Mar 062017
 
Two Coyotes and a Dog

Dateline – February 12, 2017, Dallas, Texas I’ve already posted about this encounter on our Facebook group, but I wanted to include the story here on the blog to create a more permanent record. This venue will also give me a little more room to elaborate on certain aspects of the tale, which will be

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Feb 212017
 
Wonderful Winter Waterfowl

One great thing about being a wildlife enthusiast in North Texas is that the mix of species that can be found here gets reshuffled several times a year with the changing of the seasons. That’s especially true of waterfowl, many of which are in Texas only during the colder months of the year. Nowhere is

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Feb 062017
 
Getting Around Town—Underground!

A few weeks ago, I noticed outside my office window, a lone Coyote. It was a daytime sighting made in the late morning—around 11:00 am. I first noticed the Coyote making his way across a large open field adjacent to our office complex. For some time now I have been making a point of keeping

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Feb 042017
 
For the Love of Birds

I urge everyone to start their Bird Life List.   I have always loved birds and last February a friend of my parents suggested that I record what I’ve seen past and present.  It has literally changed my life as it created an excuse to go out and explore nature.   All ages and abilities can enjoy birding and it is a great

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Feb 012017
 
Winter Wildlife Videos

Winter brings a wide variety of wildlife to this area and it is my favorite time of year to be outside. I filmed a lot of wildlife (over 70 species) between mid November and late January and I have five videos to share. These were shot at different locations and are compilations of short clips

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Jan 022017
 
The Story of Pale Male

Do you know the remarkable tale of Pale Male, the Manhattan Red-tailed Hawk? If not, then this definitely a story you need to hear. I first discovered Pale Male sometime around 2005 when my kids and I watched an episode of PBS Nature about this very special bird. I have been fascinated with him ever

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Dec 262016
 
Freezing Day Hike

Last weekend, a cold front came through our area. One minute I was sitting outside in a short-sleeved t-shirt enjoying a sunny December afternoon, and the next, a frigid breeze was blowing through. My son and I had been watching a tailed orange butterfly; the butterfly disappeared. By that evening the heater was on and

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Dec 052016
 
Dear Critters

I have a request to make of all critters out there: Please, I beg you, stand still when I am trying to locate you with my binoculars to identify you or when I am trying to get a picture of you! Stop hiding behind trees and in the brush! Don’t run away from me! I know you

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Nov 142016
 
And Now for Something a Wee Bit Different . . . Scotland, October 2016, A Wildlife Diary.

  “My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here; My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer; A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe, My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.”   Robert Burns  (1759 – 1796), national poet of Scotland. My wife Shannon is a Texas native and I was born

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Nov 072016
 
The Case Against Bird Boxes

I may need to tread lightly here. I expect this could be a touchy subject, but I believe something needs to be said. Maybe there will be counterpoints, or maybe there will be a general agreement. Maybe I will change your mind, or maybe you will change mine. Who knows? There’s really only one way

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Oct 242016
 
Phone Photography

When I’m not working at my real job (the one where I get paid) or volunteering in the band concession stand, or chauffeuring adolescents to activities, my favorite activity is wandering around the nature preserve and taking pictures with my iPhone. I have many reasons why I use my iPhone instead of a “real camera”.

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