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Sight-seeing

Austin birders lose it over the Fork-tailed Flycatcher

By Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

A rare bird sighting near Austin, Texas has birders flocking to McKinney Falls State Park just south of Austin. The Fork-tailed Flycatcher usually camps out in Central and South America in the ...


Endangered birds

Whoop for Whoopers: A great Texas comeback story

By Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Texas is one of the few places in the United States where you can see the endangered whooping crane. These 5-foot tall birds — North America’s tallest — fly all the way from Canad ...


A natural state

A permanent rest stop? Plan for more Texas park space includes "green" burial grounds

By Whitney Radley

It's no secret that the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has felt the effects of deep budget cuts in recent years. Natural disasters (like last year's drought) and an ongoing need ...


Christmas in Texas

Celebrate La Posada in the Parks

By Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

The first Christmas celebration in Mexico took place in 1538 when missionaries brought Roman Catholicism to the new continent. Since then, the story of La Posada, where Joseph and Mary look for a p ...


The great outdoors

Conservation with teeth! Alligator gar in the water

By Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

The are ugly, a pre-historic looking creature from the deep that has gotten a bad rap over the years. But as more anglers discover the merits of the alligator gar, a meaty species with sharp teeth, ...


Funding the great outdoors

Restoring Texas outdoors: Conservation for all Texans

By Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Wildlife Sport Fish Restoration Program. It's a program responsible for almost every important conservation achievement in Texas since 1937. Toda ...


Creatures of the night

Natural mosquito control: Searching for the Big-Eared bat

By Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

In the swamps of East Texas, lives a colony of rare bats called Rafinesque's Big-Eared bats. Their numbers have dwindled with the overall disappearance of the old hardwood bottomland forests ca ...


Parks and recreation

Replanting Bastrop State Park: A million trees coming back with Arbor Day Foundation help

By Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

With the one-year anniversary of the most destructive wildfire in Texas history coming up, state agencies along with the Arbor Day Foundation launched the Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign with t ...


Loving the outdoors

The Texas Outdoor Family program, founded by a Brit on a mission to get Texans outside

By Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

He may not sound like he’s from around here, but Chris Holmes couldn’t be more proud of Texas State Parks than any native born resident. As the Director of Interpretations for Texas Sta ...


Outdoors

The toad lady: Saving lives after the Bastrop fires

By Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Following the catastrophic wildfires of September 2011, Roxanne Hernandez emerged as a leader for natural resource restoration in Bastrop County. The fire destroyed 96 percent of Bastrop State ...


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