Hiking a snowy Kirby North Trail

Hiking a snowy Kirby North Trail yesterday! I think that the horizontal prickly pear cactus pad nicely shows how much snow fell. I am appreciative of my friend Kathy for sharing these images so that all of us can experience a rare winter event at Kirby! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby @ Lake Kirby Nature Park

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Destination Imagination Team from Wylie

This is the Destination Imagination Team from Wylie the Intermediate schools. The team wanted to organize and sponsor a conservation oriented project and chose to hold a walk-a-thon to benefit Lake Kirby Nature Park. The walk-a-thon was held last Saturday and the proceeds will be donated to Kirby to purchase native trees to plant in the Nature Play area. I am proud to say that the team raised almost $500 to benefit the park! I was there for the event and was very impressed with this group of young people. Kirby and the West Texas Science Center is very appreciative of your donation! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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Happy Goundhog Day 2020!

Happy Goundhog Day 2020! Okay, so our Kirby Texas Fox Squirrel pictured here along the Kirby Boardwalk last September is no Punxsutawney Phil, so he (or she?) may not be able to predict if we'll have an early spring or six more weeks of winter. Around Abilene and west Texas your prediction may depend upon which day you ask! By the way, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning at his home in Pennsylvania, which means we will see an early spring! Actually, Groundhog Day is almost the half way point between the winter solstice (last Dec. 21st) and the upcoming spring equinox on March 19th so we're half way to spring! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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Henbit

This is Henbit and as you can see it is winter hardy! You are likely familiar with this member of the mint family as an unwanted invader in your yard. The closest area that Kirby has to a "yard" is the grassy hill in the Nature Play area. The green clumps you see in the third image are all Henbit in glorious winter bloom. Even though it is technically an invader its flowers do provide a winter and early spring food source for pollinators. Finally, as they say, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" as to whether or not you welcome seeing the purple blooms in your yard in January. I actually enjoy the winter color! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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The Destination Imagination team at Wylie Intermediate School is hosting a walk-a-thon

The Destination Imagination team at Wylie Intermediate School is hosting a walk-a-thon this Saturday to benefit Lake Kirby Nature Park. Please watch the video to learn more and plan to come out Saturday morning to join us. I will be there with some do-nuts provided by Ryan Wilson and Shipley Do-Nuts! Here's the details:

Destination Imagination Walk-a-Thon
Location: Wylie West Intermediate (NOT at Kirby!)
3158 Beltway South
Saturday, February 1st
Registration at 9:30 am
$15- Adults
$10- Kids
Kids 5 and under are free
Link to the KTAB story: http://ow.ly/o20n50y9I1l

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