Living in Harmony with America’s Song Dog

Urban coyote

Join speakers Karin and Roberto Saucedo for a presentation on living in harmony with coyotes in our Oak Cliff neighborhoods.

Description: Coyotes are highly resilient creatures able to adapt to threats and acclimate themselves in almost every environment, including cities and suburbs. As a keystone carnivore, coyotes play a critical role in helping to maintain healthy ecosystems and species diversity. This presentation will look at the current challenges coyotes face in a rapidly evolving human-centric landscape. We’ll examine the coyotes’ seasonal behaviors that often influence increased sightings and dispel some of the most common myths. In conclusion, we’ll discuss proactive methods we can use to help avoid negative encounters with coyotes.

Let us know if you’re attending by signing up on our Facebook event page!

Saturday, April 27th, 1:30pm to 3pm.
Doors open at 1pm.
Bring your family and friends! It’s free.

Rosemont Primary School Auditorium
1919 Stevens Forest Drive Dallas 75208

About our speakers:

Karin Saucedo is a published wildlife conservation photographer born and raised in Dallas. She’s especially passionate about wild canids and felids and she spends a lot of her time studying wildlife behavior through observation and also remotely through camera traps. Karin’s images have been used to educate the public about coexisting with urban wildlife, to document wild canid field research and to create awareness about exotic animal ownership, breeding and exploitation. Most recently she’s been published in the book to accompany the film, Deep in the Heart: A Texas Wildlife Story, by Ben Masters and also Wild DFW: Explore the Amazing Nature Around Dallas Fort Worth, by Amy Martin. Karin works with The Canid Project as their Texas Outreach Representative and she’s been volunteering at In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue for 13 years. Karin serves on the Advisory Committee for Texas Native Cats, she’s a Texas Master Naturalist and is a Partner Photographer for Panthera as well as Project Coyote.

Photography Website: karinsaucedo.com
Coyote Education and Awareness: songdogwatch.org
Instagram: @karinsaucedo

Roberto Saucedo has a background in creative marketing and has used that ability to hone skills in his passion for telling stories through wildlife and conservation photography. For the last eight years, he has documented coyote behavior throughout north Texas through observation, photography and camera traps. Together with his wife, Karin, Roberto serves on the Advisory Committee for Texas Native Cats and also volunteers at In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue. Roberto is also a Texas Master Naturalist and a Partner Photographer for Project Coyote.

Photography Website: robertosaucedo.com
Coyote Education and Awareness: songdogwatch.org
Instagram: @rbtsaucedo

City Nature Challenge 2020 BioBlitz

City Nature Challenge 2020
Photo courtesy Christina Childress @christinachildressphoto

Join us from your home April 24-27 for the annual iNaturalist CNC.

Every year we invite the neighborhood out to Twelve Hills for a local BioBlitz. What’s a BioBlitz, you ask? It’s an annual competition held by iNaturalist for cities to get outside and document all their flora and fauna. This year, they’re holding no competition and encourage everyone to explore their own homes and backyards. Twelve Hills is encouraging the same!

How to Participate

1. Download the iNaturalist app to your smart phone.


2. Create an account

3. Start snapping photos of insects or other creatures using the cultivated plants in your backyard as habitat or a food source.

4. Share them on iNaturalist to help researches and officials track biodiversity in your area!

5. Log into the website to help other identify their findings!

englemann daisy
Photo courtesy Christina Childress @christinachildressphoto

For more information on this year’s CNC visit iNaturalist.org and learn how to participate safely from home! They’ve got tons of tips on how to attract moths, where you’ll find neat insects and more! Remember, every observation helps track species migrating, emerging, and can help us identify what invasives might be making their way into DFW. 

Hopefully we’ll have our team set up for the next City Nature Challenge! Until then, keep enjoying Twelve Hills responsibly!

Twelve Hills Volunteer Day

You are invited to join volunteers this Sunday, Nov. 8, from 9 A.M.-11 A.M. at a Twelve Hills’ workday! We’ll spruce up the entrance and butterfly garden and remove invasive plants from the Nature Center.

Bring tools you like to use for weeding such as clippers, trowels, shovels, etc.

Bring work gloves, water bottles and sun protection.

 Cancelled if raining.
Questions: marcieh@gmail.com

Let’s Show our Thanks for Mother Nature!

Join us on Black Friday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m.-noon for habitat restoration at Twelve Hills.

We’ll harvest and sow native grass seed, make seed balls, remove invasive species, groom the butterfly garden and more.

Bring clippers, trowels, other tools you like to use for weeding, work gloves, sun protection, and a water bottle.

Twelve Hills is located at 817 Mary Cliff Rd., Dallas, 75208.  It’s about 10 minutes west of the Bishop Art District.

Please RSVP or contact me with questions: marcieh@gmail.com or 214-535-9373.

North Texas Giving Day

Show your support for Twelve Hills on September 17!

northtexasgivingday-1426083434.923-square-logo2015-(mobile) 2Thursday, September 17, is North Texas Giving Day!  This online North Texas fundraising campaign takes place from 6 am to midnight September 17.  Each donation of $25 or more receives a bonus donation as well as a chance to win a cash prize, both provided by the Communities Foundation of Texas through their generous donors.

Help us make our match! Grand Bank of Texas Grand Bank of Texasis providing a 1:1 match on the first $1000 in donations to Twelve Hills.  Please thank our friends at Grand Bank for their generous support.

Unlike public parks, the all-volunteer-operated Twelve Hills Nature Center raises funds through donations to pay for landscaping and watering needs, educational programs and the administrative requirements of running a 501(c)3 nonprofit.   Please help take care of this unique neighborhood amenity by making a donation on North Texas Giving Day!

You can learn more about North Texas Giving Day as well as donate at northtexasgivingday.org.  There will be a donation link at  www.twelvehills.org and on our Facebook  page.