Calendar

Apr
21
Tue
Cancelled – Program: Venomous Snakes in the DFW Area
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Instead, PLEASE SEE Michael Smith’s guide to Venomous Snakes in his Lives In Nature blog… livesinnature.com/venomous-snakes

There are many snakes in Dallas, Tarrant, and the surrounding counties, and yet bites from venomous snakes are not common. Why is that? We will discuss a number of reasons, including that most snakes are not venomous, and even the venomous kinds try to avoid people as a matter of life and death (for them!). There will be lots of photos of venomous and non-venomous snakes. We will also talk about venomous snake bite and what to do if bitten.

The program will be presented by Michael Smith – a naturalist and writer living in North Texas. He has a lifelong interest in herpetology, and co-authored “Herping Texas: The Quest for Reptiles and Amphibians” (with Clint King, Texas A&M University Press, 2018). A second book is expected in spring of 2020. Michael’s “other” career is as a Psychological Associate, and he is interested in how time spent in nature affects us in terms of decreased stress and improved health.

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

Apr
24
Fri
D I Y – City Nature Challenge 2020 @ Your house and yard, your neighborhood, or SWNP
Apr 24 – Apr 27 all-day

In support of the City Nature Challenge (CNC) 2020, the Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve had planned to host walks on Saturday, April 25. However, as with so many activities planned for April, our plans have changed. The inaturalist team organizing CNC have decided to keep the CNC event scheduled for April 24-27 (Observations) and April 28-May 3 (Identifications) but with significant modifications:
From the inaturalist site, “This year’s City Nature Challenge is no longer a competition. We want to embrace the collaborative aspect of the CNC this year and the healing power of nature to allow people to document their local biodiversity in whatever way they can.”
Here are some suggestions for those that want to be part of CNC2020.

  • If you plan to stay Indoors: You might be surprised at what you can find in your house. And there’s no rule that you can’t look through your windows, too.
  • Get serious about identifications! Many of us have lots of unstructured time, so why not spend some of it learning to Identify the Observations already in iNat plus those added during CNC2020.
  • If you can get outside but want to stay close to home:
    • Put up moth lights or put down cover boards.
    • Make those weeds into something useful by adding them as inat Observations.
    • And any plants are likely to be hosts to insects and other creatures.
  • Consider taking a walk around your neighborhood. With social distancing and traffic in mind.
  • At SWNP, we will have no organized activities. However, we recommend it as a great source for all kinds of nature. If you visit, consider a less popular time, such as early mornings.

No matter which of these activities you choose, get your smartphone ready:

  • Download the iNat app from the AppStore or Google Play
  • Sign In
  • Start taking photos and sharing your observations

For more information on the city nature challenge, citynaturechallenge.org