Events


Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest

October 2016 Announcements
 
Tuesday, October 4, 2016: Meeting at North Garland Branch Library, 7:00 p.m. John Slaughter will tell us all about spiders and how important they are to our environment. John has been a collector of arachnids for over 45 years and keeps 43 different species of tarantula and 25 species of scorpion in his private collection. He currently works as an entomologist for a pest control company. He does presentations for approximately 4500 students every year at area elementary schools. He has always had a love for these misunderstood creatures, and tries to share that love and knowledge where ever he can. He is involved in the DFW Tarantula and Arachnid Group as well as the American Tarantulas Society. John is a fascinating speaker and you will enjoy this presentation!
 
Saturday, October 8, 2016: Work session. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meet at 1787 Holford. Volunteers will do maintenance work on path and the native plant garden, remove invasive plants, and pick up trash. Materials: Wear work gloves, long pants and sturdy shoes (no sandals) for your protection from poison ivy and thorns. Bring loppers and short-handled tree saws if you have them.
 
Saturday, October 15, 2016:  Keep Garland Beautiful hosts the 2016 Annual Fall Trash Bash. Volunteers are needed for this year’s Trash Bash, scheduled at 8:30 a.m. – noon. All Garland residents, groups and individuals, are encouraged to volunteer to help keep our city litter free.  Register onsite or online at KeepGarlandBeautiful@gmail.com.  Choose any location to clean or obtain information on a location at the event. Pick up free supplies at the event and bring the filled trash bags back to Granger Recreation Center. Afterwards, stay at Granger for games, music, prizes and hot dogs starting at 11 a.m. This event is sponsored by Keep Garland Beautiful, Garland Environmental Waste Services, and Garland Stormwater Management.
 
Thank your local Scouts!
Eagle Scout Projects – so important to the life of the Preserve. Armando Sanchez is working through the process to do his Eagle Scout Project at Spring Creek Park Preserve. At 1787 Holford, he will supervise the placement of large stepping stones in the trail area that gets muddy with every rain. Because the area is so wide, it will take quite a few stones. Thanks to Armando, that is many new people not just introduced to our spectacular preserve but working to improve it.
 
November and later – Plan your year around the Preserve…
Tuesday, November 1, 2016: Meeting at North Garland Branch Library, 7:00 p.m. Wayne Meyer will talk about grassland bird species. More information to come.
 
Saturday, November 5, 2016: Work session. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meet at 1787 Holford. Volunteers will continue trail maintenance and clean-up in preparation for our event on November 13.
 
Sunday, November 13, 2016: SAVE THE DATE, Launch of the Interpretive Walking Trail at 1787 Holford. 2:00 p.m. The Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest and the North Texas Master Naturalists will roll out a new Interpretive Nature Trail at Spring Creek Park Preserve. We hope you and your family will join us for a wonderful guided walk through the preserve. The new trail was developed by a team from the 2016 NTMN Class under the mentorship of advisors from the Society. To see the Interpretive Trail brochure, you may visit: 
 
Saturday, November 26, 2016: Bird Walk 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. with Reba Collins, certified Master Birder. 1787 Holford Road, Garland, TX. What birds are in Spring Creek Forest in late fall after Thanksgiving? Come for a morning walk and find out. Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars. If it has been raining, rain boots may be appropriate.
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016: 6th Annual Christmas is for the Birds. 10:00 a.m. – noon, 1787 Holford. Bring your pre-school or elementary school aged children to the Preserve and they can make bio-degradable bird feeders to hang in our forest. Or make your own at home and bring them to hang on the trees.
 
Tuesday, December 6, 2016: Annual Holiday Party, 7:00 p.m. At the home of Don and Barbara Baynham, 5806 Firecrest Drive, Garland. Bring your friends and family and an appetizer to share, along with a good nature story or two. Drinks provided. 
 
Saturday, December 10, 2016: Work session. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meeting location to come.
 
