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The Roadrunner: Icon of the Southwest, and Ultimate Desert Survivor

For this episode, Nature Notes is teaming up with “West Texas Wonders” – a reporting series where listeners ask questions and Marfa Public Radio finds answers. This question comes from Austin listener Heather Holland. Born in Houston, raised in Colorado, … Continue reading

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At the Guadalupe Mountains, A “Community Volunteer Ambassador” Connects People with the Park

America’s national parks have never been more popular. Parks visitation hit a record high – with 330 million recreational visits – in 2016, the year of the National Park Service centennial. And while Americans are notably dissatisfied with their federal … Continue reading

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Below the Chinati Mountains, “Boulder Glyphs” Evoke a History of Violence and Conflict in the Big Bend

Rock art is a powerful expression of the Native American past here. From Palo Duro Canyon to the Pecos River, the region’s first peoples painted and carved countless images – vast murals, shapes aligned to celestial cycles, renderings of creatures … Continue reading

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Native Plant Society Guide Is a Companion for Cultivating a High Desert Garden

The high, arid land of Far West Texas is a demanding, if sublime, context for life. Yet throughout its extent, plants and animals, of a hardy beauty, have adapted to its demands, to survive, even flourish. Adaptation is key for … Continue reading

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At Spirit Eye Cave, A Cache of Corn Cobs Deepens the Mystery of the Ancient Big Bend

It doesn’t take an archeologist to recognize it was an important place for prehistoric peoples. In a limestone cliff near the Chinati Mountains, two openings give on to a hundred-foot-wide chamber. For thousands of years, people returned to this cave … Continue reading

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