Something new – We all love dogs, but…Dog poop dispensers are now available at both 1787 and 1770 Holford parking lots, thanks to the Garland Parks and Rec Department.
Please use the dispenser bags to remove all of your pet’s waste. I know the Preserve seems huge enough to be able to absorb the waste, and it may be, but did you know that the scent of dog waste frightens wild critters? When they smell the scent of predators (our dogs), they may decide the Preserve is not a safe place to have their young. They may decide to move young to other areas. Our wild animals should feel safe in their Preserve, so please clean up your dog’s droppings no matter how far off the trail it might be. Also, please remember, dogs must be leashed at ALL times.
Trout Lily Walk recap:
Over 100 folks arrived for our 24th annual Trout Lily Walk. We had a beautiful but chilly day and the lilies were waiting for us. People enjoyed walking at their own pace, talking to a variety of regional naturalist about the importance of our Preserve. Thanks to Tom Frey for all his advice and mentoring. And, thanks to the volunteer naturalists that made the day great.
March 2017, and beyond, Events:
Tuesday, March 7, 2017: Meeting at North Garland Branch Library, 7:00 p.m. Janet Smith, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, 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)
Also, we vote on the next slate of board members for 2017-2018. Officers commit to serving (at least) 2 years. If you would like to be on the board or on a committee, please call or email Barbara Baynham. (Information below.)
President: Maureen Bly
Treasurer: Marvin Rogers
Secretary: Ginny Wilcox
Programs: Jennifer Kolmes
Saturday, March 11, 2017: Work session. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meet at 1770 Holford.
We will remove privet and other invasive plants from along the Trout lily trail. We cleared this trail of privet 10 or 12 years ago. But you know the soil contained MANY privet seeds just waiting for some room and sunshine so they could sprout. Now the small privet plants are getting large enough to start causing problems for the native plants again. So, we must take them out now. 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.
Sunday, April 2, 2017: Bird Walk with Reba Collins, certified Master Birder. 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., 1787 Holford Road. Let’s look for spring migrating birds in Spring Creek Forest. Come for a morning walk and learn to identify some of our resident and spring migrating birds. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable walking shoes. If it has been raining, mud boots are appropriate.
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. Meet at 4695 Ranger Drive behind Naaman Forest High School baseball fields. NOTE: this is a change in location from previous announcements.
We will pick up all the trash items that floated in during the recent flooding and heavy rains and we will make sure the trail is clear of debris. 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, April 29, 2017: Garland Trash Off
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.