Apr 242016
Garland Goodbye

The company I have worked for the past 20 years recently built for us a brand new campus in Richardson, Texas near the George Bush Expressway. Our old facility was located just a few miles down the road in the City of Garland. That building complex can trace its roots all the way back to

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Aug 182015
Around the House

Things have changed around the Jackson house since we adopted Britney and Shadow way back in late February. Adjusting to life with two rambunctious Lab-mix puppies has been something of a challenge. These two pups are high energy and they love to play. They wrestle with each other nonstop. Getting and keeping their attention simultaneously

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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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Jun 092014
Mute Swan - Nest 2014 Update 11

Dateline – June 6, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] The Mute Swan cygnet continues to grow and there have been a number of subtle changes in his appearance. The young swan’s bill is becoming longer and his pin feathers

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May 202014
Mute Swan - Nest 2014 Update 8

Dateline – May 17, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] There was some bad news with the Mute Swans this past week. From a brood that began with at least three baby swans we are now down to only one.

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May 162014
DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project - Accolades

The DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project has been a great success. We now have 75 contributing members who together have posted over 2700 urban wildlife observations, which account for 338 unique species documented. This is really quite an accomplishment. Together we are building a complete and detailed record of the wide variety of wildlife living

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Mar 212013
Common Snapping Turtle - Walk Around

This Common Snapping Turtle was found wandering along the entrance to the Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington, Texas. The driveway runs along side of a swampy area for several hundred yards/meters. It is not clear why the snapping turtle felt compelled to leave the safety of the water, but I would suspect it might

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Jun 152012
Common Snapping Turtle - Date Night

I observed this pair of mating Common Snapping Turtle in the shallow water of Lemmon Lake in the Great Trinity Forest. The pair was observed bobbing up and down in the water, often with only the top of the male’s carapace exposed above water. On occasion the bobbing would cease, and the female would raise

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