- 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).
- May 2022 – The May program for PWWS will be in-person (and via Zoom) on Wednesday, May 11th, at 7 p.m. (snacks & social time at 6:30 p.m.). The speaker will be Paul Gregg and he will give a presentation entitled “Travels and Travails of a Spring Migration Bird Photographer“. This spring, Paul Gregg has visited some of the birding locations in our area and will share some of his experiences at various locations, mostly along the upper Texas coast. He has photos of a variety of warblers, vireos, grosbeaks, and others to share with the PWWS members and friends.
Join us at the Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston County Park located at 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd just east of Old Town Spring.
Paul enjoys bird photography and is pleased to share photos and narrative of his outings with over 500 recipients of his emails to the group he calls “Paul’s Peeps”. He is happily retired from the Adult Probation Department of Harris County, and also is retired from just over 29 years of combined active and reserve duty in the U. S. Air Force. He has a part-time job when needed at Wild Birds Unlimited in Kingwood. Paul and his wife, Carol, enjoy getting out of town to visit birding locations.
- April 2022 – The April program for PWWS was by Abbie Ince-Hendrickson who gave a talk entitled “Gardening for Wildlife”. If you missed the program & wish to view a recording, here is a link to it. Please view before May 10th. https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/UdyDdUZIbknujGvyiiN0DC6XcarLMrwtEPbM4FsAgqhssLkcZO8io_tJBl5otudc.kv1B0P6nGhh293gb
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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.
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.
- 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:
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.
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.
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.