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: 1787 Holford. Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Our big prairie needs continual attention from people that want to make sure it is still here for people to enjoy many years from now. Come and spend a couple of hours with us. At the 1787 Holford location, we not only have prairie, but we have a great example of native forest that runs along Spring Creek. This area is currently clear of that pernicious privet we are always pulling in other parts of the preserve, but we have many other chores to do. 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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
More Nature Walks and Events – details to come
Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 9th Annual “Christmas is for the Birds” event for children in pre-school and elementary school
Sunday, December 22, 2019 – 4th Sunday Nature Walk Saturday,
January 18, 2020 – Bird Walk with Reba Collins Sunday,
January 19, 2020 – Bird Walk with Reba Collins Sunday,
January 26, 2020 – 4th Sunday Nature Walk Sunday,
February 23, 2020 – 4th Sunday Nature Walk and 27th Annual Trout Lily Walk
Sunday, March 22, 2020 – 4th Sunday Nature Walk Sunday,
April 26, 2020 – 4th Sunday Nature Walk Note – The locations of 4th Sunday Nature Walks will vary throughout the Preserve, depending on the subject of the walk. Be sure to check the latest announcements.
Also, try our Self-Guided Interpretive Trail at 1787 Holford Road that was created by the North Texas Master Naturalist chapter in Dallas. Follow the trail markers and read about the significance of the area on your iPhone or on the downloadable flyer. https://springcreekforest.org/interpretive-1787-holford-rd/