Wildlife management, issues, support, and rehabilitation

The community is invited to watch the documentary Racing Extinction and to discuss possible actions to help the environment. Refreshments will be served. Free.

Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos and his team show the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction. 

Trailer 

Info: Cindy Engel, cindita_e@yahoo.com

This is the first chance for the public to photograph the Big Spring Landmark Conservation area since 2016. This is one of our Meetup favorite sites, and one of the Great Trinity Forest's most unique spots. We are hoping for a good wildflower year, too. 

Details being finalized. See website for more info.

Speaker Randy Johnson of Randy Johnson Organics will speak on “Pollinators and Natives: An Ancient Marriage.”  One-sixth of all described species on Earth are angiosperms, the flowering plants. Their co-evolution with pollinators is the most important relationship in the terrestrial environment. These two entities co-evolved with and for each other, their healthy relationship is vital to the structure and maintenance of almost all terrestrial ecosystems. This ancient marriage is threatened... what are the issues and how can we help? This and more are discussed.

Learn about the 5 or 6 species of frogs most likely to be found on any night at White Rock Lake. After a brief session spent listening to the different calls, we will hike around the area listening and looking for frogs. A small flashlight would be handy.

Janet D. Smith, Texas Master Naturalist

Info: Donna Ressl, donnarus@usa.net

Explore the Refuge and see for yourself the many species of butterflies. You will learn all about their habitats, their host plants, and how to identify them. $5 (with paid admission).

Escape to the “wild” side- spend an evening with the FWAS viewing some great wildlife and bird photography submitted by our globe-trotting membership. The annual membership “slide show” features pictures and videos of great birds, wildlife, landscapes and adventures from the past year whether it is from our back yard or far away. 

Info: Scott Hollinger, scotth150@verizon.net

Ryan Giesecke will walk us through his fascination with how bees function, explore our dependence on bee pollination, and detail the diversity of native bee species, as well as discussing ways to get started in urban beekeeping and how non-beekeepers can help our bee population. 

Starting in the Treetop Lounge at 11 a.m. Sam Kieschnick, an Urban Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife, will fascinate participants with information about the urban habitat at MVC. He'll show attendees how to use iNaturalist, a free app for identitying plants and animals, so that they can be citizen scientists any time! Then we head out to the urban forest where the adventure continues and participants start recording and sharing their observations in iNaturalist to create data for scientists all over the world.

Join STEAMgrown Gardens, UNT Sustainability, City of Denton Sustainability and local growers for a special evening during EarthFest at the University of North Texas. Presenting SEED: The Untold Story and a panel discussion to follow with perspectives from local farmers and native seed savers.

$5 suggested donation to STEAMgrown Gardens, a nonprofit seeking to provide Monarch pollinator gardens in Denton Title 1 schools

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