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Obituary for John Branum White – Mar. 19, 1952 – Aug. 19, 2023

John Branum White

We are sad to announce the loss of  John White, NTMN class of 2016, who passed away on August 19. He served the chapter as Outreach Director and was co-leader on the development of the Pollinator Trunk.

After a life lived by the motto of “When given the choice to sit it out or dance –dance!” and a brave year of facing cancer, John (Johnny) Branum White, passed away with his beautiful bride Elaine (Epps) White by his side.

John was born on March 19, 1952 to mother Patsy Ann (Jenkins) White and father John Allen White who predeceased him. He grew up in Garland, Texas with his younger brother Jeff to play with and boss around. In 1973, he married his high school sweetheart, Elaine L. White. Together they raised their six children, instilling in them such values as, “Life is short, eat dessert first,” and “Leave every place better than how you found it,” and “If that’s rock n’ roll you’re listening to, turn it up!”

He and Elaine celebrated their 50th anniversary on August 18, 2023. With meticulous attention to detail, John worked as a material scientist specializing in failure analysis. He loved his family, music, nature, gardening, learning, weight lifting, data, and protein. He was an attentive listener, friend to many, and a great conversationalist.

John is survived by his wife, six children, four grandchildren, two daughter-in-laws, as well as his brother, nieces, and nephew.

John’s family has asked that memorials be made to a charity of your choice.

Annual Meeting Scholarships Available

North Texas Master Naturalists:

If you are attending the 2023 annual meeting in October, you might qualify for a scholarship from the chapter. We have limited funds available for members in financial need.

Qualification for scholarships may include:
1. Members who are presenting at the conference.
2. Members who have not attended a Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting in the past.
3. Members who are submitting items to be judged at the conference (chapter project, video, etc.).

2023 Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting Scholarship Application

Applications are due by September 28.

Please contact Tim Skipworth, Vice President, with any questions.
vicepresident@ntmn.org

Announcements from the January 2023 Chapter Meeting

Highlights from the January 2023 Chapter Meeting

The Announcements
It’s time to RSVP for a special valentine to the chapter: our Annual Banquet on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at Texas Discovery Gardens. For details please see the invitation emailed on January 6th. Please view the full set of January announcements by clicking here. Further activities are listed on the chapter calendar. Opportunities and contacts, websites, and other details are available here.

Highlights of the Meeting

Recognition – Congratulations to Master Naturalists achieving major milestones in the fourth quarter of 2022!
250 Hours – Susan Roberts, Gail Elmendorf, Leea Thompson Fudge
500 Hours – Rebecca Trevino

Well done, each of you!

Competitive Birding/Pollinator Bioblitz

Many thanks to Shelly Plante, Nature Tourism Manager with Texas Parks and Wildlife for a very engaging presentation on the Great Texas Birding Classic and the Pollinator Bioblitz.

Birding – Shelly used a discussion of wildlife watching to introduce the Great Texas Birding Classic. Over 4.4 million people engage in viewing wildlife in Texas each year, with an economic impact over $13 billion. This is many times greater that the involvement and impact of hunting and clearly a major activity in the state.

That high level of engagement led to the idea of developing wildlife trails around the state, to guide activity and identify viewing locations. In 1996 Texas became the first state to implement wildlife trails and now has 9 trails featuring some 920 sites. With 90 state parks in Texas, trails significantly expand opportunities for folks to view wildlife.

Detailed interactive trail maps are available online here. Holiday flash sale for paper maps: through January 15th Shelly is offering these colorful maps by mail order from the online form.

One way for Master Naturalists to help improve the trails is through the Adopt-a-Loop program. Volunteers review trail segments to identify needs and recommend new sites.

While these trails help address the growing need for access to nature, maintaining and improving them requires ongoing funding. The Great Texas Birding Classic was created to help meet that need.

The Great Texas Birding Classic (GTBC) is designed to be a casual, fun competition to raise funds for birding and bird habitat. Proceeds from entry fees and sponsorships are distributed annually as grants. From registration to category selection to final reporting, the entire GTBC process is online, with data submittal via the eBird app.

