Where The Wild Things Are

In our North Dallas neighborhood, apparently…
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This sign is currently by the side of the road in Far, Far North Dallas…on Davenport…north of Campbell and south of Frankfort. And while many reading this entry might find it incredulous that such warnings are necessary, we can speak from experience…

There’s critters ’round these here parts.

As I’ve mentioned now and then, we seem to have an abundance of wildlife in the area, mostly along the several creeks and railroad right-of-ways in this area of town.

In the past two years, we’ve personally seen the following:

— Hawks (lots)
— Coyotes (several)
— Rabbits (so many, that they must be multiplying like, well, rabbits…)
— A Red Fox
— Two Armadillos
— Numerous Raccoons
— A Possum (in our actual backyard!)

We have not yet seen a bobcat. But I assume this sign is out because, from what I’ve heard, there was an actual bobcat sighting very near my parent’s house last week. (Less than a mile from here…one creek over…)

The last animal sighting by me personally was a Coyote, just last week while I was walking the Kiowa Creek trail at the bottom of the hill.

It was about 5 in the afternoon, and the Coyote was walking –rather nonchalantly– from the end of an alley, across the street, and back into the Kiowa greenbelt. He was only about fifty to a hundred feet in front of me, and if I hadn’t been so stunned I would’ve remembered to whip out my camera and take a shot (picture, that is…). He turned, looked at me as if in total boredom, then slowly loped back into the brush and creek bottom.

What most folks don’t realize is that most every North Dallas creek eventually winds its way down to White Rock Creek, and into its vast greenbelt/lake area. And there are lots of critters down there.

Basically, our little neighborhood creeks are critter superhighways.

They find their way up and down these green areas, and pop out now and then…right in the middle of suburbia.

It bothers a lot of people, from what I can tell. So, I know this next thought will probably not be popular with everyone.

I personally think it’s marvelous. North Dallas could use a little more wildness now and then.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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