saturday, April 26, NPSOT Spring Symposium at the LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. Dr. Douglas Tallamy will speak: Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware where he has authored 80 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect ecology and other courses for 32 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book “Bringing Nature Home; How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens” was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 silver medal by the Garden Writer’s Association. Doug was awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence in 2013.
Three field trips are scheduled for Spring and three for Fall.
Spring Field Trips 2014 Native Plant Society of Texas- Houston Chapter
Three field trips are scheduled for Spring 2014. All three trips are on Sundays and led by Dr. Larry Brown. We will continue to meet in the parking lot (GPS coordinates 29.767315 -95.447826, see notes below about GPS coordinates) east of the Memorial Park Arboretum. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking through wet or dry fields, bring drinking water, bug spray, and a lunch if you like. If the weather is drizzling rain, we proceed, but if it is a gully-washer, we still gather at the parking lot east of the Memorial Park Arboretum and then cancel. We meet at the parking lot east of the Memorial Park Arboretum between 8 and 8:30 AM, and depart promptly at 8:30 AM. Please contact Paul Roling for information: PRoling(at)att.net or 281-353-7413.
Sunday, March 9: W. G. Jones State Forest. On FM-1488, 1.5 miles west of I-45 (at GPS coordinates 30.234752 -95.483766, about 40 miles north of the Houston Arboretum) and south of Conroe is the W. G. Jones State Forest. The forest consists of 1,722 acres on both sides of FM-1488. It is an urban forest surrounded by subdivisions. Trails wander through pine forests with open areas containing ponds and small meadows. More information and a PDF map can be found here:
http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/main/popup.aspx?id=1790 The park is a mixed pine and hardwood forest on well drained, acidic loamy fine sands. Plants that can survive on soils depleted of potassium (K), calcium (Ca), and magnesium (Mg), such as the sundew, are found in such environments. For the birders, it is one of the few preserves for the red cockaded woodpecker. For those in the north side of Houston, we will meet you at the entrance parking lot (GPS coordinates 30.234752 -95.483766) at about 9:30 AM. TIME CHANGE FROM STANDARD TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME. SET YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ON SATURDAY NIGHT.
Sunday, March 23: Terry Hershey Park. Terry Hershey Park (at GPS coordinates 29.783683 -95.623314, about 12 miles west of the Houston Arboretum) consists of 500 acres in a narrow strip of land between Beltway 8 and I-10 along Buffalo Bayou. Several lanes of hike and bike trails run this distance. More information and a PDF map can be found here: http://www.terryhersheypark.org/
The forests and open areas along the trail consist of poorly drained, near neutral (varying from about 6-8 pH), loamy soils (mixtures of sand, clay, silt, and humus, see diagram below). Many plants prefer such soils. For those in the west side of Houston, we will meet at the parking lot nearest I-10 off the frontage road (GPS coordinates 29.783683 -95.623314) at about 9 AM.
Sunday, April 6: Fox Hunt Drive. Off Fox Hunt Drive at the northeast end of the Fox Hollow subdivision (at GPS coordinates 30.098982 -95.489569, 32 miles north of the Houston Arboretum) are slightly acidic, well drained, deep fine sands along Spring Creek. Many scarce plants are found on such nutrient poor soils. For those on the north side of Houston, we will meet in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot on the northeast corner of I-45 and FM-2920 (30.075645 -95.435322) at about 9:15 AM. Parking is limited at the site, so carpooling is encouraged.
1. Soil data can be accessed from http://casoilresource.lawr.ucdavis.edu/soilweb_gmap/ The triangle at the website is a diagram for soil type by particle size as defined by the USDA.
2. GPS coordinates can be copied, as is, from above and entered into Google Earth or Google Maps or the soil web page to find the places mentioned.
3. If anyone wants to be added to the NPSOT field trip e-mail list, send an e-mail to PRoling@att.net requesting to be added to the list. E-mail reminders are sent out about a week before each trip.