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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge: A Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Spectacle

They sail in on wingspans of 7 feet, arriving in groups of three and four. The massive birds stake out their roosts for the night, and they jostle, cry and call. As the sun sets, the assembly swells into the … Continue reading

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The Frontera Land Alliance: Preserving Open Spaces in Texas’ Mountain City

“Oh, how I wish I had the power to describe the wonderful country as I saw it then!” So wrote Texas Ranger James Gillett. He kept the peace in 1880s El Paso, ranched near Alpine. “For one who loved nature … Continue reading

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For Birds of Prey, Winter is the Time in West Texas

The rains have ended. The weather is bracing. On prairies and grasslands, green gives way to gold. Winter is coming to West Texas, and nature herself seems to quiet and still. But even as arid months begin, a wave of … Continue reading

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Blackwater Draw: A Journey into the Paleolithic Plains

A century ago, archeologists believed human beings had occupied the Americas for just 3,000 years. Then, a series of discoveries on the plains of West Texas and eastern New Mexico transformed that view. In 1932, archeologists excavated the remains of … Continue reading

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Keeping an Eye on the Winter Hummingbirds of the Trans-Pecos

West Texas boasts among the greatest diversity of hummingbirds of any region in the country. Each year in late summer, birders convene in Fort Davis for the Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration, as thousands of hummingbirds pass through on great migrations. … Continue reading

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