Archive for May, 2014

The meeting from 7–9 PM on June 17th of the Austin chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will include as its main presentation: Rare Prairies and How They are Being Saved.

Learn about the latest prairie acquisitions and partnerships by the Native Prairies Association of Texas, including the famous 4-million-dollar Deer Park Prairie, its incredible flor,a and how this platinum prairie was saved. Hear about other rare prairies that NPAT has protected such as Talbot Prairie, a rare Silveus Dropseed and Long Spike Tridens prairie. Find out about the latest efforts to protect threatened prairie dogs at our Maddin Prairie Preserve, NPAT’s plans for the future and its efforts to conserve, protect and restore more prairies and the rare plants they contain.

Presenter Pat Merkord has been with the Native Prairies Association of Texas since 2006 as Secretary and President of the Board and now as Executive Director. The Native Prairies Association of Texas is a non-profit land trust that conserves, restores and educates about Texas prairies. Pat is an Austin native with a master’s degree in biology from Texas State University. She was formerly a biology and chemistry teacher and then retired and started an environmental consulting business, Bluestem Environmental Consultants which has been operating since 2004. Pat now resides in Conroe, Texas with her husband Glenn and enjoys birding, gardening with natives and traveling around the state visiting with landowners and working to restore prairie habitats.

The June 17th meeting will take place at our new and more central location: the administration building of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition Blvd., Austin, TX 78703. The administration building is on the southeast corner of Greenlee and Exposition. There is parking in the garage, which also has an elevator. You can enter the garage from Greenlee; look for the signs leading you to the second-floor meeting room.

As usual, we will also have a seed exchange.

The meeting from 7–9 PM on May 20 of the Austin chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will include as its main presentation “Ancient People, Ancient Plants, Central Texas: Things We Know and How We Know Them ” by Dr. Leslie Bush. See our website for more details: http://npsot.org/wp/austin/2014/04/18/chapter-meeting-may-20-7-9-pm/

The May 20th meeting will take place at our new and more central location: the administration building of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition Blvd., Austin, TX 78703. The administration building is on the southeast corner of Greenlee and Exposition. There is parking in the garage, which also has an elevator. You can enter the garage from Greenlee; look for the signs leading you to the second-floor meeting room.