Jim’s This and That – February 2018


It’s official – early this morning (Feb. 2), Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, thus predicting 6 more weeks of winter. The announcement came via this traditional poetic announcement: “Up early this morning. Far from home. Are you searching for the
Phil-osopher’s stone? Well, even my best friends, they don’t know. Is it an early spring or just more snow,” the proclamation read. “My faithful followers, your hands (and my paws) are getting cold so here is my forecast. Not lead, but solid gold: I see my royal Shadow! Six more weeks of Winter to go!”

 Take a look inside for…
1. Links to community calendars
… and including …
2. News You Can Use: articles, activities, and resources
3. Area organizations & locations for eco-recreation & education

The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.    Barack Obama
1. Links to Community Calendars:

(A calendar of events across the Metroplex, compiled by the North Texas Master Naturalists)

(The GreenSource DFW Environmental News & Community Resource)

  1. News You Can Use:

Wildflower season is almost here…IT’S TROUT LILY TIME!!! We continue to gather data, as Jim Varnum did, on trout lily sightings across north Texas. When you find trout lilies, please report them to nature_links@yahoo.com: date, location (GPS coordinates are very helpful), abundance, and any other pertinent details. In other wildflower news, check out a great article about 4-nerve daisieshttps://npsot.org/wp/story/2018/10534/   And do you know our beautiful krameria? – many people have never heard of this unique prairie plant and it’s worth searching out. Read more at http://www.indefenseofplants.com/blog/2018/1/15/on-the-ecology-of-krameria/  …with thanks to Marcie H. for sharing.


Resolve to get involved at Hagerman NWR in 2018 at our Volunteer Open House, Sunday, February 4, 2018, 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Here is your chance to learn about the various volunteer opportunities offered by the Friends of Hagerman and the Refuge. Meet some of our current volunteers who will share with you the rewards of volunteer service they have experienced at HNWR. No obligation but we think you will find a good fit for your time and talents. Check out the excellent “Friends of Hagerman” website – with downloadable files related to volunteering – here: https://www.friendsofhagerman.com/Home

…and an added bonus! The Frosted Elfin butterfly (Callophrys irus) has now been confirmed on the Refuge. The Xerces Society reports, “(t)he frosted elfin holds the distinction of being the non-federally listed butterfly with the greatest number of state level listings, eleven in all. It is extirpated from Ontario, its only occurrence in Canada, and probably extirpated from Maine and Illinois Texas Parks and Wildlife awarded a Wildlife Diversity Program (aka license plate grant) to the North American Butterfly Association to conduct a State Status Assessment of the Frosted Elfin.  More about elfins at https://xerces.org/frosted-elfin/


Native Plant Society of Texas announces 2018 Native Landscape Certification classes. The Native Plant Society of Texas is offering 17 landscaping classes this spring at 11 different locations around the state. The one-day classes are all part of the Native Landscaping Certification Program, a series which teaches best practices for native plant landscaping – including wildlife habitat gardening. Classes are intended to be useful both to homeowners and professionals. Three levels are offered this spring. Anyone may register for a Level One class, which is a prerequisite for the Level Two and Level Three classes. More at https://npsot.org/wp/nlcp/

And make plans now for the NPSOT Spring Symposium, Feb. 24 at  the LBJ Wildflower Center. https://npsot.org/wp/story/2017/10501/


The Texas Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife is looking for a new Texas Statewide Coordinator. The coordinator will help lead Texas’ statewide campaign.  The ideal candidate would have excellent people skills, be highly professional, a good communicator, and can juggle several tasks at once.  Since HR 4647 (Recovering America’s Wildlife Act) was introduced last month, this this as a great opportunity for a conservation-minded candidate to help Texas support the national initiative. The position announcement can be found at: http://www.txwildlifealliance.org/get-involved.html


A great article about the American kestrel – our smallest raptor – at http://www.birdwatchersdigest.net/wbbn/february2018/6/   Thanks to Reba C. and David P. for forwarding. And check out the reflections of an amateur bird feeder (and implications for feeding urban birds) at https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/01/urban-birds-are-evolving-to-be-fed/551120/


This from GreenSource DFW…After a seven-year hiatus, a North Texas-based journal focused on a hopeful future has returned to publication. Founded by professor Stan Ingman in 1997 as part of the university’s public outreach efforts, the Sustainable Communities Review is a semiannual journal that reports the progress of people around the globe who are working on solving a wide range of social and environmental problems that threaten the well-being of small communities and even the world population. More at http://scrjournal.org/SCR%20Summer%202017/Volume%2010.pdf


Great activities to the west…
*  “Sparrow Camp”, Feb. 23-25 at High Hope Ranch in Glen Rose. Registration includes a donation to to Friends of the Balcones NWR (it is their Sparrow Fest Team who are putting on the weekend workshop, and donations can be made to participant’s organizations that shared our information). http://www.highhoperanch.com/sparrow-camp-2018

* “What is the Texas Wildlife Association and how can you get involved?” at the monthly meeting of the Arlington Conservation Council. The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) is a nonprofit striving to connect Texans of all ages with the outdoors through meaningful and informative interactions. Attendees will gain an understanding of the many program avenues through which we achieve this goal. Local volunteer opportunities with the TWA L.A.N.D.S. Intensive and Trinity River Program will be discussed. We’ll meet from February 7, 7-8pm at the Fielder House, 1616 W Abram St, Arlington.

* “Purple Martins” by Shiela Hargis, Travis Audubon Board of Directors and the Education Committee and is Vice President of the Texas Ornithological Society. Fort Worth Audubon Society (FWAS) monthly meeting,Thur., February 8, 2018. The FWAS meetings start at 7.30pm in Room 100 on the lower level of Research and Education Building, UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. (at Montgomery St.)   Please come early for a mini-bird ID class that begins at 6.50pm.  For additional information and directions log on the to the FWAS website at www.fwas.org

*  “Biodiversity and Conservation” with Dr. Taylor Quedensley, Research Botanist at Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Monthly meeting of the Indian Trail Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist monthly meeting. First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX, Family Life Center – Gathering Room. For more information, please call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 972-825-5175 or email: information@itmnc.com.


You thought it was cold…  https://www.allaboutbirds.org/how-birds-survive-the-cold-feathers-food-warmth/?utm_source=Cornell%20Lab%20eNews&utm_campaign=bef3eb0f08-Cornell%20Lab%20eNews%2001_16_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-bef3eb0f08-306620913


Texas Native Seeds project expanding to meet demand ecosystem restoration. http://www.ntxe-news.com/artman/publish/article_109264.shtml  (With thanks to the Society for Ecological Restoration’s Restore newsletter).
Not all pond scum is bad. Scientists in Germany discovered the oldest known fossils of moths and butterflies while sifting through what could be described as 200-million-year-old “pond scum” — ancient soil samples filled with pollen, spores, pieces of plants and insect legs and wings…With no flowers around [at that time], the researchers believe the primitive moths and butterflies developed the physical attributes — namely the sucking proboscis — to find nutrition from sugary water droplets from the tips of tree seeds. More at https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/01/11/worlds-oldest-butterfly-and-moth-fossils-worlds-oldest-butterfly-and-moth-fossils-discovered-200-mil/1024442001/  Thanks to David P. and Laura K. for sharing.


Name Mission Regularly scheduled meetings &  activities
Arlington Conservation Council Arlington Conservation Council is an environmental non-profit organization involved with conservation efforts in Arlington, TX, and the surrounding Dallas-Fort Worth area. Our mission: ACC works to protect Arlington’s natural environment through education, community service, and advocacy for a sustainable future. Monthly meetings the 1st Wednesday at 7-8pm in Fielder House, 1616 W. Abram (Abram & Fielder), Arlington, TX unless noted.


Audubon Dallas
Audubon Dallas supports the conservation of birds and other wildlife, the protection of habitat and biodiversity, and the provision of education and opportunities for our entire community to observe and appreciate birds and nature. We teach about our local flora and fauna including the importance of the preservation of local ecosystems through conservation. We post regularly on our Facebook Page and keep records of the birds of Dallas County. Monthly meeting the 3rd Thursday.
Blackland Prairie Chapter (Collin Co.) – Texas Master Naturalists


The Blackland Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists is one of 44 chapters statewide operating under the sponsorships of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and AgriLife Extension Service. Our members, primarily from Collin and far southeast Denton County, are trained and certified volunteers committed to providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and areas within our communities. Our intent is to raise our volunteers’ level of understanding of the natural world so that they will become stewards and promote stewardship in others. 2nd Tuesday, 7p.m., The Heard Museum (McKinney)


Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental preservation through public education and the conservation of birds of prey and wildlife in their natural habitat. Named after the tallgrass prairie that once covered more than 23,500 square miles of Texas from the Red River to San Antonio, Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is a rehabilitation and conservation education organization, specializing in fostering better public understanding of the relationship between birds of prey and healthy ecosystems. 1st Saturday public activity (slight entrance fee applies)
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
BRIT’s mission is to conserve our natural heritage by deepening our knowledge of the plant world and achieving public understanding of the value plants bring to life. Founded in 1987 and based in Fort Worth, BRIT documents the diversity of plant life and conducts extensive research around the world. In the last 10 years, BRIT scientists have located and described scores of species previously unknown to science. We are driven to find new plant species and research plant life for agricultural, economic, environmental, medical, and social uses and to share that knowledge in the classroom and the research laboratory. * First Saturday program, 8:00am-12:00pm. Feb. – November. Exhibits, plant ID, Bella’s Storytime, free public tours of our LEED Platinum building.
* Free public tours Thursdays 1:30p.m.
Cedar Ridge Preserve
7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX  75249
At an elevation of 633 feet, Cedar Ridge Preserve (formerly the Dallas Nature Center) is a slice of the hill country just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. Cedar Ridge Preserve is a natural habitat of 600 acres featuring about 9 miles of trails, native trees, grasses and wildflowers, butterfly gardens, limited picnic areas and wild mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. CRP has been managed by Audubon Dallas since April 2003 by charter from the Dallas County Park & Open Space Program and the City of Dallas. Conservation in Action Workdays – Third Saturdays, September through May, 9-Noon; June through August, 8-11 a.m.
City of Plano
https://parks.planotx.org/econnect/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp    (search under “outdoor adventures”)
The nationally accredited Plano Parks & Recreation Department is a key contributor of Plano’s reputation as a city of excellence. Parks and Recreation enhances the lives of residents and visitors by offering outstanding parks, trails and facilities, a variety of enriching programs, special events and activities that contribute to the health, well-being and quality of life in Plano.
Collin Co. Chapter – Native Plant Society of Texas
The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas is to promote the conservation, research and utilization of the native plants and plant habitats of Texas, through education, outreach, and example. To this end, the Collin County Chapter holds monthly meetings January through October featuring speakers on topics related to native plants and habitats, sponsors donations for native plant demonstration gardens, plans field trips, and hosts native plant information tables at local outdoor events. Monthly meetings the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) in Laughlin Hall at the Heard Museum in McKinney.
Connemara Nature Meadow Preserve
Parking lot at Main Entrance – at Alma, South of Bethany Drive in Allen. Public access is also available to the Connemara Nature Preserve via a trail on the eastern edge of the Suncreek Park in Allen.
Open to the public daily from dawn until dusk, the Meadow represents 72 acres of natural habitat, rich in floral diversity that is reminiscent of the tall grass Blackland Prairie that once existed here.

It is owned and perpetually maintained by the Connemara Conservancy Foundation. The Meadow is made available to the public as a place to revive the spirit while teaching the importance of nature and biodiversity in the world where we live.


Astronomy, habitat, bird, and “open house” meadow walks for the public; check for dates at http://connemaraconservancy.org/wordpress/meadow-walks/
Coppell Biodiversity Education Center
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​367 Freeport Pkwy.​​Coppell, TX 75019
Nestled on 66 acres of nature preserve in Wagon Wheel Park, the Biodiversity Education Center at Coppell Nature Park promotes and provides hands-on environmental education. Participants of the education programs, for both school and the com​munity, observe and learn about local flora, fauna, and environmental sustainability issues, as well as develop a deeper connection to their environment through nature. Public programming and guided hikes; see http://www.coppelltx.gov/BEC for dates, times, and topics.
Cross Timbers Chapter (Ft. Worth) Texas Master Naturalists
Our action-oriented chapter was formed in 1999 and currently consists of many active members.  We service Fort Worth and the surrounding areas, and are very fortunate to have prairies, forests and wetlands, all in or near our highly-populated urban setting. Our members really make a difference – we work hard to repair and maintain the fragile beauty around us, and we introduce countless children and adults to the importance of natural resource conservation. Meetings are held at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., normally on the third Monday of the month at 7:00pm.
Dallas County Lepidopterist Society  http://www.dallasbutterflies.com


