Posted on: July 7, 2017

Algae in Dallas Park and Recreation Lake

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Summer is the time of year where we start seeing various shades of green, blue, red and brown in Dallas area water bodies.

These different colors are typically
associated with different types of algae. Algae is a generic term that covers many different organisms from single
cell bacteria to large, multi-celled organisms. Algae may appear as pond scum, long fibers, or ca...

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Urban Biologist
Posted on: July 6, 2017

Pollinator Week

Do you like to look at the pretty flowers and breathe clean air? If you said yes, thank a pollinator!

June 19th-25th is Pollinator Week for 2017.  Pollinators are the bees, butterflies, birds, beetles and bats that help pollinate 75% of all flowering plants.  The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department actively works to help with t...

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Urban Biologist
Posted on: April 26, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation Statement on Geese Disappearing at White Rock Lake

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Dallas Park and Recreation Department received a citizen report that geese are disappearing from White Rock Lake. Citizens are encouraged to call 911 if they witness the theft or abuse of animal life on park property.

Dallas Park and Recreation Department received a citizen report that geese are disappearing from White Rock Lake. Citizens are encouraged to call 911 if they witness the theft or abuse of animal life on park property.

“Dallas Park and Recreation proactivel...

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Urban Biologist
Posted on: April 24, 2017

DFW Wins National “City Nature Challenge” Competition

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Thank you, citizen scientists for making DFW the national winner of City Nature Challenge. Earlier this month we asked you to join us in submitting pictures of plants, animals and other living organisms that make up our diverse ecosystem.

Thank you, citizen scientists for making DFW the national winner of City Nature Challenge. Earlier this month we asked you to join us April 14 -18 in submitting pictures of plants, animals and other living organisms make up our diverse ecosystem, using th...

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Urban Biologist
Posted on: April 12, 2017

City Nature Challenge

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Looking for a fun activity to get outside and enjoy nature? If so, join us for the 2017 Nature City Challenge on April 14-18. It’s a nationwide effort to get out, observe and document the incredible biological diversity found within the city.

Looking for a fun activity to get outside and enjoy nature?  If so, join us for the 2017 Nature City Challenge on April 14-18.  It’s a nationwide effort to get out, observe and document the incredible biological diversity found within th...

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Urban Biologist
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Spring Has Sprung at our Dallas Parks

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Spring has arrived in Dallas. So what does this mean for nature in Dallas parks?

Spring has arrived in Dallas. The temperatures are rising and periodically dropping with an occasional spring storm in the forecast.  So what does this mean for nature in Dallas parks?

SnakesJust as the warm weather draws out people to the parks, ...

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Urban Biologist
Posted on: February 7, 2017

Harry S. Moss Prairie Restoration

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The Dallas Park and Recreation Department has identified the prairie remnant at Harry S. Moss Park as a priority for restoration.

In being good stewards to the land, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department is looking for ways to better manage our limited natural resources on city park properties. Much is made of the blackland prairie remnants at White Rock Lake, but those remnants...

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For more information on our restoration efforts Urban Biologist
Posted on: January 18, 2017

Busy Beavers

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Beavers provide good environmental services for our parks but they create some challenges and the Dallas Park and Recreation Department is doing its part to minimize those.

It’s winter, and the leaves and smaller trees haven fallen, providing the perfect tools for nature’s engineer to transform the landscape as few animals can. American beavers are very active right now but that wasn’t always the case.

In 1910, beavers ha...Read on...

Urban Biologist
Posted on: December 8, 2016

Winter Brings an Increase in Coyote Sightings

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Winter has arrived in Dallas and that means an increase in coyote sightings. Coyotes sightings increase as they search for food.

Winter has arrived in Dallas and that means an increase in coyote sightings.  Coyotes sightings increase as they search for food.  During this time, surviving coyote pups are anywhere from 7-8 months old and are going through a growth sp...

