Texas Parks & Wildilfe Magazine January 2012

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

In this issue: Take a journey along the Red River, which shaped and witnessed Texas history and still defines the state line. Tag along with bayou biologists as they capture and study alligators — creatures that are powerful, legendary and expanding their territory. Race around Enchanted Rock in a rockin' duathlon. Executive Director Carter Smith makes an appeal for your help for state parks. Then read up on another Texas drought, armadillos, sotol, photo contest winners, and more.
Coming Soon: Watch for an email with a sneak preview of the new digital issue of the complete Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine.

Feature Articles

Red River Recollections

Texas’ northern boundary river weaves through history, culture and geography

By Russell A. Graves

Red-ribboned rock walls dominate each side of the river bottom. Underfoot, the sand feels powdery, not damp as it should. The driest 10-month span in recorded Texas history has crushed any hope of needed water bringing life to the upper end of the Red River. Read more.
Red River Recollections

Bayou Beasts

Alligators survive and thrive in Texas wetlands

By E. Dan Klepper

Fog trails the dark waters of Big Hill Bayou, rising in banderoles of smoke before dissipating against the bow of the small airboat. Petrochemical flare stacks ignite the horizon, casting a soiled glow across the cattails thriving in the shallows. Biologist Amos Cooper sweeps the wetland night with a high, bright spotlight. Two red embers pop to the surface, then blink, along the water’s edge. Cooper fixes the beam on them as fellow biologist Monique Slaughter maneuvers the airboat slowly forward. Biochemist Mark Merchant, outfitted head-to-toe in camo except for the black flip-flops on his bare feet, readies the pole snare. Read more.

Racing the Rock

Up for a challenge? This event takes racers around and through and up Enchanted Rock.

By Kathryn Hunter

I wake up before light to coyotes yipping.
My head’s buried in my sleeping bag, and it’s a struggle to navigate my way out, much less find the alarm on the floor of the tent. I shut it off, but the noise continues, to my bewilderment — oh right, I set two. To the relief of the campers who aren’t signed up for the race (and at this point wouldn’t mind seeing my head on a stake), I locate the second alarm, pack up camp and wheel my bike down to the start. Read more.

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