Date & Time:

October 28, 2017,

8:30am to 3:00pm

(Lunch will be provided.)
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Workshop Location:

Kirchoff Family Farm
1444 County Road 210 (located in Wilson County) South of
Floresville, TX 78114

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Patricia Rinn
Native Prairies Association of Texas

Wildlife & Grasslands Restoration Workshop

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Native Prairies Association of Texas

           Wilson County Wildlife Management Association


NPAT and Wilson County Wildlife Management Association express our collective appreciation to the The Kirchoff Family and to these organizations and their representatives who have graciously offered their support for this workshop (listed alphabetically): 

Douglass King Seed Company; 

Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA; 

Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture; 

South Texas Natives/Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute; 

Texas Master Naturalist; 

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; 

U.S. Department of Agriculture; 

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service;

Wilson County Soil & Water Conservation District #301.


MORNING: Kirchoff Family Farm, 1444 CR 210, Floresville, 78114

8:30-9:00am: Introduction & History of Farm, Restoration & Wildlife (Don Kirchoff, Co-owner of Kirchoff Family Farm)

9:00-10:00am: Wildlife Diversity Walk: Habitat Types, Wildlife Diversity, Pollinator Support (Don Kirchoff, Jamie Killian, TPWD, and Pat Merkord, NPAT)

10:00-11:15am: Tour of USFWS PWF Projects: 50 Ft. Wide Green Tree Firebreak; Three Wildlife Guzzlers; Three Burrowing Owl Roosts; Diversity Plots (Katie Boyer and Chris Best, USFWS)

11:15am-12:30pm: Tour & Demonstrations of NRCS WHIP Grassland Restoration Fields (Jim Rogers, Wildlife Biologist, and Jason Katcsmorak, District Conservationist, NRCS) Compare first/last restored fields; compare fields planted in wet vs. dry years; see grass species planted and note results; woody invasive species control demo; invasive control and windrow and management practices.

AFTERNOON: Three Oaks Community Center, 158 CR 210, Floresville

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch (provided)

1:30-3:00pm: PRESENTATIONS

-Seed Availability & Planting for Grassland Restoration (Douglass King Seed Company and Forrest Smith, South Texas Natives)

-Northern Bobwhite Quail & Grassland Recovery (Oaks & Prairies Joint Venture; Helen Davis, Helen Davis, GRIP Program)

-1-d-1 Wildlife Management Activities (Jamie Killian, TPWD)

-Monarch/Polllinator Recovery Program (Katie Boyer, USFWS)

-Restoration for Quality Wildlife Habitat (Forrest Smith, South Texas Natives Seed Projects, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

-Soil and Restoration (Chris Best, USFWS)