Urban Biologist

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Bald Eagles at White Rock Lake 
(Lake Highlands Park)

Please keep your distance from Bald Eagles in the area. Normal park activities/sports are still allowed, since existing uses are less likely to disturb the birds. However, birdwatchers, nature photographers, and anyone else viewing the birds, should stay a minimum of 300 feet away from nests, and please keep music levels to a minimum. If they happen to fly closer to you, enjoy the experience and try to avoid frightening them. 

Read this article from DMagazine from 2022 when the eagles nested here before. 

DMagazine Bald Eagle Article 

eagle protection signs

WRL - 02012024 - Eagle Nesting in Lake Highlands park - Dixon Branch

The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department is a steward of its resources and is committed to maintaining an accurate inventory of its natural assets. Urban Biologist Chris Morris is responsible for leading a natural resource management plan for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. 
Some key components of that plan include: implementing a feral hog trapping program to reduce feral hog damage on parks properties, get a restoration program in place for the unique blackland prairie remnants at White Rock Lake, conducting an inventory of natural resource assets within Dallas Parks properties, and increasing pollinator conservation areas around the city.

Invite our Urban Biologist to speak at your next community event or workshop. Please complete to submit a request: Speakers Request Form

Adopt a Prairie Program

The Adopt-A-Prairie Program gives volunteer groups the opportunity to engage in the restoration and maintenance of the Blackland Prairie remnants found in Dallas parks. Fourteen prairie remnants totaling more than 162 acres have been identified, of which seven prairie parcels have been adopted by various groups. The prairie remnants were assessed based on their biological diversity, abundance of invasive species and overall management challenges. Learn how you or your organization can adopt a prairie by submitting an Adopt a Prairie Form.