Sep 212015
 
The Wildlife of Garden Inn Pond

Where can you find interesting wildlife in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex? Well, as it turns out, just about anywhere you happen to look. All you really need is a little bit of water, a reasonable amount of vegetation, and just a smidgeon of seclusion. I recently discovered one such place right in the heart of

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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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Jun 182014
 
Josey the Orphaned Bobcat Kitten - Update Two

Dateline – June 16, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] This article is meant to be an update on the progress of Josey, the orphaned Bobcat kitten that was rescued in Carrollton about two months ago. As you can see

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Mar 032014
 
Journal - Prairie Creek Past and Present

Dateline – December 28, 2014 This journal entry will be a kind of personal voyage back in time for me. I’ll be going back to the late 1970s and early 1980s to a place called Prairie Creek. Located in Lewisville, Texas, Prairie Creek is where I first began spending time outdoors as a young man.

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Feb 172014
 
Journal - Checking Trail Cameras

Dateline – November 27, 2013 This past fall I was running a number of trail camera projects concurrently. Trail cameras, for those who don’t know, are small battery powered units equipped with motion detectors and infrared lights for nighttime photography. Hunters use them to scout out likely areas and to become more familiar with a

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Dec 092013
 
Journal - Exploring

Dateline – October 12, 2013 On occasion I go into the woods with no other purpose other that to just see what I can see. At these time I let serendipity lead the way, and I am almost always glad I did. I went on one such hike this past October. Most of this trip

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May 022013
 
Beaver - Taking Care of Business

I’ve reported on this Beaver once before, several years ago: Beaver – In a Business Park. This resourceful rodent has built his pond right in the middle of bustling business park in Garland, Texas. The Beaver’s activities caused problems by plugging a drain pipe which was designed to accommodate the overflow of a small pond

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Dec 312012
 
Beaver - Population Density

For this project we explored two stream beds for the purposes of observing and documenting evidence of Beaver activity. The small creeks we chose were located at opposite corners of an approximately six square mile rectangle of suburban North Texas. Beaver sign was abundance and easy to find in these areas. The evidence we found

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Dec 232012
 
Beaver - Lodge

A Beaver’s Lodge built in a small cattle tank in The Colony, Texas. Wikipedia has this to say about the North American Beaver: The North American beaver (Castor canadensis) is one of two extant beaver species. It is native to North America and introduced to Patagonia in South America and some European countries (e.g. Norway).

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Nov 302012
 
Beaver - Skull

This Beaver Skull was found under the tree canopy very close to the Trinity River at McCommas Bluff. This was the small skull of a juvenile or young adult animal. No other parts of the skeleton were discovered in the immediate vicinity. It is not clear what killed this young Beaver, but he was almost

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