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Native Plants and Prairies Day is May 4, 2024

Join us for Native Plants and Prairies Day at the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake

presented by the North Texas Master Naturalists, Native Plant Society of Texas, Dallas Chapter, and the Native Prairies Association of Texas, Blackland Prairie Chapter.

Step into the vibrant world of our North Texas Blackland Prairies on Saturday, May 4th, from 10am—3pm at the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake in Dallas. This fun, free event for families celebrates the beauty and splendor of our Blackland Prairies.

Embark on a journey through our cherished prairies with captivating speakers, engaging exhibits, guided prairie tours, and an array of activities tailored for all ages. From the colorful tapestry of prairie flowers to melodious birdsong, delve into the wonders of our local ecosystem.

Our speakers will help you discover the essence of DFW Prairies and unlock the secrets to bringing the prairie’s splendor into your own backyard. Whether you’re seeking inspiration for your home landscape or simply eager to bask in the beauty of nature, this event promises something special for everyone.

See the full list of talks and tours here: https://www.ntxnppd.org/

Native Plants and Prairies Day shines a spotlight on the critical role played by our North Texas prairies as essential habitats for a diverse array of wildlife, including insects, birds, and mammals. This unique ecosystem, characteristic of our ecoregion in Texas, spans from the Red River to the Gulf Coast. However, development has taken its toll, with much of the Blackland Prairie disappearing. Shockingly, the World Wildlife Fund reports that less than 1% of the original Blackland Prairie vegetation remains intact.

Location: The Bath House at White Rock Lake, 521 East Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX 75218 map

Parking: There is limited parking, so consider carpooling, walking, riding your bike, or using a rideshare service. Overflow parking is available in White Rock Lake Park at Dreyfuss Point, Stone Tables, Big Thicket, Boy Scout Hill, and along E. Lawther Dr. Additional parking may be available on adjacent neighborhood streets, as permitted.

Texas Riparian Association Annual Meeting (AT)

Texas Riparian Association Annual Meeting (AT)
Friday, May 3, 2024   9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Texas Riparian Association is a statewide organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Texas communities by promoting healthy rivers. The annual meeting will take place in Kerrville, Texas. In the morning, the meeting will feature presentations and a tour of the Upper Guadalupe River Authority EduScape low-impact features at the meeting site. The afternoon will be a visit to a nearby field site to learn about UGRA’s management in the area.

Cost: $40, includes breakfast food and lunch

Location: Guadalupe Basin Natural Resources Center, 125 Lehmann Dr., Suite 100, Kerrville, TX 78028

For more details and registration: https://texasriparian.org/2024-tra-annual-meeting/

Report hours to AT: Texas A&M AgriLife Offered Training (Approved for 6 hours AT)
Do not include drive time.
MM 4/3/24

March 6, 2024 Chapter Meeting & March 10th Birding Opportunity at TRAC

Discovering the Joy of Birding

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Spending time in nature is essential for our well-being and we are genetically inclined to prefer nature, having spent thousands of years of evolution before the development of modern cities. Humans have evolved with birds and their songs and seeing birds in nature makes us happy because when they are thriving, we are reassured that we can also thrive.  

In north Texas, we are lucky in that we live within a major migration flyway and we have lots of opportunities to see unique migrating birds. We will discuss nearby locations excellent for birding and the best times to see migrating birds.  

Birding is a social act and gateway to a deeper connection to nature. To be a birder is to engage with birds and people to create a shared experience of being present in the moment. Through birding, we find stillness and a connection between the natural world and each other. Birding can bring us a sense of awe and humility, greater self-awareness and a sense of attachment and responsibility as advocates for the natural world.  

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W12k0cdCQbqb6m3-77LsIA 

Schedule: 

  • 6:30 Camera Roll and Socializing 
  • 7:00 Introduction and Announcements 
  • 7:20 Featured Presentation 
  • 8:45 Adjournment

Join us at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus, Building H, Room 125. Campus map. Or participate via Zoom — register here. (If you are attending in person, you don’t need to register for Zoom.) 

Or join us in south Dallas at Dallas College Mountain View Campus, Building S (Administrative offices), Room 1029. (Mountain View Campus map).

