MeadowFest rescheduled for June 3

Connemara MeadowFest 2017 LogoDue to the threat of potentially dangerous thunderstorms throughout the day and into the evening on Saturday, we have decided to reschedule the event for June 3.
We apologize for the inconvenience to our sponsors and those who have purchased tickets, but hope you can join us on June 3 for an evening of dinner, dancing and fun under the stars.
We will more updates and additional information in the coming weeks.
CLICK HERE for more ticket and sponsorship information.
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Join Connemara this weekend for City Nature Challenge

Connemara Conservancy iNaturalist imageYou are invited to join the Connemara Conservancy along with Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, the Audubon Society, and many others all weekend for the City Nature Challenge to see which city in Texas and nationwide can document the most species over the next five days.

It is easy to participate by joining an event, or making observations on your own using the iNaturalist app.

Connemara is hosting a gathering event Sunday in the Meadow Nature Preserve from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. which will provide a great way to spend some time Easter Sunday with the family enjoying nature.

The competition runs through Tuesday and it is easy to participate. With the iNaturalist app, you just take a picture of a plant or animal, and the community will help identify which species it is. Any observation in the greater metropolitan area of each city will count during the five day challenge. You can participate by exploring the life in your backyard, in your local park, or on a field trip with your local naturalist group.Check out the Nature Challenge home page for a leaderboard and additional resources.

ALL observations made within April 14 – 18 within the DFW metroplex will count to this challenge.  Observations have to be uploaded to iNaturalist before April 22.  No specific projects need to be joined.

You can also join the fun on Facebook.

Not only is this a competition between Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston, cities across the nation are participating. Hopefully, we can show the rest of the world that we do indeed have diversity in North Texas and we also have quite a few citizen scientists and naturalists and nature enthusiasts that care about it.  let’s show them what we got!

There are a number of gathering events scheduled for this weekend. Here are the locations, and times:

Friday, April 14…
9 am – noon: Breckinridge Park in Richardson
9 am – 11 am: White Rock Lake (Bath House) in Dallas
9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Twelve Hills Nature Center in Dallas
11:30 am – 1 pm: UNT campus (by student union and admin building) in Denton
1 pm – 4 pm: Bear Creek Nature Park in Lancaster
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm: The Mound in Flower Mound
7 pm – 10 pm: Cedar Ridge Preserve in Cedar Hill (mothing!)
7 pm – 10 pm: Mockingbird Nature Park in Midlothian (mothing!)

Saturday, April 15…
8 am – 11 am: LLELA in Lewisville
9 am – noon: OS Gray Natural Area in Arlington
9 am – noon: Marion Sansom Park in Fort Worth
9 am – 1 pm: Heard Museum in McKinney
10 am – 11:30 am: Twelve Hills Nature Center in Dallas (butterfly walk!)
1 pm – 4 pm: South West Nature Preserve in Arlington
1:30 pm – 3 pm: Fort Worth Nature Center in Fort Worth

Sunday, April 16 (Easter Sunday)…

9 am – 3 pm: Connemara Nature Preserve in Allen

Monday, April 17…

9 am – noon: Mike Lewis Park in Grand Prairie
1 pm – 4 pm: Cross Timbers Park in North Richland Hills

Tuesday, April 18…

9:30 am – 11 am: Blackland Prairie Conservatory & Atelier prairie in Dallas
4 pm – 7 pm: Tandy Hills Park in Fort Worth

The City Nature Challenge is organized by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences.

We hope to see you in the Meadow on Sunday.

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Connemara reintroducing Bobwhite Quail to North Texas

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Photo courtesy Chris Jackson, DFW Urban Wildlife

Chris Jackson of DFW Urban Life recently wrote about Connemara’s efforts, spearheaded by Meadow manager Bob Mione, to reintroduce the Northern Bobwhite Quail to North Texas.

Once common throughout North Texas, the Bobwhites have all but disappeared. Now Bob is leading an effort at in the Connemara Meadow along with a few other organizations to bring the Bobwhites back to Collin County.

CLICK HERE to read Chris’ story the project.

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More sponsors sign on for MeadowFest 2017

Connemara MeadowFest sponsor Neighborhood Management

Connemara MeadowFest sponsor Darling Homes

Connemara MeadowFest sponsor Whole FoodsThank you to Neighborhood Management, Darling Homes and Whole Foods Market, who have all signed on as the latest sponsors of MeadowFest 2017.

They join Emerson Partners, Gardens of Connemara, Montgomery Farm, Montgomery Farm Gardens, Montgomery Urban Tree Farm, Nine Band Brewing and Trademark Car Wash as sponsors of the event scheduled for April 29 at Bedside Manor at Montgomery Farm.

For more information, including online ticket sales, CLICK HERE.

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Save The Date For MeadowFest, April 29

 

Connemara Conservancy Allen Plano MeadowFest

Join the Connemara Conservancy for an evening of dinner, dancing and fun to celebrate the beauty of nature and Texas open space and to support our conservation efforts to restore critical habitats for Monarchs, bees and other pollinators.

