Diario del proyecto Overton Ridge Park, Keller

07 de agosto de 2019

Fall BioBlitz Announced! Sept 28th 5pm-9:30pm

Keller BioBlitz Sept 28th 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!


Last year I had the first ever Birthday BioBlitz and it was such a hit, I'm going to do it again! Join me for some iNatting at one of my favorite parks, Overton Ridge Park in Keller, TX.

We'll have a daylight BioBlitz from 5pm to 7pm to document all the living things we can find, followed by some blacklighting until 9:30pm to see the night time insects, too! (Come and go as you like.)

So, invite your friends, bring your bug spray, cameras, your blacklight setups, your family, and your hiking boots! Rain or shine!

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 has been expanded by 11 acres to include an adjacent 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 for 2020, and we will share the results (as we did last year) with the city so they will hopefully 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 that have been made out there 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:
~Link Pending~

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

Anotado en 07 de agosto de 2019 a las 10:31 PM por kimberlietx kimberlietx | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

01 de octubre de 2018

First BioBlitz success!

The first Overton Ridge Park BioBlitz was a success! Thank you to everyone that came out! The observations are already looking wonderful!

I have created a separate project for the BioBlitz so we can have Leaderboards!
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/overton-ridge-park-bioblitz-fall-2018

Anotado en 01 de octubre de 2018 a las 04:20 AM por kimberlietx kimberlietx | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

26 de septiembre de 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!

Anotado en 26 de septiembre de 2018 a las 08:01 PM por kimberlietx kimberlietx | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

22 de agosto de 2018

2 unusual species today!

A great day at ORP! I came across two unusual species today (pending ID confirmation.)


Orange Epipagis Moth (Epipagis fenestralis)
2nd observation in DFW!



Dyscrasis hendeli (Ulidiidae, Picture-winged Flies)
1st observation in DFW, and 2nd on iNaturalist!

(The pictures aren't great, but I think it's enough to get an ID. Special thanks to my dog for "setting out the bait".)

Anotado en 22 de agosto de 2018 a las 11:49 PM por kimberlietx kimberlietx | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario