Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – Meeting at North Garland Branch Library, 7:00 p.m.
Professor Wayne Meyer of Austin College will speak on “Owls of North Texas”.
Dr. Meyer began birding seriously at the age of thirteen when his father, brother and the Sibleys (yes, that Sibley) started observing the birds of Connecticut. Since then Meyer has birded extensively on both coasts and in Texas and Oklahoma, finally realizing his life’s desire to be paid for looking at birds when he became a professor of Biology at Austin College. Trained as an avian physiologist Meyer has studied the ability of birds to tell time and is currently investigating song learning in the Painted Bunting.
Saturday, November 11, 2017: Work session CANCELED.
Saturday, November 25, 2017: 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., 1787 Holford Road. Bird Walk with Certified Master Birder Reba Collins – Come for a morning walk with certified master birder Reba Collins and learn to identify some of our resident and migrating birds. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable walking shoes. If it has been raining, mud boots are appropriate.
And More: Note these dates now so you don’t forget! More information to come.
• Christmas is for the Birds – 7th Annual – Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1787 Holford Road –This is a super fun event for pre-school or elementary school aged children. Bring them to the Park Preserve where they make bio-degradable bird feeders out of peanut butter and bird seed, then hang the feeders in our forest. Yes, people do get a bit messy. Some folks make their own feeders at home and bring them to hang on the trees. We also have short nature walks to show children a little of our fabulous forest.
• Bird Walk with Certified Master Birder Reba Collins, Saturday, January 20, 2018: 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., 1787 Holford Road. Come for a morning walk with certified master birder Reba Collins and learn to identify some of our resident and migrating birds. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable walking shoes. If it has been raining, mud boots are appropriate.
• Trout Lily Walk – 25th Annual – Saturday, February 24, 2018
Preservation Society General Information:
Meetings generally begin Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: North Garland Library
3845 N. Garland Ave. (at Apollo Rd.)
Garland, TX 75040
December 5, 2017 – Annual Holiday party at the home of
Don and Barbara Baynham
5806 Firecrest Drive
Garland, TX 75044
Bring an appetizer to share, your friends and family, and a fun nature story or two. Drinks are provided. This is the best way to start the holidays. Come and relax with other folks who love our Preserve.
January 9, 2018 – NOTE meeting is moved to the 2nd Tuesday for January only. Ann McGinnes, Landscape Architect and Senior Park Planner for City of Garland Parks and Recreation Department will speak on “Preserving Garland’s Green Space”
February 6, 2018 – Janet Smith, Texas Master Gardener and North Texas Master Naturalist, will speak on “Getting Wise About Water”.
Janet is a recovering plantaholic who considers the Master Naturalist and Master Gardener and Master Naturalist training as her 12-step program. She now has a special interest in native and pollinator plants that use very little water.
Janet’s love of gardening didn’t start until after she took early retirement and decided to spruce up her dismal landscape. The next year she took the Master Gardening training and learned how to actually grow and care for plants. She embraced the concept of Water Wise Gardening in her landscape and as a speaker. A few years later she took the Master Naturalist training and is active in that group also.
Seeing caterpillars on her fennel plant started Janet’s education about butterfly gardening. A trip to the migration site of the monarch butterflies inspired her to learn more and share her knowledge and fascination with others. She now loves having host and nectar plants in her garden so she can observe the 4 phases of the butterfly life cycle.
Janet has averaged about thirty presentations a year as either a Master Gardener or Master Naturalist.
March 6, 2018 – Dwight Wilson, hunter and tracker, will speak on “Tracks and Signs”. Dwight has a broad and varied background that includes working with the Dallas FBI in forensic tracking.
April 3, 2018 – Mike Sills, from Texas A&M Forest Service, will speak on “How Trees Benefit the Health of People in Urban Areas.”
May – no meeting
Break for summer
September 4, 2018
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, 4848 N. Garland Ave near Academy Sports, or 4695 Ranger Drive near the Naaman Forest High School baseball parking area.
Materials: Wear work gloves, long pants and sturdy shoes (no sandals) for your protection from poison ivy and thorns.
• December 9, 2017
• January 13, 2018
• February 10, 2018
• March 10, 2018
• April 7, 2018
• May 5, 2018 – And, after working, stay for a “Bring Your Own Picnic”
• Break for summer
• September 8, 2018
For Society information:
Maureen Bly, President, Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest
Cell phone: 972-814-0902
For General Preserve information:
Garland Parks and Recreation Department
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