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 ] 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 our now 14

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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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Jul 042014
 
DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project – Favorites

There were many great new iNaturalist observations submitted to the DFW Urban Wildlife project this week. The effort continues to grow at an astounding rate. We now have over 90 participating members, who have provided nearly 4000 urban wildlife observations, representing 384 different species. That is ten more species since just last week! Together we

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Jul 022014
 
Announcement - Spring Salamanders of Central Texas

Dateline – June 28, 2014 Reptiles and amphibians are not my strong suit. It is not unusual for me to have trouble positively identifying some of the specimens that I encounter out in the field. On occasion I need a little help. For years Grant Shepard has been my go-to guy for herpetological questions, and

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Jun 302014
 
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 14

Dateline – June 27, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] Long hot Texas summers can take a toll on ponds and lakes in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Water that appears clear and pure in the winter and spring can become

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Jun 272014
 
DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project – Favorites

There were many great new iNaturalist observations submitted to the DFW Urban Wildlife project this week. The effort continues to grow at an astounding rate. We now have over 90 participating members, who have provided nearly 4000 urban wildlife observations, representing 374 different species. That is really an extraordinary set of accomplishments! Together we are

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Jun 252014
 
Urban Wildlife Roundup - North and South

Dateline – June 20, 2014 Today’s urban wildlife roundup will take us to the far extremes of the metroplex—both north and south. The first set of photographs were taken around Lewisville Lake in Denton County over the course of several days. The next section contains a collection of pictures recorded just last weekend in south

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