Sep 022014
What Is and What Was

We like to imagine that nature is static and unchanging. It is somehow comforting to believe that our environment and its wild inhabitants do not and should not vary. But the old cliche about change being the only constant applies to the natural world just as it does to almost everything else. To one degree

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Aug 262014
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 17

Aug 8, 2014 – Carrollton, Texas NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev ] It’s time to check in on our rapidly growing Mute Swan cygnet once again. The juvenile swan is 16 weeks old as of this report and very nearly the same size as

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Aug 142014
Texas Garden Wildlife - A Suburban Safari

The video in today’s post comes to us from Richard Barnes. Richard and I found each other via iNaturalist after he posted some really incredible photographs of a trio of juvenile Raccoons taken in his own backyard. As it turns out, Richard has only recently come to North Texas from Scotland—moving here just last year.

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Aug 122014
Stacy Ridge Park Rookery

July 27, 2014 – Allen, Texas Cattle Egrets have a fondness for Allen, Texas. Last year they setup a large and noisy rookery in Celebration Park right in the heart of the city. This spring, mitigation efforts were successful in dissuading the birds from reusing that spot again this year, but unfortunately the problem was

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Aug 072014
DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project – Favorites

There were so many great new iNaturalist observations submitted to the DFW Urban Wildlife project over this past month. Participation has been fantastic, and it was really difficult to pick which three to recognize this time around. The effort as a whole continues to grow at an astounding rate. We now have over 100 participating

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Aug 052014
Incubating Eggs

You may remember the unique and unfortunate situation we discovered in Carrollton back in the late spring. A pair of Mallards had made the lamentable decision to build their nest on an island in the middle of a busy parking lot. This created a situation that was almost certainly doomed to failure. From the very

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Jul 312014
Venomous Snakes of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex

A close encounter with a venomous snake can be an incredibly unsettling experience, especially when it comes as a surprise. It pays to be on the lookout for vipers when out in the field during a hot Texas summer. But snakes are often well camouflaged or well concealed, even the most sharp-eyed of us can

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Jul 292014
Mute Swan - Nest 2014 Update 16

Jul 25, 2014 – Carrollton, Texas NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] Its been a few weeks since we last checked in on the Mute Swan family at Josey Ranch Lake Park. I stopped by briefly this weekend to see how

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Jul 242014
Josey the Orphaned Bobcat Kitten - Month Three

Dateline – July 20, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev ] Josey, the Orphaned Bobcat kitten found in Carrollton earlier this spring, has been under the care of expert wildlife rehabilitators for a little over three months now. A month had passed since we

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Jul 222014
DFW Raptors - Hawks, Falcons, and Eagles

Many people hold a particular fascination with raptors—otherwise known as birds of prey. I know I do. These big, powerful birds inspire us with their raw power, grace and majesty. So respected are these birds that they are often chosen as sports team mascots. Many countries use birds of prey as their national symbol. The

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Jul 172014
Josey Ranch Roundup

Jul 04, 2014 – Carrollton, Texas I continue to be astounded at the quantity and variety of wildlife that I discover at this park in Carrollton, Texas. Most of the wild animals living in here are accustomed to a constant and peaceful coexistence with people, and are therefore very amenable to observation. This park continues

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