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(VH) TMN Field Research with Lights Out Texas Dallas Bird Count

May 20, 2021 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 am

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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until May 27, 2021

Hi there BPTMN!

Looking for adventure?  How about prowling the streets of Dallas in the early morning hours to look for . . . birds!  If you decide to participate, please write an article for “Shaking the Trees!”


Event:  Lights Out Dallas

Project Description: 

Dear Lights Out Dallas Team,

Here we go! Downtown Dallas surveys begin tomorrow, Thursday, April 1, 6-8 AM (no joke!). We’ll survey for 50 mornings focusing on a 10-building route as part of our new Cornell/Texas Parks & Wildlife/Texas A&M data collection protocol. All spring survey dates are listed below, so mark your calendar, join us when you can, and spread the word.

Anyone can join, just forward email addresses to or to be added to this list for the latest news and updates.

Spring Survey Dates (6-8 AM)

April 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27

We’ll keep you updated with schedule reminders each week. RSVPs are not required, but you may do so through this handy link provided by Lights Out Texas partner, Dallas Zoo:

Downtown Dallas Surveying: What to Expect

BEGIN: We begin promptly at 6 AM.

PARKING: Enter the Perot Special Event/Permit Parking Lot by way of Field & River Streets. Push the intercom button at the gate and let security know you are there for Lights Out. They will admit you.

WALK: We’ll walk between 3-6 miles at a leisurely pace – comfortable shoes are recommended.

CLOTHING: Light-colored clothing is a good idea for high visibility. You will be crossing many streets on foot.

RESTROOMS: Available sporadically along the survey route


  • A flashlight or headlamp helps you see birds pre-dawn.
  • A camera phone, with the iNaturalist app downloaded, helps you document your findings but is not required.

END: We return to the Perot parking lot around 8 AM.

Lights Out for Wildlife Certification

Celebrate your commitment to conservation with Lights Out for Wildlife certification. It’s fun, it feels good, it’s free! Certify your home, business, or building here:

On behalf of our whole Lights Out Texas collaboration, thank you for taking action to save migratory birds this spring. Thank you for tackling one of the biggest conservation challenges in the world.

Thank you for caring,  -Ben

Logging VH:  Hours may be logged under BPTMN: Bird/Wildlife/Insect/Plant or other Survey: TMN Field Research with “Lights Out Texas Dallas Bird Count” in the service description box.

Links for more information:

Lights Out Texas | Texas Conservation Alliance (


Linda Nixon
Communications Director
Texas Master Naturalist Blackland Prairie Chapter


May 20, 2021
6:00 am - 8:00 am
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