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 …

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: Hope is a thing with feathers at Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

North Texas Wild: Hope is a thing with feathers at Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

North Texas Wild: Birds of all feathers ‘heal’ together at Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center North Texas Wild is a monthly column by Amy Martin showcasing the ‘wild’ side of DFW. Feb. 21, 2015 By Amy Martin Photos by Chris Jackson Wild bird rehabilitation sounds so romantic: nurturing the winged wounded back to health, then releasing them to fly away through blue …

North Texas Wild: Nature news for the wintertime blues

North Texas Wild: Nature news for the wintertime blues

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Jan. 19, 2015 By Amy Martin Brrrr! Not the greatest of hiking weather this time of year. Here are some options to get your nature on without getting cold, plus ways to help support parks… a sneak peak on Texas’ upcoming state park located west of Fort Worth… and guide book recommendations for wintertime arm-chair adventures. HIGH-DEFINITION PLANET Perot Museum …

Dallas digs into green burial movement

Dallas digs into green burial movement

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‘A Will for the Woods’: Documentary screening in Dallas digs into green burial movement   Pine Forest Memorial Gardens in Wake Forest, North Carolina is featured in “A Will for the Woods.” The 2014 documentary about green burial is showing Nov. 6 at 7p.m. at the Perot Museum in Dallas. Photo courtesy of the filmmakers.Oct. 27, 2014 By Amy Martin …

North Texas Wild: River Legacy Parks in Arlington

North Texas Wild: River Legacy Parks in Arlington

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North Texas Wild: Arlington’s River Legacy remains rooted in natural landscape Oct. 6, 2014   By Amy Martin Photos by Scooter Smith   When a meandering prairie river runs through your city, should you straighten its curves into a glorified drainage ditch, force a for-profit whitewater park in one of its few natural places (and fail at it), allow businesses …

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