The Dallas County Lepidopterists’ Society was established in 1995. Its purpose is to provide a forum where people may gather to share an interest in butterflies and moths, whether that interest takes the form of collecting, gardening, photography, study or casual observation. Usual monthly meetings are the2nd Sat. 10am-12pm; location changes and may include field trips


Dallas Paleontological Society
The Dallas Paleontological Society was founded in 1984 for the purpose of promoting interest in and knowledge of the science of paleontology.  It was intended by the founding members that the Society would be a network for the exchange of data between professionals and serious amateurs in this field. Meetings at 7:30 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute, Building H (Ellison Miles Building), at Brookhaven College. Meetings are free and open to the public, and include an educational lecture. Meeting details and more information at https://www.dallaspaleo.org/


Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Located 20 minutes from downtown Dallas and Fort Worth in Cedar Hill, Dogwood Canyon is part of the White Rock Escarpment. Nowhere in North Texas can one find a greater variety of rare species than in Dogwood Canyon. Plants and animals from east, west and central Texas converge here, making the Canyon the only place in the world where one can find the Black-chinned Hummingbird of west Texas nesting in the flowering dogwood tree of east Texas. Generally, a 4th Saturday conservation workday.
Elm Fork Chapter (Denton) –
Texas Master Naturalists
In our community, Elm Fork Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program will be recognized as a primary source of information, education and service to support natural resources and natural areas today and in the future. 3rd Thursday of each month, program at 10:30.
For the Love of the Lake
We are a non-profit organization whose volunteers support programs to preserve and enhance White Rock Lake Park. We organize regular clean-up activities, tree planting events, and raise money needed to fund improvements to White Rock Lake Park. 2nd Saturday Shoreline Clean-up 8am-12pm. Supplies for cleanup available every Sat. from 8am-12pm at FTLOTL offices:

1152 N Buckner Blvd Suite #123,   Dallas, TX 75218

Fort Worth Audubon Society
Our mission: to promote awareness, appreciation, and understanding of birds and other wildlife while preserving and protecting their natural habitats. * Second Thursday monthly meetings from September thru May. A birding ID session begins at 6:50 p.m., with the general meeting commencing at 7:30. We meet in Room 100 of the Research and Education (RES) Building at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, on 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. (at Montgomery St.).  Use Parking Lot 6 on Clifton St.  Follow link for more detailed directions  http://www.fwas.org/showthread.php?4-Monthly-Meetings
* Birding in the Park” – Bird walk the 2nd Saturday of every month at Foster Park with Jean Ferguson.  June -Sept. hours are 7:00am – 9:00am.  Oct.-May hours 8:30am -10:30am. Meet at Foster Park, Trail Lake Drive & South Drive; one mile north of I-20.  Great field trip for beginning birders.  Jean will have extra binoculars for beginners.
* “Birding at Beds” – Bird walk the 2nd Wednesday of every month at birding “hotspot” Village Creek Drying Beds with Jim Sipiora.  June -Sept. hours are 6:30am – 9:00am- Meet at Dunlop Sports Center -cross street and bird Village Creek exclusively.  Oct.-May hours 7:15am to 8:30 bird Dunlop Sports Park-then 8:30am to 11:00am bird Village Creek. Meet in the parking lot of the Dunlop Sports Center on the south side of Green Oaks Blvd. between Davis Dr. and Fielder Rd. in Arlington, across from the entrance to Village Creek Drying Beds.  Bring water, insect repellent, and sunscreen.  ** Make sure all valuables in your vehicle are placed out of sight PRIOR to arriving at the parking lot
Ft. Worth Nature Center
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life by enrolling and educating our community in the preservation and protection of natural areas while standing as an example of these same principles and values in North Central Texas. Regular weekend nature walks and talks; check website for times and topics. A small admission fee applies, and there may be a fee for some classes.
Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club
For 24 years the GDOGC has been a leader in promoting organic gardening methods. Come be a part of a growing club that is passionate about gardening organically. Monthly meeting the 4th Sunday of every month, 2:30-3:30pm (except November and December) at North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas, TX 75230.
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
On National Wildlife Refuges, wildlife comes first! The main goals of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge are to provide and manage habitat for migratory birds, wildlife, and plants native to this area. Second Saturday Adult Nature Programs (monthly);

