August Yoga in the Meadow Schedule Announced

Connemara Yoga In The MeadowMore classes and new payment options have been added for Connemara’s Yoga In The Meadow program presented by The Yogi Treehouse.

The schedule for August is as follows:

  • Sundays, 9-10 a.m. — Morning Flow
  • Mondays, 9-10 a.m. — Morning Flow
  • Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m. — Sunset Flow
  • Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m. — Morning Flow
  • Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. — Sunset Flow
  • Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. — Morning Flow

Special events in August include:

  • Full Moon Meditation — Aug. 3, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Kids Yoga In The Meadow — Aug. 8 & 22, 9-10 a.m.
  • Yoga Nidra — Aug. 29, 9-11 a.m.

We also now have two payment options to choose from:

Single class donations

or

Monthly yoga memberships 

A portion of all yoga proceeds goes toward Connemara Meadow restoration and maintenance. 

Come join us for Yoga in The Meadow!

Connemara teams with community partners to bring back Bobwhites

Connemara BobwhiteSeveral years ago, the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA), under the direction of Dr. Ken Steigman, began releasing Northern Bobwhite quail in order to restore them to the LLELA nature area.  About the same time, the Connemara Conservancy Meadow Nature Preserve began to do the same thing, as Bobwhites had last been seen in the Meadow in 1999.

During the Summer of 2019, two pair of the released Bobwhites in the Meadow successfully hatched and raised chicks.  This was a major milestone accomplishment and led to a meeting between LLELA and Connemara last December to discuss various techniques, lessons learned and plans for the future.  One of the action items agreed to at the meeting was to jointly sponsor a Bobwhite restoration workshop as soon as possible in 2020 in order to interest other nature areas and localities in the possibility of restoring Bobwhites at their locations.

The Heard Museum agreed to host the workshop with attendees from the cities of Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen, the Ft. Worth Nature Center, the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, the Heard Museum and Nature Center, various representatives from local Audubon chapters and the president of the East Texas Bobwhite Restoration chapter among other interested individuals attending the event on Jan 24, 2020.  Various presentations were made throughout the workshop with the idea of encouraging other organizations and individuals to get on the Bobwhite restoration bandwagon.

Bobwhites released at Connemara Nature PreserveIn early Spring of 2020, the City of Plano and the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center opted in for Bobwhite restoration and began close cooperation with Connemara. In April, 2020, Kristen and Mark Payne, long-time supporters of the Bobwhite restoration effort at the Meadow, delivered 215 four-week old chicks to the Meadow.  These chicks were fed a diet that included medication to take care of internal parasites and other diseases.

Of the 215 delivered, 205 survived thanks to the constant care provided by Steve Thier, a volunteer at the Meadow.  An agreement was reached with LLELA, the City of Plano, and the Raptor Center that each organization would take about 1/4 of the Bobwhites to be released at their locations. Prior to the release, volunteers at LLELA were able to take photos of two broods of chicks from Bobwhites released in 2019 at the LLELA Nature area providing proof that the release effort at LLELA was working.  The 2020 release process began with the City of Plano in early June, then with LLELA, and finished with the Raptor Center on June 27th.  In each case, Bobwhites were taken from the Meadow, placed in “holding pens” for a few days in order for them to get used to their new surroundings, and then released. The Meadow released their Bobwhites on the 29th of June.  The efforts at the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center a credit to Lorelei Sterlin, with Kym Hughs and Ann Fuller leading the way with the City of Plano.

A long-term goal of the restoration effort is for the Bobwhite populations at each location to begin reproducing on their own.  Another goal is to interest other cities, nature areas and private landowners in Bobwhite restoration so that this iconic ground nesting bird of Texas can return to its Blackland Prairie roots.  Each of the organizations involved in the Bobwhite restoration effort recognizes that this is a long-term effort, stretching over 5 years or more.  We hope by working together and sharing information/techniques that our success rate of the released Bobwhites producing and successfully raising new chicks will continue to increase. 

Bobwhites in Connemara MeadowAs Ken Steigman told the members of our Bobwhite restoration workshop, “prior year’s releases have revealed that these birds disperse much farther than many people realize.  In addition to sharing ideas and birds, another reason we are working together in an attempt to create a metapopulation of bobwhites in adjacent cities and towns are the many natural corridors that currently exist in this region, and more that can be created by habitat restoration.  

