Apr 072014
 
Journal - Lock and Dam Number Two

Dateline – January 25, 2014 In the early years of the twentieth century there were those who dreamt of making Dallas a port city. Their ambitious plans required a navigable Trinity River and steps were taken to make it so. But the Trinity is a contrary river. Shoals, shallows and snags all conspire against any

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Jan 172014
 
Scorpionfly - Unusual

This unusual looking bug is a female Scorpionfly. Despite their ominous sounding name, these insects do not sting or bite. The name comes from the extended abdomen of the male that curls up and over the Scorpionfly’s dorsal side. The male’s abdomen is terminated with a feature that looks superficially like the stinger of a

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Jan 162014
 
Red Swamp Crayfish - Brave or Moody?

Like a guardian of the swamp, this Red Swamp Crayfish was not shy about expressing his displeasure with our encroachment on his territory. I found this crayfish as he was walking across the mudflats of a rapidly drying pond. Even though these creatures have gills and breath water, they can tolerate short durations on dry

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Jan 152014
 
Black Vulture - Awaiting the Morning Sun

Black Vultures spend the night in large communal roosts. They gather together on trees and other suitable man-made structures to wait out the darkness each evening. On a recent early morning hike our party came across this sizable roost of Black Vultures along the Trinity River. The large black birds (with a few Turkey Vultures

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Jan 142014
 
Feral Hog - Villainous

Feral Hogs get a bad rap. It’s a reputation that is not entirely deserved. Feral Hogs are considered an invasive species. As the name implies, these animals are descendants of domesticated pigs that were deliberately released or allowed to escape. Like so many of our environmental issues, the Feral Hog problem is entirely man-made. Many

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