Oct 10 2023

Lights Out Texas: Fall Migration (Aug. 15 - Nov. 30)

Aug 15 2023 - 11:00pm to Nov 30 2023 - 6:00am
Texas TX

​Lights Out Texas is a campaign to turn off lights at night between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. during spring and fall wildbird migrations to help protect nocturnally migrating birds.

Originally launched in 2017 by Houston Audubon, Lights Out Texas has grown statewide and is facilitated by Audubon Texas in collaboration with conservation non-profits, universities, governmental organizations and Texans dedicated to the conservation of birds.

The full fall migration starts Aug. 15 and ends on Nov. 30.
The peak fall migration is Sept. 6 through Oct. 29.

City of Arlington: Value of Water Mini Poster Contest - Deadline Oct. 13

Sep 5 2023 - 8:00am to Oct 13 2023 - 5:00pm

The contest is for students who live or attend school in Arlington. Entries are due Oct. 13 and winners will be announced Oct. 19. One winner in each age group will receive water-themed books, fun STEAM-related kits, and other fun prizes.

Visit the website for more information on:

    •    Contest rules 

    •    Printable contest flyer

    •    Printables for pre-K students (From the EPA's WaterSense website)

    •    Resources for parents and educators

NCTCOG: DFW High-Speed Transportation Study - Online Public Comment (Deadline Oct. 10)

Sep 10 2023 - 8:00am to Oct 10 2023 - 5:00pm
Online TX

The public recently had several opportunities to weigh in on plans to connect Fort Worth, Arlington and Dallas with high-speed rail service. The North Central Texas Council of Governments held a series of four open houses in August and September to gauge the opinions of potential users of the system.

There is still time for the public to weigh in on the project before the end of the 30-day comment period. Comment here by Oct. 10 to provide feedback on the Fort Worth-to-Dallas line.

The formal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process of the Dallas-Fort Worth High-Speed Transportation Connections Study is set to kick off soon, during which the environmental and social impacts of the proposed route, which mostly follows Interstate Highway 30, will be evaluated. The NEPA process must be completed within a year of its start date. Once the line has been environmentally cleared, it will be easier to begin discussing funding mechanisms. Ultimately, the project could include some combination of public- and private-sector funds.



George W. Bush Presidential Center: Native Texas Park Tours - Dallas (Sept 30 - Nov. 18)

Sep 30 2023 - 10:00am to Nov 18 2023 - 11:00am
George W. Bush Presidential Center
2943 SMU Boulevard
Dallas , TX

The 15-acre Laura W. Bush Native Texas Park is open daily for self-guided tours from sunrise until sunset 365 days a year. Pets are welcome. Embark on either a self-guided or group tour through the beautiful and sustainable park, building and grounds.

Guided tours will be available for free every Saturday at 10 a.m. starting Sept. 30 through Nov. 18. Weather permitting.

Tours begin in the Freedom Plaza by the fountain.

Free. Sign up on the website link below.

Greater Fort Worth Sierra Club: Environmental & Nature Book Club - Fort Worth

Oct 10 2023 - 6:30pm
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
100 S Center Street Optimism Study Room
Arlington , TX

The book for our discussion will be Trees Don't Talk Anymore by Nigerian nature writer Fisayo Ajumobi. Fisayo will be with us for the meeting.

We will also discuss an article about bee keeping written by Ryan Giesecke.


Trees Don't Talk Anymore. Book by Fisayo Ajumobi - From a suckling bear cub that loses her mother, to a canary who was handicapped and couldn't find love, Woody and his friends care deeply for all the animals struggling in the forest. But everything changed when It walked in. Unlike the other animals, this was conscious of their presence as it looked at them with eyes that held more intelligence than they dared to admit. How little it looked, how vulnerable it seemed. How wrong the trees were to underestimate it. Woody will soon learn the complex ways of men as he is forced to let go of all that is dear to him; his home, his friends and takes a stand in a world that offers little for his kind. You can find on Amazon and other places.

Why Don’t Worker Bees Revolt? Article by Ryan Giesecke. He is a beekeeper and bee remover in Dallas, from whence he talks, writes and teaches about bees. He is a Texas Master Beekeeper, past president of several local beekeeping associations, and currently the president of the Texas Association of Professional Bee Removers. Ryan is a member of our book club and will be at the meeting.

Dallas Sierra Club: Plastic Reduction Project - Zoom

Oct 10 2023 - 7:00pm
Zoom TX

Plastic Reduction Project. Sean will share with us how his organization got started as an outgrowth of Sierra Club Austin and will walk us through their programs aimed at converting single-use foodware and food packaging models into reuse models with supportive outreach roles such as:

- Volunteers using an app to crowdsource data on the sustainability of local restaurants.

- Free consultations offered to restaurants on how to profitably go green.

- New initiatives underway for senior living facilities and for high schools.

Social: 6:45 p.m.
Meeting: 7 p.m.

Info: Victoria Howard, [email protected]