April 2012 - Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine
In this issue, Texas Parks and Wildlife staff write about their Texas outdoor favorites for 2012. Learn how biologists are using weather radar to study animal behavior. Executive Director Carter Smith notes the joys and benefits of being outside, and writer Rob McCorkle celebrates Galveson's tenacity and attractions. Then enjoy a potpourri of cool information about Kemp's ridley sea turtles, compass plants, chirping frogs and smart phone photography and more.
Outdoor Favorites for 2012
Bigger in Texas? Why, yes, everything is! Better in Texas? Of course!
By Louie Bond
Ask Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staffers what they love best about Texas and then sit down for a spell.
The one thing that unites biologists and educators, journalists and accountants across this agency is a love for the natural places that abound in this state. Our eyes start to sparkle when we talk about horned lizards, Palo Duro Canyon or kayak fishing. Love of nature and love of Texas — it’s in our DNA. Read the article.
Biologists harness weather technology to unlock the secret lives of birds, bats and bugs.
By Russell Roe
The next time you watch the weather on TV, you should know that you’re missing something. Something big. The bigger story of life in the air is being ignored — hidden behind the cheerful TV meteorologists, the warm air masses from the Gulf and the picture sent in by one of our viewers. In addition to tracking storms, weather radar picks up aerial wildlife — birds, bats and insects — but meteorologists routinely filter it out or skip over it. Read the article
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