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

Feb. 21 Program: A Photographic look at Southwest Nature Preserve


Bob Brennan will take us on a tour of the Preserve as he has seen it through camera lenses during the past 10 years. He will also discuss equipment and techniques for capturing the flora and fauna at SWNP. Bob has been photographing the Preserve since 2007, and he maintains a web site at that includes all his works at SWNP.


Bob Brennan, Arlington, TX, is an award winning photographer specializing in nature and event(s) photography. He has been featured in Arlington Today magazine and Arli ngton Parks and Recreation – Naturally Fun magazine. He has photographed Arlington Area Street Rods annual car show benefiting Mission Arlington and is the official photographer for Art on The Greene annual fine art festival and for the South Street Art Festival.  During the past 7 years Bob has journeyed to photograph the 93 parks of the city of Arlington TX; he has done 76 of the 93 listed city parks. Bob makes all his parks photographs available ‘free gratis’ to the Parks and Recreation Dept and other city departments of Arlington, TX as well as to event organizers for whom he does event photography

Tuesday, February 21, 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.

November Program (11/15): Historical Trees + SWNP

Wes Culwell will discuss one of his pet projects – identifying and obtaining recognition for local historic trees in the Tarrant area.  In addition, he will provide us with some of his observations about the trees that can be found at the Southwest Nature Preserve.
New Trail - the next dayWes Culwell is one of the few Board-CertifiedMaster Arborists in Texas. He is an Aggie, a Landscape Horticulturist and owner of HortiCare involved in improving plant health care. He is very involved in historic trees and has Fort Worth Heritage Tree and Famous Trees of Texas designations. He has one state champion tree and four Regional Champion designations. Wes is Chairman-elect of the Tarrant County Historical Commission and serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. He is an author of several books and is an artist. Wes recently initiated a program for recognition of Tarrant County’s historical natural resources.

Tuesday, November 15, 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.

October Program: SWNP Birding 101 – 10/18

Master Birders Thomas Haase and Carla Savage will present a program on birding at the Southwest Nature Preserve.  The program will include the basics of birding as well as information on what birds to look for at SWNP, when, where, and how to find them there.

Thomas Haase haase-and-savageattended college in Minnesota and trained as a teacher and is currently in his 38th year in education. Spent 13 1/2 years overseas mostly in Germany & Italy. Birding found him nearly 20 years ago in Minnesota. Started as a backyard birder by accident. Took a local Community Education class on Backyard birding and his interest took off from there. Active in the Fort Worth Audubon Society currently serving as the Texas Audubon Rep and previously served as Programs VP. Loves birds and connecting with nature with like-minded people. 
Carla Savage’s lifelong passion for bird watching and nature was instilled in her at an early age through contact with the plants and wildlife in her parents’ small ever-changing garden and being bundled up to watch meteor showers in a cold, winter sky. Her interest in nature continues today through various educational programs and associations she has had the opportunity to participate in such as Texas Master Birders and Texas Master Naturalists, the Audubon Society, Native Plant Society and Native Prairie Association.

Tuesday, October 18, 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.