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Urban Biologist
Posted on: September 12, 2016

Think Again Before You Feed the Ducks

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Over the years we’ve learned that wildlife feeding is not the best idea. In fact, wildlife feeding tends to be the cause of many problems.

Over the years we’ve learned that wildlife feeding is not the best idea. In fact, wildlife feeding tends to be the cause of many problems.

Ducks and geese who are accustomed to being fed by people have no fear and are conditioned to be around people...Read on...

For more watch this FOX 4 report… Urban Biologist
Posted on: August 24, 2016

Urban Biologist Working to Save Endangered Blackland Prairie

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Dallas Park and Recreation received help from three of the state’s top plant and prairie experts to conduct a formal assessment of White Rock’s prairie remnants. Read how the department is working to improve the conditions of this endangered ecosystem.

The City of Dallas has some very unique natural resource assets. One of the most unique is the prairie remnant found around White Rock Lake. There are several different types of prairie plant communities found on the 14 remnants, but historically speaki...Read on...

For more information on our Urban Biologist... Urban Biologist
Posted on: April 17, 2016

Snake Season is Upon Us

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Spring is here and outdoor activity is at its peak in Dallas parks and on trails. While you are out, keep in mind that if it feels really good to you, it probably feels really good for a lot of wild animals. That of course includes snakes.

Spring is here and outdoor activity is at its peak in Dallas parks and on trails. While you are out, keep in mind that if it feels really good to you, it probably feels really good for a lot of wild animals. That of course includes snakes.

Once the a...Read on...

Urban Biologist
Posted on: June 17, 2016

Citizen Scientists Help Us Inventory Park Ecosystems at BioBlitz

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Some 34 citizens joined the Dallas Park and Recreation Department for its first ever BioBlitz

Some 34 citizens joined the Dallas Park and Recreation Department for its first ever BioBlitz on Saturday, June 11.

It was all in an effort to provide a fun, nature educational outreach experience and help generate an inventory of the diverse ecosystem...Read on...

Learn more about the iNaturalist project! Urban Biologist
Posted on: June 3, 2016

Become a Citizen Scientist at BioBlitz

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Nature lovers, now’s your chance to become a volunteer Citizen Scientist for the City of Dallas Park and Recreation. Join us Saturday, June 11 for our first ever BioBlitz.

Nature lovers, now’s your chance to become a volunteer Citizen Scientist for the City of Dallas Park and Recreation. Join us and other citizen scientists Saturday, June 11 for our first ever BioBlitz. Learn and inventory different species of vegetation an...Read on...

REGISTER NOW... Urban Biologist
Posted on: March 24, 2016

Dallas Park and Recreation has sprung into spring

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As you head out this weekend to celebrate Easter with family and friends, we want to personally invite you to visit our Dallas parks and trails. Our Park Maintenance Services Division has been working hard to roll out the red, or green carpet for you.

As you head out this weekend to celebrate Easter with family and friends, we want to personally invite you to visit our Dallas parks and trails. Our Park Maintenance Services Division has been working hard to roll out the red, or green carpet for you.
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Urban Biologist
Posted on: April 17, 2016

City of Dallas Park and Recreation Launches Pollinator Conservation Program

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The pollinator conservation program will help the declining pollinator population and you too are encouraged to join in the effort.

The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department announced details of a new pollinator conservation program today at Kiest Park. The new initiative promises to help the declining population of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and moths. The program was dev...Read on...

Urban Biologist
Posted on: May 10, 2016

Dallas Park and Recreation Activates Feral Hog Abatement Program

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Feral Hogs are a menace to our City and are causing tens of thousands of dollars in property damage every year.

Feral Hogs are a menace to our City and are causing tens of thousands of dollars in property damage every year. In response, the City of Dallas Park and Recreation is launching a new program that will trap them, reduce their numbers and reduce the destruc...Read on...

Feral Hog Abatement Briefing Urban Biologist