Prairies and Prairie Restoration by Jim Varnum - Weatherford

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 6:30pm
Harberger Hill Community Center
701 Narrow Street
Weatherford, TX

Prairies and Prairie Restoration by TMN Jim Varnum NPSOT-Cross Timbers (Weatherford) (AT)
Thursday, May 10     6:30 PM

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society will host Texas Master Naturalist Jim Varnum who will present a program on prairies and prairie restoration.  Prairies are microcosms of plants (mainly grasses and forbs), animals, birds, herps, invertebrates, soil, water - all interconnected and ever-changing.  Jim sorts all this out and tells you how to keep in tact.

Jim 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 also 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 Cross Timbers Chapter of the NPSOT meets the second Thursday of the month at Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford.  Our mission is to promote the conservation, research, and utilization of native plants and plant habitats in Texas through education, outreach, and example.  For information contact Eileen Porter 817-596-5567 orreporter@uwmail.com.  The public is welcome and light refreshments will be served.