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Prairie Notes are monthly photo/journal observations from Tandy Hills Natural Area by Founder/Director, Don Young. They include field reports, flora and fauna sightings, and more, mixed with a scoop of dry humor and a bit of philosophy. They are available free to all who get on the FOTHNA email list.

Prairie Festx3 Takes Flight

Prairie Notes: #64
April 1, 2012

1) Prairie Festx3 Takes Flight 2) "Stuff" with a Purpose 3) Vote for Tandy Hills! 4) Field Report 5) Wildflower of the Moment: Wild Onion/Garlic 6) Prairie Plant Puzzler 7) Sponsor Love 8) Prairie Proverb

1) Prairie Festx3 Takes Flight

In case you missed the first event, please join us on April 28 for another thrilling edition of Prairie Festx3! Check out the photos below to see some of what you missed on 3/31 AND mark your calendar for the final PFx3 on May 26 which will include after the fest, Movie Night on the Prairie, sponsored by the Citizen Theater. STAGE SCHEDULE for (4/28): 4 PM Darrin Kobetich 5 PM The Ackermans 6 PM Fort Worth Scottish Pipes & Drums 6:30 PM Brave Combo w/ Brazen Bellies See more Prairie fest pics in the Star-Telegram website, here: The following 10 pics from Prairie Festx3 are by, Scott Ausburn.

Barbara Taylor
Barbara Taylor and friends got the ball rolling as the opening act at Prairie Festx3.

The Matthew Show
The Matthew Show played a wonderful set of "wooden music."

It's a kite!
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a kite! It's Impromptu Prairie! Family Fun Kites will be selling kites at the fest in April. Trinity Dogs
Trinity Dogs got the crowd moving with an incredible set of music.

Impromptu Prairie
This is an example of the "Impromptu Prairie" that we encourage. Bring it on!

...and proud of it, too!

Groovin' on a Saturday afternoon.

solar powered
'Twas a lovely day on the solar-powered, dog-friendly prairie

Mysterious Roping Man appears magically at every Prairie Fest to wow the crowd.

Ginny Mac trio
The Ginny Mac trio ended the fest with a rousing flourish.

2) Stuff with a Purpose

Visit the Prairie Fest HQ booth and check out our NEW organic cotton T's. We also have organic cotton bandana's, caps and eco-totes emblazoned with the FOTHNA logo. Sales of "Stuff" support conservation and education programs at Tandy Hills. support conservation and education programs at Tandy Hills Our nifty new shirts are made from 100% organically grown Texas cotton from SOS From Texas.

3) Vote for Tandy Hills

The Star-Telegram is having a Spring Snapshots Photo Contest. I entered four pics taken at Tandy Hills. I need your vote, please. Voting ends April 6: support conservation and education programs at Tandy Hills Help make this view of Tandy Hills famous by voting in the S-T photo contest.

4) Field Report

-Spring Equinox occurred on March 20 but Spring wildflowers arrived weeks earlier. As of 3/30, the hills are starting to color-up nicely. Tandy Hills is like a giant paint-by-number canvas with Mother Nature using shades of Purple Paintbrush, Winecup, Cut-leaf Daisy, Meadow Flax, Wild Hyacinth, Prairie Celestial, Blue-eyed Grass, Texas Star, Blue Star, Foxglove and Wild Hyacinth for her 2012 masterpiece. New species arriving weekly. It's drop-dead beautiful out there. -Monarchs and many other species of butterflies arrived in fairly large numbers in mid-March and are still passing through. A spiraling flock of Cedar Waxwings were still hanging around in late March munching on Hackberries. -Wolf sightings and howls in the early morning have been reported by neighbors near Tandy Hills. Or could they be Coyotes in Wolf clothing? -A cool front on 3/22 brought some mysterious, hard-line cloud formations over Tandy Hills. (see pic below) Thousands of pink, white and red Winecups are blowing in the wind across the Tandy Hills. Purple Paintbrush makes a nice landing strip for this Skipper moth. Dew-drop tipped, Rabbit Tobacco is having a hopping year at Tandy Hills. You had to be there. The cloud patterns on 3/22 made Tandy Hills feel like a church.

5) Wildflower of the Moment: Wild Onion/Garlic

One of life's little pleasures is eating an early Spring bulb of Wild Onion (Allium drummondi) aka: Wild Garlic. They are mild in flavor and pretty in pink, white and red-purple. They are all over the Tandy Hills at the moment. They go nicely with a bottle of burgundy an April sunset and someone you love. Spring onions are on sale at Tandy Hills. Wild Onion flowers, up close, remind me of orchids.

6) Prairie Plant Puzzler

I'm one of the famous Tandy Hills "blues". Despite my unusual blue color, it's easy to overlook me as I sunbathe at your feet. My stem is short and my flower is the size of a dime. I'm kind of plain looking from your normal altitude but, come down to my level and you will see that I'm as complex as the Milky Way. I'm also having a very prolific early Spring at Tandy Hills. What's my name? Guess my name and win a prize. ➤ Stumped by the February puzzler? Answer: Trout Lily leaf. Congrats to, Dawn Hancock, who guessed correctly.

7) Sponsor Love

We can't say enough about our clean-green sponsors for 2012. Over the past seven years, Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area has proven that a non-profit can demand high ethical standards from its supporters AND be successful. We accept donations only from individuals, organizations and companies that share our high ideals of environmental stewardship. Their support helps makes our conservation and education programs possible. Please let them know your appreciation. See the current list here:

8) Prairie Proverb

"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."

-Aldo Leopold, from, A Sand County Almanac, 1949 Tandy Hills is slowly filling in as Mother Nature's paint-by-number masterpiece for 2012.