Note: It is best to enter the Mountain View campus from Duncanville Road; there is construction but you can park directly in front of the S building. Room 1029 is on the lower level, continue down past the administration areas and turn left once you see a Subway and go down short hallway.

Please bring snacks at 6:30 p.m. to share with others! (at both locations)

Green Jay (Cyanocoraxync as seen in south Texas)

Field Trip – Birding Opportunity, Sunday, March 10th at TRAC

Enjoy Birding at Trinity River Audubon Center on Sunday, March 10th, 6500 S Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX 75217. Meet at 8:00 am in the Audubon Center lobby. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.  

We will have a short talk and small group bird walks with tour leaders, Caleb Hinojos, Karen Carpenter, Nathan May, Natha Taylor and Reba Collins. Sign up at https://volunteersignup.org/FAJ3X 

 

 

Speakers:

 

Karen Carpenter:

Karen’s love of birds and birding led her to pursue Master Naturalist designation in the NTMN class of 2023. She is passionate about bird conservation and outreach to create a safer world for the birds that she loves.

 

Natha Taylor:

Natha Taylor has been a NTMN since 2001, serving as president for the chapter in 2008-2009.  Served as Chapter Historian/ Archivist, 2003-2017, producing State Conference award-winning scrapbooks from 2013-2017.  Began Birding 101 in 2005 with 4 other birder enthusiasts from the class of 2001.  Birding 101 has introduced over 300 people to the joys of birding.   

 

Nathan May:

Nathan May is an educator at the Trinity River Audubon Center and a member of NTMN, class of 2023. Nathan has also worked with Texas Conservation Alliance leading bird collision surveys downtown for the Lights Out Dallas program. He’s a Blackland Prairie devotee through and through, but he must confess that it was a trip to the Gulf Coast Prairie that first set him on this path, introducing him to his “spark bird,” the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken. Nathan is excited to share in the thrills and excitement that birding in DFW provides. 

Camera Roll: As usual, show up or tune in between 6:30 and 7 pm for an array of photos by TMNs & socialize with all. 

Native Plants and Prairies Day – May 6, 2023

Presented by the North Texas Master Naturalists, Native Plant Society of Texas, Dallas Chapter, and the Native Prairies Association of Texas, Blackland Prairie Chapter

yellow, purple and orange wildflowers

Wildflowers on remnant patch of Blackland Prairie, Winfrey Point, White Rock Lake, Dallas Texas by Sean Fitzgerald

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Join us Saturday, May 6th, from 10am – 3pm at the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake for a fun, free event for families to celebrate our Blackland prairies here in North Texas.

Throughout the day, we will have a range of speakers, exhibits, prairie tours, native plant sales, and activities for kids. Highlights include learning about the prairie flowers and insects, prairie photography and how to recreate the prairie at your home. See the full list of talks and tours here: https://www.ntxnppd.org/

Native Plants and Prairies Day highlights the importance and value of our North Texas prairies as habitat for insects, birds, and mammals, and as a vital natural resource. The Blackland prairie is unique to Texas and most of it has been destroyed by development. The ecoregion extends from the Red River to the Gulf Coast. According to the World Wildlife fund, less than 1% of the original Blackland prairie vegetation remains.

Location: The Bath House at White Rock Lake, 521 East Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX 75218

A Message from Our President, March 2023

by Scott Hudson, Class of 2018

Thinking about the March 1st Awards Banquet

Have you been to Big Bend Ranch? How about Purtis Creek State Park? Cedar Hill State Park? Our advisor and keynote speaker Sam Kieschnick challenged us to get out and celebrate Texas State Parks’ 100th Anniversary. A special opportunity is slated for North Texas with the late-2023 opening of Palo Pinto Mountains State Park.

He shared many ideas on engaging with nature, in and out of state parks, this year. Most afford iNaturalist opportunities, including the City Nature Challenge coming at the end of April. The Annual Meeting, in McAllen this October, will feature a range of outings to learn about the South Texas Plains and Gulf Prairies/Marshes ecoregions.

In talking about the good state of our chapter, I pointed out that members logged a very impressive 23,835 volunteer service hours, plus 3,442 advance training hours last year. Thanks to everyone for these enormous contributions to conservation!

We have plenty of work ahead and look forward to building connections in our community and within our chapter, strengthening our projects, and enhancing diversity and inclusion at NTMN.

