North Texas Wild: Behaviorist provides emotional enrichment for animals at Boyd sanctuary

North Texas Wild: Behaviorist provides emotional enrichment for animals at Boyd sanctuary

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Louis Dorfman greets Louis, a Bengal tiger at International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Wise County. Photos by Scooter Smith.  by Amy Martin Oct. 17, 2016 It’s early afternoon, on the first day of fall that actually felt like fall at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, located near Boyd, 35 miles northwest of Fort Worth. The shaded hilly expanse of IEAS is home to 33 …

North Texas Wild: WHO you gonna call? Blackland Prairie Raptor Center provides ER for birds of prey

North Texas Wild: WHO you gonna call? Blackland Prairie Raptor Center provides ER for birds of prey

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By Amy Martin Barred owl at the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center in Lucas. This is first in a series of North Texas Wild columns about wildlife rescue centers in North Texas. Photos courtesy of BPRC. Aug. 30, 2016 John D’Amanda had been watching the injured bird for some time. A retired doctor, he’d seen the red-tailed hawk perched in the lower …

North Texas Wild: Smart phone apps enhance your connection to nature

North Texas Wild: Smart phone apps enhance your connection to nature

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Point your StarWalk app at the night sky to get quick astromical IDs. Amy Martin has compiled the ultimate nature app guide.   By Amy Martin  Aug. 8, 2016 Ever seen someone out in nature with the nose to a smart phone? It may not be a case of social-media addiction. More likely they’re using an app to enhance their outdoor …

North Texas Wild: A rollicking tour of iconic Northeast Texas prairies

North Texas Wild: A rollicking tour of iconic Northeast Texas prairies

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By Amy Martin  The Native Prairies Association of Texas hosted a prairie tour in Northeast Texas in early June. Intrepid Green Source DFW columnist tagged along on the day-long charter bus tour that ended with a rainbow over Daphne Prairie in Franklin County. Photos by Stalin SM. DAWN IS NO TIME TO BE ALIVE Saturday June 5, 7 a.m. I’m one of the last …

North Texas Wild: Fort Worth Nature Center offers window into region’s wild past

North Texas Wild: Fort Worth Nature Center offers window into region’s wild past

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The Fort Worth Nature Center’s bison herd is one of its biggest draws. Photos courtesy of Fort Worth Nature Center unless otherwise noted. By Amy Martin  June 7, 2016 Are these on your hiking bucket list: ancient limestone bluffs, prairies and post oak savannahs, upland oak mottes and bottomland forests, a wide lazy river with marshes and a tiny magical …

Local author’s poison ivy book offers relief for the itchy

Local author’s poison ivy book offers relief for the itchy

By Julie Thibodeaux Green Source DFW columnist Amy Martin recently published a book on poison ivy called “Itchy Business.” In this interview, Martin talks about the plant that inspired her to write the book and what she learned over the years from coping with it. Photos courtesy of Scooter Smith. May 3, 2016 JT: WHY DID YOU WRITE THIS BOOK? AM: To reduce suffering, …

Itchy Talks by Amy Martin: Making Poison Oak and Ivy Fun

Itchy Talks by Amy Martin: Making Poison Oak and Ivy Fun

What results when you combine the topic of poison oak and ivy with a journalist who has 20 years experience in public speaking? Great talks that are super informative while being very upbeat and funny. All drawn from the book Itchy Business: How to Treat the Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Rash, Prevent Exposure and Eradicate the Plant. Complete details …

North Texas Wild: Two local fests celebrate the prairie we call home

North Texas Wild: Two local fests celebrate the prairie we call home

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By Amy Martin 0 Comments April 26, 2016 What if word got out that all but one percent of the Piney Woods ecosystem of East Texas had been leveled? There would be a huge public response. People love trees. But native grasses? By and large North Texans have not risen to their defense. Perhaps it’s because our Blackland Prairie lacks the …

North Texas Wild: 7 best places for long hikes in DFW

North Texas Wild: 7 best places for long hikes in DFW

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photo: Oak Cliff Nature Preserve in Dallas offers 8 miles of trails on 120 acres. Courtesy of Texas Land Conservancy By Amy Martin April 5, 2016 Escape from the urban stress and get in shape on some of the wildest trails in North Texas. Nothing shakes off the winter doldrums like a long, vigorous hike on a dirt path. Or …

North Texas Wild: Coppell Nature Park offers respite from urban sprawl in northwest Dallas County

North Texas Wild: Coppell Nature Park offers respite from urban sprawl in northwest Dallas County

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The 66-acre Coppell Nature Park opened on Earth Day 2014. Photos courtesy of Chris Jackson, DFWUrbanWildlife.com. Feb. 16, 2016 To stroll a forested park in the DFW area is to enjoy a day in the Chino-Texan woods. Usually the understory is primarily imported yard shrubs like privet and nandina native to the far east, often so thick it chokes trees and …

North Texas Wild: Ode to the Little Brown Bird

North Texas Wild: Ode to the Little Brown Bird

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The rufous-crowned sparrow is more likely seen in Tarrant County and farther west according to NCTexasBirds.com. Photo courtesy of Christopher L. Wood/Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  by Amy Martin Jan. 18, 2016 We like our birds like we like our jewels: large, colorful and flashy. Blue jays and cardinals catch your attention; woodpeckers make you say “wow.” To see a painted …

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