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2018 Cosmic Calendar

2018 Cosmic Calendar

by Amy Martin¬†¬†www.Moonlady.com Many seasonals and New and Full Moons fall on weekends this year, and several holidays coincide with lunar events. . . Full Moon weekends in March, April (Wesak!), July, August, and December (Winter Solstice!). . . Easter is set on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after Easter. Since Easter¬†this year falls on the 3rd …

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Chisholm Trail Park preserves Fort Worth prairie parcel

Chisholm Trail Park preserves Fort Worth prairie parcel

on Nature

  Green Source DFW reporter¬†Amy Martin peruses the prairie remnant at¬†Chisholm Trail Community Park in Fort Worth. Photo by Scooter Smith. June 18, 2018 By¬†Amy Martin Fort Worth has been called the Queen of the Western Prairie. That makes¬†Chisholm Trail Community Park‚Äôs prairie its crown jewel.¬†Tandy Hills Natural Area¬†is a gem for sure, but Chisholm Trail with its sweeping vistas …

Coke Buchanan: Buoyant Memnosyne director helped revive Oak Cliff Earth Day

Coke Buchanan: Buoyant Memnosyne director helped revive Oak Cliff Earth Day

Coke Buchanan, director for three centers at Green Source DFW’s parent nonprofit, the¬†Memnosyne Institute, died Monday at the age of 66. Above, Coke at the Memnosyne booth at Oak Cliff Earth Day in 2012.¬†Photos courtesy of the Buchanan family. ¬†By¬†Amy Martin¬† June 5, 2018 It was a full moon when¬†Coke Buchanan,¬†one of our colleagues at¬†Green Source DFW, passed quickly from …

North Texas Wild: Dallas woman wild about Texas native cats

North Texas Wild: Dallas woman wild about Texas native cats

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The mountain lion is one of five native cats under threat in Texas. Photos courtesy of Texas Native Cats.¬† By Amy Martin ~ May 2, 2018 A Dallas woman wants to raise awareness about¬†Texas’¬†native¬†cats ‚Ästnot the domestic felines we¬†know and love¬†as pets¬†but the wild¬†kind, native to to the Lone Star¬†State. There are five: the¬†big cats –¬†jaguar and mountain lion – …

Daphne Prairie: The Land of Our Bones

Daphne Prairie: The Land of Our Bones

on Nature

By Amy Martin The bus driver nimbly navigates yet one more narrow country road. B. F.¬†Hicks and his crew greet us at the gate, along with some locals who‚Äôve picked up the prairie passion from Hicks. Two drive huge pickups that tow 16-foot trailers, one stacked with hay bales for seating and the other with benches. We pile on in …

The Web of Recycling

The Web of Recycling

by Amy Martin (c) www.moonlady.com An aluminum can, emptied of its fluid contents, is tossed into a recycling bin and taken away. Is it a profound act of community? A spiritual ritual? An ecological cure-all? Or just another version of garbage in and garbage out? The clattering of a plastic jug in a recycling bin rings with values that some …

North Texas Wild: Create your own pocket prairie

North Texas Wild: Create your own pocket prairie

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¬†By¬†Amy Martin¬†¬† Amy Martin offers tips for creating a mini-prairie wildscape in your backyard. Above, the Native¬†Texas Park at the George Bush Presidential Center¬†in Dallas. Photo by Scooter Smith. April 3, 2018 Pocket prairies, small handcrafted parcels redolent with native grasses and wildflowers, are beautiful and easy to maintain. The intricate landscape changes week by week, reflecting the seasons. They …

Intersection: Marquez Crater

Intersection: Marquez Crater

by Amy¬†Martin About 60 million years ago, a meteorite or comet¬†around one kilometer in diameter slammed into the Earth at some 20,000 miles per hour, blasting a 15-kilometer-wide crater on the edge of what was once a massive shallow bay on the proto-Gulf coast. Geologic time levels all things:¬†crater rims erode, basins fill, fissures close. Only a subtle central depression …

Trinity Forest Trail: Trinity River Audubon Center to Joppa Preserve ‚Äď 2-10-18

Trinity Forest Trail: Trinity River Audubon Center to Joppa Preserve ‚Äď 2-10-18

Hiking crew: Dianne Frossard, Amy Martin,¬†Scooter Smith Photos:¬†Amy Martin.   A small group tackled the Trinity Forest Trail (TFT) southern section on a partly cloudy day that was surprisingly warm. While city materials show a connector from Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC) trails to the TFT, no such trail exists. A wire fence between black metal posts separates the two. …

North Texas Wild: Urban prairie hidden in Crawford Park

North Texas Wild: Urban prairie hidden in Crawford Park

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  Little bluestem grows on the 27-acre Blackland prairie remnant in Crawford Memorial Park.¬†Courtesy of iNaturalist/Tania¬†Homayoun.¬† By¬†Amy Martin Feb. 13, 2018 Are you a vertical snob, impressed only by the tall? Does nature have to be literally in your face like trees or mountains to get your attention? Is the sky separate from the landscape? Is dirt just dirt to …

Green Neighborhoods: Fort Worth Cultural District can be a walk in the park

Green Neighborhoods: Fort Worth Cultural District can be a walk in the park

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The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is one of the green jewels found in the Cultural District. Courtesy of Fort Worth Botanic Garden. By Amy Martin Jan. 30, 2018   The West Fork of the Trinity River enters the far northwestern fringe of Fort Worth after being dammed for Eagle Mountain Lake and then Lake Worth. As it descends into the …

Freaky Feet: Post Oak Preserve in Seagoville: Bushwhacking the Savannah ‚Äď Jan 27, 2018

Freaky Feet: Post Oak Preserve in Seagoville: Bushwhacking the Savannah ‚Äď Jan 27, 2018

Post Oak Preserve in Seagoville https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/plandev/openspaces/locations/14-postoak.php/ A project of Dallas County Open Space in conjunction with the adjacent DISD Environmental Learning Center.   Directions, parking, and naturalist¬†nerd links at end. Hiking crew: Lisa Blackford, Valerie Grimes, Martha Heimberg, Kristi Kerr Leonard, Amy Martin, John Spaulding, Ann Willis-Brown, and two people whose names were given to me and then I lost …

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