Nature Notes

Cactus SpinesWhy do rattlesnakes rattle and hummingbirds hum?
How do flowers market themselves to pollinators?
Why do tarantulas cross the road?

Nature Notes investigates questions like these about the natural world of the Chihuahuan Desert region and the Llano Estacado every week on KRTS Marfa Public Radio and KXWT West Texas Public Radio. Through interviews with scientists and field recordings, this Marfa Public Radio original series reveals the secrets of desert life.

Join host Dallas Baxter on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:45 am during Morning Edition and 4:45 pm during All Things Considered. New episodes premier on Thursdays and replay on Tuesdays. Episodes are written by Andrew Stuart and edited by Marfa Public Radio and the Sibley Nature Center in Midland, Texas.

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Today on Nature Notes:

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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Nature Notes is sponsored by the Dixon Water Foundation and is produced in conjunction with the Sibley Nature Center. Special thanks to the Meadows Foundation for their past support of the program.

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