Bird and nature walks, tree and plant identification, and more

A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species of living things as possible in a given area, over just a few days. The LLELA event will include presentations and guided hikes led by experts on all sorts of topics: butterflies, reptiles and amphibians, wildflowers, birds, dragonflies, and more. Details TBA.

Guided hike. Preregistration required. Each child must have at least one adult attending and registered for the program. $10.

Explore nature at night! Activities will include games, crafts, owl pellet dissection and making s'mores by the campfire. Encounter live animals and glow-in-the-dark geology. $14. Registration required.

Info: olivernaturepark@mansfieldtexas.gov.

Why do butterflies prefer certain plants over others? What plants best attract pollinators? And what is a butterfly puddler? For answers to these questions and others, join the Denton County Master Gardeners in a walk through the pollinator and native plant gardens at Doubletree Ranch Park in Highland Village. 

After the walk, learn how to make a butterfly puddler that to take home. 

Free.

Rain date: Aug. 16, 9 a.m.

Fire ecology bus tour to Ray Roberts Lake State Park. Details TBA.

Celebrate National Moth Week (yes, it’s a real thing!) and help us find and identify as many moth species as possible! Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Master Naturalists are coming to Parr Park to set up special moth lights, sheets and baits and see how many moths we can find. Moths are important indicators of ecosystem health and their camouflaged wing patterns can be pretty amazing too. During the evening, we’ll also be on the lookout for other nocturnal friends, such as bats, owls, frogs, and opossums. 

Grasshoppers are important to the balance of the prairie habitat. Learn about their natural history and search for the many species found across the Refuge. $5 (with paid admission).

This class will help teach the basics of bird watching. It is perfect for members of the public that like going for walks at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center and are interested in learning more about the birds that inhabit it. The class will be taught by Texas Master Naturalist and bird enthusiast Scott Kiester.

Info: Sarah.Luxton@CityofDenton.com or 940-349-8152

Join the White Rock Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas and native ecosystem expert Randy Johnson on a Walk and a Talk to explore some unique native plants that grow right here in our Blackland prairie at White Rock Lake Park. 

6:30 p.m. Walk: Meetup at the 8050 Scout Hill Drive marquee at the Boy Scout Hill parking lot on the south side of Mockingbird Ln. at the southwest corner of Buckner and Peavy Rd. 

Social: If you cant do the Walk, meetup at the recreation center at 6:45 PM for a social until the Talk at 7:15 - 8:45PM

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