Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine April 2012

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.
April magazine header

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.

Feature Articles

Best of Texas (Naturally):

Outdoor Favorites for 2012

Bigger in Texas? Why, yes, everything is! Better in Texas? Of course!

horned lizard
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.

Radar’s Eye on Wildlife

Biologists harness weather technology to unlock the secret lives of birds, bats and bugs.

bats flying
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.

More Articles




Win A Stay in McAllen's Bird's Nest B&B

green jay
Win a week-long birding stay in McAllen, located in the center of the Rio Grande Valley, the nation's most productive and popular birding destination. You will stay for 5 nights in McAllen's Bird's Nest B&B and have a day's worth of guiding from one of the area's most expert birders. Plus, you'll receive maps, brochures and other info about the area's best birding hot-spots. Register here!

Magazine Subscribers - Sign up to Receive Digital Versions

Paid subscribers to Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine may now receive free digital versions of the magazine as an added subscriber benefit. If you're currently a subscriber, sign up to receive notifications about the digital issues at http://www.tpwmagazine.com/digital/getdigital/.

If you are not a paid subscriber, we hope the digital issues will encourage you to subscribe. If you have any questions or issues, please email us at magazine@tpwd.state.tx.us