Aug./Sept. 2012 - Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine
Two of Texas' main attractions – birds and bass – are in the spotlight this issue. Learn why Corpus Christi and Port Aransas are two of America’s birdiest cities and then peruse the 2012-2013 birding calendar to discover where to find feathered travelers. Meanwhile, Falcon International Reservoir is so hot, anglers can follow the smoke to the lake. Carter Smith notes the essential nature of people power in creating and restoring state parks. Then learn more about the history of dove hunting, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, Mother Neff State Park, the sandpaper tree, how to take a better photo, and choosing archery gear for kids.
Port Aransas and Corpus Christi find success riding the wings of their feathered friends
By Rob McCorkle
It’s no secret that feather-friendly Texas, where more than 600 bird species have been recorded, boasts a plethora of productive birding destinations. But two coastal cities rank crown and scapulars above the nation’s other birding hotbeds, earning titles of “America’s Birdiest City.”
Use this helpful calendar to spot migrating birds: Fall 2012–Spring 2013
By Shelly Plante
We’re in exactly the right place, and it’s precisely the right time. The Texas coast is a hot spot for watching a steady parade of migratory birds from August through November. Flycatchers, vireos, warblers and swallows, orioles, tanagers, kites, flickers and terns — it seems as if everything with two wings is passing through.
In addition to the events listed here, state parks host frequent birding activities. A regularly updated calendar of all events offered at Texas Parks and Wildlife
facilities can be found online (www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar
Falcon is so hot, anglers can follow the smoke to the lake.
By Larry D. Hodge
A constant struggle takes place along the Texas-Mexico border, with millions of dollars at stake.
It’s a classic example of yin and yang, the dynamic interaction between seemingly opposite forces that are, in fact, interconnected and interdependent, one giving rise to the other. It’s not so much a struggle to win as a complicated dance of coexistence, a performance of life.
Falcon International Reservoir is the stage.