Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville to host State of Prairie Conference

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center, Memorial Student Union Building - 12/09/12 - 12/09/12

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Texas A&M University-Kingsville and the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI) will host the Fourth Annual State of the Prairie Conference Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 6-9, presented the Coastal Prairie Partnership and the Native Prairies Association of Texas.

 The purpose of the conference is to bring together the best minds in prairie conservation from throughout the state to provide practical methods to restore, conserve, manage, enjoy and educate about the valuable and vulnerable prairies. The focus this year is the economics of the prairie and prairie restoration.

The conference begins Thursday, Dec. 6, with three field trip options, a half-day trip to the Kika de la Garza Plant Materials Center or full-day trips to South Texas Natives or the King Ranch.

The events on Friday, Dec. 7, will be held at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center, including the keynote address by Dr. Fred Bryant, director of the CKWRI. He will discuss The Last Great Habitat—Revisited.  Also on the agenda as the dinner speaker is South Texas Natives director Forrest Smith, who will discuss South Texas Natives and Texas Native Seeds.

The meetings on Saturday, Dec. 8, will be held in various rooms on the second floor of the Memorial Student Union Building. Breakout sessions will focus on education, restoration and management. Several A&M-Kingsville experts will be speaking during the restoration and management sessions.

Dr. Alfonso Ortega-Santos, professor in the animal, rangeland and wildlife sciences department, will talk about Maintaining the Integrity of Native Prairies through Grazing Management. Tony Falk, manager of seed collection and evaluation for South Texas Natives, will talk about The Benefit of Commercially Produced Ecotypic Native Seed Material. Keith Pawelek, assistant director of South Texas Natives, will discuss Factors Influencing Native Seed Cost.

Eric Grahmann, doctoral student in wildlife science, will talk about Management and Control of Bufflegrass and Kleberg Bluestem to Promote Native Plant Communities. Dr. Timothy Fulbright, Regents Professor in wildlife science, will discuss Invasive Species – Grasses and Woodies.

The final day, Sunday, Dec. 9, will be a half-day trip to the Welder Wildlife Foundation. 

Field Experiences, including South Texas Natives, King Ranch and Welder Wildlife Foundation, are $30. The Kika de la Garza Plant Materials Center is free. Two-day admission for Friday and Saturday is $150 for general admission and $60 for students. One-day admission for either Friday or Saturday is $100 for general admission and $40 for students.

In addition to individual contributors, the conference is sponsored by Bluestem Environmental Consultants, Katy Prairie Conservancy, Nueces River Authority, the Houston Zoo, The Nature Conservancy Texas, Houston Audubon, Coastal Bend Audubon Society and Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program.

Participating institutions include Katy Prairie Conservancy, Native Prairies Association of Texas, Coastal Prairie Partnership, The Nature Conservancy of Texas, Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, Welder Wildlife Foundation, Texas Native Seeds, Houston Audubon, Nueces River Authority, South Texas Natives, Wildlife Habitat Federation, University of Houston, United States Fish and Wildlife, Sea Grant Texas, Cajun Prairie Preservation Society, Native Plant Society of Texas, Coastal Bend Audubon Society, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture, Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative and United States Geological Survey.

For more information, please call Jaime Gonzalez at 281-660-6683 or email cheryl_sedivec@comcast.net.



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