Dec 032017
 
Camera Trapping the Swamp

I recently purchased a couple of Bushnell’s Aggressor wireless trail cameras. These cool little trail cameras come with a built in cell phone, which allow them to upload the pictures they take to the internet. For a small monthly fee, you can visit your account on Bushnell.com, and check out the photographs from the comfort

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Nov 112017
 
The Beaver from the Black River

I noted this burrow on the bank of the Trinity River while out on a hike early one morning back in May. There was plenty of evidence around to suggest what type of critter lived here. The size of the entrance, the well-worn path leading up from the water, and the bark-stripped branches floating in

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Sep 302017
 
Beginning Wildlife Photography

Way back in April of 2015, we launched the DFW Urban Wildlife Facebook Group. Over the years our members have contributed an astounding array of interesting anecdotes and beautiful wildlife photographs. Between the Facebook group and its sister project on iNaturalist, we have collected an amazing amount of new and important urban wildlife data. This

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Aug 272017
 
A Computer Programmer Considers Insect Behavior

It was an ordinary, but small, Paper Wasp nest. Construction of the nest had begun only a week or two prior. At any given time there would never be more than three adult wasps present. The nest had about a dozen cells—with only six containing growing larvae. The other cells were either empty or contained

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Aug 052017
 
North Texas Mountain Lion: Is It or Isn't it?

This cell phone picture has generated some level of debate. Many people believe this picture—taken right here in the DFW Metroplex—is of a Mountain Lion. Others disagree. Because of this contention, I wanted to present a full analysis to show what kinds of things we look for when we get a Mountain Lion report like

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Jun 162017
 
Videos - Nesting Birds

I have three videos of nesting birds to share, all filmed between April and early June. Purple Martins are North America’s largest Swallow and they arrive in North Texas in the Spring, to breed. One of our friends lives near Justin and Purple Martins have made use of her nest boxes and gourds for several

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Jun 052017
 
The Day Shift and the Night Shift

I am not a bird feeder guy. I am not well informed the different type of feeders, or the different types of feed, or any of that stuff. But, a couple of times a year—usually when I have a little extra time away from work—I will fill the bird feeder with seeds, just to see

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May 112017
 
Video - Wetland Spring Awakening.

What a difference two months can make! Our last visit to John Bunker Sands Wetland Center in Seagoville was in early March – it was cold and the skies were overcast. Apart from Bald Eagles, Herons, and Egrets the only wildlife we saw was migratory waterfowl. The Eaglets had hatched a few days before our

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Apr 272017
 
Video - A Closer Look at Insects and Spiders

We see an incredible diversity of insects and arachnids in North Texas. At the time of writing the latest statistics from the DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist project are as follows : Insects – 50,941 Observations of 2,289 species Arachnids – 4,559k Observations of 194 species Many of these are hard to photograph because of their size.

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Mar 302017
 
Bringing Back the Bobwhites

One of my earliest recollections of experiencing exciting and unique urban wildlife occurred when I was a young boy. I grew up in Lewisville at a time when it was still a very small town. In the mid 1970s, Lewisville still had significant areas of undeveloped land and a number of unpaved dirt roads. One

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