Pollinator/Restoration Project – Friday, Dec. 15, 1-5 pm

Planting time!  Big thanks to Arlington Parks and Recreation Department for preparing the site, installing the mulched trail and temporary irrigation system.  Local ecotype grass and wildflower seeds have been hand-gathered, many are thanks to John Snowden’s Bluestem Nursery….and more have been purchased from local providers with EarthDayTX grant funds…and it’s time to plant!

Volunteers are needed to finish preparing the project site, broadcast the seed and finish the planting by rolling the seed and watering. Anytime you can help Friday afternoon would be appreciated

Please dress for the weather and bring work gloves, stiff rakes or hoes (if you have ‘em).  Water and snacks will be provided.

Weather is looking seasonably cool but sunny. If too windy for broadcasting seed, we’ll still rake and prep the site, just delay seeding slightly.

For more information, please e-mail info@swnp.org.

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.

Fall Birding Class – Registration is now open!

Fall migration is beginning and October will be a prime time to see a wide variety of birds:  the usual residents, those coming in for the winter as well as others stopping by on their way farther south.  This quarterly beginners’ class will show you which birds are in our area now, what they’re up to, where to look for them…and more!

Please RSVP for the optional workshop at 8 am in nearby Kennedale (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 if you have them but we’ll have some to loan if you don’t.  Please consider bringing drinking water and sun protection.

For more information and to RSVP, see the flyer: