May 20 Program: An evening at SWNP – Event is ON!

Plan on mud in some places on the paths.

We will begin the evening with a walk at 6 pm – Secret Features of SWNP, led by Jim Frisinger. Next up is time for exploring, visiting and enjoying light refreshments (furnished by Friends of SWNP).  We will end the evening with a Night Hike and Owl Prowl, led by inveterate invertebrate, amphibian, and reptile expert – Michael Smith. The hike will start just before dusk.

Evening begins at 6 pm, finishes around 9:45 pm.

Meeting at the Southwest Nature Preserve @ 5201 Bowman Springs Road, Arlington.

SWNP in April

Two great ways to experience SWNP in April:

April 15: 1 to 4 pm, City Nature Challenge Texas at SWNP.

April 18: 7 pm, April Program – The Woodbine is Good for You and Texas (Geology of SWNP – meeting at West Arlington Police Service Station)

March 21 Program: Bats of North Texas


Did you know that there are over 1,300 species of bats? These flying mammals provide important benefits to natural ecosystems and human economies. This presentation will discuss bat biology, which bat species call DFW home, why bats are so important, and the current threats to bat populations.


Rachel Richter is an Urban Wildlife Biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife in the DFW area. She has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M and a master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from Texas State. Her thesis research focused on home range and habitat use of a reintroduced population of javelina in Central Texas. As an urban wildlife biologist, she focuses on making our communities more wildlife-friendly through educational outreach and providing technical guidance.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 7:00 pm
Community Room at the West Arlington Police Station
2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington.
Parking is available in the front of the building, accessed from Ron McAndrew Drive.
FREE and open to the public.

The Great Backyard Bird Count at SWNP


Great Backyard Bird Count – 10th Anniversary at SWNP

On Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 we again put our own birders’ spin on the the Great Backyard Birdcount at the Southwest Nature Preserve in Arlington, calling it “The Big Sit.”  We fanned out in small teams to 4 different habitats within the preserve.  Rather than roam, each team was stationary, blending into the landscape while waiting for the birds to show.

2017 Results:  45 bird species (260 birds total) seen by 6 birders.  Thanks to everyone who participated…and special thanks to Jim Frisinger for organizing GBBC 2017!

Several records were set for the 10th Anniversary count; here’s Jim’s report summary:

The tally for the 10th year of our count is still the most diverse ever – 45 species (besting 2014’s 41 species) and 260 birds (also a record, besting the 241 counted in 2014).
Three species not previously appearing in the February bird count were broad-wing hawk, hairy woodpecker and road runners.
Record counts were recorded for gadwalls, grebes, white-winged doves, blue jays, Carolina chickadees, red-bellied woodpeckers, mockingbirds, starlings, cedar waxwings and Northern cardinals.
Take a bow.

For a history of Great Backyard Bird Count data, beginning in 2007, see:  v.3 FINAL GBBC 2007-2017.

Great Backyard Bird Count is a nation-wide citizen science event sponsored annually by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. For more information, visit their website: The Great Backyard Bird Count