Program: Scat & Tracks: What Animals Leave Behind @ Community Room at the West Arlington Police Station
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Kayleigh Medeiros will be discussing animal evidence, specifically scat and tracks. Participants will learn how to safely examine scat and how to identify it. We will then discuss the tracks of an animal; participants will discover where to look for tracks, the parts of a track, and how to measure.

Kayleigh is the Audubon Conservation Treks Manager for the State and Academic Programs Manager for Trinity River Audubon Center. Her main focus is leading high school students on week long conservation leadership camping trips. She’s been with Trinity River Audubon Center since August 2015. She is originally from Massachusetts and received her bachelor of science in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from UMASS Amherst in 2011. She has had the privilege of working for many incredible conservation entities in many different capacities including a naturalist on Prudence Island in Rhode Island and a traveling wildlife educator for USFWS. Her passions include birding, working out, hiking, baking and knitting.

Parking is available in the front of the building, accessed from Ron McAndrew Drive
The program is free and open to the public.

City Nature Challenge 2018 @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Apr 27 – Apr 30 all-day
Program at SWNP: Tree Walk with Jeremy Priest @ Southwest Nature Preserve
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

During 2018, the Friends of SWNP are offering about half of our programs at the Preserve, with the intent of showing off different aspects of this unique area.  As our second of these on-site programs, we will be walking the trails, looking at trees – identifying the variety of trees at the Preserve with a focus on historic trees.

Jeremy Priest, the City Forester for Arlington, took core and cookie samples from the large post oak “Big Daddy” at the NE corner of the preserve In December. He estimated the tree at a minimum 160 years old just based on his experience with post oaks in Arlington. The samples have been sent for analysis to an arborist in Wylie, working with the Texas Historic Tree Coalition.

Jeremy also cut a cookie from a branch from one of the stunted blackjack oaks on the bluff. After examining the rings, he said the slow growth indicated an age of about 120 years old – even though the trunk diameter was not nearly as large as the big post oaks elsewhere.