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At Borderlands Research Institute, Seeking New Insight On Secretive Montezuma Quail

Nineteenth and early 20th century naturalists found them “fantastic,” “curious,” “bizarre.” The male’s face is marked by swirls of black and white – and with their wild patterning, they were called “harlequin quail,” “fool quail,” “crazy quail.” They were recognized … Continue reading

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Painter Mary Baxter Captures Far West Texas’ Haunting, Elusive Essence

Daunting in its vistas, its haggard peaks, Far West Texas strikes some as barren, unwelcoming – certainly no place to linger. Others, however, are entranced by that very starkness. But even for those seized by the beauty of the Trans-Pecos, … Continue reading

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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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