- The main feature of the monthly Piney Woods Wildlife Society meetings is a presentation about a wildlife, bird or nature topic.
- Meetings are held monthly on every second or third Wednesday (except June, July and August) 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 (see additional directions and map at the bottom of this page). FYI, there are occasional exceptions to the third Wednesday — when the Big Stone Lodge has other commitments, we generally try to move to the second Wednesday. Make sure to keep an eye here and on the newsletter for exact dates.
- The regular monthly meetings get underway at 7 p.m. with snacks and social time beginning at 6:30 p.m. In 2020, the meeting dates are expected to be Feb 12*, Mar 18, Apr 15 and May 13*, Sept 16, Oct 14*, Nov 18, and Dec 16.
*NOTE: Several PWWS meetings (including Feb, May and Oct) will be on the SECOND Wednesday instead of the normal third Wednesday.
- February PWWS Meeting
Please join the Piney Woods Wildlife Society at 6:30 p.m. for our February meeting. The presentation for Wednesday, February 12th, 2020, will be entitled “Painted Wolves of Africa” by Lisa Griffis. It will take place on Wednesday the 12th at 6:30 p.m. (please note the change to the 2nd Wednesday just for this month only). Lisa describes her program as follows:
“This presentation will be about what I learned from Nicholas Dyer, who works closely with Peter Blinston, the Executive Director of the Painted Dog Conservation based in Zimbabwe Africa. I watched a speech Peter gave online during the 2018 Wildlife Conservation Network program and was able to meet him when I attended the conference in San Francisco in 2019. I purchased the beautiful photography book (Painted Wolves, A Wild Dogs Life) that Nicholas Dyer created and was impressed that the book sales contributed heavily to the Painted Dog Conservation program. I started looking online to see if he would be doing any photography workshops and was lucky to take a spot on his photography safari at Hwange and Mana Pools National Parks thru partnership with African Bush Camp in November 2019. I hope you enjoy learning about the Painted Dogs as much as I have.”
“I started photography when I was in about 7th grade with my Kodak Instamatic, shooting photos of the neighborhood dogs and then the high school bands. I bought my first SLR camera, a Minolta SRT 101 in the late 1970’s and started shooting with black and white and trifex film. When digital cameras came out, I was so excited to be able to see my efforts right away, rather than camping out at the Fotomat kiosk. Like most photographers, I progressed thru various cameras and now shoot with the Nikon D850 full frame and Nikon D810.”
“My passion is wildlife photography and I consider myself as an enthusiastic amateur, based upon the accomplishments of the photographers I have studied under in workshops. I would say that any day outside among wildlife is a successful day and the hunt for animals and birds is just as satisfying as getting a good image. I try to share my work with others as much as possible to promote conservation and develop a love of our wildlife environment.”
Hope you can join PWWS on Wednesday night, Feb 12th, for this talk by Lisa. Come to the Big Stone Lodge at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and social time or by 7 p.m. for the start of the program. The lodge is located in Dennis Johnston County Park at 709 Riley Fuzzel Road just east of Old Town Spring.
- 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.