Nov 15 Program: Why you should learn to love Mushrooms

This presentation will introduce you to the world and biology of fungi and the critical role that they play in all ecosystems. We will explore their various lifestyles and examine their relationship to humans.

Denis Benjamin is a Resident Research Associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas where he curates the mycology collection and teaches about fungi. He retired from Medical practice as a pediatric pathologist, spending thirty years at Seattle Children’s Hospital and ten years at Cook Children’s.  He is author of the landmark book on the health effects of mushrooms (Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas) and published a collection of mushroom foraging essays (Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging). He is also a watercolorist focusing on fungi and botanical art.

Wednesday, November 15, at 7 pm
Community Room, West Arlington Police Station
2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX   76013
Parking is available in the front of the building, accessed from Ron McAndrew Drive
The program is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

June SWNP Program: Ray Rentschler – Living with Arlington’s Wildlife

Alligators, bobcats, coyotes, and feral hogs are some of the more exotic examples of the wide range of urban wildlife living in our community. For years, large numbers of wild animals have been trapped, euthanized, or relocated by animal shelters all over the United States. Despite years of these practices, human interactions with urban wildlife still take place today. Ray Rentschler, Field Operations Administrator at Animal Services, is tasked with helping us co-exist with Arlington’s wildlife. These animals are a common and important part of our ecosystem, benefiting the human population in numerous ways. Ray will give us some insights into our local wildlife and how to interact with it.

Tuesday, June 20, 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.