Bobwhites are short-lived birds.  When bad years occur due to drought or extreme winters (and they will), some local populations may be diminished below the minimum covey density for survival. It is our hope that surviving birds from these adjacent populations will repopulate habitats during the next breeding season utilizing these corridors.

For more information or to volunteer to join our Bobwhite restoration efforts, contact Connemara Board President and Meadow Manager Bob Mione at meadowmanager@connemaraconservancy.org or 214.534.1900.

Connemara elects officers for 2020-2021 fiscal year

The Connemara Conservancy board of directors has elected long-time Meadow Manager Bob Mione as its president for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Officers for the coming year will be:

  • President — Bob Mione
  • Vice-President — Jim Watkins
  • Secretary — Scott White
  • Treasurer — Sherry Englande Brown
  • Easement Transition — Mark Yarbrough

Beverly Coghlan, Sue Kacines, Ross Obermeyer and Dr. Eileen Tollett join Bob, Jim, Sherry, Mark and Scott to complete the board of directors.

 

More “Yoga In The Meadow” classes added for July (updated)

Connemara Yoga In The Meadow
Due to the overwhelming success of our Saturday morning Yoga classes, we are adding more Yoga In The Meadow programs in July.

Starting in July, Yoga will be offered at the following days and times weekly:

  • Sundays, 9 a.m. — Morning Flow with Kat
  • Tuesdays, 7 p.m. — Sunset Yoga with Melissa
  • Wednesdays, 9 a.m. — Morning Flow with Christi (Begins July 8)
  • Thursdays, 7 p.m. — Sunset Yoga with Melissa (Begins July 9)
  • Saturdays, 9 a.m. — Morning Flow with Melissa
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Connemara Kids YogaIn addition we will offer a Kids Yoga in the Meadow program on Saturday, July 11 at  9 a.m.

If that event turns out to be successful we will consider offering the classes on a regular basis.

Bring your own mat and old blanket to put under mat.  Insect repellant is recommended.

All ages and experience levels are welcome.

Reserve your place by clicking here

Visit our event calendar for schedule

Yoga in the Meadow

Connemara Yoga In The Meadow

Join us every Saturday morning at 9 for Yoga in the Pecan Grove.

Experience Mother Nature at her best!   

Bring your own mat and old blanket to put under mat.  Insect repellant is recommended. 

All ages and experience levels are welcome.

Get your ticket here

 

Thank you for your support!

Thank you to everyone who supported Connemara during North Texas Giving Day onTuesday!

Your gifts will help us expand our restoration efforts and conservation education programs in the Meadow Nature Preserve.

We look forward to seeing you in the Meadow, which is open daily dawn to dusk.

May and June bird walks canceled

The bird walks scheduled for May 3 and June 6 have been canceled as we observe restrictions regarding social gatherings.

The Meadow remains open, however, and we encourage you to enjoy the great outdoors at your leisure.

Thank you for your understanding and stay safe.

Another way to show your support for Connemara

In times like these, more people than ever are re-connecting with nature as a way to address both their mental and physical health. And for many, the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve has become the place to go to enjoy the beauty and restorative benefits of unspoiled nature.

On Tuesday, May 5, we will be participating in Giving Tuesday Now, the collaborative effort of the Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day, the Dallas Cowboys, and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to raise much needed funds for area non-profit organizations.

Please consider making a donation to the Connemara Conservancy as a way to show your support for our efforts to preserve and protect open space in North Texas.

The good news is that you do not have to wait until May 5 to make your donation. You can make your gift now by visiting our page on NorthTexasGivingDay.org

April 4 Bird Walk Canceled

The bird walk scheduled for Saturday, April 4, has been canceled as we observe current restrictions regarding social gatherings.

The Meadow remains open, however, and we encourage you to enjoy the great outdoors at your leisure.

Thank you for your understanding and stay safe.

Cleanup Day In The Meadow Postponed

The Cleanup Day in the Meadow scheduled for Saturday, March 21, has been postponed.

When the event is rescheduled, we will announce it here as well as through our social media platforms.

Thank you for your understanding and stay safe.

 

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