Taking advantage of spring migration, the competition runs from April 15 through May 15 each year. The registration deadline is April 1. Participation has grown steadily. In 2022, 187 teams participated (over 1,100 individuals) and $45,000 in grants were awarded.

Shelly reviewed how the GTBC works and focused particularly on the Big Sit category. It involves counting all day from a set 50-foot circle, sort of a long birding tailgate party. She shared interesting locations, advocacy approaches, food spreads, and success stories.

Other categories include Sunrise to Noon, Texas Two-Stop, State Park and Human-powered. The Outta-Sight Song Birder Tournament was designed to include birders who are visually impaired. In this category birders identify by song alone.

Grants disbursed from the GTBC target benefits for bird populations. They protect areas important to birds (land acquisition and habitat restoration), improve access to watch wildlife and enhance conservation awareness. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. Last year three Master Naturalist chapters won grants.

Shelly encouraged us to field teams, find sponsors, compete, and apply for grants. She emphasized that each year the birds are the big winner!

Moving to the Pollinator Bioblitz Shelly described how the event is used to raise awareness of pollinators. It includes both plant and animal observations. She discussed the competition, the daily challenges, leaderboards and participation on social media.

Like the GTBC, data from this bioblitz also contributes to citizen science.

Going Deeper: TPWD Nature Tourism page
Great Texas Wildlife Trail Maps are available online in interactive format; Hard copies of these maps are available by mail-in order form
Great Texas Birding Classic general information and links
GTBC grant information
GTBC Facebook page
TPWD Pollinator Bioblitz page (2023 dates TBD)
TPWD Private Lands and Habitat Program
Contact information: Shelly Plante

When the recording of this meeting is available, it will be posted here.

Thanks to our guests and members for participating in this month’s meeting. I hope all feel welcome at NTMN.

Take care,
Scott Hudson
President
North Texas Master Naturalist

Announcements from the Dec. 7, 2022 Chapter Meeting

Highlights from the December 2022 Chapter Meeting

The Announcements

Save the date for a special valentine to the chapter: Annual Banquet on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at Texas Discovery Gardens. Please view the full set of December announcements by clicking here. Further activities are listed on the chapter calendar. Opportunities and contacts, websites, and other details are available in the announcements.

Highlights of the Meeting read more…

Announcements from the October 2022 Chapter Meeting

Highlights from the October 2022 Chapter Meeting

The Announcements
It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month! We are honoring our members with Hispanic/Latin American heritage. Please open this presentation to learn more by clicking here. Note that announcements begin immediately after the Hispanic Heritage slides. Further activities are listed on the chapter calendar. Opportunities and contacts, websites, and other details are available in the announcements.

Highlights of the Meeting

Recognition – Congratulations to Master Naturalists achieving major milestones in the third quarter of 2022.
250 Hours – Adrienne Cortez, Mark Jones, Nicole Jones, Margaret Marshall, Kim Sanders George, Shelby Smith
500 Hours – Sierra Carter, Doug Guiling, Julia Koch
1000 Hours – Cecilie Wallace
And Wow! 2500 Hours – Bruce Leiding
Well done, each of you!

Protecting Dark Skies for Humans & Wildlife

A huge thank you to Dr. Karen McGraw for such an excellent presentation on light pollution, its effects, and how to protect dark skies. Karen is the North Texas Outreach Coordinator for the International Dark-Skies Association (IDA), Texas Chapter.

Karen began by helping us recall our own experiences under a truly dark sky and how healthful that can feel. She then reviewed the extent of global light pollution and the alarming rate at which it is increasing, twice the rate of population growth. A nighttime satellite view illustrated the extent of light pollution and its impacts on key bird migration routes.

To frame her discussion, Karen defined light pollution as excessive or inappropriate uses of artificial light. She categorized light pollution as glare, skyglow, light trespass, or clutter and gave examples of each.

