Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine - January/February

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January/February - Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

Texas game wardens expand their capabilities to handle emergencies. Texas skies are the best, as proven once again by photographer Earl Nottingham’s desert images. The USS Hatteras, a Union warship sunk near Galveston, gets checked out using 21st century technology. Explore Wichita Falls, a weekend getaway city on the Rolling Plains. The Dallas Arboretum has designed a natural wonderland to delight and inspire the child in all of us, and the fourth annual Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest brings mountain bikers to Big Bend Ranch State Park. For wintry starry skies, blazing campfires and cozy cabins, think Cooper Lake State Park. And much more…


Feature Articles

Ready to Rescue

Game wardens expand ways to serve with new K-9, dive, 

search-and-rescue and other teams. 

men training search and rescue in creek

By Mike Cox

Its blades slicing the clear-blue autumn sky that followed devastating flooding in Central Texas the night before, the Department of Public Safety helicopter hovered over an Austin neighborhood as first responders helped a couple of children descend from the dangling basket that had carried them to safety. Read more.


Desert Skies

Clouds and rain become a part of the landscape when late-summer storms move across West Texas.

desert landscape, lightening

Photo Essay By Earl Nottingham

With less than an hour of daylight left for photography, I sit on a mountaintop with a 360-degree view of the Big Bend region that seems to go on forever. 

To my left, the distant Chisos Mountains are cloaked in low-hanging clouds. To my right, across miles of desert flats, the Chinatis and faraway mountains of Mexico are silhouetted by the lowering sun. Read more.


New View of a Sunken Ship

Technology provides a dramatic look at a largely forgotten Union steamer off Galveston.

2 scuba divers near wreck

By Rae Nadler-Olenick

On Jan. 11, 1863, the iron-hulled USS Hatteras — a sidewheel merchant steamer retrofitted as a Union warship — sank 20 miles off Galveston, bested by the Confederate battle cruiser CSS Alabama in a fierce battle lasting only 13 minutes. Though the conflict was brief, the Hatteras’ defeat that winter night had far-reaching consequences. Read more.


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