The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department is a steward of its resources and is committed to maintaining an accurate inventory of its natural assets. Urban Biologist Brett Johnson is responsible for leading a natural resource management plan for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.
Some key components of that plan include: implementing a feral hog trapping program to reduce feral hog damage on parks properties, get a restoration program in place for the unique blackland prairie remnants at White Rock Lake, conducting an inventory of natural resource assets within Dallas Parks properties, and increasing pollinator conservation areas around the city.
Invite our Urban Biologist to speak at your next community event or workshop. Please complete to submit a request: Speakers Request Form
Bio Blitz 2021
Good luck on this month’s quest finding the local pollinators of Dallas!
Thanks to the National Recreation and Park Association and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department is hosting a BioBlitz for the whole month of September in support of the Parks for Pollinators campaign.
The observations collected through the iNaturalist app shows good intel on how we can better protect pollinators and native species in our community. This is a wonderful outdoor activity to do with family, friends, or individually! Below are two ways you can participate!
Option 1: Collect as many different species all month long. The winner with the most observations gets a social media shout out.
Option 2: Dallas BioBlitz Scavenger Hunt
All month you can score as many points as possible with the finds you record using the iNaturalist app. See the points scale:
- 10 POINTS: White Rock Lake---Little Bluestem + 5 other species
- 10 POINTS: Harry S. Moss---Eastern gama grass + 5 other species
- 10 POINTS: Crawford Memorial Park---Milkweed + 5 other species
- 10 POINTS: Cedar Ridge Preserve—Prickly Pear Cactus + 5 other species
- 10 POINTS: Kidd Springs Park---Pollinator in the pollinator garden + 5 other species
- 10 POINTS: Everglade Park---Butterfly in the pollinator garden + 5 other species
- 10 POINTS: LB Houston Natural Area—Privet + 5 other species
- 10 POINTS: Kiest Park---Plains Coreopsis + 5 other species
- Anywhere in Dallas:
- 10 POINTS: Monarch Butterfly
- 10 POINTS: Ash tree
- 1 POINT PER OBSERVATION AFTER COMPLETING THE SCAVENGER HUNT
*BONUS 20 POINTS*: Taking a selfie at a park and posting it on Instagram with the hashtag #DallasBioBlitz2021
The top three with the most points will earn special prizes that include a private outdoor activity for the winner and invited guests
Get to it and stay hydrated! Also check out the special pollinator presentation that will be near the Bath House at White Rock Lake on September 11 at 10:00 a.m. given by Brett Johnson, Senior Environmental Coordinator and Urban Biologist.
Adopt a Prairie Program
The Adopt-A-Prairie Program gives volunteer groups the opportunity to engage in the restoration and maintenance of the Blackland Prairie remnants found in Dallas parks. Fourteen prairie remnants totaling more than 162 acres have been identified, of which seven prairie parcels have been adopted by various groups. The prairie remnants were assessed based on their biological diversity, abundance of invasive species and overall management challenges. Learn how you or your organization can adopt a prairie by submitting an Adopt a Prairie Form.
Dallas Park and Recreation Curbing the Feral Hog ProblemFeral Hogs are threatening Dallas' Big Spring. Watch what Dallas Park and Recreation is doing to curb the problem, as reported on WFAA-TV.
Great Trinity Forest
Urban Biologist Brett Johnson featured on WFAA-TV's Good Morning Texas.