October 28: 4th Anniversary Dedication Celebration

Southwest Nature Preserve was dedicated on 10/19/13 and we are planning a celebration to mark the occasion on Saturday, 10/28/17.  The day will start with the quarterly Bird ID Workshop (8am) and Survey (8:30am) followed by afternoon/evening events to highlight accomplishments of the last 4 years.
Enjoy an afternoon and evening exploring the beauty and natural features of the Preserve: Explore trails with experienced Guides; Watch Fly Fishing demonstrations along with exhibits of dragonflies and aquatic life; Join a tour of the future Pollinator Corridor; See the new trail-head Kiosk, and trail marking signs; Enjoy a picnic dinner at dusk (RSVP appreciated). Hours are 4:00 pm to 7:45 pm. Light supper at 6:30 pm. RSVP for food tally: info@swnp.org.

September 19: 10 Centuries of Dynamic Change

Jim Frisinger will present Comings and Goings at the Southwest Nature Preserve – 10 Centuries of Dynamic Change to 58 acres in the Cross Timbers.  Jim will walk us through a little neighborhood history: Waves of human migration. Cycles of drought and rains. Invasions of new plants, and disappearances of others. Gone are the bison – but there is more water and woody plants here than ever. Ecosystems are dynamic, buffeted by outside forces and ever-changing. Now the 58 acres heads back to the future as a wildlife preserve.
Jim Frisinger, who organizes the birding classes for the Friends, left a decades-long career as a daily newspaper journalist in Dallas-Fort Worth to join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District. He now writes and films stories about the Corps work on endangered species, ecosystem restoration, flood-risk management, sustainability and national security construction.

Tuesday, September 19, at 7 pm
Community Room, West Arlington Police Station
2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX   76013
Parking is available from Ron McAndrew Dr
FREE and open to the public.

Fall Birding Class – Registration is now open!

Fall migration is beginning and October will be a prime time to see a wide variety of birds:  the usual residents, those coming in for the winter as well as others stopping by on their way farther south.  This quarterly beginners’ class will show you which birds are in our area now, what they’re up to, where to look for them…and more!

Please RSVP for the optional workshop at 8 am in nearby Kennedale (required due to limited space) or join the group at SWNP at 8:30 am for the birding practice session.  Everyone’s welcome, beginner to advanced.  Bring binoculars if you have them but we’ll have some to loan if you don’t.  Please consider bringing drinking water and sun protection.

For more information and to RSVP, see the flyer:

August SWNP Program: An Eagle Scout Project for SWNP

David White, Troop 615 in Arlington, TX, approached the Friends of SWNP this spring with a proposal for an Eagle Scout Project that would benefit SWNP.  He will give our August program and will tell us all about the project, from his initial idea, through the approval and fundraising process, and finally an update on the actual construction and installation.  It will give us a chance to understand the complexities of putting together the project and allow us to thank him and his troop for their enthusiasm and hard work.

Tuesday, August 15, at 7 pm
Community Room, West Arlington Police Station
2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX   76013
Parking is available from Ron McAndrew Dr
FREE and open to the public.

Summer Birding Class – Register now!

Saturday, July 15

Summer’s showy birds are here for a limited time only and some may begin migration in the next few weeks. This quarterly beginners’ class will show you which birds are in our area now, what they’re up to, where to look for them…and more!

Please RSVP for the optional workshop at 8 am in nearby Kennedale (required due to limited space) or join the group at SWNP at 8:30 am for the birding practice session.  Everyone’s welcome, beginner to advanced.  Bring binoculars if you have them but we’ll have some to loan if you don’t.  Please consider bringing drinking water and sun protection.

For more information and to RSVP, see the flyer: