Wild DFW


Dawn at Bart Simpson Lake by Daniel Koglin

These fine individuals, groups, places, and information sources were integral to the writing of Wild DFW. I am grateful.

This clickable list is provided to make it easy to learn more about them (when links are available). Listed in the order found in each chapter. For page numbers, see the book index. 



Natural History & Ecology

Wild Dallas-Fort Worth  —  our cultural and ecological differences

Where Forest Meets Prairie — from eastern forest through prairies to western plains 

Bound by the Trinity  — everything flows to the Trinity, our lifeblood

Clear Fork

West Fork

Elm Fork

Main Stem 

East Fork

Shores of an Ancient Ocean — geology underlies everything

Tip of Tornado Alley — epic weather forces meet in N TX

Native Species  —  how urban wildlife succeeds 

Exotic Species — imported species upending ancient ecologies

Migration  —  for many species N TX is just a rest stop

Creeks and Watersheds —  the last repository of urban nature

Backyards — making nature flourish at home

After Dark — being comfortable with nature at night

Citizen Scienceyour educated observations feed statistical studies

Field Guide

Bat World Midcities (bat photos)

Bill Freiheit (research assistance: plants)

MaryLinda Jones (research assistance: plants)

Denver Kramer (research assistance: wildlife)



Wild Waters of the East

1: Spring Creek: Spring Creek Forest Preserve

2: White Rock Creek: White Rock Lake Park

3: Oak Creek: Piedmont Ridge 

4: East Fork: John Bunker Sands Wetland Center

Wild Lands of the North

5: Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge 

6: Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary 

7: Parkhill Prairie 

Big Creeks of Southern Collin County

8: Rowlett Creek: Connemara Meadow 

9: Rowlett Creek: Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve

Great Trinity Forest

10: Trinity River Audubon Center and Trinity Forest Trail

11: Ned & Genie Fritz Buckeye Trail and Bonton Woods  

12: Holland Trail 

13: Goat Island Preserve 

Southwest Dallas Escarpment

14: Cedar Ridge Preserve 

15: Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center 

Elm Fork of the Trinity River

16: Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center  

17: Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area 

18: Ray Roberts Lake State Park: Isle du Bois 

Where the West Begins

19: Bob Jones Nature Center and Walnut Grove Trail 

20: Sheri Capehart Nature Preserve

21: Tandy Hills Natural Area

West and Clear Forks of the Trinity

22: West Fork: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge  

23: Clear Fork: Richardson Tract Prairie

24: West Fork: Trinity River Float Trip 

25: West Fork: River Legacy Park and Village Creek Drying Beds  

Far Flung Adventures