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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Nov 042014
 
DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project – Favorites

Every month it gets harder and harder to pick just three observations to highlight in this feature. With now over 140 participating members, we are getting so many special and unique submissions that choosing only three is nearly impossible. Last month I cheated a bit and picked four. I’m going to try to be a

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Oct 292014
 
They Turned Off The River

October 23, 2014 – Lewisville, Texas I found the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in an odd state when I stopped by the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) last week. The Corps of Engineers had closed the spillway coming out of Lewisville Lake in order to perform some routine maintenance, effectively cutting off

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Oct 212014
 
LLELA at Dawn

October 16, 2014 – Lewisville, Texas I made a special early morning trip out to the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) last week, and had a wonderful time. I arrived at predawn with the intent of only doing a little exploring and maybe taking a few pictures along the way. I had a few

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Oct 162014
 
DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project – Favorites

I am just floored when I look at the numbers associated with the DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project these days. We now have 130 participating members, who together have provided over 6000 urban wildlife observations, representing more than 500 different species. This is an incredible number of observations. We are well on our way to

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Oct 142014
 
End of Summer Urban Wildlife Recap

Its been a busy summer. I didn’t get out as often as I would have liked—it seems real life kept getting in the way. A number of special projects I had in mind for this summer will have to be put off until next year. But that’s ok, in spite of the obstacles I did

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Oct 062014
 
A Summer of Swainson's Hawks

It has been a good summer for Swainson’s Hawks. What I mean by that is that I have had the opportunity to observe many more of them this year than I have in the past. Until this summer, every time I have observed Swainson’s Hawks they have been on the wing and high in the

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