Saturday, July 16, An Evening at SCNP, Looking for Arachnids
Meghan Cassidy will lead us on a spider walk focusing on the types of spiders commonly found at SWNP. Meghan will cover high level information about the natural history of some of these spiders, why spiders are ecologically important (and not scary!), cover the 2 types of medically significant spiders that can be found in Texas along with precautions, as well as handing out an informational pamphlet she has created, including photos of spiders from SWNP! As we walk around, we’ll encounter other invertebrates (such as insects), so Meghan will give some impromptu information on any insects we come across as well!
Meghan is a photographer, and an arachnology enthusiast living in the DFW area. Originally from the east coast, she relocated to Texas 10 years ago and began studying Texas’ invertebrates in her free time, with a special focus on arachnids and arachnid diversity!
We will meet in the amphitheater that overlooks the south pond. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, maybe bring bug spray and water, and especially a good flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries. The walk back will be in the dark, so a good light will be essential.
Evening Walk, Looking for Yucca Moths
John and Grace Darling, Leaders
Photos and Comments by Dana Austin & A. Corboy
John and Grace Darling led us on a walk through SCNP with emphasis on finding some active Yucca Moths in the Glen Rose Yucca Meadow.
Before we started walking, John and Grace provided some background on Yucca Moths. For example, male and female moths emerge from their cocoons in the spring, timed with the blossoming of the yucca plant. There is an extraordinary partnership between the yucca moth and the yucca plant. They are so interdependent that one cannot live without the other, referred to as mutualism.
SEEING and REMEMBERING your visit to SCNP – with the camera app on your smartphone, presented by Jim Domke
In the April program Jim Domke shared his tips for taking better nature photos with a smartphone, including how to use depth of field to highlight your subject, how to take advantage of the lighting provided by a cloudy day, and how shooting from a different angle can enhance your photos. Jim’s presentation used his photos from the nature preserve to illustrate his points.
All were wonderful – some dramatic, some peaceful, all lovely images of the nature preserve. The presentation is an excellent way to see the results of paying attention to details!
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Don’t Fear the Creeper – That was the title Michael gave to his program about how to help with fear of animals and nature. We humans come fully equipped to respond to nature with wonder, gratitude, amazement – and sometimes with fear and revulsion. Our brain and body can warn us of danger, but if that alarm system overreacts, we may come to fear things that are not really dangerous. That is especially true for spiders and snakes, but we can become afraid of lots of things in nature.
Michael talked about how those fears can get started and how we can decrease fears of things in nature. What can we do to become less afraid? Michael drew on his career as a Psychological Associate to give some answers. The rationale for what’s called “exposure therapy” is that gently, gradually confronting what we fear in a safe context lessens the fear. Michael suggested multiple ways to deal with these fears, many captured in a list of helpful strategies for dealing with fear and anxiety.
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By Jim Frisinger
Our 10 bird counters tallied 35 species and 185 birds during the two-hour Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 19 at the Sheri Capehart Nature Preserve. A Western meadowlark was ID’d for the first time in the 15 years we have been counting.
Record numbers of turkey vultures, white-winged doves and red-winged blackbirds were also counted. Sadly, no yellow-rumped warblers were spotted this year for the first time.
Below is our species list we submitted as part of the worldwide citizen count.
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Photos Top Row: Carolina wren (Annabelle Corboy), turkey vulture (Jim Frisinger), Ruby-crowned kinglet (Annabelle Corboy)Photos Bottom Row: Cyndi Golden points to a bird on Boulder Hill. (photo by Michael Golden), After a job well done: Annabelle Corboy, Amy, Hannah and Greg Snyder and Lynn Healy (Photo by Laura Capik), Tallying up the the bird count at the end of the morning, from left, Kathy Draves, Jim Frisinger and Laura Capik (photo by Michael Golden)