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Spring’s Music: Learning to Identify, and Imitate, West Texas Birdsong

It’s a curious thing to say about creatures that are in fact dinosaurs, and have endured for tens of millions of years, but birds are having a moment. Birding has a growing number of young practitioners. In city and town, … Continue reading

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Patty Manning, Linda Hedges Reflect on the Art of Native-Plant Gardening

The plains and deserts bloom. Birds whistle and sing. There are radiant days when the wind abates, and the sky itself seems to mellow and ripen. Springtime in West Texas is always a sweet surprise.  And across the region, gardeners … Continue reading

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For Burrowing Owls, West Texas is a Hub in an Epic Migration

They’re diminutive, less than a foot tall, but their claim to the open spaces and arid plains of the West runs as deep as the bisons’. They’re skilled hunters in the prairie night. Burrowing owls live in holes created by … Continue reading

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Big Spring State Park: A Scenic Vantage on a West Texas Crossroads

Travelers on Interstate 20 east of Midland see it from dozens of miles away – a bluff rising 200 feet above the otherwise unbroken West Texas plains. The promontory has always been a landmark. Abundant springs once flowed at its … Continue reading

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Monahans Sandhills: A Serene, and Surreal, Landscape Amidst the Bustling Permian Basin

It’s a place of serenity, a West Texas landscape with the power to mesmerize. Monahans Sandhills State Park encompasses almost 4,000 acres of sand dunes and sandhills – part of a larger expanse of sandhills here at the southwestern edge … Continue reading

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