Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest

Educational and Service Activities for 2019 – 2020

Come out and enjoy the Preserve! Fall is here, and the view is beautiful. Service and Volunteer Opportunities Monthly Work Sessions – As we mentioned in last month’s announcements, our Executive Committee is enthusiastic and energetic.

November Things to Do

November 2019 – Tuesday, November 5, 2019: General Meeting – Karen Rice, Experiencing the Monarch Migration. Our prairies and meadows have both host and nectar plants that Monarch butterflies need to survive. Our world needs these amazing creatures. Come and hear about them. Location: North Garland Branch Library, 3845 North Garland Avenue, Garland, TX 75040 Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Why do Monarchs fly to Mexico for the winter? How do they know where to go? Join Karen Rice as she explores these questions on a trip to Mexico and the Sierra Madre Mountains on the trail to the Monarch overwintering site. Part travel log, part story of one of the most amazing phenomena in nature, you will come away with a new appreciation of the marvelous Monarch. Following a career in the Aerospace industry Karen became active in the gardening, nature and conservation areas. She is a member of the several Garden Clubs, the Audubon Society and is a Citizen Forester. For Master Naturalists, this counts as 1 hour Advanced Training.  
Saturday, November 9, 2019: Monthly Work Session Location: 1770 Holford – THIS IS A LOCATION CHANGE Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. We will tackle some of the encroaching trees and bushes in our beautiful little meadow that is next to the concrete walk at 1770 Holford. This is your chance to wield your gas or battery-operated chain saw and wear your lumber-jack shirt! (Please bring it, the chain saw, if you have one.) Since we don’t have the traditional methods of clearing our meadow and prairie – fire and buffalo – our areas need a lot of attention from people. Come and spend a couple of hours with us. For Master Naturalists, this counts as Volunteer Hours on the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest project. Safety Materials: Each work session will begin with a safety briefing. BRING WATER. Even in the heat, wear work gloves, long pants, protective eyewear, and sturdy shoes (no sandals) for your protection from poison ivy and thorns.  If you have them, bring loppers and/or small tree saws. All participants and the parents of minors must sign our Liability Waiver.  All minors 16 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Sunday, November 24, 2019 – 4th Sunday Nature Walk
Try our new, regularly scheduled guided walk, every 4th Sunday of the month. These are fun, family walks, appropriate for anyone who wants to enjoy a guided walk in the Preserve. (Note: They are NOT approved for Master Naturalist Advanced Training.) The November guide is Judy Aschner, a North Texas Master Naturalist who is certified in Entomology. Even though it is November when having cold weather is a risk and insects might hide, we can still find signs of insects — galls, chew patterns on leaves, drilling into acorns, etc. But we’ve had warm winters lately and the average first freeze is the end of November, soooo, we know it will be fun. Plan on coming. Location: 1787 Holford. (Note – 4th Sunday Nature Walk locations will vary throughout the Preserve, depending on the subject of the walk.) Time: 2:00 p.m. to around 3:30 p.m. Important information: The natural-surface trails are not stroller-compatible; everyone must be able to walk approximately 1 mile. Clothing: Even in the heat, wear long pants and sturdy shoes (no sandals) for your protection from poison ivy and thorns. Apply insect repellent. Bring water. All participants and the parents of minors must sign our Liability Waiver.  All minors 16 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  
Saturday, November 30, 2019 AND Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Bird Walk with Reba Collins, Master Birder
What birds are in Spring Creek Forest in late fall after Thanksgiving? Come for a morning walk and find out. Location: 1787 Holford. Time 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Reservations are required for this event. A large group of folks is too noisy, scares the birds, and makes it too difficult to hear. In order to help ensure a great, small-group birding experience, Reba is offering two walk dates. Contact Reba at rcollins20@verizon.net to reserve a spot. Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars. If it has been raining, rain boots may be appropriate.

Click on for Future Adventures

  Speaker Series

We have a great line-up for you… Monthly Public Speaker Series: usually on the 1st Tuesday of the month from September to April.  
Meeting Time:  7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Check dates below for location.

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November 5, 2019: Karen Rice, Monarch Butterflies. Our prairies and meadows have both host and nectar plants that Monarch butterflies need to survive. Our world needs these amazing creatures. Come and hear about them.

December 3, 2019: Holiday Party. Click on Future events for location and times. We want to party with you.

January 07, 2020:Tom Frey, Forest Composition in Spring Creek Forest. The variety of trees in our forest is what made us famous. And who
can resist hearing Tom Frey, the ultimate Preserve authority, speak.

February 04, 2020:Marian Hirsch, Trout Lily Drawings Trout lilies are one of our signature native plants. We hope you have been on one of our annual Trout Lily Walks that we hold in late February. Marian Hirsch creates drawings and water colors of these beautiful, petite plants. Her water colors of plants are on display at BRIT in Ft. Worth.

March 03, 2020: Brett Johnson, Feral Hogs Talk about invasives! Feral
hogs invade an area in a pack and can devastate where ever they decide to be. Brett Johnson, Senior Environmental Coordinator for the City of Dallas, works with park department properties on habitat and wildlife management. He coordinates

April 07, 2020: Bonnie Bradshaw, Coyotes and Critters We love them and need them (except feral hogs). Bonnie Bradshaw is founder and president of the company called 911 Wildlife which specializes in the humane removal and relocation of problem critters. The company mission is to prevent native wildlife from being orphaned, injured, relocated or euthanized. Summer break.

Do you have suggestions? If you have ideas for speakers or topics for future programs, please email your suggestions to Becky Sans, beckysans7@gmail.com.

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Barbara_Baynham2005@yahoo.comMake a donation! Your donation helps the all-volunteer Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest offer public lectures, conduct habitat management workdays, and offer public nature walks. Please mail your tax-deductible donation to: Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest, Attn:  Treasurer, P.O. Box 450176, Garland, TX 75045-0176