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 …

North Texas Wild: Stalking edible ‘urban’ wild plants with survival expert Mark Suter

North Texas Wild: Stalking edible ‘urban’ wild plants with survival expert Mark Suter

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March 31, 2015 By Amy Martin I ate Fair Oaks Park. Not all of it, but a fair portion of it in a three-hour foraging walk around the Dallas park. Better known for its sprawling sports fields and nearby trash transfer station, the venue offered students of Mark Suter’s Primitive Texas wild edible plants class plenty to eat during a mid-March hike. We …

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 …

North Texas Wild: Bringing nature into your holiday

North Texas Wild: Bringing nature into your holiday

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Where to celebrate the solstice in DFW and see the best light displays, along with tips for natural decorating and green gifts. Dec. 16, 2014 By Amy Martin For thousands of years, we lived by nature’s rhythms, stirring in the spring, expanding in the summer, gathering in the fall and resting in winter. You might say it’s in our DNA. …

North Texas Wild: Your guide to exploring the Great Trinity Forest

North Texas Wild: Your guide to exploring the Great Trinity Forest

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North Texas Wild: Your guide to exploring the Great Trinity Forest   This is the second part of Amy Martin’s coverage of the Great Trinity Forest. Part 1: Who’s Watching Out for the Great Trinity Forest and the Future of Pemberton Hill? brings readers up-to-date on the history of the 6,000-acre wildspace and efforts to protect it. Part 2 offers a guide …

North Texas Wild: Great Trinity Forest and the future of Pemberton Hill

North Texas Wild: Great Trinity Forest and the future of Pemberton Hill

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North Texas Wild: Who’s watching out for the Great Trinity Forest and the future of Pemberton Hill? Nov. 18, 2014 By Amy Martin. Photos courtesy of Dallas Trinity Trails.   The Great Trinity Forest — thousands of undeveloped acres south and southeast of downtown Dallas. The wild core is wedged between I-45 and US 175, where the Trinity River, finally …

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 …

North Texas Wild: Escape the heat at these green retreats

North Texas Wild: Escape the heat at these green retreats

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By Amy Martin, Mon., Aug. 25, 2014 /   Summers in Texas extend deep into September, even October. Months after the longest day, the ground continues to absorb and radiate heat. Trapped in our air-conditioned caves for too long, we need relief! Here is a selection of nature places to go green while cooling off. Swimming Beaches at Area Lakes  …

North Texas Wild: Why we should lobby to save Lake Fannin Park

North Texas Wild: Why we should lobby to save Lake Fannin Park

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Amy Martin’s ‘North Texas Wild’: Why North Texas should lobby to save Lake Fannin Park • Last year, the U.S. Forest Service locked the gate to significant areas of Lake Fannin Park, a wilderness gem on the Red River • As a result, volunteers who restored the historic park have been unable to continue. • Efforts are underway to transfer the …

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