Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine - June 2012

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June 2012 - Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

Discover 10 Hidden Gems, less traveled state parks that you and your family should explore this summer. Read about the daring heroics that saved hundreds of sea turtles in the continuing effort to restore their populations. Carter Smith reflects on the memory of John D. Parker and tells of the newest fish hatchery dedicated in his name in Jasper county. Uncover the legacy behind Angelina, a Native American woman for whom a county, river and national forest are named.    

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10 Hidden Gems

Beat the crowds and discover 10 of Texas’ overlooked state parks.

By Rob McCorkle

Texas state parks make up a sprawling spider web of more than 90 sites stretching from Amarillo to Brownsville and El Paso to Sabine Pass. Most of us have frequented or at least heard of iconic parks like Bastrop, Garner, Palo Duro Canyon and others. But what about the lesser-known, unpolished gems in remote pockets of Texas just begging to be discovered? Read more.
Desert Plant and landscape

Rebounding Flounder

Comprehensive effort brings the flatfish back from the edge of obscurity.

By David Sikes

Former rodeo rider Danny Adams II held securely to the boat’s bucking bow with a taut line wrapped twice around his fist as he barked the names of landmarks to guide his father at the wheel.

I watched with wide eyes as a number of blurry shapes came into focus and faded as quickly while the intrepid young Adams motioned with his free hand the directions his father should steer. Duck blinds didn’t become duck blinds in my vision until they were almost near enough to touch. Read more.
Flounder School

Saving Sea Turtles

Dedicated volunteers continue to fight serious threats to Gulf populations.

By Rusty Middleton

Early February 2011 found Texas frozen with an unusually frigid blast that stretched its icy fingers down to the coast. At sea turtle restoration facilities, phones rang off the hook with reports of turtles that appeared to be paralyzed or dead. The phenomenon is known as cold-stranding, a condition caused by sudden drops in temperature.

“We prepare ahead of time for cold-stranding events, but no one was ready for the sheer size of that one. It took on epic proportions,” says Jeff George, curator of Sea Turtle Inc. on South Padre Island. Read more.
Saving a turtle

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