Category Archives: Wildlife

Thousands of tarantulas expected to crawl through Colorado in mass migration

By Austin Williams


(Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/Picture alliance via Getty Images)

 – Looking for the ultimate family getaway? Well now’s your chance to witness the great tarantula migration expected to kick off this month in Colorado.

According to the Gazette, thousands of tarantulas with a high libido can be seen crawling through the Colorado grasslands in search of a mate, beginning their exodus from August through early October.

Scientists say many of the spiders are 10-year-old males looking to mate with females that make their burrows in Colorado’s grasslands.

Read more from FOX 4…

Texas Horned Lizard Making a Comeback From the Brink


Texas-Horned-Lizard-660x390Texas named the Texas horned lizard, also known as the Texas horned frog or even the “horny toad,” as the state reptile. Due to its low numbers across the state, conservation groups consider it a threatened species. In recent years, though, the Texas horned lizard seems to be surging back, thanks to the efforts of some dedicated individuals.

Read more from Texas Hill Country…

The 2019 Texas Wildflower Season Could Be the Best One in 10 Years


Texas-Wildflower-Report-2019-793x526If you live in Texas and, like us, wait with bated breath for those first few wildflowers to start popping up in the open fields, then this might be the best single piece of news you read today. The Texas Bluebonnet and Wildflower Report for the 2019 Spring Wildflower Season Outlook was recently released by Wildflower Haven and there is good news all around. The report found that wildflowers and the famous bluebonnets of the Texas Hill Country could bloom earlier than usual this year because we saw above-average rainfall across the state this fall and winter.

Read more from Wide Open Country…

Another coyote attack reported near Eldorado Parkway in Frisco


coyoteOn Jan. 29, a coyote reportedly bit a man who was jogging near Eldorado Parkway and Tangerine Lane, according to Frisco Police Department. The man was able to fend off the coyote and was taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

At least five other incidents where a coyote was aggressive toward a person have been reported near the same area.

Read more from Community Impact…

Invasive zebra mussels infest Grapevine Lake, Texas Parks and Wildlife reports



These Zebra mussels are hanging on a simple rope, with their depth attributable to their ability to attach to each other as well as other native mussels. (Leslee Bassman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Local entities are encouraging boaters to take steps to ensure that an expected infestation of zebra mussels at Grapevine Lake does not interfere with water intake or cause environmental damage.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in June announced a juvenile zebra mussel and microscopic larvae were found at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-operated lake. Zebra mussels are an invasive species that pose an ecological and economic threat, damage boats and threaten a city’s water supply by clogging pipes.

Read more from Community Impact…

Grapevine’s Sea Life Aquarium releases first sea turtle patient back to the ocean



The green sea turtle Pancake was released back to the ocean following a surgery and six-month recovery. (Courtesy Texas Sea Life Center)

Following a six-month stay, the Sea Turtle Rescue Center and Rehabilitation Hospital at Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium released its first patient, a green sea turtle named Pancake.

On May 5, Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium opened as the first North Texas aquarium with a hospital permitted to rehabilitate and release injured sea turtles back into the wild.

Pancake was sent to Grapevine to recover from a recent surgery for a contagious disease that causes tumors.

Read more from Community Impact…

Shark attacks Lakeview boy swimming in Lake Pontchartrain

A shark bit a Lakeview boy swimming with his family in Lake Pontchartrain Friday afternoon. The attack happened off of Southshore Harbor.

Shelly Trentacosta said her family had borrowed a friend’s sailboat and ventured out into the lake. With conditions calm and the water clear, it was a much better day for swimming than sailing, so the boaters decided to anchor up and take a dip.

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Bobcats spotted roaming in North Texas neighborhoods

By: Staff

Videos out of The Colony and Plano show bobcats on the prowl in neighborhoods. And while they won’t go after humans, they are a danger to small pets.

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Wildlife experts say this is a prime time of the year where you’re likely to see bobcats.

Dan McNew was on citizen patrol last week near South Colony and Blair Oaks in The Colony when he caught video of a bobcat creeping.

Read more and watch the video from Fox4News…

Escaped Flamingo Who’s Been Loose for 13 Years Spotted in Texas


Photo: Texas Parks & Wildlife

A flamingo who’s been on the lam for more than a decade has been spotted in Texas again. 

The African flamingo escaped from a Kansas zoo in 2005 after zookeepers failed to clip its wings. The bird has been seen in several states since then.

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What? Sea turtles joining longhorns and horses in the North Texas animal kingdom?

In North Texas, where longhorns and quarter horses are a common sight, Pancake sticks out.

First, she’s a green sea turtle, a reptile native to the Texas coast who possesses a wide smooth shell.

And she has green skin.

Read more from the Star-Telegram…

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