February Activities

We are looking forward to two events in February – both are free and open to the public.

February 17, 8:30am (rain delay), the Great Backyard Bird Count. At SWNP. Meet in the parking lot. Bring binoculars and something for note taking. Cameras can be useful, too. Here’s a link for more information, though there’s no need to record your SWNP sigtings – we will submit a group list. www.birdcount.org

 

February 20, 7 pm, Program: Basic Considerations for Grasslands Restoration. At west Arlington Police Station. See event listing for more info

Pollinator/Restoration Project – Friday, Dec. 15, 1-5 pm

Planting time!  Big thanks to Arlington Parks and Recreation Department for preparing the site, installing the mulched trail and temporary irrigation system.  Local ecotype grass and wildflower seeds have been hand-gathered, many are thanks to John Snowden’s Bluestem Nursery….and more have been purchased from local providers with EarthDayTX grant funds…and it’s time to plant!

Volunteers are needed to finish preparing the project site, broadcast the seed and finish the planting by rolling the seed and watering. Anytime you can help Friday afternoon would be appreciated

Please dress for the weather and bring work gloves, stiff rakes or hoes (if you have ‘em).  Water and snacks will be provided.

Weather is looking seasonably cool but sunny. If too windy for broadcasting seed, we’ll still rake and prep the site, just delay seeding slightly.

For more information, please e-mail info@swnp.org.

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