Mitchell Lake Audubon CenterMitchell Lake Audubon Center partnered with the McNay Art Museum for an Art & Ecology Workshop: Walking & Making with Nature in conjunction with their current exhibit, NATURE CULT by local artist Donald Moffett. We had a great time leading a tour around their scenic grounds and gathering materials for our natural art, followed by a docent-led tour of the exhibit. Keep an eye out for future workshops with our partners across town.
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center is a great resource for all things birdy. August is full of fun programs for all ages:
- Guided Bird Tours
- Bird Bingo
- Saturday Habitat Clean-Up
- Beginner Bird Walks
- Webinar: The History and Nature of Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
Green spaces play an important role in our daily lives, providing both social and environmental benefits. With the help of local organizations, Trinity River Audubon Center hosted our Community Event on April 2. Visitors enjoyed free activities including horseback riding, guided hikes, and even a drum circle!
Trinity River Audubon Center
Our dedicated volunteers helped enrich the community with smiling faces and shared their love of the outdoors, and we could not have done this without them! We would also like to send a special thank you to our partners who participated in the event, including Dallas Public Library, City of Dallas Office of Arts & Culture, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Chicana in Nature, Yoga with KJ, River Ranch Texas Horse Park, Window to the Wild, North Texas Master Naturalists, PHAT Man’s BBQ Truck, The Writer’s Garret, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Sal Barron Mexican Folk Art, Kamica King Musician, and Chrysalis Healing Arts.
With the support of our volunteers, partners and community, we will continue to recognize, celebrate and uplift community green spaces. Mark your calendar for the second Saturday in April for our 2023 Community Event.
Photos from the event!
MOTUS Tower at TRAC!
The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is an international network that tracks migratory animals to better understand their ecology and conservation needs. Trinity River Audubon Center recently installed a Motus Tower to track migratory birds utilizing the various habitats at our center. Documenting the presence of certain bird species and bird diversity helps us determine the effectiveness of our restoration work and which animals are relying on the work that we do.
Watch a fun video of our installation! You can also track the different tagged species that our tower detects.
In mid-May, an experienced birder recorded observing a male Golden-cheeked Warbler at Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center. Birders who were alerted to the rare bird sighting made diligent efforts during the next week to locate the bird and confirm its presence on the property. Photographs and audio recordings were uploaded to eBird by various observers between May 18 and 21. Birders continued to report its presence through at least May 26.
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Dogwood Canyon’s property is known to historically host nesting Golden-cheeked Warblers. However, prior to this spring, the species had not been documented in the area, or even Dallas County, for more than a decade. The conservation efforts at Dogwood Canyon have always been undertaken with the knowledge, and hope, that the species could return if the specialized juniper-oak woodland habitat required by the bird was preserved. While we do not know whether this specific bird was engaging in nesting activities this spring, and we only have speculations as to what may have caused it to expand its range this year, it is a promising story of the conservation efforts at Dogwood Canyon and in the greater nature corridor area of Cedar Hill and southwest Dallas County.
Documented sightings of this rare visitor can be found on eBird. Read more on the Audubon Texas blog page and listen to this podcast by Texas Green Report.
To view the complete list of events at all 3 of our Centers, visit the Audubon Texas website Events page.