Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest
December 2016 Announcements
Saturday, December 3, 2016: 6th Annual “Christmas is for the Birds”.
CANCELED DUE TO HEAVY RAIN FORECAST
So sorry we have to cancel this event, but the forecast for heavy rain is too compelling. Also, since the holiday season is so busy, we do not try to reschedule. If you have already made goodies for the birds, freeze them so you can hang them somewhere (hopefully in our preserve trees) when the weather is better. We will try again next year.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016: Annual Holiday Party, 7:00 p.m.
At the home of Don and Barbara Baynham
5806 Firecrest Drive, Garland
I cannot imagine canceling this unless we are covered in a sheet of ice! Happily, ice is not in the forecast. So, bring an appetizer to share, your friends and family, and a good 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.
Saturday, December 10, 2016: Work session. No work session for December.
Birds? We’ve got ‘em!
The bird walk led by Certified Master Birder, Reba Collins, on November 26, was very fun and informative for the twentyish folks who participated.
16 bird species (see below) were identified and the count was recorded on eBird.org, an amazing web site created by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. It is a real-time, online checklist program which has revolutionized the way that the global birding community reports and accesses information about birds. To see a full list of birds reported for Spring Creek Preserve, go to http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L151004.
See more information later in the announcements about another Reba-led bird walk on January 21, 2017.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 1
Carolina Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
January 2017 Events and Beyond:
Tuesday, January 3, 2017: Meeting at North Garland Branch Library, 7:00 p.m. Certified arborist, Laura McLarry will tell us not only which trees will do well in our ecosystem but also tell us how to plant them properly. There are many dos and don’ts and she knows the best species for our area.
Laura has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 2008 and prior to Preservation Tree Services, her industry involvement has also included landscape design, garden management, and herb growing. She served for more than 10 years on the City of Garland’s Park and Recreation and Tree Boards and is a Master Naturalist.
Laura loves collaborating with clients – finding creative ways to fulfill their tree care needs. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Horticulture from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of North Texas.
Saturday, January 7, 2017: Work session. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meet at 1770 Holford. Volunteers will remove those pernicious invasive plants. 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, 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.
Saturday, February 25, 2017: 24th Annual Trout Lily Walk.
Yes! Tom Frey will lead the walks. Times will be announced soon.
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 a very important message to pass along:
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.
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.
President, Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest
Cell phone: 972-495-3569