Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine - June 2013

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June 2013 - Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

Get coastal and discover breezy activities to enjoy along the Texas coastline. Find out the best places to fish, camp, kayak and get sandy.
After suffering heavy damage in 2008's Hurricane Ike, coastal marshes and oyster habitat in Galveston Bay are taking the first steps to recovery. Port O¹Connor is a sleepy little fishing village but jumps to life when the big tournament comes to town. Some Galveston restaurants¹ discarded oyster shells are being recycled into oyster nurseries. Carter Smith writes about Chaetura Canyon, an Austin neighborhood haven created by one family for chimney swifts and other wildlife. Read about the basket-flower¹s home on the prairie, Lake Arrowhead State Park, the fragile existence of the coast¹s black skimmer and aiming for the right exposure with your photos.


Feature Articles

Get Coastal!

What to see and do all along the Texas coast.

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By Melissa Gaskill

From windswept beaches to tangled oak mottes, remote islands to bustling cities, alligators to whooping cranes, the Texas coast runs the gamut. It also runs some 350 miles, edged by one of the most diverse and vibrant bodies of water in the world. That adds up to so many chances for a good time, you may wonder where to start. Here’s our guide to the best of what to do and where to go on the Texas coast. Read more.


Ike’s Hidden Damage

TPWD leads efforts to restore oyster reefs and salt marshes after the 2008 hurricane.

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By Lance Robinson

Hurricane Ike, the costliest hurricane in Texas history, made landfall across the east end of Galveston Island on Sept. 13, 2008. A storm surge of 15 to 20 feet above normal tide levels was reported along the Bolivar Peninsula and part of the Galveston Bay area. In Chambers County, to the north of Galveston, the tidal surge reached more than 11 miles inland. Read more.


Reeling It In

Communities like Port O’Connor win big when fishing tournaments come to town.

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By Larry Bozka

Anyone who’s even vaguely familiar with the Texas coast knows that Port O’Connor is the epitome of a “sleepy little fishing village.” Anyone who isn’t need only enter the outskirts of town to figure it out.

The signs are everywhere. After carving an arrow-straight path through miles of mostly featureless prairie and just before dead-ending at Matagorda Bay, Texas Highway 185 makes a final dramatic statement. Read more.


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