Refuge Rocks Youth Nature Programs (3rd Sat. monthly);

Guided Bird Walks (regular), Butterfly Garden Tours (Apr.– Oct.);

Nature Photography Club (bi-monthly);

Featherless Flyer Newsletter (monthly) and weekly Blog;

Numerous Volunteer opportunities

The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Nature PlaceMcKinney, TX 75069972.562.5566
The Heard’s purpose is threefold: education, conservation, and preservation. The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation through education. The emphasis of the Heard’s education programs is children; however, the Heard also offers programs that will interest visitors of any age. 2nd Sat. bird walks (Sept.-June)

3rd Sat. nature talks      www.heardmuseum.org/events

Indian Trails Chapter (Ellis Co.) –
Texas Master Naturalists
4th Monday chapter meetings; seasonal wildflower walks.
John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
Located in the middle of the 2000 acre East Fork Wetland Project, the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center provides education and research opportunities pertaining to water conservation, wetland systems and wildlife management. The Center serves as the hub of environmental and social interest of man-made wetland habitats on the Rosewood Seagoville Ranch property. This includes the North Texas Municipal Water District’s 2,000 acre East Fork Wetland Project, and an additional 1,200 acres of bottomland hardwood forest restoration as part of the Bunker Sands Mitigation Bank. 1st Saturdays: beginner & advanced birding
3rd Saturdays: Bunker’s Pond guided trail walk
Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area
Our vision is to heal the land and restore the bond between people and nature, ensuring the preservation of our natural heritage for the future. Our Mission is to preserve and restore native Texas ecosystems and biodiversity while providing opportunities for environmental education, research, and recreation. Regular weekend hikes, paddling, and bird walks; topics and times vary. Check http://www.llela.org/activites-programs for a current calendar.
Native Plant Society of Texas Dallas
The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas is to promote the conservation, research and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example. 3rd Monday, 7PM at Midway Hills Christian Church in their Fellowship Hall, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, TX 75229.
Native Plant Society of Texas Denton -Trinity Forks Chapter
The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) is to promote the conservation, research, and utilization of the native plants and plant habitats of Texas, through education, outreach, and example. The fourth Thursday of: January — June, and August — October. 7p.m., TWU


Native Prairies Association –  Blackland Chapter (Dallas)
The Blackland chapter formed in July 2014. Many of its members were galvanized by the discovery of original blackland prairie parcels at White Rock Lake in Dallas. The chapter has since been a leading voice to identify, preserve, and promote prairies in Dallas County and beyond. The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership and land trust organization dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. NPAT conserves and protects 2,780.87 acres of native Texas prairie. 2nd Tues.
Native Prairies Association – Ft. Worth Chapter
the Fort Worth chapter is weaving together local prairie professionals, educators, conservationists, landowners, students and members of the public in an effort to conserve, restore, protect and educate our community about the importance of the historic prairies of North Central Texas. 2nd Monday
North Central (Ft. Worth) chapter – Native Plant Society of Texas
The mission of the Native Plant Society of Texas is to promote research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example.  We want all Texans to value native plants, native habitats and healthy ecosystems as essential to the well-being of living things and to our quality of life. Our vision is a future where native habitats are managed as critically beneficial natural assets, and where residential and commercial developments employ sustainable designs that preserve and promote native habitats. 1st Thursday, 6:30, Botanic Gardens
North Texas Chapter –
Texas Master Naturalists
Our mission: “To develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.” Monthly meetings the first Wednesday; check website for location (which varies), and topics.
North Texas Water Garden Society
The North Texas Water Garden Society is a nonprofit organization with the following objectives:

To encourage a greater appreciation and interest in water gardens.

To disseminate information of interest and help to the members.

To stimulate the study and culture of aquatic plants, fish and ponds.

