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Duck calls and cackling chickens salute Katy Prairie at lively Tanglewood benefit

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Kevin and Jacque Bartol, from left, and Amy and Hardy Murchison at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Chairs Kevin and Jacque Bartol, left, with party hosts Amy and Hardy Murchison. Photo by Tom DuBrock
Tommy and Isla Reckling, from left, and John and Neva Dawson at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Tommy and Isla Reckling, left, with John and Neva Dawson. Photo by Tom DuBrock
Sean and Mindy Rice at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Sean and Mindy Rice. Photo by Tom DuBrock
Janie and Gareth Cook at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Janie and Gareth Cook. Photo by Tom DuBrock
Elliot Turner, from left, Christy Cardon, Kelly Turner and Darryl Anderson at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Elliot Turner, from left, Christy Cardon, Kelly Turner and Darryl Anderson. Photo by Tom DuBrock
Brad and Stephanie Tucker, from left, with Allison Darden and Samuel Tucker at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Brad and Stephanie Tucker, from left, Allison Darden and Samuel Tucker. Photo by Tom DuBrock
Ashley Murchison, from left, with Christy and John Murchison at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Ashley Murchison, from left, with Christy and John Murchison. Photo by Tom DuBrock
Allan Port, from left, with Bill and Laurence Anderson at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Allan Port, from left, with Bill and Laurence Anderson. Photo by Tom DuBrock
Kevin and Jacque Bartol, from left, and Amy and Hardy Murchison at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Tommy and Isla Reckling, from left, and John and Neva Dawson at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Sean and Mindy Rice at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Janie and Gareth Cook at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Elliot Turner, from left, Christy Cardon, Kelly Turner and Darryl Anderson at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Brad and Stephanie Tucker, from left, with Allison Darden and Samuel Tucker at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Ashley Murchison, from left, with Christy and John Murchison at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014
Allan Port, from left, with Bill and Laurence Anderson at the Katy Prairie Conservancy fundraiser May 2014

What: Katy Prairie Conservancy "Duck, Duck, Goose" bash.

Where: In the backyard of the Tanglewood-area home of Amy and Hardy Murchison, where chickens in an aviary and a koi pond added to the rich outdoor ambience.

The 411: Benefit chairs Jacque and Kevin Bartol welcomed more than 250 guests who supped on treats from A Fare Extraordinaire and swayed to the honky tonk sounds of Miss Leslie and Her Juke Jointers. For authentic flavor, Jim Gregory provided duck calls.

The event honored Janie and Gareth Cook, Neva and John Dawson and Christy and John Murchison. The three couples were noted for their efforts in making the prairie more accessible to birders and other visitors in particular through their support of the two-story Matt Cook Wildlife Viewing Platform at Warren Ranch. The structure overlooks the 140-acre Warren Lake, which teems with wildlife, including hundreds of bird species, year-round.

Who: Conservancy executive director Mary Anne Piacentini and husband Drexel Turner, Mary and Mark Rothwell, Lynn and Ty Kelly, Mavis Kelsey, Maggie and Bob Honig, Mark Klien, Debbie and Chris Patton, Cindy and John Bartos, Stephanie and Brad Tucker and Gail and Mike Talbott.

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