**NPSOT Collin County Information Brochure**

For information about Collin County’s local Blackland Prairie climate, native plants, soil, geology, list of local demonstration gardens and membership, NPSOT Brochure.doc

 

**NPSOT Maps**

Maps describing Texas’ climate and regional areas:

*Texas/NPSOT’s regions: NPSOT regions map.

*Vegetational areas: NPSOT vegetational areas of TX.

*Average annual rainfall: NPSOT average annual rainfall.

*Winter hardiness zones: NPSOT winter hardiness zones.

*NPSOT’s general map: NPSOT general map.

 

**Landscaping or Gardening with Native, Drought-Tolerant or Adapted Plants Book List**

*Landscaping with Native Plant of Texas and the Southwest, George O. Miller, Voyageur Press, Stillwater, MN, 1991

*Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region, Sally Wasowski with Andy Wasowski, Texas Monthly Press, Austin, Texas, 1988

*Common Sense Landscaping, Bonnie Arnold Reese, to order call (214) 224-1179

*Landscape Design Texas Style, Howard Garrett, Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas,Texas, 1986

*Landscaping with Native Texas Plants, Sally Wasowski and Julie Ryan, Texas Monthly Press, Austin, Texas, 1985

*Neil Sperry’s Complete Guide to Texas Gardening, Neil Sperry, Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas 1982

*Perennial Garden Color for Texas and the South, William C. Welch, Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas, 1989

*Texas Wildflowers, Campbell and Lynn Loughmiller, University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas, 1984

*Wildflowers of Texas, Geyata Ajilvsgi, Shearer Publishing, Fredericksburg, Texas, 1984

*Xeriscape Gardening: Water Conservation for the American Landscape, Connie Ellefson, Tom Stephens, and Doug Welsh, Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, New York, 1992

*Shinners & Mahler’s Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas, by George Diggs, Barney Lipscomb, Robert O’Kennon, design and illustration by Linny Heagy, Sida/BRIT Press, Fort Worth, Texas, 1999

*Illustrated Flora of East Texas Volume I, by George Diggs, Barney Lipscomb, Monique Reed, Robert O’Kennon, illustration by Linny Heagy, Sida/BRIT Press, Fort Worth, Texas, 2006

 

**DFW Wildlife Hotline — 972-234-WILD**

Every year in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, thousands of birds, squirrels, opossums, cottontail rabbits, beavers, raccoons and other native wild animals are unnecessarily orphaned. A new hotline launched recently by the DFW Wildlife Coalition aims to reduce that number significantly. The hotline is staffed daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. by trained volunteers from the Texas Master Naturalist program.

For callers who have found a juvenile animal, the volunteers provide information on how to re-unite the baby with its parents if possible. In the case of sick, injured or orphaned animals, hotline volunteers connect callers with licensed wildlife rehabilitators.

For callers having problems with wildlife on their property, the volunteers provide information on effective, humane solutions. The hotline is an excellent source of information on how to deter wildlife from destroying your landscaping or how to gently evict them if they’ve moved into your attic.

Contrary to what many people think, live trapping is neither a humane nor an effective way to solve wildlife conflict situations. Homeowners and pest control companies frequently use live traps to capture squirrels, raccoons and opossums that are living in attics or under decks. These animals often are lactating females.

A few days after the adult animal is trapped and relocated, homeowners are surprised and dismayed to hear the cries of starving babies. Even in cases where the animal isn’t a lactating female, live trapping still can result in suffering and death. Relocated animals often do not survive in unfamiliar new territories due to difficulty finding den sites and food sources. In addition to being inhumane, live trapping is ineffective. Urban wildlife is plentiful enough that as one animal is removed, another from the surrounding area will soon take its place.

A humane, effective solution is to determine why the animal is attracted to the property and use deterrents that encourage it to find a different den site and other food sources. For example, here are five simple steps to prevent wildlife problems:

1. If you have a chimney, make sure that it has a secure cap. Chimneys without caps are open invitations to pregnant animals desperately looking for nice, dry “hollow trees” in which to have their babies.

2. Carefully inspect your eaves and other areas where the roof and house join. Repair deteriorating boards, warped siding and loose shingles.

3. Trim overhaning branches and cover attic openings with heavy-duty, rust-proof hardware cloth, not chicken wire.

4. Do not leave cat or dog food outdoors overnight. Close pet doors at night by sliding the template in place.

5. Put garbage cans out for pick-up in the morning, instead of at night.

For more information on ways to peacefully co-exist with your wild neighbors, call the hotline at 214-234-WILD.