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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Mar 202016
 
The Elm Fork of the Trinity River - Surging through Lewisville

We are still dealing with the side effects of last spring’s heavy rain and flooding. Until just recently the spillway at Lewisville Lake has been wide open and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River has been full and flowing faster than it has in years. It’s quite a sight to see. The Trinity in

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Nov 292015
 
Feathers for Flight

An interest in birds—like the one we all share—might, quite naturally be expected to lead to a similar curiosity about their feathers. It certainly did for me. When discussing birds with other enthusiasts it is often of benefit to reference feather types as you relate stories and observations. Understanding feathers and their arrangement and coloration

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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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Nov 122014
 
North to Denton - The Greenbelt Corridor Park

October 26, 2014 – Denton, Texas This is part one of a two part series. After many years of looking with great interest at aerial photographs and maps of the area, I finally had an opportunity to explore the vast tracts of public wilderness just north of Lewisville Lake. This is one of the most

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Jul 022014
 
Announcement - Spring Salamanders of Central Texas

Dateline – June 28, 2014 Reptiles and amphibians are not my strong suit. It is not unusual for me to have trouble positively identifying some of the specimens that I encounter out in the field. On occasion I need a little help. For years Grant Shepard has been my go-to guy for herpetological questions, and

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May 282014
 
Journal - A Walk Through LLELA

Insects were the order of the day on this early May walk through the Lewisville Lake Environmental learning Area (LLELA). In the late summer and early fall there will be an abundance of large grasshoppers of every kind in places like this, but in the spring it is the tiny grasshopper nymphs that foreshadow the

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Mar 182014
 
Black Vulture - Party Crashers

This will be a tale of two vultures—the Black Vulture and the very similar Turkey Vulture. These two species of birds share many traits in common. They are both large and dark in coloration, and they frequently congregate together. Neither bird actively hunts, instead they both feed on carrion—the remains of recently deceased animals. It’s

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Mar 172014
 
Journal - Ospreys Over the Trinity

I made this visit to the Trinity River specifically to photograph ducks. The week before I had found hundreds of waterfowl of every kind on this stretch of the Elm Fork, but on this morning there were almost none. It’s strange to me how there can be such a dramatic change in wildlife behavior from

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Mar 102014
 
Journal - College Street In Person

Dateline – January 8, 2014 This cool January morning was not the kind of day I usually set aside for a hike in the woods. The weather on this day was overcast with a weird misty rain. No big drops fell from the sky, and you couldn’t even call this weather condition a drizzle. The

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