Arlington Municipal Airport Conference Room (2nd floor)
5000 S. Collins
Please join us for a semi-annual planning and social meeting of the Friends of the Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve (previously, New York Avenue Blackland Prairie).
If you have questions or discussion topics to add, please e-mail.
RSVP is appreciated but not required.
….Then as to scenery (giving my own thought and feeling,) while I know the standard claim is that Yosemite, Niagara falls, the upper Yellowstone and the like, afford the greatest natural shows, I am not so sure but the Prairies and the Plains, while less stunning at first sight, last longer, fill the esthetic sense fuller, precede all the rest, and make North America’s characteristic landscape.
Indeed through the whole of this journey, with all its shows and varieties, what most impress’d me, and will longest remain with me, are these same prairies. Day after day, and night after night, to my eyes, to all my senses—the esthetic one most of all—they silently and broadly unfolded. Even their simplest statistics are sublime.
Walt Whitman, 1897, “America’s Characteristic Landscape” printed in “Specimen Days”
In this TEDx talk, Carol Davit explains why we need to save what remains of our tallgrass prairies. Her perspective is an exemplary way to think and talk about prairie conservation. Ms Davit is Executive Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Although she speaks of Missouri prairies, almost all of her statements are equally true for Texas prairies.
Thanks to North Texas Master Naturalists for their new booklet: Backland Prairies: Guide to 100 Common Species. You’ll find many of these species at Backland Prairie Nature Preserve. The guide includes plants, birds, mammas, reptiles, insects and more….very useful!