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West Texas “Water Shrine”: Encountering An Ancient Desert Civilization at Hueco Tanks State Park

What’s now West Texas was home to nomadic societies for more than 10,000 years. But, about 1,500 years ago, some Chihuahuan Desert peoples began to adopt a different way of life. They embraced agriculture – farming corn, beans and squash … Continue reading

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Where the West Winds Blow: What Causes the West Texas Windy Season?

For this episode, Nature Notes is teaming up with “West Texas Wonders” – a new reporting series, where listeners ask questions and Marfa Public Radio finds answers. Adele Powers lives in Marfa. “Windy season is the bane of my existence,” … Continue reading

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The Story of Mesquite in West Texas

For this episode, Nature Notes is teaming up with “West Texas Wonders” – a new reporting series, where listeners ask questions and Marfa Public Radio finds answers. Alan Cox is a Big Spring native. “One of the deals that I’ve … Continue reading

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Tracing a History of Change, Innovation Among Texas’ Ancient Nomadic Peoples

From the Ice Age to the late 19th century, Native Americans had pursued nomadic ways of life in what’s now Texas for more than 12,000 years. It’s possible for a contemporary outsider to imagine those ways of life were timeless, … Continue reading

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Rio Grande Joint Venture Fights to Save the Chihuahuan Desert’s Grassland Birds

They’re prairie seas, framed by desert-mountains – from the Marathon Basin to northern Mexico, the Chihuahuan Desert contains stretches of stunning grasslands. The grasslands support ranching, and iconic wildlife – from soaring raptors to sprinting pronghorn.  They’re also home to … Continue reading

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