Feb 082016
 
The Upside of Drought

This past spring the Dallas/Fort Worth area finally received some long awaited relief from the years-long drought. Of course, in North Texas it is either feast or famine when it comes to these sort of things. Torrential rains ended the dry spell, but the resulting flood waters changed the landscape in dramatic ways. We are

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Feb 022016
 
Winter Back Yard Birds

Our friend, Richard Barnes, has out done himself this time! Just wait until you see this wonderful video compilation made up of all of the winter song birds (and some intriguing others) that have visited his Farmers Branch backyard over the last several months. Richard has captured some truly amazing closeups of these charming birds.

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Jan 312016
 
Experiencing Coppell Nature Park

Over the last couple of decades many of our local municipalities have embraced the concept of establishing small nature parks and preserves on some of our more undisturbed public lands. Its a positive trend, I think. These parks are like landscaping for our cities and towns. They make our neighborhoods and communities more attractive places,

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Dec 282015
 
DFW Urban Wildlife Milestones: Facebook and iNaturalist

This has been a good year for DFW Urban Wildlife. The blog and its associated iNaturalist Project and Facebook Group are growing at an exciting rate. The evolution of the web site continues and we have expanded our activities into some fun new areas. Among these are a number of speaking engagements and our first

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Nov 292015
 
Feathers for Flight

An interest in birds—like the one we all share—might, quite naturally be expected to lead to a similar curiosity about their feathers. It certainly did for me. When discussing birds with other enthusiasts it is often of benefit to reference feather types as you relate stories and observations. Understanding feathers and their arrangement and coloration

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Oct 312015
 
The Herony at Wayne Frady Park in Lewisville, Texas

Dateline – September 19-20, 2015, Lewisville, Texas In North Texas, there are several different species of herons and egrets—long-necked and elegant wading birds—that come together each year to reproduce in communal nesting sites. Colonies of nesting birds such as these are know as heronies or rookeries, and can consist of hundreds and even thousands of

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Oct 022015
 
Announcement – Autumn BioBlitz at Oliver Nature Preserve in Mansfield, Texas

Our man, nature loving Sam Kieschnick is holding another BioBlitz at Oliver Nature Park in Mansfield, Texas. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 10, and I couldn’t be more excited it. Oliver Nature Park is the perfect setting for a BioBlitz—the park is big enough to be home to an abundance of wildlife, and

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Sep 212015
 
The Wildlife of Garden Inn Pond

Where can you find interesting wildlife in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex? Well, as it turns out, just about anywhere you happen to look. All you really need is a little bit of water, a reasonable amount of vegetation, and just a smidgeon of seclusion. I recently discovered one such place right in the heart of

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Sep 142015
 
Texas Wildlife, Feb - Sept 2015

Our friend Richard Barnes has done it again. A couple of times a year Richard will stitch together a wonderful montage of wildlife videos he has taken in various places around the metroplex. A little over a year ago, Richard began these projects as a way to share some of the interesting things he was

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Aug 182015
 
Around the House

Things have changed around the Jackson house since we adopted Britney and Shadow way back in late February. Adjusting to life with two rambunctious Lab-mix puppies has been something of a challenge. These two pups are high energy and they love to play. They wrestle with each other nonstop. Getting and keeping their attention simultaneously

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Jul 142015
 
Moth Mania at Oliver Nature Park in Mansfield, Texas!

My buddy, Sam Kieschnick, is at it again! This time Sam is hosting a nighttime wildlife adventure! See below for details: Moth Mania! Friday, July 17, 8:00 – 9:30 pm Oliver Nature Park, 1650 Matlock Road, Mansfield, TX What do you know about moths? Did you know that there is tremendous diversity of moths here

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