News from the River (Cont.)
The Challenge is on! March 7, 2009 (con't)
Please do not miss the excitement as the fire department sends out their fastest runners in an attempt to repeat last year’s win.
Dust off your running shoes Dallas! Plan to run on a new course taking participants across the Continental Bridge with a different view of the construction on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge which will open in 2011.
Second Sighting of the Trinity Bald Eagle
The Trinity River Corridor Project can definitely claim a wintering Bald Eagle. The regal bird was sighted in early January by Groundwork Dallas and it appeared to be the same mature bird sighted approximately a month earlier by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. It was again sighted near the Lower Chain of Wetlands. The mitigation of the land around this area and the creation of the wetland cells have made it an attractive feeding and roosting area for wintering birds such as the eagle. This is a new environmental aspect of Dallas — Bald Eagles wintering within city limits.
Student Conservation Association Kick-off of 2009 Program
On Saturday, January 24, it was a freezing cold kick-off to the Student Conservation Association’s (SCA) 2009 service days and their tribute to Martin Luther King Day. The event was held in conjunction with the Trinity River Corridor Project. Texas temperatures were below 30 degrees when the event began, but this did not deter the dedication of a fine group of teens and leaders from throughout the Dallas area.
The trail maintenance event was held at Rochester Park on the new four mile trail that SCA helped build this past summer. The trail has a temporary name, the Bois d’arc Trail, thanks to an area Boy Scout who suggested it. The name was chosen because of the fine old Bois d’arc trees that can be seen along its pathways.
The SCA Corps basically consists of twelve students volunteering their time each month to participate in a project. These service projects help hone the skills of the volunteers and the leaders on the process of trail maintenance and outdoor care of the environment. In total, twenty-two dedicated SCA and City of Dallas volunteers and staff joined the fun and worked tirelessly from 8:30 am until 1:30 pm clearing trail, cutting back bramble and branches and collecting trash from the immediate area near the trailhead while staving off the cold and enjoying the great outdoors.
The Student Conservation Association is a nonprofit national organization founded in 1957 that offers conservation internships and summer trail crew opportunities to more than 3,800 people each year. SCA members complete service projects in every conservation discipline from archeology to zoology -- and everything in between.
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