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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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Conserving a “Keystone Species”: Lynda Watson is “the Prairie Dog Lady” of West Texas

They form a sophisticated society, with intricate communication. Prairie dogs are remarkable for their intelligence and sociability. And they’re a “keystone species” – a foundation of biodiversity – on the West Texas plains. They nearly disappeared. Our region was once … Continue reading

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Understanding the Risks and Realities of Africanized Bees

It sounds like science fiction. Africanized honeybees were bred in a lab. These hybrids were superior honey producers – but also proved ferocious toward perceived threats. They escaped quarantine in Brazil in 1957. By the 80s, they’d reached the United … Continue reading

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