Second Tuesday monthly meetings, 7:30p.m., Community Room of Half Price books, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas.
Prairies & Timbers Audubon Society (Collin County)
PTAS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and chapter of the National Audubon Society. Organized in 1980, Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society serves Collin County and surrounding counties. We invite you and your family to join our all-volunteer range of nature-oriented activities. Monthly meetings are scheduled the 4th Tuesday, 6:30pm, September through November and January through May. They are free and open to the public. Programs are related to wildlife, ecology, conservation and of course, BIRDS! 4th Tues., 7:15pm, Sept. – May; meets at The Heard Museum


2nd Sat birding at Heard, 7:30-8ish a.m. (no meeting June, July, Aug.) http://prairieandtimbers.org/Heard_Sat.htm

Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest (Garland, TX)
The Society’s goals are simple:

• To promote the preservation and protection of Spring Creek Forest as a cultural and natural resource treasure.

• To facilitate scientific and educational pursuits by the public.

The Society’s responsibilities are:

•   To maintain nature trails, an interpretive center, and parking lot.

• To plan activities, such as school ecology classes, ecological and plant research, and nature interpretation.

• To provide guided tours.

• To guard against vandalism in the forest.

1st Tues. meetings at the North Garland Branch Library, 3845 N Garland Ave, Garland, TX (Sept. – May); 1st Saturday after the 1st Tues. workdays – check website for workday locations
Southwest Nature Preserve
5201 S. Bowman Springs Rd., Arlington, Texas   76017
The Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve supports the Arlington Park and Recreation Department in its work at SWNP and shares the City of Arlington’s commitment to protect this unique site’s natural resources.  Our current projects include invasive exotic plant management, trail maintenance, aquatic habitat restoration and more.  We also wish to enhance the public’s understanding of these natural resources through wildlife and plant surveys as well as providing public education opportunities. Southwest Nature Preserve was dedicated in October 2013, providing this area with new opportunities for outdoor recreation, nature appreciation and more.  As a preserve, it’s a great example of eastern Cross Timbers ecosystem, characterized by woodlands and savanna grasslands, and enhanced by 4 ponds….providing a wide variety of habitats for diverse groups of wildlife. Programs are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, at 7pm, at the West Arlington Police Station. For program topics and current schedule, please check the website, and on Facebook as Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve.
Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75210(214) 428-7476 x 341
Located in Dallas’ historic Fair Park, Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round organically maintained urban oasis filled with natural wonders. Family festivals, free admission days, and our extensive (and growing) EarthKeepers® student education program introduce children and adults to natural outdoor learning experiences. We are the first public garden in the state of Texas to be certified 100% organic by the Texas Organic Research Center. The gardens are maintained using sustainable methods that conserve water and help to protect the environment. At family events offered throughout the year, children and parents can share the experience of being amazed and inspired by nature’s intricate web of life. Gardening workshops and guided tours provide expert advice on using native and adapted plants to create backyard habitats for butterflies, birds and other native wildlife. Workdays 3rd Thurs. and 3rd Saturday, 9-11:30; meet at the greenhouse.

* Daily butterfly releases, 12p.m.
* Butterfly House Discovery Tour, first Saturdays at 11 am

* Garden Explorers Walk, second Saturdays from March — September at 11 am

(Admission fee required for most events)

Trinity River Audubon Center
From its inception in 2008, as one of the National Audubon Society’s flagship environmental education center in the Central Flyway, Trinity River Audubon Center has been welcoming visitors to its sanctuaries and inviting them to participate in nature education programs. This innovative approach—preserving open space not just to protect wildlife and native habitat from people, but to actively engage people in its conservation through learning and exploration—served as a model for Audubon and other nature education centers nationwide and influenced the development of place-based experiential learning as a highly effective pedagogical practice. 2nd Sat. cleanup  9am-12pm
Trinity Valley Beekeepers
Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association is a non-profit club bringing together old, new, and aspiring beekeepers in the Dallas area. We are a group of people who share a passion for beekeeping. Our members range from professional beekeepers with many hives to hobbyists with a few (or even zero) hives. Our mission is to provide a forum for members and guests to meet and exchange ideas, to serve as a resource on beekeeping to our community, and to foster increased awareness of the importance of the honeybee and the beekeeping profession. 2nd Tuesday, 7p.m., The Point at C. C. Young, 4847 W. Lawther Dr., Dallas.

Jim’s This & That is a personal communication, begun by avid naturalist Jim Varnum, which strives to fulfill Jim’s vision of connecting individuals interested in the natural world — primarily in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area — with each other and with resources to increase an appreciation of nature.  If you have comments and questions about its content, or wish to receive – or not receive – Jim’s This & That e-mails, please contact nature_links@yahoo.com

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