A Big Thank You from Dinosaur Valley State Park!

Prairie Rose NPSOT received a wonderful email from Nicole Gilbert, Assistant Supervisor of Dinosaur Valley State Park. On May 13th the park had their annual Spring Wing Ding event. Prairie Rose Chapter was one of many who joined them to celebrate the timely theme of bird migration! Below is Ms. Gilbert’s praise for the many participants.

 

Here is a fun picture from one of the stations

We could not have done it without your participation. Each year it gets better and better. We started the day with two bird walks (advanced and beginner) and then dove into the presenters and tent area soon thereafter. We had more visitors this year than the previous year (based on the full presenters tent and the tally we took at the TPWD tent we are estimating over 500 visitors) and lots of positive feedback on the selection and activities.

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Prairie Rose Chapter of NPSOT update & schedule for March – April – May –June 2017

APRIL 22nd, Saturday Plant Hike with Jeff Quayles of the FW Native Prairie Society. SIGN-UP Required, meet in town at 8:30 AM, to a rare plant and then Chuck Snakard’s Prairie Restoration Project. Contact Sandy Skrei, 512-554-7421, 4highhope@gmail.com to sign up!

APRIL 24th, Monday. 6:00 Business Meeting, 6:30 Program, GET TO KNOW OUR GARDEN – If you have been too busy to enjoy and explore our garden, here is your chance to visit, explore, enjoy and learn about it with Karen Richardson and our other garden experts! We will see what is there, what needs pulling, mulching, trimming, etc.     Karen will show us the bulletin board we are setting up with things that we can do to help keep up with the garden when we visit with time on our hands! We will leave from the Senior Center and you can walk or drive to the square!

MAY 13th, Saturday, 7:00 Am to 3:00 PM Spring WingDing at Dinosaur Valley

This will be in lieu of the Fourth Monday program.

Come learn from local speakers, visit booths from nature-based organizations, and help us talk about Native Plants. We need volunteers to help us make our Wildflower Seed Balls with the kids at 11:00 and 1:00!

 

OUR JUNE PROGRAM WILL BE HELD IN ITS ENTIRETY AT WHEELER BRANCH!

June 26th Monday,.     We will meet at the Pavilion at 6:00 pm, and investigate the native plants along their paved nature trail!

July 24th, The Living Roof at BRIT. Learn about using succulents to keep your heating costs down, and your roof interesting!!! With Brooke Byerley, Botanist, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Ft. Worth.     6:00 pm, Somervell County Senior Citizens Center.

For more information, contact Program Chair Sandy Skrei, 512-554-7421,

March Newsletter: Feather Fest

Feather Fest

A celebration of all things Birds
Please join us for Feather Fest

Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10-3
Acton Nature Center
6900 Smoky Hill Ct.

Activities include crafts for children                   
Presentations on Birding
Raptor Demonstrations
Fossil Rim Booth
Cleburne State Park Booth
Dinosaur Valley State Park Booth
Native Plant Society

Free Admission

The Prairie Rose booth will assist kids in making native seed balls and adults can peruse information on native plants, the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT), or speak with local NPSOT members.

March 27 Meeting 6:00 p.m. Somervell County Citizens Center

Biography

 

Gregg Lee is a Texas Master Naturalist since 2005. As a TMN volunteer, for the last two years he has served as curator for the Texas Milkweeds and Monarchs Project started by TPWD to assess milkweed status in Texas. Since 2001, Gregg and his wife Carol have lived in the south corner of Somervell County about 12 road miles from Glen Rose, TX since 2001. Their property is restored and now maintained native habitat. Monarch butterflies visit during both spring and fall migration. In the spring there are over 100,000 milkweed plants. Numerous nectar flowers spring and fall.

 

His undergraduate degree is in Physics. After Army Service he returned to Texas Instruments (TI) and a few years later earned an MBA while working. Most of his career was with TI. Initially in Semiconductor Research and Development, then in competitor assessment, asset and financial planning and forecasting. For 15 years before he retired he managed Financial Planning and other functions within the Corporate Finance Division.

 

 

Program Summary.

 

Texas Milkweeds and Monarchs. The program is in three parts (the order may change)

-About Milkweed (genus Asclepias) mostly focusing on Texas but with broader overview. Unique characteristics of milkweeds; where they grow; what they look like; and their peculiar and anatomically confusing flowers. Life cycle; what else besides Monarch butterfly larvae eat and inhabit milkweeds.

 

– Milkweeds occurring in Texas showing data from the TPWD project. This adds “when” do they grow to where do they grow, by species. This will show some of the analysis and display capabilities of iNaturalist, on which the project data is collected and archived.

 

– The relationship of Milkweeds and Monarchs. Review of Monarch migration basics. Compare when Monarchs and Milkweeds occur in the same place at the same time. Consider what actions seem appropriate to “manage” milkweed in TexasWe hope that you will come join us.

Aside

Meeting Reminder Feb. 27, 6 p.m. at Somervell County Citizens Center

Sam Kieschnick, an Urban Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will teach us how to use the free app iNaturalist on our phones.  How many times have you been exploring or hiking outside and stopped to look at something and wondered what it was? This app is a tool that can help you learn what is out there and answer the question “What is that?”  We hope to see you at the meeting.