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White Sands: America’s Newest National Park is a Chihuahuan Desert Wonder

“If one is inclined to wonder at first how so many came to be in the loneliest land that ever came out of God’s hands, one does not wonder so much after having lived there,” Mary Austin wrote in 1903, … Continue reading

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Underfoot in West Texas, A Mysterious World of Desert Ants and Their Uninvited “Guests”

Their social dynamics are intricate, and their legacy on the planet dates back some 150 million years. Ants can go unnoticed – underfoot as they are – but they’re a significant part of life on Earth. They comprise almost a … Continue reading

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Desert “Unicorns”: The White Lizards of the Salt Basin Dunes

In the West Texas countryside on a summer day, you’re apt to glimpse one racing across the ground, or basking in the sun. If you’re a “desert rat” yourself, you’re likely to identify with the small creature’s evident love of … Continue reading

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The Rio Grande Beaver: A Water-Lover at Home in West Texas

There is nothing more life-giving than flowing water in a land of little rain. And the rivers of desert West Texas are a lifeline not only for humankind, but for diverse wildlife. The Rio Grande and its tributaries sustain creatures … Continue reading

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Davis Mountains Sightings Bring Home a Wild Reality: West Texas is Once Again Bear Country

There’s nothing like the presence of an apex predator – an animal that could make a meal of you – to focus the attention. Davis Mountains residents had that experience in 2018 and 2019, when, for several months, black bear … Continue reading

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