May 14 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]perotmuseum.org to sign up, get specific dates and more info.

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Fort Worth Botanic Garden/BRIT: Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects - Fort Worth (May 6-Aug. 6)

May 6 2021 - 8:00am to Aug 1 2021 - 6:00pm
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd
Fort Worth , TX

Be amazed this summer at the award-winning exhibition by artist Sean Kenney. Kenney uses simple toy blocks to craft plants and animals, birds and insects, playing with our idea of scale and inviting a sense of wonder.

Free with admission.

Native Prairies Association of Texas: Prairie Bird-a-Thon - Online (May 13-June 14)

May 13 2021 - 7:00am to Jun 14 2021 - 11:45pm
Online TX

Support threatened bird populations and the habitat preservation work of NPAT. Just pledge a selected amount to donate per number of birds counted over a four week period. Pledges can be made from May 13 through June 14.

North Texas Renewable Energy Group: Net Zero Energy School Virtual Tour - Zoom

May 14 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Zoom TX

Jim Scrivner will present a virtual tour of Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving.

Zoom link on website link below.

Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve: Yucca Moth Evening Walk - Arlington

May 14 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Southwest Nature Preserve
5201 Bowman Springs Rd
Arlington , TX

John and Grace Darling will lead us on a walk through SWNP with emphasis on finding some active Yucca Moths, but we will look for any creature that happens by and hope we can name a few.

There is an extraordinary partnership between the yucca moth and the yucca plant. They are so interdependent that one cannot live without the other. The yucca moth is a nondescript, small, whitish moth that blends well with the color of the yucca blossoms where it spends most of its brief adult life. Males and females emerge from their cocoons in the spring, timed with the blossoming of the yucca plant.

Wear sturdy shoes or boots, maybe bring bug spray and water, and especially a good flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries. The walk back will be in the dark, so a good light will be essential.