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All April meetings and events are cancelled, though we hope you will consider taking part in the City Nature Challenge during the weekend of April 24 – April 27.  See our D I Y – City Nature Challenge 2020 event for information on how you might participate while staying safe.

Please take care….we look forward to resuming meetings and events soon.



2019 Review of nature at SWNP

Using iNaturalist’s “Year on iNAT 2019” post as inspiration, we’ve taken a look at what happened at SWNP during 2019, as seen through iNaturalist Observations.
Totals: Observations – 2128; Species – 619; Identifiers – 348; Observers – 38

First observation: made by Lynn Healy (common buckeye (Junonia coenia)) on January 5.

Last observation: made by Jim Frisinger (Hygroscopic Earthstar (Astraeus hygrometricus)) on December 29.

Top Observers:
Rank iNaturalist ID Name # Observations # Species
1 Brentano Brent Franklin 591 229
2 Bob777 Bob O’Kennon 251 161
3 Joshmols Jim Frisinger 204 160
4 Charley Charley Amos 137 92
5 Pynklynx 133 59
6 Postoak Jan Miller 131 76

The largest number of observations by far were made in April with 688, many of these recorded during the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge. December has the smallest number at 24.
More counts: Animals- 1042    Fungi- 106     Plants- 980

Most common bird (Aves) Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
8 Observations
Most common mammal (Mammalia) Common Raccoon
(Procyon iotor)
5 Observations
Most common animal were insects (Insecta), with 818 Observations.
The top 8 were Dragonflies and Damselflies (order Odonata)
Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)
34 Observations
Most common spider (Arachnida) Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia), with 6 observations.
Many fungi observations are not identified to the Species level The most common ID was Peeling Puffball (Lycoperdon marginatum) with 5 observations.
Most common plant (Plantae) Trailing Fuzzy-bean (Strophostyles helvola) led plants with 17 observations.

Over 90 Species were first Observed at SWNP during 2019. Some of them are rarely seen, but some simply reflect an increased use of iNaturalist. The Observations made during 2019 represent over 30% of the total iNaturalist Observations at SWNP.

For more details and some photos of the observations, click on the link below:
2019 SWNP – iNaturalist review


Welcome Friends!

Welcome Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve!

We think SWNP is a special place and and hope that you will too.  Wild places like this are hard to find and public opportunities to enjoy them are even more rare.  You’ll find information here about our work to preserve this remnant of eastern cross timbers woodlands and grasslands as well as activities to celebrate and experience it through the seasons.

Please join us!