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Sabal Palm Groves field trip - NPSOT-Dallas (AT)
Saturday, February 27 2010, 8:30am - 2:30pm
Sabal Palm Groves field trip - NPSOT-Dallas (AT)
Saturday, February 27, 2010  8:30 am

February 27, leave REI at 8:30 , return after picnic lunch on site.

Sabal Palm Groves in far southern Dallas County.  Dallas County Open Space runs this 600 acre preserve near the Trinity River.  There are 282 acres of protected Palmetto Palms which have possibly grown here anywhere from 10,000 to 100, 000 years.  Some of these palms are 8 to 12' tall!! So they are VERY VERU native and unusual for this area.  Last count there were 27 breeding pairs of alligators in this swamp with evidence of many other animals.  So if you have small children, we will keep them close.  There are poisonous snakes and the trail may be a bit grown up; we will go while the weather is still cool.  Hike as much or as little as desired.

Details  All field trips leave PROMPTLY from the REI on LBJ location promptly at 8:30am.  Please park on the west side of the bldg, not in front.  If you live close to the site it can be arranged to get directions to the site at the monthly meeting beforehand.  Please wear appropriate footwear (close-toed shoes), long pants, and bring your own water bottle, and insect repellent, not that you'll need it.  NO, the caravan to these spots will NOT stop at Subway so you can buy a sandwich if you need a picnic lunch, and public bathrooms - who needs those?  We will try to take only as many automobiles as needed.  STEVE Spurger, the field trip chair, can be reached at stevenspurger@yahoo.com .  In case of inclement weather or if unsure someone will be at the REI parking lot to advise if the trip has been cancelled.  Just a little rain will NOT cancel a trip.

Approved AT (4 hours) - JEV 2/22/2010