While they are being recognized elsewhere in this newsletter, I want to again congratulate the 41 members initially certifying in 2022. You are off to a fine start! I offer special congratulations to John Wilt on his amazing 10,000 Hour Milestone and to Laura Kimberly on her much-deserved President’s Award

I owe many thanks to Cachet Petty for chairing this year’s banquet, to the banquet committee members, and to all the volunteers who cooked, decorated and cleaned – much hard work. You afforded everyone a fine evening.

And most of all, thanks to everyone who participated in the banquet! It was heartwarming to see such a large, enthusiastic group gathered together. You made the evening a great success.

Scott Hudson

President, North Texas Master Naturalist

Insect Appreciation Workshop

December 3rd, 2022 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Sign up to attend virtually or in person today! It’s sure to be an informative and fun filled day!
Flyer for Insect Workshop
Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration, coffee, and light breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 am: Welcome and Introduction to Speakers –

Sam Kieschnick, Urban Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife

9:10 – 10:00 am: The Joy of Moths – Kimberly Sassan

10:10 – 11:00 am: The Joy of Beetles – Mike Quinn

11:10 – Noon: The Joy of Bees – Ryan Giesecke

Noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch (provided on site)

1:00 – 2:00 pm: The Joy of Flies – Laura Kimberly

2:00 – 3:00 pm: The Joy of Dragonflies – Brent Franklin

Coordinator: Sam Kieschnick, Urban Wildlife Biologist, DFW Texas Parks and Wildlife

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/insect-appreciation-workshop-registration-430453416757

Protecting Dark Skies for Humans & Wildlife

October 5, 2022 Chapter Meeting

Protecting Dark Skies for Humans & Wildlife

Register for ZOOM meeting

The summer Milky Way rises over the MacDonald Observatory near Fort Davis, Texas.
By spritnyuk via Adobe Stock

Wednesday, October 5, 2022, our speaker,  Karen McGraw, Ed.D., will talk about how almost every living thing on our planet uses the cycle of light and dark to trigger life processes.  

Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) and light pollution interrupts this cycle. This program will help us understand the effects of light pollution on living things, including ourselves, and how we can protect dark skies for humans and wildlife.

Participants will take home a new awareness about lighting practices, which allow us to have the light we need for nighttime activities while minimizing the negative effects of ALAN. You will learn what you can do to reduce light pollution (glare, light trespass, skyglow), increase safety, limit the negative consequences on wildlife, and create a more aesthetically pleasing nocturnal environment.   

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xj9nTaXxSwWUrNkOyreSOQ

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Summer Social: July 2022 Chapter Meeting

Join your fellow North Texas Master Naturalists for the Annual Summer Social on Wednesday, July 6, 2022!

This year’s event will be indoor/outdoor at the Texas Discovery Gardens. Bring your own food and alcohol, picnicware (napkins, plates, and cutlery), and a blanket or lawn chairs to relax on the grass. Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.

BRING A DESSERT TO SHARE!

Stroll the grounds and enjoy the food and fellowship. The Class of 2022 will also showcase their projects in the Grand Hall.

Volunteer opportunities to help set-up and clean-up are now open. Please click on the following web link to sign-up!: volunteersignup.org/ECXXX 

 


 

March 2022 Chapter meeting: Mapping Landscapes on the Go

Wednesday, March 2: Mapping Landscapes on the Go

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Landscape Ecology Program has developed a mobile version of TEAM (Texas Ecosystem Analytical Mapper) called TEAMgo to allow Texas citizens to utilize and contribute to the Ecological Mapping Systems of Texas (EMS) data on handheld devices. The TEAMgo application is a free, easy to use, interactive mapping tool accessible on a mobile phone that assists users in understanding Texas habitats and integrates vegetation data with land management and resource planning of all types.

So be sure to bring your tablet or mobile phone. So be sure to bring your tablet or mobile phone and have this URL handy: https://tpwd.texas.gov/gis/teamgo/ Works best with Chrome. Quick tutorial

Wildlife biologists, land managers, naturalists, planners, and conservationists can use TEAMgo to view the EMS data in relationship to their current location or property. Users can use TEAM to view and print the EMS data in relationship to other natural feature layers such as soils, geology, hydrology and ecoregion.