Karen reviewed the effects of excessive artificial light, especially blue light, on human health – how it can disrupt our natural rhythms. Even dim light suppresses our melatonin production, impacting our immune systems. Recent studies suggest links between blue light exposure and heart disease, obesity, and cancer. Her demonstration using diffraction grating glasses showed how much blue light we’re exposed to from phones, computers and various home light sources. Thus, she recommends lowering home lighting levels an hour or two before going to bed.

Of course, artificial light also affects wildlife. When exposed to night lighting, birds’ metabolism does not slow down adequately, preventing needed rest. Light pollution affects navigation, especially during migration, contributing to the hundreds of millions of fatal bird-building collisions.

Night lighting also disrupts turtle navigation, particularly with newly hatched turtles trying to make their way to the sea. Further, it affects amphibian behavior. For example, frogs reduce or stop calling and have less success finding mates. They are less able to find cover and avoid predation.

Artificial lighting affects insect communication, foraging, reproduction and pollinating. Quoting one researcher, We strongly believe artificial light at night – in combination with habitat loss, chemical pollution, invasive species and climate change – is driving insect declines. We posit that artificial light at night is another important – but often overlooked – bringer of the insect apocalypse.

Karen outlined three key outdoor lighting challenges: glare and safety, light trespass, and wasted energy costs. She showed how high levels of outside lighting often create so much glare that they are neither safe nor effective.

Light trespass from unshielded fixtures creates about 75% of artificial sky brightness, with the rest coming from street lights. Unshielded lighting wastes energy and money by lighting areas (and sky) that we don’t want or need to.

IDA has developed five principles to remedy these problems:

  • All lighting should have a specific purpose – it should be useful
  • Light should be directed where it’s needed – it should be targeted
  • Use light no brighter than needed to do the job – levels should be kept low
  • Control light with timers and sensors – it should be on only when it’s needed
  • Use warmer light colors when you do use light at night – reduce blue light

Following these guidelines significantly increases safety, reduces glare and trespass, and saves energy. Most of all, they promote a darker sky.

In closing Karen encouraged us to take action by

  • Analyzing your residential lighting practices
  • Retrofitting lighting that is contributing to light pollution – use shields, timers or sensors to reduce lighting use
  • Contributing to research as a citizen scientist – Globe at Night
  • Joining IDA (automatically makes you a member of the Texas IDA Chapter) and advocating for dark skies – the “Be A Star” award program shows commitment to reducing light pollution
  • Supporting IDA Certified Dark Sky Parks – many parks in Texas are already engaged in this process

Going Deeper:
Karen provided these additional resources:

The recording of this meeting is available here.

Thanks to our guests and members for participating in this month’s meeting. I hope all feel welcome at NTMN.

Take care,
Scott Hudson
President
North Texas Master Naturalist

Announcements from the August 2022 Chapter Meeting

Your Lights Out Challenge

Highlights from the August 2022 Chapter Meeting

The Announcements

View the full set of August announcements by clicking here. Further activities are listed on the chapter calendar. Opportunities and contacts, websites, and other details are available in the announcements.

Highlights of the meeting

Recognition – Congratulations to our 2nd Quarter Milestone Achievers: 250 Hours – Lybo Buchanan, Dan Matkin; 500 Hours – Adam Cochran, Sarah Hutchings; 1000 Hours – Judy Cato, Carrie Robinson, Barbara Wilson; and 2500 Hours – Don Pearson. Well done!

Honorary Membership: The chapter voted to confer Honorary North Texas Master Naturalist Membership on pioneering environmentalist Ned Fritz (1916-2008).

Lights Out: Safer Skies for Migrating Birds

Many thanks to Yvette Stewart, Audubon Texas, and Dr. Tania Homayoun, Texas Parks and Wildlife, for an enlightening presentation on light pollution and  building collisions, and for challenging us with practical actions we can take to make bird migration safer.

Tania began with an overview of migration, stresses on bird populations, and the critical role Texas has for birds. While migration allows birds to take advantage of abundant food supply and nesting areas year round, it comes with the need for safe habitat in each season.

