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 …

North Texas Wild: Be mosquito-free outdoors with these eco-friendly insect repellents

North Texas Wild: Be mosquito-free outdoors with these eco-friendly insect repellents

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June 24, 2015 The deadliest insect on Earth, a mosquito is a formidable opponent that’s had 200 million years to perfect its game. Here’s how to win with natural and non-toxic approaches to bug repellents. By Amy Martin Hiking and enjoying the outdoors should not be a bloodletting affair. Getting a serious blood-borne disease is even worse. Along with sunscreen …

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. …

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