Calendar

Feb
16
Sat
The Great Backyard Bird Count – 2019 @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Feb 16 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Join expert, amateur, and beginner birders for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, supported by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. Led by Jim Frisinger, our birders will meet at the amphitheater of SWNP, near the parking lot.

Please bring binoculars (if you have some) along with your favorite bird book(s).  Also, sunscreen, water, and a note pad. You might consider bringing a camping chair. A camera or phone with camera would also be handy.

For more information on the GBBC, visit their website: The Great Backyard Bird Count

Feb
19
Tue
Program – Bird Population Trends at SWNP @ Lake Arlington Public Library
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Follow-up Program to Great Backyard Bird Count.

Birder Jim Frisinger shares bird tally trends since 2007 at the Preserve.

Note: presentation is at Lake Arlington Community Room, Lake Arlington Branch Library, 4000 West Green Oaks Blvd.

The program is free and open to the public.

Mar
19
Tue
Program: Here be Dragons! Odonates of SWNP @ Community Room at the Arlington Police Department's West District Service Center
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Brent Franklin is a certified Texas Master Naturalist and past president of the Cross Timbers chapter. Growing up in Abilene, Texas he spent a lot of time on family land outside of town where they raised cattle. Fishing, hunting and exploring was a large part of his childhood. After high school he served a total of 11 years in the US Army and Texas Army National Guard. All of this fed an intense love for being out in nature. Asking him to choose his favorite, birds or dragonflies, is like asking him to pick his favorite of his 2 daughters.

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

Apr
6
Sat
Cancelled due to rain and storms forecast: Beginner Bird ID Workshop and Walk @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Apr 6 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Join Master Birder Walter Berk for this quarterly beginners’ class which will show you which birds are in our area now, what they’re up to, where to look for them…and more!

Optional Classroom Instruction, 8 a.m.
City Hall Conference Room, 405 Municipal Drive, in Kennedale (4 miles south of the preserve)

Bird walk open to all, 8:30-10 a.m.
Southwest Nature Preserve

Classroom topics include:
*  Bird anatomy as it pertains to field identification
*  Types of birds common to this region during this season
*  Basic ecology, habitat associations, and behaviors

Please RSVP for the optional workshop at 8 am (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.  Please consider bringing drinking water and sun protection.

FREE

6 April 2019 redbellied Birding flier

 

 

 

Apr
27
Sat
City Nature Challenge – SWNP’s Challenge @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

What is City Nature Challenge?
Hosted by iNaturalist, the City Nature Challenge is 4-day international effort, April 26-29, for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. Cities compete to see who can make the most observations, find the most species, and engage the most people.

Why document our natural world?
Knowing what species are in our city and where they are helps us study and protect them.

Activities at Southwest Nature Preserve
You are invited to join other naturalists at the preserve Saturday, April 27. Volunteers will offer tours and help you navigate the iNaturalist app. All ages can contribute by posting photos of plants, animals, insects or any other evidence of life. Just bring your cameras and smartphones – and a keen eye – to document nature. We will provide water.

Starting from the parking lot, we’ll try to see how much nature we can find at the Preserve:
– 2:30 – Trail Walk
– 3:00 – Fishing pier and riparian area
– 4:00 – Pollinator Meadow

How you can prepare in advance
Visit inaturalist.org
Download the free iNaturalist smartphone app at home from the AppStore or Google Play.
Sign-In or Create an account.

May
6
Mon
Your Neighborhood Snakes (And Those Nearby) @ Arlington's West Police Service Center
May 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

A Presentation Sponsored by Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve.

Get to know the snakes you might see in your neighborhood as well as those in surrounding parts of north Texas. There will be plenty of slides of these animals and discussion of how they live and whether they pose any danger to you. And even though a venomous snake would be unusual in most of Arlington, we will cover those species, safety tips, and snake bite information.

This is a free presentation for residents of Arlington-particularly on the west side. It will be at the Arlington Police Department’s West Police Service Center Community Room, 2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Monday, May 6th, from 6:30-8:00pm.

Michael Smith, the presenter, is co-author of “Herping Texas: The Quest for Reptiles and Amphibians.” He wrote an article about Texas’ venomous snakes and snake bite for Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine In 2015 (“Venomous Vipers”).

May
21
Tue
Program: Establishing and Maintaining Native Plants: Prairie Restorations and Pollinator Gardens @ Community Room at the Arlington Police Department's West District Service Center
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Heather Bass, Botanist and Native Landscaping Consultant at BRIT, will provide an overview of lessons learned about successful native plant establishment and maintenance during three research projects looking at a native prairie restoration, a native prairie creation, and establishing sustainable urban pollinator gardens. 

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

Jun
18
Tue
Program: The World of Bees @ Community Room at the Arlington Police Department's West District Service Center
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ryan Giesecke will discuss bee biology, sociality, beekeeping, honey bee castes, pollination, foraging, communication, die off, what we can do to help, and where we would be without bees.

Ryan keeps bees in urban and rural apiaries in the Dallas area, and owns and operates “Honey Bee Relocation Services” in Dallas, specializing in live honey bee and bumble bee relocation.  Ryan is President of Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association in Dallas, President of Metro Beekeepers Association in Fort Worth, has reached Master level in the Texas Master Beekeeper Program, and completed Texas Master Naturalist training classes in 2018. He is a frequent presenter at beekeeping events around the state, and a persistent educator on bees and beekeeping in the DFW area.

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

Jun
25
Tue
Hands on-Weeds out Workday @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Jun 25 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

  

Join us at SWNP’s Pollinator Meadow to weed out giant ragweed & Johnson grass.

Please bring gloves, hand clippers, hoe or small digging tool.  Water, sunscreen & bug spray may also be a good idea.

The weather forecast looks OK for now, but notification will be posted here if the event is rescheduled due to severe weather alert or steady rain.

Jul
26
Fri
Hands on-Weeds out Workday @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us at SWNP’s Pollinator Meadow to weed out giant ragweed & Johnson grass.

Please bring gloves, hand clippers, hoe or small digging tool.  Water, sunscreen & bug spray may also be a good idea.

The weather forecast looks OK for now, but notification will be posted here if the event is rescheduled due to severe weather alert or steady rain.