North Texas Wild: Spring Creek Forest preserves ‘biological museum’ in Garland

North Texas Wild: Spring Creek Forest preserves ‘biological museum’ in Garland

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The 200-acre Spring Creek Forest Preserve features ancient trees, fossils and rich plant life. by Amy Martin Feb. 8, 2017 The towering aged trees along Spring Creek are visible to thousands of people from the parking lots of the nearby big box sports store, water park, convention center and a handful of schools. Few pay attention. Just another riparian corridor …

Green Neighborhoods: Dallas’ Eastlake area is known for its laid-back, eco-friendly vibe

Green Neighborhoods: Dallas’ Eastlake area is known for its laid-back, eco-friendly vibe

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Pictured, great egret at White Rock Lake. Photo by Chris Jackson, DFWUrbanWildlife.com. By Amy Martin  Jan. 2, 2017 In the new year, GreenSourceDFW.org and Natural Awakenings DFW  are partnering in a new series called Green Neighborhoods. Over the coming months, we will be exploring the eco-friendly neighborhoods in North Texas with Green Source DFW reporter Amy Martin as our guide. Amy …

North Texas Wild: Bring nature into your holiday

North Texas Wild: Bring nature into your holiday

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Photo from the Interlochen Holiday Lights in Arlington. Enjoy the holidays with Solstice celebrations, natural decorating, outdoor lighting, green gifts, winter hikes and bird counts. By Amy Martin   Dec. 6, 2016 While technology and news drive us 24/7, nature has a different plan. Bursting forth with vigor in the spring, hitting a steady summer stride,and winding down in the fall. …

North Texas Wild: Bats hang at Parker County sanctuary while they heal

North Texas Wild: Bats hang at Parker County sanctuary while they heal

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Peekaboo, a rescued Egyptian fruit bat, front, and friends hanging out at Bat World Sanctuary in Weatherford. Photos courtesy of Bat World Sanctuary.    By Amy Martin Oct. 26, 2016   It doesn’t look much like a place called Bat World Sanctuary. There are no giant bat insignias on the front, no bat cave entrance, no high balcony from which to …

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 …

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 …

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