LESSONS THAT ANYONE CAN TEACH Jaime Gonzรกlez,
Conservation education Director, KPC
Protected Properties on the Katy Prairie
Jack Rd. North
Jack Rd. South
HOUSE & HAHL ROAD
Warren Ranch So.
Cypress Creek Preserve
Nelson Farms SHARP ROAD
Other Protected Lands
CULTURE SAVE THE PRAIRIE
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Black cowboys on Galveston Island - 1870s
Warren Ranch - 1920s
Pre-Civil War Cattle Trail
Post-Civil War Cattle Trail (Chisholm)
A LIVING LEGACY, BUILT BY STUDENTS
WHO VISITS THIS GARDEN? Birds, butterflies, grasshoppers, and other animals flock to the garden to feed on nectar, pollen, leaves, insects and seeds.
Monarch butterflies also stop by to refuel while migrating to Mexico each year and to lay eggs on native milkweed plants. Students rescuing prairie plants for their garden
Students seeding their garden
delta scarab beetle
African-American cowboys on Galveston - 1870s photo courtesy of Allecya Galloway
This garden was planted in January 2011 to beautify the the campus and provide habitat for native animals. Students seeded the garden with wildflower seeds and installed plants that they rescued from a prairie that was later developed.
This is also a historic garden. Most of the Houston area, including Kashmere Gardens, was covered by a grassland called the coastal prairie. The prairie was ranched by cowboys including many of African-American descent. The garden also is home to milkweed plants which were grown from seeds collected at the San Jacinto Battlegrounds. This is where Texas won her independence!
buckeye butterfly ruby-throated hummingbird
monarch butterfly and caterpillar
photo courtesy of Paul Mirochoa
RAMS PRAIRIE-BUTTERFLY GARDEN Download the Project Noah app to your smartphone. Then join the Prairie Builders mission and upload photos for help with identifying plants and animals.
checkered white butterfly
Northern Mole Cricket
spotted chorus frog
Barn Owl cow
The Handbook In 2010 we launched this new online resource for volunteer seed growers. Videos feature Tom Solomon.
AMAZING MIGRATOR Monarch butterflies are amazing animals. Each year they travel (migrate), over several generations, thousands of miles between their winter home in Mexico and their summer homes in the United States and Canada. Along the way they stop to feed on the nectar of flowers and lay eggs on milkweed plants. Their bright orange color warns birds and other predators that they are poisonous!
Photos by Carolyn Fannon
...and I need Prairie Blazing Star! ABOUT PRAIRIE BLAZING STAR OR LIATRIS Flying takes a lot of energy! Whether you are a monarch, a swallowtail butterfly, a bee, SEEDS or a hummingbird you need flowers that provide high amounts of sugars. Fortunately blazing stars (also known as Liatris) provide rich nectar which is high in sugar. The beautiful purple flowers make this prairie native easy to spot for prairie insects and make a very enjoyable flower for gardens and as cut flowers.
By Jaime González