Feb 242015
 
DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project – Favorites

New numbers and more growth over the past month for the DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project… As of this writing we now have at total of 13,771 unique observations. That’s up from the just around 12,000 at this same time last month. This amazing achievement is the result of 228 enthusiastic and dedicated members (up

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Feb 172015
 
In Search of the White Rock Lake Bald Eagle

Last year, around mid-September, I began to pickup on chatter about Bald Eagle sightings at White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas. White Rock Lake is only a few miles from the downtown Dallas, and is about as urban as any lake in the area. The lake itself is ringed by narrow strip of parkland, but

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Feb 122015
 
Coyote - A Brief Encounter

February 9, 2015 – Carrollton, Texas We observed this stalwart Coyote a few days ago during our morning commute. The Coyote was crossing a large open field, and was making his way almost directly toward us and the heavily trafficked road we were stopped on. Thoroughfares and fast moving automobiles are some of most daunting

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Feb 102015
 
Dallas/Fort Worth Winter Wildlife

Many of you will remember, from last summer, the wonderful video that Richard Barnes so generously shared with us. That special video contained fantastic footage of an amazing array of urban wildlife recorded right here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Texas Garden Wildlife – A Suburban Safari Richard only recently moved to the metroplex from

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Jan 212015
 
Deer, Osprey, and the End of the Day

One of the reasons I enjoy the holiday season so much is because the extra time off work allows me just a little more flexibility with my schedule. This past holiday I tried to use this time away from the desk to be just a bit more deliberate with my wildlife observing. Ordinarily, I like

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Jan 152015
 
DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project – Favorites

My goodness! How the DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project continues grow! After passing the milestone of 10,000 observations near the end of last year, we are now rapidly approaching 12,000 unique observations! This amazing achievement is the result of 186 enthusiastic and dedicated members. Together they have documented a total of 579 different species living

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Jan 122015
 
Rehabbing the Bald Eagle

Wildlife rehabilitation is a challenging endeavor even under the best of circumstances. Wild animals—especially adult wild animals—are often stressed by the handling required during the rehabilitation process and can be resistant to receiving care. Some animals do not do well when kept in enclosures. Other cases involve injuries that are so severe that there seems

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Dec 182014
 
Josey The Orphaned Bobcat Kitten – Update Five

Dateline – December 7, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev ] As the calendar page turned to December it was time for us to pay Josey the orphaned Bobcat kitten a visit once again. It has been almost three months since we last checked

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Dec 162014
 
Are There Mountain Lions In The Dallas/Fort Worth Area?

The Mountain Lion goes by many different names, cougar, puma, panther, painter, catamount. All of these are just different ways to refer to the same big cat—Puma concolor, the lion of one color. Mountain Lions are native to Texas, and there is no question that we do have a healthy population of these big cats

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Dec 112014
 
Josey Ranch Lake - Winter Duck Preview

November 29, 2014 – Carrollton, Texas I recently paid Josey Ranch Lake an abbreviated visit just to get a quick idea of how the winter waterfowl situation was shaping up. I can report happily that there were a lot of ducks on the water on this warm and sunny Saturday afternoon! All the expected species

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Dec 092014
 
DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project – Favorites

A couple of months ago I forecasted that we might make it to 10,000 observations before year’s end. Well, as I am writing this on the night of December the 6th, we are at 9593 separate and distinct observation submitted to the DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project. With 25 days left in the year, I

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