Dangers – That habitat is rarely safe. Risks from light pollution and proximity to the built landscape is especially high for songbirds, raptors and shorebirds that migrate at lower altitudes. Some 70% of birds migrate, of these 80% do so at night.

Threats from light and building collisions stress already declining bird numbers, accounting for a billion bird deaths annually. By far the largest losses are to domestic and feral cats, at some three billion birds annually. These losses are compounded by habitat fragmentation, light and chemical pollution, and climate change.

Texas’ role – Our state is critical because of the rapid growth in our interconnected megaregions and because we are on the Central Flyway (and part of the Mississippi). Some 630 bird species, including 98.5% of North America’s Neotropicals have been recorded in Texas. Particularly after crossing the Gulf of Mexico, birds need good stopover habitat to rest and refuel.

The rate and pattern of growth in Texas have made Houston and Dallas two of the highest migration risk areas in the United States. The danger is highest for night migrators and increases for insectivorous and woodland species.

Hazards from built environment – Two building elements work together to create collision risk: glass, its reflectivity and invisibility, and light, especially overly bright or misdirected light that creates glare and sky glow. Building height is also a factor, with most fatal collisions at low rise structures (2-11 stories), followed by lower buildings.

Practical measures – Yvette picked up this thread, outlining what we can do to minimize these hazards – at personal, community, and statewide levels.

Looking first at our homes, daytime solutions include window stickers, UV paint, Acopian barriers, and other deterrents that follow the 2”x4” rule. At night, it is important to only light areas when and where actually needed, outdoors and in. Consider lower levels, motion sensors, and using warm white tones.

At the community level Yvette encouraged participating in citizen science through iNaturalist and morning bird surveys. She also stressed the importance of social media (hashtag #LightsOutTexas) and educating friends and neighbors.

Using social media at the state level is also powerful, particularly identifying positive and negative decisions. Supporting PROs (proclamations, resolutions, ordinances), scheduling meetings, and engaging with coalitions round out the toolkit.

Our challenge – Yvette closed with this: Knowing that it makes a real difference, would you commit to:

  • Analyzing your home for daytime and nighttime improvements?
  • Talking to 3 people about bird migration and threats?
  • Volunteering for at least 2 morning bird surveys?
  • Attending one or more open forums?
  • Sharing positives and negatives on social media?
  • Support and engage with proclamations, resolutions, ordinances?

Resources: Tania and Yvette passed along these additional contacts and information sources. They welcome your questions on birds and conservation at Tania.Homayoun@tpwd.texas.gov and yvette.stewart@audubon.org.

  • American Bird Conservancy collision site – Under the downloadable resources tab, the Powder Mill Test Tunnel paper describes how they test the materials. A short, fascinating read!
  • Audubon Texas’ Lights Out Texas page
  • Ben Jones and Texas Conservation Allianceare looking for Lights Out Texas monitoring volunteers. Reach out to Ben to sign up; Emails (ben@tcatexas.org) or calls (214-683-5824) welcome!
  • Proof community science leads to change: the story of NYC Audubon’s monitoring of the Twin Towers light memorial.
  • International Dark Sky Association’s Dark Sky Friendly Lighting recommendations with searches grouped by company, application, retailer, temperature, and residential.
  • The 2019 article summing up the study and list of most dangerous cities for migrating birds.
  • Dark Sky DefendersLight pollution definition.
  • BirdCast from Cornell Lab of Ornithology so folks can sign up for lights out alerts.
  • Social Media: If you take action and want to share that on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, please hashtag with #LightsOutTexas. Hashtags will help Audubon Texas and Lights Out Texas partners track the success of our fall and all future campaigns. It’s an important metric that can support the outcomes of the surveys and impact across the state!

When the recording of this meeting is available, it will be posted here.

Thanks to our guests and members for participating in this month’s meeting. I hope all feel welcome at NTMN.

