Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest

Announcement

Did you know that it’s illegal to have dogs off-leash in city of Garland including Parks? Any time a citizen comes across a loose dog, whether its aggressive or not, citizens can call and contact the dispatch line – 972-205-3570, option 1 – and an officer will be dispatched to that location. The first step in controlling aggressive or off-leash animals is reporting them. For emergencies Call 911.

January Things to Do

Saturday, January 18, 2020 AND Sunday, January 19, 2020: Bird Walks with Reba Collins, Master Birder. Saturday, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. 1787 Holford. Do you want to learn what birds winter in Spring Creek Forest? Come for a morning walk and learn to identify some of our wintering birds. Reservations required: Limited to 10 people per walk. 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.

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.

January 26, 2020 – 4th Sunday Nature Walk – Learn about our invasive plants and why we don’t want them.

Location: 1770 Holford
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Leader: Dana Wilson

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.)

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, February 8, 2020: Monthly Work Session – make room for the Trout Lillys

Location: 1770 Holford
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

1770 Holford is the original tract purchased and designated “Preserve” When the deciduous trees lose their leaves, we can easily spot the invasive privet plant. It is best to remove privet when it is a cute little innocuous-looking sprig – before they mature into dense, 8 foot tall and wide bushes that overpower and push out any of our native understory plants. The privet has few predators in the Dallas area, so it can out-compete our native plants and would soon take over the understory of our forest. We can reverse this trend. It’s easy work, but it’s time consuming. We need you to come help pull privet and make room for the Trout lily and Coralberry.

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.

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Speaker Series

Monthly Public Speaker Series: the 1st Tuesday of the month from September to April.  

Location: North Garland Branch Library, 3845 North Garland Avenue, Garland, TX 75040

Meeting Time:  7:00 p.m. -8:30

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.

Society MembershipMembership: Join Us Today! Download our membership form: https://springcreekforest.org/join/

Monthly Email: To subscribe please contact:
Barbara_Baynham2005@yahoo.com

Make 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