Wildlife management, issues, support, and rehabilitation

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.

The Photo Tour lets the photographer catch the dusk light, which is the best light possible for afternoon photos. The tours will go through Fossil Rim’s 1,800 acres of pastures. There are 50-plus species of animals at Fossil Rim.

Some of the animals that may be photographed include white rhinos, blackbuck, European red deer, gemsbok, zebras, addax, waterbuck, giraffes, sable, axis deer and dama gazelle, just to name a few. Reservations required: 254-897-2960. Camera Club members can receive a 10-percent discount.

$65. Private tours are also available for an additional fee.

Native and adapted plants are not only beautiful, water-efficient additions to your landscape, but they can be useful tools to attract beneficial wildlife as well. Learn ways to attract and provide hab­itat for butterflies, song birds, hummingbirds, bees and other animals that bring your landscape to life with activity. If you’d like to keep your landscape well-manicured, or if you take a more naturalistic approach, we have tips to meet your needs, suit your taste and capture your imagination. Free.

Joe Copeland of the North Texas Water Garden Society will discuss all the details of pond construction from planning a pond to adding fish and plants.

Topics such as liners, pumps, location, filters and fish will be discussed so you can make an informed choice and avoid costly mistakes.

Social and snacks @ 2:30 pm, educational lecture @ 3 pm.

Racing Extinction is an eco-thriller that investigates humanity's role in mass extinction.

Over 10 years ago, Chris Jackson launched his website DFWUrbanWildlife.com, a blog dedicated to documenting the diversity of urban wildlife living in the DFW area. 

Info: Cathy Lustgarten, drgoodrad@gmail.com

If you have a curious mind and like to hunt for natural treasures, join the iNaturalist Explorers and help us learn about wildlife diversity in Parr Park. At each meeting, a guest expert will teach us about different plants and animals, and we’ll use the iNaturalist app to identify species and document our discoveries. Smart phones are helpful but not required.

Info: Hannah Nyquist at hnyquist@grapevinetexas.gov or 817-410-3399.

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. 

Last year we received a matching contribution up to $10,000, which we were able to completely match. Our goal this year is to raise $40,000 to help cover the costs of raptor rehabilitation in Texas. At this fundraiser, we will have BBQ, craft beer from a local brewery, both silent and live auctions, and more. Visit our website, bpraptorcenter.org, to purchase tickets and for more details.

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