Take care,
Scott Hudson
President
North Texas Master Naturalist

 

Annual Meeting Scholarships Available

North Texas Master Naturalists:

If you are attending the 2022 annual meeting in October, you might qualify for a scholarship from the chapter. We have limited funds available for members in financial need.

Qualification for scholarships may include:
1. Members who are presenting at the conference.
2. Members who have not attended a Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting in the past.
3. Members who are submitting items to be judged at the conference (chapter project, video, etc.).

NTMN Annual Meeting Scholarship Application Form

Applications are due by October 15.

Please contact Susannah Moore, Vice President, with any questions.
vicepresident@ntmn.org

Announcements from the July 2022 Chapter Meeting

Highlights from the July 2022 Summer Social

The Announcements
View the full set of July announcements by clicking here. There are many chapter activities available. The calendar lists more opportunities to get involved. Please note the Landowner Workshop coming up July 16 at AgriLife on Coit. Opportunities and contacts, websites, and other details are available here.

Highlights of the Summer Social

Recognition – Congratulations to all of our early certifiers in the Class of 2022. Well done!

Meg Botteon                      Mary Carter                         Anne Edwards
Tim Gibson                        Mackenzie Hall                   Laura Haynes
Blythe Kamin                    Ben Knaus                            Heather Mishra
Christopher Morris          Rebecca Posten                   Priscilla Shane
Shelby Smith                     Frankie Vaca

We also took time to remember fellow naturalists who died over the past year:

Shannon Love, Class of 2012            Michelle Miles, Class of 2016
Sandy Stinson, Class of 2004            Kenny Wickline, Class of 2015
We miss each of you.

New Class Projects – Many thanks to our new class members for outstanding presentations on your class projects. For 2022 the projects are Campo Santo Monarch Waystation, Forest Trunk Educational Materials, Tenison Park Riparian Restoration, and Buckeye Trail & Bonton/Ideal Community Outreach.

Not only did each team offer outstanding displays of their work, but also they presented project overviews to the whole group. These projects create new resources for the chapter and will have ongoing impact in the community.

Thanks to our guests and members for participating in this year’s summer social. I hope all feel welcome at NTMN. Special thanks to the Hospitality and Programs teams for making this such a fun event.

