North Texas Wild: Create your own pocket prairie

North Texas Wild: Create your own pocket prairie

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 By Amy Martin   Amy Martin offers tips for creating a mini-prairie wildscape in your backyard. Above, the Native Texas Park at the George Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Photo by Scooter Smith. April 3, 2018 Pocket prairies, small handcrafted parcels redolent with native grasses and wildflowers, are beautiful and easy to maintain. The intricate landscape changes week by week, reflecting the seasons. They …

North Texas Wild: Urban prairie hidden in Crawford Park

North Texas Wild: Urban prairie hidden in Crawford Park

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  Little bluestem grows on the 27-acre Blackland prairie remnant in Crawford Memorial Park. Courtesy of iNaturalist/Tania Homayoun.  By Amy Martin Feb. 13, 2018 Are you a vertical snob, impressed only by the tall? Does nature have to be literally in your face like trees or mountains to get your attention? Is the sky separate from the landscape? Is dirt just dirt to …

North Texas Wild: Mathews Prairie goes into win column for prairie preservationists

North Texas Wild: Mathews Prairie goes into win column for prairie preservationists

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 By Amy Martin   The Native Prairies Association of Texas raised $60,000 this fall to purchase and maintain the 100-acre Mathews Prairie outside of Greenville. Photos courtesy of Amy Martin. Dec. 12, 2017 Every day a few more acres slip away. To a developer, a prairie looks like a flat field ready-made for concrete, empty space waiting to be filled. To a naturalist, …

North Texas Wild: Former Dallas rehabber uses care with animal invaders

North Texas Wild: Former Dallas rehabber uses care with animal invaders

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Squirrels and raccoons are the most common critters to make their way into homes. Photos courtesy of Bonnie Bradshaw. By Amy Martin Dec. 6, 2017 Saving animals is addictive. We rarely are privy to the full impact we have on the world. With wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, it’s right there in front of you — until you’re hopefully able to release back …

North Texas Wild: Funds needed to save Blackland Prairie parcel in Hunt County

North Texas Wild: Funds needed to save Blackland Prairie parcel in Hunt County

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The Native Prairies Association of Texas aims to raise $50,000 to buy the Paul Mathews Prairie in Hunt County. Photos courtesy of NPAT.  By Amy Martin, Sept. 7, 2017 When less than 1 percent of an ecosystem remains, a few thousand acres out of the millions prior, the opportunity to preserve it is a genuinely big deal. Such is the case with the Blackland …

North Texas Wild: DFW bunny lovers double down to help abandoned pet rabbits

North Texas Wild: DFW bunny lovers double down to help abandoned pet rabbits

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By Amy Martin   July 4, 2017 If you think GSDFW rabbit stories are multiplying, Amy did a story on a wild rabbit rescue group called Rabbit Rescue in April.  The following article is about the Bunny Burrow, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit that focuses on rescuing domestic pet rabbits in North Texas. Pictured: rescued bunny buddies Eden and Sawyer. Photos courtesy of the Bunny Burrow.   On this planet, the lines …

North Texas Wild: Rewilding the Trinity River to be explored at Dallas symposium

North Texas Wild: Rewilding the Trinity River to be explored at Dallas symposium

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D Magazine has invited experts to discuss returning the Dallas Trinity River corridor back to its natural landscape. Above, wading birds in the Great Trinity Forest. Photo courtesy of Ben Sanderson/DallasTrinityTrails.blogspot.com. By Amy Martin Feb. 27, 2017Twenty years. For 20 years the citizens of Dallas have waited for city officials to treat the Trinity River as something more than a drainage …

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 …

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 …

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