The Beautify Texas Awards recognize efforts made by individuals and organizations to enhance their communities and protect Texas’ environment. These awards honor extraordinary volunteers, professionals, youth, educators, businesses, local/civic governments, organizations, and specific projects and programs. They are organized into two main categories, Individual Awards and Organizational Awards.
Feb 17 2024
Keep Texas Beautiful: Beautify Texas Awards - Nominations Open (Feb. 5-March 22)
Great Backyard Bird Count: Worldwide (Feb.16-19)
Observe birds at home, in parks or your other favorite places for as little as 15 minutes. Identify them, count them and submit them to help scientists better understand and protect birds around the world. If you already use eBird or Merlin, your submissions over the four days count towards GBBC.
RIver Legacy Living Science Center: Trinity Talk and Village Creek Drying Beds Walk - Arlington
Get to know the Trinity River while looking fabulous photos of a kayak trip down the West Fork through Arlington, as showcased in the River Legacy/Village Creek Drying Beds chapter in Wild DFW. Learn about how River Legacy would not exist had plans to widen and channelize the Trinity for a barge canal come to fruition, and the Dallas lawyer who saved the river, Ned Fritz (NedFritz.com). Find out how you can float the river from a water recreation professional, Teresa Patterson (ArlingtonKayakClasses.com).
Then we’ll take a short hike across River Legacy Park to the Village Creek Drying Beds next door where we’ll meet up with Charley Amos of Fort Worth Audubon Society(fwas.org) and Zachary Chapman of Cross Timbers Master Naturalists (txmn.org/CrossTimbers). We’ll recreate the Wild DFW chapter with a hike around the drying beds. Wildlife and waterfowl galore! Come get to know this mid-cities treasure while making observations for the Backyard Bird Count (BirdCount.org).
Expect to walk about two miles. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes—no flip flops or sandals. Sun hat or visor suggested. Bring binoculars.
Come early and visit the Forever Forest exhibit (RiverLegacy.org/ForeverForest).