Meetings

  • The main feature of the monthly Piney Woods Wildlife Society meetings is a presentation about a wildlife, bird or another nature topic.
  • NOTE:  We are changing to have our monthly meetings on the third Tuesday starting September 2022, instead of on the third Wednesday.
  • Meetings are held monthly on every third Tuesday (except June, July and August) — occasionally, we have to move the meetings to the second Tuesday because of conflicts.  These meetings are held in person at the Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston County Park located at 709 Riley Fuzzel Road in Spring.  [See below for specific dates for each month.] This park is just east of Old Town Spring 0.2 miles east of the Hardy Toll Road, before you get to the Spring Creek Bridge (click the link to Google Maps above or see additional directions and map at the bottom of this page).  FYI, there are occasional exceptions to the third Tuesday meeting time — when the Big Stone Lodge has other commitments, we generally try to move to the second Tuesday.  Make sure to keep an eye here, on Facebook, or on the newsletter for exact dates & location.
  • The regular monthly meetings get underway at 7 p.m. with snack and social time beginning at 6:30 p.m. (when we meet in person).  For Spring 2022, our upcoming meeting date is May 11 (changed to 2nd Wed). For Fall 2022, we are moving meetings to TUESDAYS.  Our upcoming Fall meetings are Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, and Dec 13 (changed 2nd Tuesday to move away from Christmas time).

Upcoming Meeting(s)

  • September 2022 – The September program for PWWS entitled “Behind the Scenes at Mercer Botanic Gardens…Herbarium, Native Plant Programs and More” and will be presented by Anita A. Tiller (M.S.-Botany, Botanist) and Suzzanne M. Chapman (A.A.S.-Horticulture-former Mercer Botanical Collections Curator) of Mercer Botanic Gardens. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at 7 p.m. with social time starting at 6:30 p.m.
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    Please note:  As of the fall of 2022, PWWS meetings will be moving to the third Tuesday night of each month instead of the third Wednesday.
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  • May 2022 – The May program for PWWS was by Paul Gregg and entitled “Travels and Travails of a Spring Migration Bird Photographer“.   If you missed the program & wish to view a recording, here is a link to it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZNFb2LivlU

Hooded Warbler by Paul Gregg

Note:  If you don’t get the PWWS newsletters and wish to, you can sign up by clicking on the “register” link in the second paragraph at this web site:   https://pineywoodswildlifesociety.org/home/newsletters/

  • Mountain Lions in Texas:  If you missed the very interesting November 2021 PWWS Program on the current status of Mountain Lions in Texas, you can view the recorded program at the link below.
    Texas Mountain Lion. Photo from https://texasnativecats.org/

    We heard all about Mountain Lions in Texas from Monica Morrison, the founder of Texas Native Cats. This is an organization dedicated to providing education, outreach, and advocacy for Texas’ five species of native wild cats: mountain lions, bobcats, ocelots, jaguars, and jaguarundis.

    These beautiful animals persist mostly in west Texas with scattered sightings documented. Texas mountain lions face incredible odds. Hunting and trapping remain unregulated and unlimited as habitat shrinks across the state. They are classified as imperiled (S2)/threatened (S3) by TPWD. Learn how the Texas Native Cats organization is building an effort to help our apex predator, through education, collaboration, and strategic partnerships. Their web site is: https://texasnativecats.org/

    If you missed the live presentation, you can watch the YouTube recording if you wish.

    Texas Mountain Lion. Photo from https://texasnativecats.org/

    Texas Mountain Lion. Photo from https://texasnativecats.org/
  • PWWS monthly meetings take place at the Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston County Park.  Directions to meeting location for Wednesday meetings (709 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring, Texas):
  • Aldine-Westfield dead ends into Riley Fuzzel Road just northeast of Old Town Spring so there are several ways to get there:

    1. Take the Rayford/Sawdust exit and go east on Rayford Rd. After about 4 miles, take a right (south) onto Grand Parkway Frontage Road / Riley Fuzzel Road.  Drive 1.4 miles to the Dennis Johnston Park (on the right before Hardy Toll Road and after the Spring Creek Bridge).  Turn right into the park & drive all the way around following the curve to the left until you reach the Old Stone Lodge.

    2. From I45, take Spring-Cypress Road exit east and follow it across the railroad tracks to Aldine Westfield passing through Olde Town Spring.  Turn left onto Aldine Westfield and then right onto Riley Fuzzel for a short distance to get to Dennis Johnston Park.  It will be on the left just after Hardy Toll Road and before the Spring Creek Bridge. Turn left into the park & drive all the way around following the curve to the left until you reach the Old Stone Lodge.

    3. From Mercer Arboretum, take Aldine Westfield north until it dead ends into Riley Fuzzel. Turn right on Riley Fuzzel, go under the Hardy Toll Road freeway and turn left into Dennis Johnston Park (before the Spring Creek Bridge).  Drive all the way around following the curve to the left until you reach the Old Stone Lodge.

    Watch for a sign for the Park on the north side of Riley Fuzzel. You will need to drive all the way back to the Big Stone Lodge and the parking next to it.