May 2 2022

Lights Out Texas (March 1-June 15)

Mar 1 2022 - 11:00pm to Jun 15 2022 - 6:00am

Lights Out Texas is a campaign of education, awareness, and action that focuses on turning out lights at night during the spring and fall migrations to help protect the billions of migratory birds that fly over Texas annually.

Lights Out Texas advocates say darkening city skies is most crucial during spring migration's peak, from April 22 to around May 12.

The Nature Conservancy: Clymer Meadow Preserve Tours - Celeste (April 23-June 18)

Apr 23 2022 - 9:00am to Jun 18 2022 - 12:00pm
Tours will meet at different locations – information will be sent with RSVP confirmation.  Celeste , TX

Walk among the wildflowers during our Spring Tours of the Clymer Meadow Preserve. Don’t miss your chance to visit this picturesque 1,450-acre preserve, which contains one of the last remnants of the Blackland Prairie— an imperiled ecosystem comprised of numerous bird, butterfly and wildflower species. You’ll immerse yourself in the beauty and color of true Texas prairie while learning about the history and ecology of our native grasslands. Grab your binoculars and camera, pack a picnic lunch, and get back to nature.

You have four opportunities to visit the Preserve:

9 a.m. - April 23 – Celebrate Earth Day on the Prairie!    RSVP by 4/18
9 a.m. - May 14 – Dickcissel Spring Tour    RSVP by 5/9
9 a.m. - May 21 – Spring Wildflower Tour (36th Year!)   RSVP by 5/16
8 a.m. - June 18 – Prairie Rose Tour    RSVP by 6/13

Tours will meet at different locations – information will be sent with RSVP confirmation. We recommend wearing a hat, long pants and closed-toed shoes. You may also wish to bring insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat, binoculars, camera, lunch, and a water bottle. Tours are rain or shine!

RSVP: Brandon Belcher, North Texas Preserves Manager, at 903-752-0676 or Brandon.Belcher@tnc.org

iNaturalist: City Nature Challenge - DFW (April 29-May 2)

Apr 29 2022 - 7:00am to May 2 2022 - 11:45pm
DFW TX

Join Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, the Nature Conservancy, the Audubon Society and many others in a fun challenge to see which city can document the most species during April 29 - May 2. It is easy to participate by joining an event or making observations on your own using the iNaturalist app.

With the iNaturalist app, you just take a picture of a plant or animal, and the community will help identify, which species it is. Any observation in the greater metropolitan area of Dallas/Fort Worth will count during the four day challenge. You can participate by exploring the life in your backyard, in your local park, or on a field trip with your local naturalist group. You can also help with IDs for other people's observations to increase our species count, come to a bioblitz, or even hold your own event!

The City Nature Challenge is organized by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences.

Info: Sam.kieschnick@tpwd.texas.gov 

Connemara Conservancy: Meet the Meadow Walk - Allen

May 2 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Connemara Meadow
Rowlett Creek Bridge near Connemara Meadow entrance
Allen , TX

Enjoy a guided trail walk on the meadow. May walks will be held on Monday, May 2 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. This is an introductory trail walk, which is appropriate for families and those new to The Meadow. Walks are led by Texas Master Naturalists and Meadow Volunteers.

Meet at the metal bridge over Rowlett Creek close to The Meadow entrance. More details and directions on event page.

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve: Bioblitz - Dallas

May 2 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve
2875 Pierce St.
Dallas , TX

Join our North Texas Program Director Amber Arseneaux for a guided hike during the City Nature Challenge to see if we can get Oak Cliff Nature Preserve on the map! No experience necessary, just join us for a fun hike around the preserve where we will identify and documents as many plants and animals as we can, and teach everyone how to use the app iNaturalist.

If you haven’t used iNaturalist before, check out this quick tutorial (https://youtu.be/kUyFBeTz1zM) — or a longer, more detailed instructional video (https://youtu.be/LiqwvQHFEIo).

This hike is free, but donations to support our conservation work are encouraged! Children are welcome, if accompanied by an adult.