Tuesday, January 3, 2017: Meeting at North Garland Branch Library, 7:00 p.m. Certified arborist, Laura McLarry will tell us how to plant our spring trees. There are many dos and don’ts. She also knows the best species for our area.
 
Saturday, January 7, 2017: Work session. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meet at 1770 Holford. Volunteers will remove those pesky invasive plants.
 
Saturday, January 21, 2017: Bird Walk 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. with Reba Collins, certified Master Birder. 1787 Holford Road, Garland, TX. Do you want to learn what birds spend the winter in Spring Creek Forest? Come for a morning walk and learn to identify some of our resident and wintering birds. Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars. If it has been raining, rain boots may be appropriate.
 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017: Meeting at North Garland Branch Library, 7:00 p.m. Presenter Rick Diamond will speak on Wilderness First Aid. Being in our forest certainly gets us as close to wilderness as can be in the suburbs. This first aid information will be useful even in your back yard.
 
Saturday, February 11, 2017: Work session. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meeting location to come.
 
Late February or early March: 24th Annual Trout Lily Walk. Details to come.
 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017: Meeting at North Garland Branch Library, 7:00 p.m. Janet Smith talks about Sex in the Garden. Some of our backyard critters have pretty wild lifestyles. Can’t wait to hear about it! Come early for the best seats; could be SRO. (LOL)
 
Saturday, March 11, 2017: Work session. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meeting location to come.
 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017: Meeting at North Garland Branch Library, 7:00 p.m. Amy Martin will speak on poison ivy and poison oak. Both are highly beneficial native plants but it’s important to know all about them!
 
Saturday, April 8, 2017: Work session. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meeting location to come.
 
Saturday, May 6, 2017: Work session and end of year Bring Your Own Picnic. 9:00 – noon, 1787 Holford. Our annual Bring Your Own Picnic is always fun. Details to come.
 
Break for summer
 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017: Meeting at North Garland Branch Library, 7:00 p.m. Another year starts!
 
And, almost the most important message today:
As the area surrounding our Preserve becomes filled with buildings and parking lots, it is imperative to educate the people who move into and work in these new buildings. We need to explain about the huge difference between our preserve and a city park.
A preserve is left as natural as possible – fallen trees are left in place to decay and become the food source for insects and grubs, which in turn are essential food for our birds and other wildlife. The undergrowth of small trees and plants is not cleared out because it provides essential food, shelter and plant diversity.  Knowing that the creek corridor is home for bobcats, coyotes, owls, raccoon, and many other amazing creatures is exciting to us! Our prairie is not a football or soccer field. It is home to scores of grasses and wildflowers such as the native milkweed plants that Monarch butterflies require in order to continue their life cycle.
We need to help our new neighbors understand that a healthy preserve does not look like a city park. A healthy preserve is wild-looking, messy, tangled with roots and native vines, and alive with bees, butterflies and animals hiding until it is safe to come out in the dark to find food.
We are caretakers of the Preserve. Spread the word. Carry a sack so you can pick up trash while you walk our beautiful nature trails. Help people see the preserve as an environmental treasure rather than a site for recreation.
 
Membership – please join our group and then renew your membership annually. A membership form is located on our website, www.springcreekforest.org.
General Information:
Meeting information: Meetings generally begin at 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Location:                North Garland Library
3845 N. Garland Ave. (at Apollo Rd.)
Garland, TX 75040
 
Work session information: Generally held the Saturday after each meeting 9 – 11 a.m.
Locations: Locations vary and are announced by email or on our web site. They will be at 1770 Holford Rd, 1787 Holford Rd, and 4848 N. Garland Ave near Academy Sports, or the Naaman High School baseball parking area.
         
Barbara Baynham
President, Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest
Cell phone: 972-495-3569
Email: Barbara_Baynham2005@yahoo.com
  1. may i get literature mailed out? lina 4695315136

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  2. Can we take our family on a hike through the forest? Or does it have to be scheduled and guided?

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  3. Bob Richie did a wonderful job as the speaker for last night’s meeting! We have two empty bee hives and we are really excited about getting our bees this upcoming Spring!

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