Jul 252016
 
Nocturnal Biodiversity – Come and Celebrate This Week!

Guest blog entry by Sam Kieschnick, TPWD Urban Biologist for the DFW Area “Thus hath the candle, singed the moth” ~Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice This week is the 6th annual National Moth Week, and to celebrate, there are a few events planned around the DFW metroplex. On Wednesday, July 27, at 8:00 pm at

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Jun 282016
 
The 10 Most Exotic Birds Observed in the DFW Metroplex

The 10 Most Exotic Birds Observed in the DFW Metroplex? An article like this one pretty much has to begin with a few definitions. I apologize, but that’s just the way it is. For the purpose of this posting we will be considering all native and non-native birds that living free and in the wild.

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May 232016
 
Wynnwood in the Winter

Our days are getting longer and the weather is turning warmer. Summer is right around the corner, and so is the sweltering North Texas heat that comes along with it. Soon the mild weather of this past winter and spring—one of the nicest extended seasons for being out-of-doors we’ve had in years—will be only a

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Apr 242016
 
Garland Goodbye

The company I have worked for the past 20 years recently built for us a brand new campus in Richardson, Texas near the George Bush Expressway. Our old facility was located just a few miles down the road in the City of Garland. That building complex can trace its roots all the way back to

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Mar 272016
 
The Woodpeckers of North Texas

Knock! Knock! Knock! and Ratta-tat-tat. You’ve got a woodpecker in your backyard. But what kind is it? We have up to eight different species of woodpeckers in North Texas depending on the time of the year. Many of them are superficially similar in appearance and behavior. How can you tell them apart? The following will

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Mar 202016
 
The Elm Fork of the Trinity River - Surging through Lewisville

We are still dealing with the side effects of last spring’s heavy rain and flooding. Until just recently the spillway at Lewisville Lake has been wide open and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River has been full and flowing faster than it has in years. It’s quite a sight to see. The Trinity in

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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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