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

Groundwork Dallas will host the grand opening of Hines Park in West Dallas. This small park was once a neglected and litter-filled green space. Groundwork Dallas adopted the park over four years ago and has added a loop trail, rock garden, wildlife viewing platform, benches and fencing to make this a beautiful sanctuary in an industrial part of the city. 

Led by master birder Carrie Robinson. Arrive promptly at 7:30 a.m. for a field trip, approximately 2-3 hours, on foot at one of Dallas' prime birding locations. As part of trash pick-up with group "For the Love of the Lake," a few minutes have been added to the bird walks there on Sundays and pick-up materials will be provided.

Kelly Crawford’s Prairie Field Trip

Directions:

From Dallas take 635 to I20 to FM 740 (Forney)

Go south (right) on FM 740 to FM 2757 (immediately past service road)

Take a left on 2757

Then go to Kelly Rd, which will be the first road on the right (about 1.6 miles down on FM 2757).

On Kelly rd, Go 6/10 of a mile (((((measure 6/10 or you will miss it)))))

and take a left on a no name road.

There will be a land for sale sign, and then a no trespassing sign.

This road goes straight into my gates in the right.

Located in East Texas on US Hwy 79 between Palestine and Jacksonville, the Neches River Refuge has 7,000 acres of beautiful wildlife habitat – forests, wetlands, and trails along the iconic Neches River.

April 13 will mark the grand opening of the refuge, with guided nature walks, van tours of the refuge, kids activities, exhibits, and a nationally-known speaker.  

Texas Conservation Alliance and the Friends of the Refuge are cohosting the kickoff with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Meet at the main building. Participants will be learning about the common owls they can find in their local neighborhood. This is a family friendly event; however participants should be comfortable with walking on trails at night for long periods of time.

There are very few places in Dallas where you will find the Texas Buckeye tree. The showy flowers on this tree bloom for only a few weeks and now is the time to see them! 

Hike leaders Bill Holston and Ben Sandifer are both Texas Master Naturalists and will discuss the history and nature of the Great Trinity Forest, The Texas Buckeye Trail, and the proposal to rename the trail after Dallas naturalists Ned and Genie Fritz.

*There will likely be mud and fallen trees on this natural trail. Dress appropriately!

*We love dogs, but please no pets on this hike!

 

Subject:  Conservation Pioneer Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day

Featured speaker:  James Wilson, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve Historian

Hike the up-and-down rolling hills in Cameron Park along the hike/bike trails passing several overlooks. Walk includes a small section of residential streets. A 5K alternate route featuring less nature trails and more residential will be available.

Hiking sticks would be helpful although boots not required. We will be sharing the trail with bikes and possibly horses.

5K-10K

Trout Lilies are one of the iconic plant species at Tandy Hills and one of the harbingers of spring. Their golden-throated white trumpets hang from curvy stems nestled inside mottled leaves that resemble speckled trout. They are scattered across the Tandy hills and hollers hiding in secret places.

Sam Kieschnick will regale you with amazing facts about TL's and help ID other plants along the way. Don't miss this special opportunity.

Join us for a 1.5 hour walk to practice tree ID and anticipate the soon-to-come wildflower season. A template for identifying trees will be provided, so if you like to take notes, bring a pen and clipboard.

1.5 hours advanced training for Master Naturalists

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