  • Cocktails
  • Food truck
  • Photo Wagon
  • Outdoor Games
  • Music and Dancing
  • Tickets are $100 per person.

Sponsorships and individual tickets available.

Purchase Tickets or Sponsorships Online

Download Printable Sponsor Packet

Download Printable Individual Ticket Request

SPONSORED BY

Connemara MeadowFest sponsor Nine Band Brewing

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Thank You for your support of Connemara!

Connemara Conservancy easement Strain Family Farm

Among the more than 6,000 acres protected by Connemara are 121 acres of the Strain Family Farm in Dallas County. For over 100 years the Strain family has farmed this land near Lancaster. Today the family is dedicated to preserving open space as well as the agricultural history, culture and character for future generations.

All of us at the Connemara Conservancy want to thank everyone that made 2016 such a special year for land conservation in North Texas. [Read more…]

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Join our Adopt An Acre campaign to protect North Texas open space

As development continues to accelerate, open space plays a more important role in protection of our water supply.

At this time of giving, it is important to remember that one of the most important gifts we can leave for future generations is access to the beauty and wonders of nature. That’s why we hope that when you are making your end of year gifts you will include the Connemara Conservancy in your plans.

There is no doubt that the dramatic growth of North Texas over the past decade has put tremendous strain on our land and our natural resources. That’s why we are working hard with landowners, local governments and forward thinking developers to identify and protect open space throughout the area that will be important to ensuring that we are able to maintain our quality of life.

But there’s so much more to our land – and our work  – than just the acres on the ground, the sunsets, the hunting trips, the summers spent at the lakes and the wild places where imaginations can still roam free.

Conserving land provides many critical, long-lasting benefits. Protecting sensitive wetlands and the lands surrounding lakes, rivers and streams from development protects floodplains and keeps polluted runoff out of drinking water. Preventing more land from being covered in concrete ensures that more of the precious little water that falls has the ability to soak into the ground and our aquifers, replenishing our water supply and reducing the chance of serious flooding.

The need for conservation is growing

Connemara currently protects more than 6,000 acres of open space. In addition, we provide access to conservation education for thousands of students each year.

But our work is far from done. The demand for our services has never been greater.

That’s why we need your help.

Connemara relies on the generosity of people like you that believe in the importance of open space and conservation education.

Preserving our heritage

We invite you to read this year’s letter from Amy Williams Monier, who founded Connemara with her mother, Frances Williams, in the early 1980s.

Letter from co-founder Amy Monier Williams.

At the time, even though their farmland was surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of open space, they knew development was one its way and it was only a matter of time before their land would be surrounded by homes and shopping centers.

That day has arrived.

By establishing the Connemara Conservancy and setting aside 72 acres of their most pristine property as the Meadow Nature Preserve to be protected and enjoyed forever, however, they made sure that every generation to come would have access to the beautiful landscape that generations of their family had enjoyed.

Now we ask you to help us continue the important work by Amy and her mother over three decades ago by visiting our contribution page and making a gift to Connemara. As Frances was fond of saying: “Remember that even the most modest gift gives grace to the giver.”

Best wishes for a Happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

Connemara Conservancy Board of Trustees.
Mark Yarbrough, president
Beverly Coghlan, vice president
Sherry Englande Brown, treasurer
Bob Mione, Meadow Steering Committee chair
Ross Obermeyer
Dr. Eileen Tollett
Jim Watkins
Scott White, secretary

Click Here To Make Your Gift To Connemara

 

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Jim Watkins named to Connemara board

Connemara welcomes Jim Watkins of Rockwall to the Connemara Conservancy Board of Trustees.

Jim is a software engineer with extensive experience in managing organizations, sales and business development, nurturing and developing customers, managing software development, process improvement, and personnel acquisition, development and retention.

He currently serves as Chief Technology Officer for VolunteerNow. Prior to joining VolunteerNow, he was Sales Director/Program Manager for Precision Technology Inc. after three decades in various management positions at Texas Instruments.

He also has been a long-time supporter of Connemara and our mission of protecting open space and providing environmental education throughout North Texas.

Welcome to the board, Jim.

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“Art In The Meadow” is Sunday

Tomorrow is the day to spend the afternoon with your family in the Meadow Nature Preserve. From 1 to 6 p.m. we will partner with the Allen Arts Alliance to present “Art In The Meadow,” an afternoon of art and fun for the entire family.

The event is free and open to the public. [Read more…]

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Thank You!

As development continues to accelerate, open space plays a more important role in protection of our water supply.

Thank you to everyone that supported Connemara on North Texas Giving Day!

You generous gifts will help us continue to protect open space and provide environmental education throughout North Texas.

If you would like to join our effort, send us an e-mail at info@connemaraconservancy.org. We have volunteer needs in a variety of areas.

 

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