Monthly Meetings

Next Chapter Meeting: Thursday – July 20, 2017

Special Presentation:

Federally-Petitioned Plant Species of Texas

by Anna W. Strong

Rare Plant Botanist, Non-Game and Rare Species Program,

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will soon initiate status reviews for a dozen rare Texas plant species, which were petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act. For these species to be accurately reviewed for listing status, scientific data must be available and up to date. One of the most reliable sources of information for Texas rare species is the Texas Natural Diversity Database (TXNDD), which maintained by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. As part of an ongoing effort to assist the TXNDD and USFWS, supporting data were reviewed and prepared for entry into the TXNDD. For each species, a status report was completed to provide comprehensive species information, including population information, threats, and conservation efforts. Site visits to update population information are ongoing but have been conducted for as many species and populations as possible.

About the speaker:

Anna W. Strong has worked in the field of rare plant conservation for over ten years, starting with her master’s degree in biology from Texas State University where she studied the reproductive biology of the endangered Astrophytum asterias (star cactus). Afterward, she worked for five years in St. Louis, MO as Conservation Projects Coordinator for the Center for Plant Conservation, a national organization that works to protect and conserve the United States’ rare flora. In 2015 Ms. Strong was hired as Rare Plant Botanist at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Non-Game and Rare Species Program to oversee the 400+ rare plants in the state of Texas.

Mark your calendars – no charge to attend; this will be a special presentation

6:45 pm – Meet & Greet, Social Time & Refreshments;

7:15 pm Chapter Meeting Followed by Presentation

Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024.

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Past Meeting Topics:

  • Linda Paisley “Biomimicry”
  • Jaime Gonzalez “Road to Ruin” A highway planned to go through KPC’s lands.
  • Mickey Merritt “Urban Trees”
  • Earth Day Celebration
  • Lisa Gray: “Greening the Prairie”
  • Mary Carol Edwards “Wetland Plants for the Home Garden”
  • Michael Eckenfels “Gardening for Bees is Conservation for Everyone”
  • Laurie Roddy, Texas Master Naturalist and Author, on Get Out Here Houston! www.getoutherehouston.org/get-now 
  • Dustin Brackney, Houston Zoo Horticulture Supervisor, on  “Green Roofs and Our Evolving Understanding of Rooftop Ecology