Take care,
Scott Hudson
President
North Texas Master Naturalist

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6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
North Texas Master Naturalists join other Master Naturalist Chapters and community volunteers to restore the prairies at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). Projects include...
Webinar – Western Hognose Snakes in Texas: How Many Species? (AT) Wednesday, May 15, 2024   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM This webinar is part of...
Spanish Sessions as it relates to Nature – TMN North Texas chapter (AT) Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | 6:30pm – 7:00pm Join Angelica Torres, Nancy...
May 15, 2024    
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Webinar – Texas Stream Team Monitoring Project (AT) Wednesday, May 15, 2024   6:30 PM – 8:00 PM This free program is part of the Water...
May 16, 2024 - May 19, 2024    
All Day
Esther Villareal has reserved the trunks.
May 16, 2024    
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Frankford Prairie Weekly Workday Every Thursday 8am-10am 17400 Muirfield Dr, Dallas, TX 75287 Prairie Maintenance and seed collection We cancel for rain and if it’s...
May 16, 2024    
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Arborist School (AT) Thursday, May 16, 2024   8:00 AM – 12:00 PM The City of Dallas Arborist School provides training for those who work with...
3rd Thursday Bird Walk at the Heard Museum (AT) Thursday, May 16, 2024  |  8am-9:30am 3rd Thursday Bird Walks in the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary are...
Cooperative Hunting Behavior, Harris’s Hawks– TMN Elm Fork mtg (AT) Thursday, May 16, 2024 | 9:30am-12noon (Social begins at 9am) Join speaker: Jim Bednarz, PhD,...
May 17, 2024 - May 20, 2024    
All Day
Brazos River Clean Up, Dinner and Camping Register Here - https://txmn.org/rbc/brazos-river-cleanup/ May 18, 8:00 am  Join with MNs from other North Texas chapters to clean...
May 17, 2024 - May 19, 2024    
All Day
Ginger Greatens has reserved the trunks.
May 17, 2024 - May 19, 2024    
All Day
Leea Thompson has reserved the Outreach Trunk. Friends of the SoPAC
May 17, 2024 - May 20, 2024    
All Day
Elaine White has reserved the Pollinator Trunks.
May 17, 2024 - May 19, 2024    
All Day
Shelby Smith has reserved the Bird Trunk
May 18, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
Morning Bird Walk || Trinity River Audubon Center (AT) Saturday, May 18, 2024  |  7:30am-8:30am Join us for a monthly bird walk to enjoy the trails...
Canyon Creek Wetland and Wildscape Monthly workday 1001 G. Bush Freeway ( Hilton Garden Inn) Every third Saturday 8am-10am Prairie maintenance, habitat building, Trash collection,...
May 18, 2024    
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LLELA 3rd Saturday Workday 9:00 a.m. until 12 Noon If you have been looking for a chance to volunteer at LLELA on the weekend, this...
Clymer Meadow Preserve Spring Wildflower Tours (AT) Saturday, April 27, 2024   9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Saturday, May 18, 2024   9:00 AM – 12:00 PM...
May 19, 2024    
8:30 am - 11:00 am
March through December Time;  8:30 to 11:00 AM Every Sunday morning We’ll weed the butterfly garden and remove invasive plants from the prairie. There is...
May 19, 2024    
9:00 am - 11:00 am
The name of the event: Climate Watch Date and time: May 19th 9-11am Location including the street address: Trinity River Audubon Center 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas,...
Thrive Nature Walk –Lewisville Parks & Rec (AT) Sunday, May 19, 2024 | 9am-10:30am Sights of plants and wildlife, smells of fresh air and trees,...
Friends of Oak Cliff Parks || Tree ID Walk - (AT) Sunday, May 19, 2024   9am – 11am Join us for a walk through the...
Event Name: Friends of Piedmont Clean-Up Date/Time: 9:45am - 12:30 pm Address: 2725 N Jim Miller Rd Dallas TX 75217, which is the parking lot for the...
May 20, 2024    
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Rosemont Elementary Nature Walks at Twelve Hills May 20, 21 from 8:00-12:30   Twelve Hills Nature Center, Mary Cliff Road Dallas, TX 75208   Rosemont Elementary...
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) Monday Morning Mayhem 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM If you like chainsaws and fire then you are one of...
Tour of Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Dallas (AT) Monday, May 20, 2024   10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Learn about features of the AgriLife...
May 20, 2024    
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ITMN Chapter Hybrid Meeting (AT) Monday, May 20, 2024   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Indian Trail Master Naturalists welcome you to their May meeting held...
May 21, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
Texas Discovery Gardens Workday Every Tuesday from 8 to 12 Come and go as needed,  Enter through Gate 6, turn right and bear left to...
May 21, 2024    
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Rosemont Elementary Nature Walks at Twelve Hills May 20, 21 from 8:00-12:30   Twelve Hills Nature Center, Mary Cliff Road Dallas, TX 75208   Rosemont Elementary...
May 21, 2024    
