Apr 10 2021

Lights Out Texas: Statewide (March 1-June 15)

Mar 1 2021 - 11:00pm to Jun 15 2021 - 6:00am

Lights Out Texas launched last spring, led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The program encourages homeowners, building managers and businesses to turn out outdoor lights from March 1 to June 15  from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the spring bird migration in Texas. Turning off interior lights or closing drapes and shutters will also help to reduce light pollution. The peak migration window is between April 19 to May 7.

 

Lights Out Texas: Bird Survey - Dallas (April 1-May 27)

Apr 1 2021 - 6:00am to May 27 2021 - 8:00am
Perot Museum
Special Event Parking Lot
Dallas , TX

Texas Conservation Alliance and Perot Museum seek volunteers to help conduct bird survey for Lights Out Texas program. They will be surveying for 50 mornings from 6-8 a.m. focusing on a 10-building route to document bird deaths during spring migration due to building collesions.

PARKING: Enter the Perot Special Event/Permit Parking Lot by way of Field & River Streets. Push the intercom button at the gate and let security know you are there for Lights Out. They will admit you. 

WALK: We'll walk between 3-6 miles at a leisurely pace – comfortable shoes are recommended. 

CLOTHING: Light-colored clothing is a good idea for high visibility. You will be crossing many streets on foot. 

RESTROOMS: Available sporadically along the survey route

GEAR 

    •    A flashlight or headlamp helps you see birds pre-dawn.

    •    A camera phone, with the iNaturalist app https://www.inaturalist.org/ downloaded, helps you document your findings but is not required.   

Email [email protected] or [email protected]g to sign up, get specific dates and more info.

Event Website:

City of Plano: Rain Barrell and Compost Bin Sale - Online

Apr 1 2021 - 8:00am to Apr 15 2021 - 5:00pm
City of Plano Parkway Service Center
4120 West Plano Parkway
Plano , TX

Ivy Rain Barrel $70

Backyard Compost Bin $67 - Sold Out. 

Please add your name to our compost bin waitlist. We will contact you if we get more in stock: Waitlist

Pick up day is May 22, 2021, 9-11 a.m.

Ennis Garden Club: Bluebonnet Trails - Ennis (April 1-30)

Apr 1 2021 - 8:00am to Apr 30 2021 - 6:00pm
Ennis , TX

From April 1-30, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. These trails are the oldest such trails known in the state, and tens of thousands of visitors make the short trek to Ennis to view this wonderful wildflower show. In Ennis, the bluebonnets typically peak around the 3rd week of April, according to the Ennis Garden Club. This can vary year to year due to weather conditions and terrain, so please check website below or call 972-878-4748 before your visit.

Keep Flower Mound Beautiful: Spring Trash-Off - Flower Mound

Apr 9 2021 - 8:00am to Apr 11 2021 - 5:00pm
Flower Mound Town Hall
2121 Cross Timbers Road
Flower Mound , TX

Volunteers needed to help pick up trash. At the time of registration, you will be assigned a location where you can pick up trash at your convenience. Pick up your supplies at Flower Mound Town Hall starting Monday, April 5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. We will have giveaways and prizes for most trash collected, most recycles collected, and oddest item.

Info: [email protected] or (469)-828-9074. Pre-registration required: See website link below.

 

Southwest Nature Preserve: Bird Song Walk - Arlington

Apr 10 2021 - 8:00am to 10:00am
Southwest Nature Preserve
5201 Bowman Springs
Arlington , TX

Learn to ID birds by their calls at the Preserve. Charley Amos will guide us in our April 10 bird walk to ID birds using their calls.  A frequent visitor to the Southwest Nature Preserve, Charley has posted more than 600 sightings on iNaturalist. Free.

Friends of O.S. Gray Natural Area: Community Workday - Arlington

Apr 10 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
O.S. Gray Natural Area
2021 W. Abram St.
Arlington , TX

We will be working on our native vegetation restoration project in Rosser’s Meadow and our pollinator gardens. We’ll also be pulling privet and picking up litter.

Even though state mandates have been removed, we encourage everyone to adhere to safety guidelines - observe social distancing, wear a mask if you can't maintain distancing, please stay home if you are not feeling well.

Please bring your favorite shovel, pruning or gardening tools, work gloves, or litter picker upper.

We encourage you to wear appropriate clothing for the weather and for working in a natural area (long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, hat.

Water will be provided.

O.S. Gray Natural Area has no restroom facilities, but Kroger is near by.

Info: [email protected]

Keep Flower Mound Beautiful: Spring Recycling Drop Off - Flower Mound

Apr 10 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Flower Mound High School
3411 Peters Colony Rd Sagebrush @ Old Settlers
Flower Mound , TX

Do some spring cleaning without the guilt of putting more stuff in the landfill by bringing your things to KFMB Recycling Drop-Off Event! Volunteers will help take items out of your car and to the right location, so you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your own vehicle! See website link below for more info.

Eligible items include:Plastic Bags/Film, Razors/Blades, Eyeglasses, Wire Hangers, Mechanical Pencils, Markers, Pens, & Caps, Books, Clothing & Textiles, Housewares, Paper & Documents for Shredding, Electronic Waste, Expired Medication

Info: [email protected] or (469)-828-9074

Native Prairies Association of Texas, Blackland Chapter: Frankford Prairie Tour

Apr 10 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Frankford Prairie
17400 Muirfield Dr
Dallas , TX

Blackland Chapter NPAT and Frankford Preservation Foundation invites you to a guided tour of the four-acre native prairie at the Frankford site near the historic Frankford Church and Frankford Cemetery. Please come and enjoy the beauty of a North Texas prairie in spring. This is a wonderful opportunity  to learn more about the rare four-acre remnant of the Blackland Prairie.

Note: We respectfully ask that social distance (6ft.) is maintained and masks are worn/handy to ensure health and safety of all in attendance.

Read about Frankford Prairie here and here.

RSVP: Brenda Catlett at [email protected].

Directions: The church on the Frankford property is the historic little Frankford Church. When you turn on to Muirfield, drive past the modern stone Anglican church on your left and turn to the right in front of Frankford Church. Park facing the prairie on the asphalt in front of the church.

Event Website:

North Texas Renewable Energy Group: Small House Design & Construction - Zoom

Apr 10 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Zoom TX

Topic: Small House Design & Construction: Affordable, Net-zero Small Homes

Presenter: Travis Young, AIA, Owner, Studio Momentum Architects

Travis will look at the impact of zoning ordinances, deed restrictions, utility policy and building codes on the design, and construction of small affordable homes. He will focus on case studies and lessons learned.

Free.

Go to website link below for details and how to join meeting.