Calendar

Nov
13
Tue
Program: The Wild Cats of Texas @ Arlington Public Library - Lake Arlington Branch
Nov 13 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Many people are unaware of the great diversity of our felines, their habitat, physical characteristics, threats currently facing them, and the importance that they play in maintaining Nature’s health and diversity. In a state that has seen explosive human population growth, Texas Native Cats presents the cats’ struggle to cope with human influence and gives a voice to these amazing wild cats.

Monica Morrison is the founder of Texas Native Cats, an organization based in Dallas that consists of volunteers, master naturalists, and others interested in acquainting Texans with our cat species.

The program is free and open to the public.

Nov
23
Fri
OptOUTSIDE Nature Crawl
Nov 23 all-day

Join Arlington’s nature enthusiasts to OptOUTSIDE on this Black Friday alternative event.  Visit four of Arlington’s premier nature preserves and natural areas, learn about programs, projects and organizers at each.  Details soon!

Jan
19
Sat
CANCELED – Beginner Bird ID Workshop and Walk @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Jan 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The Saturday birding workshop and walk has been canceled due to rain, cold and high winds forecast.

 

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

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

 

 

 

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.