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 …

North Texas Wild: Local conservationists are bringing back the Blackland Prairie

North Texas Wild: Local conservationists are bringing back the Blackland Prairie

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A prairie remnant at Winfrey Point overlooking White Rock Lake in Dallas. Photo by Sean Fitzgerald. By Amy Martin Nov. 24, 2015Stand sometime in the midst of a typical Texas pasture. Everything is contained, with neat fencerows and grass kept short by the relentless grazing of cows. It’s silent and still, with no movement or sound of wildlife. Peaceful and …

North Texas Wild: Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake

North Texas Wild: Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake

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Local history winds through Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake Nov. 3, 2015 by Amy Martin Bob Jones is everywhere in the far northern parts of Southlake where it adjoins Grapevine Lake. Bob Jones Road, Bob Jones Park and Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve are just a few of the references to John Dolford “Bob” Jones, born a slave …

North Texas Wild: Twelve Hills Nature Center offers Oak Cliff oasis

North Texas Wild: Twelve Hills Nature Center offers Oak Cliff oasis

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by Amy Martin   According to Marcie Haley, Twelve Hills Nature Center is a welcome anomaly in this part of town. “In Oak Cliff, every piece of open land is being developed and yet here we are,” said Haley. “Twelve Hills is going to become more important as less and less open space is available.” Haley is the director of the non-profit that oversees the five-acre …

North Texas Wild: Citizen scientists document urban wildlife on iNaturalist

North Texas Wild: Citizen scientists document urban wildlife on iNaturalist

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iNaturalist is a place where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers and learn about the natural world. Courtesy of iNaturalist. Aug. 25, 2015 By Amy Martin Texas Parks & Wildlife employs a handful of urban biologists to cover all of North Texas. Millions of urban animals, two footed and four, everything from wild feral …

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