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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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 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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May 262015
 
Mountain Lions in the Metroplex?

This spring has been the season of Mountain Lion sightings in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. I have received an unusual number of sighting reports over the last several months. Reports have come in at a rate of one or two per week for over ten weeks now. That amounts to right around 16 unique sightings,

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Dec 162014
 
Are There Mountain Lions In The Dallas/Fort Worth Area?

The Mountain Lion goes by many different names, cougar, puma, panther, painter, catamount. All of these are just different ways to refer to the same big cat—Puma concolor, the lion of one color. Mountain Lions are native to Texas, and there is no question that we do have a healthy population of these big cats

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Mar 142014
 
Armadillo - Gruesome End

Armadillos are supremely confidence in their leathery suit of armor. They go about their daily business seemingly without concerns about danger. But this is a passive form of confidence. Armadillos have poor eyesight and hearing. As a result they are often unaware of impending threats. Evolution equipped these little animals with a very reliable defense,

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Feb 212014
 
Ring-billed Gull - Spillway Congregation

We get a lot of Ring-billed Gulls in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as the migratory birds move south for the winter. In North Texas, Ring-billed Gull have predictable behaviors and can be found throughout the city on lakes and ponds. They are also a common fixture on large parking lots like those around shopping centers.

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Feb 142014
 
Double-crested Cormorant - Congregating

There were a lot of Double-crested Cormorants on White Rock Lake on this warm mid-January morning. Also in the mix were a number of other waterfowl, with the American White Pelican and Ring-billed Gull most notably represented in the photographs below. Wikipedia describes the Double-crested Cormorant in this way: The Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is

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Feb 142014
 
Spotted Sandpiper - Concrete Beach

This Spotted Sandpiper was photographed as he foraged along the base of White Rock Lake Dam in Dallas, Texas. Wikipedia has this to say about the Spotted Sandpiper: Adults have short yellowish legs and an orange bill with a dark tip. The body is brown on top and white underneath with black spots. Non-breeding birds,

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Feb 132014
 
American Coot - Duck-like

American Coots are not ducks, although two kinds of birds are very similar in many ways. Though ducks and coots appear superficially similar to one another, American Coot are actually members of the family Rallidae, and are most closely related to rails, crakes, gallinules, and other coots. American Coots exploit the same types of habitats

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