Birding & Wildlife Viewing

The Walnut Grove National Recreational Trail and Bob Jones Park are listed on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Prairie and Pineywoods Trail, Colleyville Loop. Check out the trail and loops.

In 2009 the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve was voted the best place to view Cross Timbers wildlife, including almost 300 species of resident and migratory birds. Turkey and deer are seen on a regular basis. Tracks of opossums, raccoons, coyote and bobcat are regularly seen along the trails. Butterflies and dragonflies flutter among the numerous wildflowers on the Preserve, the Corps land, and Bob Jones Park. Texas spiny lizards bask around the Nature Center facility.

Southlake Ornithological Society Bird Hikes

Check the calendar for scheduled birding hikes offered by the Southlake Ornithological Society. There is no charge for the hikes. The hikes last about 2 to 2.5 hours. Please see additional notes below. 

January 2013 Hike Schedule

Saturday, January 5 - 8:00am  - North Walnut Grove Trail (see below)
Wednesday, January 9 - 8:00am - Bob Jones Park Trail (see below)
Saturday, January 12 - 8:00am - Quail Creek Trail (see below)
Saturday, January 19 - 8:00am - North Walnut Grove Trail (see below)
Sunday, January 20 - 8:00am - Quail Creek Trail (see below)
Sunday, January 27 - 8:00am - Bob Jones Park Trail (see below)

Directions:

North Walnut Grove Trail

Go north on White Chapel Road from Hwy 114. Continue past East Bob Jones Road until you come to the end of White Chapel. There will be a gravel parking lot there. The hike begins in the parking lot.

Quail Creek Trail

Go north on Carroll Avenue from Hwy 114 until you come to its end at Burney Lane. Turn left on Burney Lane and go 200 yards. Turn left on Harbor Court. Park on the street in front of 890 Harbor Court to begin the hike.

Bob Jones Park Trail

Go north on White Chapel Road from Hwy 114. Continue straight past the round about at Dove until you come to Bob Jones Park on the right. Turn right into the park at the first entrance that has a stone marker. This is just north of the baseball fields. After turning into the park continue around the curve until you come to the parking lot on the right last the dog park. The hike begins in the parking lot.

Special Notes:

  • Even with the cooler weather, bring insect repellantand water on all hikes.
  • If it has rained the day or two prior to the hike, wear waterprooof shoes if possible, or at least shoes that the mud will not ruin.
  • If it is raining at the start time, the hike will be cancelled.
  • All hikes are medium difficulty trails, but the pace is slow.
  • Depending on temperature, layered clothing is usually best. The hikes can start cool and end much warmer.  Most of the trails are protected from the wind and the hikes are reasonably comfortable even on freezing days.
  • These hikes are designed for adults but children with a strong interest in birding may be invited.
  • To get maximum benefit from the hikes, binoculars are needed.
  • If you are interested in photography, we do stop periodically for ecology photo shoots.

Special Events

Friday, January 18 - 10:15am
Special Hike at the Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve

This is a special hike for the Southlake seniors.  Sponsored by the Bob Jones Nature Center, it is open to those from the Southlake Senior Center.  If you know someone i this group, encourage them to grab some binoculars and come out to enjoy some of the common  birds in the Preserve.  There is walking involved.  Contact the Bob Jones Nature Center - 817-491-6333 - for additional information. 

Saturday, January 26 - 2:00pm
Kickoff Event for the Celebration of Grapevine's Bird Sanctuary Week at the Grapevine Library
"Giving CPR to the Birds through Habitat Protection" by Dr. Ray Chancellor

Dr. Ray Chancellor will discuss birds of the local area and how important the protecte habitat of the backyard and community open land is both to their global survival and local ecology.  It will also be a wonderful time to learn how to make your backyard wildlifefriendly.  He will share his personal photographs that have been taken over the last 40 years in the local ecosystem and his own backyard. 

This event is op-en to all and is appropriate for anyone interested in birds, ecology, habitat, or considerations for the backyard landscaping as the City of Grapevine celebrates its proclamation first introduced 40 years ago. 

News from the Nature Center

Naturally Sweet 6 is the Event of the Year! Find out more here.

Signage coming to Bluebird Trail thanks to Leadership Southlake! Check out this video to learn more.

NBC 5 aired a story on Talk Street about Bob Jones and the Nature Center in celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 5:00 PM.
Here's a link to the related print story.

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