Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine - November 2013

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November 2013 - Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

Follow one trekker reviving the lost practice of foot travel along the new 130-mile Northeast Texas Trail. Report your local amphibians through the Herps of Texas iNaturalist project. Jack and Jan Cato¹s land stewardship goal of maximum wildlife diversity wins Texas' top conservation award. Plan a watery weekend in South Padre, and learn how ducks helped launch the coastal Texas economy. Then catch up on new seagrass laws and the appealing pink of palafox flowers.  In the Who Knew category, Balmorhea State Park has a different persona in fall and winter, and loggerhead shrikes create a bizarre food pantry. Plus, read how to capture the scale of Texas landscapes in your photos.


Feature Articles

Lone Star Walkabout

A hiker sets off to be the first to walk the 130-mile Northeast Texas Trail.

Cameron Dodd,dirt trail fading into background

By Cameron Dodd

The noon sun hits me from directly overhead, and I can feel beads of sweat form on my temples. I’m covered in mud and bug bites, but there’s a scent of honeysuckle and rain in the air, distracting me from a nagging soreness in my knees and shoulders after lugging a 30-pound pack for four days. A muddy, tired dog that has adopted me follows faithfully behind.

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Log a Frog, Share a Snake 

Citizen scientists play a role in conservation by reporting wildlife sightings.

Texas horned lizard, green background

By Cullen Hanks and Natalie Reina

From a young age, University of Texas student Emily Powell has been fascinated with wildlife. As a child, she was constantly on the hunt for insects, lizards and frogs in her backyard, sparking a passionate interest in reptiles. 

“I was always interested in finding wild animals, but I think I was also motivated when I was younger because I wanted to keep reptiles as pets, and my parents would not let me for years,” Powell, a biology major, says. “I contented myself with observing them in the wild.”

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Two Lands, One Goal

Endangered and native species thrive at ranches honored with top land steward award.

hillside, dark sky, lightening, windmill

By Mike Cox

They are 90 miles apart and in different ecological regions of the state, but the two ranches have one very important thing in common — both are owned by a couple who have worked hard to rejuvenate their land. 

The Buckhollow Ranch in Uvalde and Real counties on the Edwards Plateau and the Stockard-Sirianni Ranch on the South Texas plains of Frio County belong to the family of Jack and Jan Cato of Houston. In the spring, the couple won the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award, Texas’ highest honor for private land conservation, in recognition of the conservation measures they have taken to improve their two special pieces of Texas.

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