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Ancient Primates of the Big Bend

Naturalists know that the Big Bend’s harsh conditions mask a tremendous diversity of living things. The Chihuahuan Desert is home to plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. But did you know it was once home to an assortment … Continue reading

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Strange and Wondrous: The Triassic Creatures of West Texas

The Triassic redbeds are one of the scenic highlights of West Texas. They dazzle in the red cliffs of Palo Duro Canyon and Caprock Canyons state parks. These colorful rocks are found all along the margin of the Llano Estacado, … Continue reading

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Beware the Buzzworm: Rattlesnakes in West Texas

At the buzz of a rattlesnake, the heart races, and the adrenalin flows. Our response is primal, physical. But rattlesnakes also exert a power over the imagination. For many, the fear of rattlesnakes is mixed with fascination. Rattlesnakes are impressive … Continue reading

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In the Arid Lands of West Texas, An “Amazon of Bees”

“Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it.” Lyricist Cole Porter may have rendered it with a characteristic wit and concision. But it wasn’t a new idea. Poets have long seen in the bee’s regard for the … Continue reading

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In the West Texas Canyonlands, Shumla Center Works to Preserve An Ancient Painted “Library”

For Native peoples, the arrival of Europeans in the Americas brought destruction on a staggering scale. Along with the catastrophic human toll, there was cultural shock – the violent disruption of ancient traditions and histories. But even where people were … Continue reading

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