Journal archives for February 2024

04 February, 2024

Events coming up in DFW -- winter and spring 2024! :)

So, I'm going to start to accumulate a list of the gatherings/bioblitzes/surveys here in DFW. If you know of others, please toss me a message! And I'll try to toss more details on this post as I get them.

Feb 24 - Trinity River Audubon Center macroinvertebrate bioblitz!

March 23 - Bioblitz at Benbrook Lake Richardson Tract Limestone Prairie
Registration here:
9 a.m until noon, Old Granbury Rd, Crowley TX 76036

March 30 - Blacklighting at LLELA
7 PM until late - "barn owl ridge" -- enter through back gate at Fish Hatchery Road near LISDOLA. Pass through gate, and go north about 1 mile. Here's the GPS:'50.6%22N+96%C2%B056'11.1%22W/@33.064049,-96.9390023,914m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m4!3m3!8m2!3d33.064049!4d-96.936422?entry=ttu

April 6 - Bioblitz with Texas Nature Trackers at Post Oak Preserve in Dallas
1600 Bowers Rd, Seagoville, TX 75159
8 AM - 8 PM -- come and go! (with a welcome at 9 AM at Dallas Environmental Education Center and a wrap-up at 7 PM)

City Nature Challenge - April 26 - 29!
April 26 - 7 PM blacklighting at Mockingbird Nature Park in Midlothian
April 27 - 9 AM at Trinity River Audubon Center
April 27 - 10 AM at Sheri Capehart Nature Preserve in Arlington
April 27 - 10 AM Walsh Ranch Pocket Prairie Bioblitz in Parker County
April 27 - Bioblitz and blacklighting at Frisco Grand Park

There are some other state-wide bioblitzes coming up too -- check out @pfau_tarleton 's journal post:
I'm hoping to go to some of these too!

Posted on 04 February, 2024 01:10 by sambiology sambiology | 10 comments | Leave a comment

10 February, 2024

New master naturalist classes -- and their projects! Any ID/comment is most welcoming! :)

I'm super lucky to get to work with the Texas Master Naturalist program. And some of the absolute BEST iNatters in Texas are Master Naturalists! There are lots of chapters of this dedicated volunteer group throughout the state. If you're not familiar, here is the website:

Anyways, there are a couple new classes here in the DFW that have iNaturalist projects just for the new students! Please don't feel obligations, but if you're able to identify or comment on observations (even a little message of "cool critter!" or "great photos!" can be super meaningful), that'd be awesome.

Here's the North Texas Master Naturalist Class of 2024 project page:
And here's the ID page with verified observations included:

Here's the Blackland Prairie Master Naturalist Class of 2024 project page:
And here's the ID page with verified observations included:

I mention a little bit about the 'feedback loop' of ID's here on iNat. No doubt, it takes a bit of energy and time to identify things here on iNaturalist, but that's one of the most beautiful parts of the community -- each ID/comment is a "Welcome to the naturalist community!" sort of message! :)

Posted on 10 February, 2024 20:21 by sambiology sambiology | 6 comments | Leave a comment