Jan 212015
 
Deer, Osprey, and the End of the Day

One of the reasons I enjoy the holiday season so much is because the extra time off work allows me just a little more flexibility with my schedule. This past holiday I tried to use this time away from the desk to be just a bit more deliberate with my wildlife observing. Ordinarily, I like

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Jan 152015
 
DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project – Favorites

My goodness! How the DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project continues grow! After passing the milestone of 10,000 observations near the end of last year, we are now rapidly approaching 12,000 unique observations! This amazing achievement is the result of 186 enthusiastic and dedicated members. Together they have documented a total of 579 different species living

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Jan 122015
 
Rehabbing the Bald Eagle

Wildlife rehabilitation is a challenging endeavor even under the best of circumstances. Wild animals—especially adult wild animals—are often stressed by the handling required during the rehabilitation process and can be resistant to receiving care. Some animals do not do well when kept in enclosures. Other cases involve injuries that are so severe that there seems

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Dec 182014
 
Josey The Orphaned Bobcat Kitten – Update Five

Dateline – December 7, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev ] As the calender page turned to December it was time for us to pay Josey the orphaned Bobcat kitten a visit once again. It has been almost three months since we last checked

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Dec 162014
 
Are There Mountain Lions In The Dallas/Fort Worth Area?

The Mountain Lion goes by many different names, cougar, puma, panther, painter, catamount. All of these are just different ways to refer to the same big cat—Puma concolor, the lion of one color. Mountain Lions are native to Texas, and there is no question that we do have a healthy population of these big cats

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Dec 112014
 
Josey Ranch Lake - Winter Duck Preview

November 29, 2014 – Carrollton, Texas I recently paid Josey Ranch Lake an abbreviated visit just to get a quick idea of how the winter waterfowl situation was shaping up. I can report happily that there were a lot of ducks on the water on this warm and sunny Saturday afternoon! All the expected species

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Dec 092014
 
DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project – Favorites

A couple of months ago I forecasted that we might make it to 10,000 observations before year’s end. Well, as I am writing this on the night of December the 6th, we are at 9593 separate and distinct observation submitted to the DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project. With 25 days left in the year, I

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Dec 032014
 
What is the Great Trinity Forest?

The Great Trinity Forest—many have heard of it, but how many of us really know what it is? In the simplest terms, the Great Trinity Forest is roughly six thousand acres of mostly bottomland woods that follow the Trinity River and White Rock Creek as they flow through South Dallas. It is claimed to be

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Nov 182014
 
North to Denton - Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center

For my second visit to the vast tracts of wilderness north of Lewisville Lake I headed over to the west side of the Trinity River, to a place known as the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC). Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center is part of the City of Denton’s park system. Here is how it

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Nov 122014
 
North to Denton - The Greenbelt Corridor Park

October 26, 2014 – Denton, Texas This is part one of a two part series. After many years of looking with great interest at aerial photographs and maps of the area, I finally had an opportunity to explore the vast tracts of public wilderness just north of Lewisville Lake. This is one of the most

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Nov 062014
 
John Bunker Sands - Eagles and Swallows

October 19, 2014 – Seagoville, Texas I recently accepted an invitation to spend a few evening hours with friends out at the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center in Seagoville, Texas. This time of year, Barn Swallows by the thousands will marshal over the wetland cells to feed before going to roost for the night. If

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