Native Plant Society of Texas
Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the second Thursday of the month at Harberger Hill community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford.
Texas Master Naturalist Jim Varnum will speak about new plant research for the layman as well as the botanist during a presentation at the March 13 meeting of the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas. His talk, titled “Where Have All The Asters Gone?”, begins at 7 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Park community building, 313 Davis St., Weatherford.
Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month, with a short business meeting at 6:30 p.m. followed by socializing and refreshments and an educational program at 7 p.m. The public is always welcome. For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers or call Eileen Porter 817-596-5567.
Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will host Courtney Blevins, who will present ‘Drought Impact on Native Texas Trees’ on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Cherry Park Community Center, 313 Davis Street. The public is invited.
The program will look at the drought effects on trees and what residents can expect from its impact. Severe water deficits in trees have an adverse effect on many of the tree's growth processes which will injure the trees and may kill them. Water stressed trees are more vulnerable to insect and disease pests. Numerous symptoms displayed by hardwood trees related to water stress include wilting leaves. At night with normal rainfall totals, trees will rehydrate and recover from temporary wilting, but during prolonged dry periods, the trees do not recover during the overnight period, and prolonged drought conditions usually kill most species of plants.
Blevins graduated with a BS in Forest Science in 1983 from Stephen F. Austin State University. She worked with the US Forest Service in Texas and Wyoming before joining the Texas Forest Service for the past 30 years. Since 1991, Courtney has been a Regional Urban Forester.
The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society will host a lecture about Texas native bees presented by Michael Warriner at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12th at the Cherry Park Community Building, 313 Davis St. in Weatherford. The public is welcome.
There are several hundred bee species that are native to Texas, of which the bumblebee is probably the most familiar. Except for the bumblebee, most native bee species are solitary and nest in the ground or in holes in trees. These native bees have resided here long before the European honeybee arrived, and are essential for the survival of native plants and are responsible for a significant amount of pollination in agricultural and ecological systems.
In 2009, Warriner became the resident Invertebrate Biologist in Wildlife Diversity for Texas Parks and Wildlife. For six years prior to that, his interest in bumblebees lead him to conduct field surveys of the bumblebees occurring in Arkansas’s remnant grasslands. Michael curates the website www.texasbumblebees.com, where you can learn how to identify the nine bumblebee species in Texas.
Beautyberry by Eileen PorterManon Shockey will lecture about landscaping with native plants at the next meeting of The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society, which will meet at 6:30 pm on June 13 at the Cherry Park Community Center, 313 Davis Street in Weatherford.
Shockey joined the Tarleton State University family as Instructor and Horticulture Center Manager in August of 2008. As a horticulture instructor, she teaches Greenhouse Crop Production, Retail Horticulture, Floriculture, Plant Propagation, and Environmental Horticulture.
With water a major concern, native plants offer a smart alternative to the traditional landscaping. Once established, native plants require little water, no fertilizer nor pesticides, and provide food and shelter for animals, birds, butterflies, and bees. Many native plants bloom throughout the summer, offering a variety of colors and textures.
The Cross Timbers Chapter of the NPSOT meets the second Thursday of the month at its new location, Cherry Park Community Center. Its mission is to promote the conservation, research, and utilization of native plants and plant habitats in Texas through education, outreach, and example. For more information, visit http://npsot.org/CrossTimber or call Eileen Porter at 817-596-5567. The public is welcome and light refreshments will be served.
The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) will host a lecture about plants used by Native American Indians presented by Curtis Carter at 7 p.m. on May 9 at the Harberger Community Center, 701 Narrow St in Weatherford. Please note the change in location from last month. The public is welcome.
Curtis Carter has been an educator in public schools for 24 years and current teaches biology at Springtown High School. He has had a life-long fascination with Native American culture and history, specializing in Cheyenne material culture of the 19th century. As an avid replicator and experimental archeologist, Curtis researches, makes and then uses the tools, clothing, foods, etc., used during the mid-1800s. As an experimental archeologist, he has a high degree of insight into the daily lives of Plains Indian people from this time period. An important part of Plains Indian life was the use of plants from their environment. Ethno-botany of the Plains Indian culture has become an integral part of his research. Throughout the year, he shares his knowledge at schools, museums, historic sites and other venues. He will be discussing the use of several plants used by Plains Indian people, focusing primarily on yucca.
For more information visit http://npsot.org/CrossTimber or contact Eileen Porter 817-596-5567.
The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society will host Teresa Moss, Executive Director of the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, at 7 p.m. on April 11 at the Cherry Park Community Building, 313 Davis Street in Weatherford. The public is welcome.
The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, located in Southlake, makes up 758 acres of the Cross Timbers ecosystem. The mission of the Bob Jones Nature Center organization is to preserve local natural resources and history by providing places of compatible recreation and fostering education about our natural environment. The Center offers classes, workshops and educational opportunities for all ages, toddlers through adults. Attend Teresa’s presentation to learn more about the Center.
With over 18 years of experience as an educator and director in the science education field, Teresa Moss has a passion for nature preservation and environmental education. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, North American Association for Environmental Education, Cross Timbers Chapter of Master Naturalists, Tarrant County Master Gardner Association and the Texas Association for Environmental Education, to name just a few. Teresa has a Master of Science in Environmental Science (Earth Resource/Ecology Emphasis) and a Master of Education, majoring in Elementary Education (Specialization in Biology) both from Texas Christian University.
The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will host a presentation by the Fort Worth Zoo on a Texas horned lizard reintroduction effort that is taking place in Parker County at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 at Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow St. in Weatherford. The public is invited.
The Texas horned lizard, Phyrnosoma cornutum, is protected as a threatened species in the state of Texas and is listed as the official state reptile. Perhaps more than any other native animal, the “Horny Toad” is identified with and beloved by Texans. The species is held in high esteem and garners vast support for its conservation and reintroduction into areas where it once lived. Several parties are interested in attempting a reintroduction effort, including Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth Zoo, and the Horned Lizard Conservation Society.
Horned lizard declines across north central Texas have been attributed to habitat alteration, invasive red fire ants, urban development, pesticide usage, and other factors that merit study. Although many of these ecological pressures still exist, there are native habitats that have been restored and are managed in an environmentally responsible manner, which are potentially capable of supporting reintroduced horned lizards.
The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford. Mia McCraw, a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M University with Bachelor degrees in Rangeland Ecology and Management and Ecological Restoration, will present a program about the Texas Native Seeds Project, including plant identification and seed collection and storage. The public is invited to attend. There will be light refreshments.
Prairie Ecology Program
The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) will host Jim Varnum, who will present a program about prairie ecology, maintenance, and restoration at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served before the meeting. For more information, call Eileen Porter 817-596-5567.
Varnum is a self-taught student of nature where his interests range from birds to plants to prairies to land preservation. He spends much time searching for native plants out-and-about in the DFW Metroplex and beyond. Jim has been a Texas Master Naturalist since 1999. He teaches, gives programs and leads trail walks on birds, trees, wildflowers, prairies and land preservation. His current interests include chalk prairies, Hexalectris and Spiranthes orchids and Trout lilies. His repertoire is chock full of interesting nature trivia and a few bad nature jokes. When Jim is asked about his philosophy and interest on the natural world, he quotes author Ellen Parr: "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."
The Native Plant Society of Texas is hosting an informational meeting on how to identify and track the spread of invasive plant species at 7 p.m. on April 12 at Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford. For more information, contact Eileen Porter 817-596-5567.