Journal archives for September 2018

September 14, 2018

Keller BioBlitz Sept 29th 5pm-9:30pm


This is a PUBLIC EVENT OPEN TO EVERYONE, so feel free to invite anyone that would be interested in hanging out with some really great naturalists and iNaturalist's very best!


My birthday is coming up and my family always asks if there is anything I want. This year, I have a very loud YEAH!! A BIRTHDAY BIOBLITZ!! Absolutely nothing compares to sharing my time and passion with friends and family! And making new friends, too!!

We'll have a daylight BioBlitz from 5pm to 7pm to document all the living things at Overton Ridge Park in Keller (my new "pet iNat project,") followed by some blacklighting until 9:30pm to see the night time insects, too!

So, invite your friends, bring your bug spray, cameras, your blacklight setups, your family, and your hiking boots! I'll provide drinks and light snacks.

Here's a little about the location:
Overton Ridge Park (located at 821 Weybridge Lane, Keller, TX 76248) is an 8 acre neighborhood park that is being expanded by 11 acres to include a natural area. The developed part has a playground, basketball court, covered pavillion, outdoor grill, a water fountain, and 2 no-mow fields. (Note: NO bathrooms.) The exciting part is the expansion! It's the old wooded homesite of local sportscaster Dale Hansen. The house has been removed, but some of the old buildings remain (horse barn, grotto pool, tennis court). The majority of the site is covered in oak and hickory trees with a nice footpath up the hill to an overlook where the house used to be and an unmowed horse pasture. (Unfortunately no surface water, just a dried up drainage ditch.) The city has scheduled development in the next year or two, and I'd really like to show them the biodiversity already present so they will keep it as native as possible. If you are interested in bringing your mothing stuff, be advised that there are no electric hookups except one in the pavillion near security lights. There is no formal parking area yet, so parking is in a cul-de-sac area and along the neighborhood streets.

Here is a link to the observations I've made so far:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/overton-ridge-park-keller

Here is a map to the park:
https://goo.gl/maps/sJqdWZuHUoJ2

If you want to share the event on Facebook, here's a link for that:
https://www.facebook.com/events/335192733902391/

And absolutely no gifts... your presence is my present! The more the merrier!!!

Posted on September 14, 2018 03:23 by kimberlietx kimberlietx | 14 comments | Leave a comment

September 26, 2018

Overton Ridge Park BioBlitz Sept 29th 5pm-9:30pm

We'll have a daylight BioBlitz from 5pm to 7pm to document all the living things at Overton Ridge Park in Keller followed by some blacklighting until 9:30pm to see the night time insects, too!

So, invite your friends, bring your bug spray, cameras, your blacklight setups, your family, and your hiking boots! I'll provide drinks and light snacks.

Here's a little about the location:
Overton Ridge Park (located at 821 Weybridge Lane, Keller, TX 76248) is an 8 acre neighborhood park that is being expanded by 11 acres to include a natural area. The developed part has a playground, basketball court, covered pavillion, outdoor grill, a water fountain, and 2 no-mow fields. (Note: NO bathrooms.) The exciting part is the expansion! It's the old wooded homesite of local sportscaster Dale Hansen. The house has been removed, but some of the old buildings remain (horse barn, grotto pool, tennis court). The majority of the site is covered in oak and hickory trees with a nice footpath up the hill to an overlook where the house used to be and an unmowed horse pasture. (Unfortunately no surface water, just a dried up drainage ditch.) The city has scheduled development in the next year or two, and I'd really like to show them the biodiversity already present so they will keep it as native as possible. If you are interested in bringing your mothing stuff, be advised that there are no electric hookups except one in the pavillion near security lights. There is no formal parking area yet, so parking is in a cul-de-sac area and along the neighborhood streets.

The weather forecast for this weekend has been all over the board. The official plan is to carry on unless it's pouring rain. More importantly, though, I need to share some info on the mosquito situation in Keller. Approximately 5 miles from the park (as the uninfected crow flies), 2 Keller residents have confirmed West Nile in the last 3 weeks. Like many other cities in the metroplex, Keller has been spraying when positive samples are found, but to my knowledge that has not been near the park. If you have health issues or young children, please take precautions such as bug spray, long sleeves and pants, or even staying HOME if necessary!

Posted on September 26, 2018 20:01 by kimberlietx kimberlietx | 0 comments | Leave a comment