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oakmont Park Prairie Tour with Fort Worth NPAT (AT) Tuesday, May 21, 2024     8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Join us for a hike to explore...
Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Workday – Lake Cliff Park When:  9:00 am – 11:00am Where: Lake Cliff Park 1200 N. Zang Blvd, Dallas, TX...
May 22, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
North Texas Master Naturalists join other Master Naturalist Chapters and community volunteers to restore the prairies at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). Projects include...
May 23, 2024    
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Frankford Prairie Weekly Workday Every Thursday 8am-10am 17400 Muirfield Dr, Dallas, TX 75287 Prairie Maintenance and seed collection We cancel for rain and if it’s...
May 23, 2024    
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar – In the Life of Nocturnal Pollinators (AT) Thursday, May 23, 2024    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM This free webinar is presented by the...
TITLE: Elm Fork Nature Center Summer Outreach DESCRIPTION: Elm Fork Nature Center in Carrollton is looking for help during the busy summer season on Thursdays from 1pm...
NPSOT Trinity Forks May Chapter Meeting – “Photographing Texas Prairies”(AT) Thursday, May 23, 2024  |  7pm-8:30pm  (Social time begins at 6:30pm) This event is sponsored...
May 24, 2024 - May 26, 2024    
All Day
Lybo has reserved the Prairie Trunks for Artists in the Garden at Connemara
May 24, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
May 25, 2024 - May 28, 2024    
All Day
Shelby Smith has reserved the trunk + the Mystery Box.
May 25, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
The 3rd annual gathering of artists is scheduled at the Connemara Conservancy Meadow. It is a wildflower and birding mecca with extensive prairie grasses restoration...
2024 Beginning Beekeeping Classes at Texas Bee Supply (AT) Saturday, May 25, 2024  | 9:30am-3:30pm Learn what you need to know to keep bees and...
Birding by Kayak || at Lake Ray Hubbard || Trinity River Audubon (AT) Saturday, May 25, 2024  |  9:30am-12:00noon Join the Trinity River Audubon Center...
May 26, 2024    
8:30 am - 11:00 am
March through December Time;  8:30 to 11:00 AM Every Sunday morning We’ll weed the butterfly garden and remove invasive plants from the prairie. There is...
May 26, 2024    
9:00 am - 11:30 am
WHEN: 2nd Wednesday of each month AND the 4th Sunday of each month INSTRUCTIONS: Take appropriate precautions: Wear close toed shoes/boots, gloves, sun & insect...
May 26, 2024    
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Willis Winters Park Volunteer Day Date and time: Monthly workday, last Sunday of each month 9am-noon Location including the street address - Willis Winters Park...
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) Monday Morning Mayhem 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM If you like chainsaws and fire then you are one of...
May 28, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
Texas Discovery Gardens Workday Every Tuesday from 8 to 12 Come and go as needed,  Enter through Gate 6, turn right and bear left to...
May 29, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
North Texas Master Naturalists join other Master Naturalist Chapters and community volunteers to restore the prairies at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). Projects include...
May 29, 2024    
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar – Lunch and Learn Entomology Series (AT) Wednesday, May 29, 2024   12:00 PM –1:00 PM This is an AgriLife Lunch and Learn program presented...
May 30, 2024    
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Frankford Prairie Weekly Workday Every Thursday 8am-10am 17400 Muirfield Dr, Dallas, TX 75287 Prairie Maintenance and seed collection We cancel for rain and if it’s...
TITLE: Elm Fork Nature Center Summer Outreach DESCRIPTION: Elm Fork Nature Center in Carrollton is looking for help during the busy summer season on Thursdays from 1pm...
May 31, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
Webinar – Gila Wilderness Centennial Speaker Series: Live from Silver City, New Mexico (AT) Friday, May 31, 2024   10:00 AM – 9:00 PM The Gila...
BRIT Lunchtime Lecture: Hexalectris Orchids in Texas: A Special Citizens’ Science Project (Hybrid) (AT) Friday, May 31, 2024   12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Stephanie Varnum...
June 1, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
June 1, 2024    
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Guided Bird Walk at Connemara Meadow (AT) Saturday, June 1, 2024   7:00 AM – 10:00 AM Join volunteer naturalists on our monthly bird walk. Bring...
June 1, 2024    
8:00 am - 11:00 am
The workday at Warren Ferris Cemetery, 8375 San Leandro Dr 75218, takes place the first Saturday of every month 9am to noon for months December...
Celebrate National Trails Day by volunteering at Oak Cliff Nature Preserve! This 121-acre preserve is in the heart of the Oak Cliff neighborhood and well-loved...
LLELA 1st Saturday Workday 9:00 a.m. until 12 Noon If you have been looking for a chance to volunteer at LLELA on the weekend, this is...
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