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:

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:

Eagle Scout Project seeks donations

UPDATE, 7/22/17:  Great news, the Fundraising Goal has been MET!  Big thanks to everyone who contributed to the fund.  Watch for project updates to follow soon.

Southwest Nature Preserve has been very fortunate to receive the notice of David White for his Eagle Scout project.  While hiking at the preserve, David noticed that while the trail map at the entry parking lot was great, there were no trail markers or trailhead kiosk.

He contacted Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve about his idea, and with our enthusiastic support, subsequently presented his project and received approval from Arlington Parks and Recreation Department and Boy Scouts of America.

David has worked with APRD and Friends of SWNP to design a trailhead kiosk which will contain a detailed trail map and other information about the preserve’s natural features as well as strategic placement of color-coded markers along the trails. The project will help guests to have a a more enjoyable experience and greater appreciation of the preserve while also establishing easily recognized trails and reducing erosion and its damaging effects on wildlife habitat.

Please consider a donation to support David’s project; see details and contact information in his flyer. Thank you!

Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve, P.O. Box 264, Arlington, TX 76004-0264

To print or share the flyer as a .pdf file, please use the following link:

Eagle Scout Project Flyer

March 21 Program: Bats of North Texas

 

Did you know that there are over 1,300 species of bats? These flying mammals provide important benefits to natural ecosystems and human economies. This presentation will discuss bat biology, which bat species call DFW home, why bats are so important, and the current threats to bat populations.

 

Rachel Richter is an Urban Wildlife Biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife in the DFW area. She has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M and a master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from Texas State. Her thesis research focused on home range and habitat use of a reintroduced population of javelina in Central Texas. As an urban wildlife biologist, she focuses on making our communities more wildlife-friendly through educational outreach and providing technical guidance.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 7:00 pm
Community Room at the West Arlington Police Station
2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington.
Parking is available in the front of the building, accessed from Ron McAndrew Drive.
FREE and open to the public.