Schedule:

  • 6:30 Seed Swap, Camera Roll and Socializing
  • 7:00 Introduction and Announcements
  • 7:20 Featured Presentation
  • 8:45 Adjournment

Join us at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus, Building H, Room 125. Campus map. See Covid protocol, below. Or participate via Zoom — register here. (If you are attending in person, you don’t need to register for Zoom.) 

Field Trip

We’ll visit a Scyene Overlook and JJ Beeman Trail on Piedmont Ridge in southeast Dallas the following weekend to practice our TEAMgo skills. Info here.

Our Speaker

Wendy Anderson, spatial ecologist at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), works to analyze habitats and ecosystems across Texas. She earned her B.A in Biology and Spanish, as well as her M.Sc. in environmental sciences and MPA from Indiana University where she focused on grasslands, water resources, and bird conservation. In 2016 she was hired by TPWD as the botanist for the Landscape Ecology lab, where she surveyed plants across the state. Since then, she has worked on projects including mapping habitat for the Houston Toad, and remotely sensing open water across the state. A master naturalist herself in the Capital Area Chapter, she loves working with plants, outdoor education, and restoration.

Seed Swap

Got seeds? Let’s swap. Bring packaged and labeled seeds to NTMN chapter meeting. Swap table will be ready by 6:00 p.m. Empty envelopes will be provided at the table for your just swapped seeds. It’s a fun way to try new varieties and, yes, maybe save some money.

Camera Roll

As usual, show up or tune in between 6:30 and 7 pm for an array of photos by TMNs. Send your favorite photos to Ashleigh Miller.

Covid Protocol

Please participate at the level you’re comfortable. We’re excited to meet in person, but we don’t take this decision lightly. We expect all attendees to consider the health and well-being of their fellow attendees and comply with all policies.

  • MASKS are required at Dallas College in accordance with the Dallas County Risk Level Red.
  • The room will be set to allow for SOCIAL DISTANCING (4 people per table for maximum capacity of 100).
  • HAND SANITIZER will be available.
  • Food and drinks will not be provided, but you may bring your own and share with others if desired.

A Tribute to Shannon Love

by Patricia Jordan

When Shannon Love passed away, we asked for remembrances.  Many of her friends and family responded.  So many in fact, that it was hard to include every story mentioned without writing a book. I’ve tried to include and coordinate as many as I could.  Apologies if I have stepped on toes or left someone or something out.

Shannon Love.

A Tribute to Shannon Love

Shannon was a talented artist and birder, nature lover, big hearted friend, lover or animals, tireless volunteer, poker player, lifelong learner, investigator, sparkling wit.

After her breast cancer diagnosis, which she openly talked about to all her friends, Shannon set out to see and do everything she possibly could. For several years despite multiple cancer treatments, she was able to keep going, persevering, always on the hunt for one more bird, grand adventure, Big Day.

Most of us witnessed her love of our natural world. She became a NTMN in 2012.  Almost immediately, since birding was one of her passions, she became a member of the first Master Birder class.  Often, she stated she felt unqualified to be in the class, was surprised she was accepted. However ill prepared she may have felt, soon enough through her diligence, she equaled or surpassed all her fellow classmates.

Shannon’s enthusiastic teaching.

Her enthusiasm and passion for birding, kindled by that class and our wonderful teachers, later led to many other birdy jobs and adventures. A natural teacher, she became a favorite trainer and instructor at Twelve Hills. She worked at John Bunker Sands for two years, teaching classes and leading walks. As a leader of our NTMN Birding 101 classes, she was really the best of us. Her enthusiasm and effervescent personality made her a hit with people of all ages and her computer graphic skills made her classroom presentations both informative and entertaining.

Shannon’s identification skills were epic, one of those few who could identify a bird with only the slightest glimpse, or a few fleeting notes of a song heard from afar, so she was invaluable on Christmas Bird Counts. She was Danny Sansone’s co-pilot for many of those counts. She birded everywhere—from her car, her yard, planted with native plants and flowers, her hospital window while getting treatments, finally from her hospital bed at her home. In the end her yard list included 121 birds, the second longest in Dallas.

Plant surveys at John Wilt’s land.

Birding was not her only passion.  She was also involved with Native Plant Society.  Her spotting and plant identification skills were well known to Jim and Stephanie Varnum whom she accompanied on orchid counts at Cedar Ridge Preserve.  Chris Wordlaw, who was with Shannon on one of those hunts, said she could spot those orchids hiding, sometimes seeming to call them up herself with her magical spotting skills.

Long before she became a NTMN, Shannon was an artist.  Earning BA and MA degrees in art from Texas Tech University and University of Dallas where she specialized in painting.  If you’ve ever been to her house in Kessler Park, you’ve seen her work.  Huge black and white masterpieces, often with a void somewhere.  If asked their meaning, she like any artist, replied that it’s what they mean to the viewer that’s important.  Attorneys used her graphic arts skills as an illustrator to help them present evidence.

Shannon’s birthday party.

Once, when a pair of thieves made her neighborhood their own, Shannon took it upon herself to help catch them. So, she tracked them down. Imagine Shannon, stalking down her human prey, moving through the shadows, using her artist’s eye for details. Later, she made sketches, aiding the police in the apprehension of those thieves.  Just one reason she was beloved in her neighborhood.

Shannon was also an avid poker player. For years she was member of a monthly poker group.  Her refined memory must have helped as she often she won first prize—a t-shirt. Picture her with Cassius Marcelius Coolidge’s famous painting of the Dogs Playing Poker adorning the front of her T-shirt.

Shannon and the bird gals.

Tireless in her pursuit of “just one more bird,” Shannon was always up for the chase. Once, Shannon and a group of Master Birder friends went searching in vain for Prairie Chickens, traipsing around all day without a sighting, everyone dragging after a daylong hunt in sweltering 107-degree heat.  At sunup the next morning, Shannon was out the door urging everyone to search for that “damn bird” again. I don’t think they ever found it, but it wasn’t for want of trying.

She could wear down even the most passionate of birders.  I was Shannon’s “roomie” and carpool partner on a trip with other Birding 101 leaders.  We had gone to High Island, Texas’ famed birding hot spot. It was late Sunday afternoon and we all had to work Monday morning.  I didn’t think Shannon would ever consent to leave.  I, for one, was worn out.  Finally, we walked to our car long after Natha and Linda had gone.

Master Birder class at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center.

On the way home Shannon insisted we stop near Houston to see the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker.  When we got there, evening was descending, but as soon as we got out of the car, we heard their song.  After we saw one or two, I was more than ready to go. Because of Shannon, we wandered around after even more woodpeckers for at least an hour.  I’m sure we saw every woodpecker on that small tract. I was knackered.  We still had to drive to Dallas through Sunday evening traffic and rain. However, if not for Shannon, I would never have seen that rare bird.  I’ve never seen it again.

In collecting info for this tribute, I heard many stories from birding friends Janie Henderson, Jane Ramberg, Caroline Humphries, Susan Tiholiz, and Julie Mobley about

Volunteering at Twelve Hills Nature Center.

Shannon’s quick wit and love of fun.  They report her breaking out with joyous enthusiasm in a beautiful rendition of “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” from the musical Oklahoma. Or “Getting to Know You” from The King and I, while doing a wonderful imitation of the dancing Siamese children.  And she was the best at Bird Charades—imitating the American Woodcock’s “silly walk” with its intricate and unique footwork, or a Reddish Egret using its outspread wings to create shadows on the water to attract fish.  Sometimes she made humorous bird names for everyone in the group—Silver-crowned Elegant Egret, Red-cockaded Tyrant Flycatcher, Black-crested Cuckoo, Broad-tailed Brown Booby.

Shannon Love.

Her love of animals was shown by her ever varying menagerie of dogs and cats.  Each time anyone was lucky enough to visit Shannon, there seemed to be a different group.   Some were gone, but others added.  Marcie Haley says late one afternoon at Twelve Hills, they came upon a lost and very bedraggled pit bull.  Everyone was trying to figure out what to do with him.  Shannon said she would take him.  When she opened her car door, he immediately jumped in and curled up in front of the passenger seat as if they were destined to be together.  He, Gable, found the most wonderful, loving home with Shannon.

One of my favorite stories was related by Shannon’s neighbors Marcie Haley, Ellen Parrill, and Laura Hagan.  Near the end, wanting to do something special for Shannon, they took her out in Ellen’s black Audi convertible for one more birding outing. Shannon was weak and thin by then.  But I can just picture her, wind blowing through her chemo pixie, which was darling, but upsetting, headed for Wolf Springs Rd. where many great birds can be found.  When they arrived,

Shannon and fellow educators and staff at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center.

Shannon was so excited by the many birdcalls that she jumped out of the car, more animated and spryer than anyone expected her to be at that point.  Thrilled to see more birds, thrilled for her friends to see what they’d never seen before.

That’s the way I’d like to remember Shannon, big smile, determined to go “over here, and over here.” Just as excited when her friends saw something as if she had herself, on her last adventure, wind in her hair, binoculars up, smile on her face, eyes sparkling.

We will all miss Shannon.  We were privileged to have her in our lives.  But let’s not let sadness overwhelm us.  Rather, let us follow her example. With courage and passion, let us strive for one more adventure, one for bird, one more day until we, like Shannon run out of time.

 

 

 

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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...
Ray Roberts Lake State Park Hike with Fort Worth NPAT (AT) Tuesday, May 7, 2024     9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Join us for a unique...
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...
Birding at the Beds with Fort Worth Audubon Society (AT) Wednesday, May 8, 2024   7:30 AM – 11:00 AM Join Jim Sipiora for a bird...
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...
Brookhaven College Windmill Garden WHEN: 2nd Wednesday of each month AND the 4th Sunday of each month INSTRUCTIONS: Take appropriate precautions: Wear close toed shoes/boots,...
May 8, 2024    
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Ecological Gardening Summit - Online (AT) Wednesday, May 8, 2024   11:00 AM – 3:30 PM This webinar is presented by the Xerces Society, which...
May 9, 2024 - May 11, 2024    
All Day
Ginger Greatens has reserved the trunk for an event at Hawthorne school.
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...
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...
Webinar:  NASA Global Precipitation Measurements: Weather & Climate (AT) Thursday, May 9, 2024    7:00 PM CT – 8:00 PM CT This will focus on the...
May 10, 2024 - May 12, 2024    
All Day
Pam Carranza has reserved the trunks for a TRAC event.
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...
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...
Join For the Love of the Lake every second Saturday for our monthly Shoreline Spruce Up at White Rock Lake Park. Volunteers collect litter though...
2nd Saturday Bird Walk at the Heard Museum (AT) Saturday, May 11, 2024  |  8am-9:30am 2nd Saturday Bird Walks are intended to help beginning and...
Early Bird Walk with Jack Chiles at Hagerman NWR (AT) Saturday, May 11, 2024   8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Meet at the Visitor Center at...
World Migratory Bird Day - Guided Hike || Trinity River Audubon Center (AT) Saturday, May 11, 2024  |  8:30am-9:30am CST Join us for a guided...
May 12, 2024 - May 18, 2024    
All Day
Ester Villareal has reserved the trunks.
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 12, 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 12, 2024    
9:00 am - 11:00 am
The name of the event: Milkweed Planting Day Date and time: May 12th 2024 9:00 AM- 11:00AM Location including the street address: Trinity River Audubon Center 6500 Great...
4th Sunday Nature Walk at Spring Creek Forest (AT) Sunday, May 12, 2024    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM The 4th Sunday Nature Walk originally scheduled...
May 13, 2024    
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Early Birds at FWNC (AT) Monday, May 13, 2024   7:30 AM – 9:30 AM The summer birds have arrived. Join us for a walk to...
Project WILD/Project WET/Project Learning Tree Combo Workshop (AT) Monday, May 13, 2024   8:45 AM – 4:30 PM Get trained and receive activity guides in all...
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 14, 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...
Sid Richardson Tract Hike with Fort Worth NPAT (AT) Tuesday, May 14, 2024     8:30 AM - 12:00 PM The Sid Richardson Tract is a prairie...
Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Workshop: Eagle Mountain Lake (AT) Tuesday, May 14, 2024   9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and...
BRIT Behind-the-Scenes Tour (AT) Tuesday, May 14, 2024   10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Tiana Rehman, Director of the Herbarium, is giving a presentation on the...
May 15, 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...
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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