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This Month's Features

Love at Second Sight

Texas cities are embracing their rivers again.

By Russell Roe

In 1718, Spanish missions started to appear along the San Antonio River near its headwaters. In 1836, the Allen brothers staked out a spot along Buffalo Bayou and named it after Sam Houston. In 1841, John Neely Bryan founded Dallas when he built his cabin near the Trinity River. Farther west, Maj. Ripley S. Arnold established a frontier fort, Fort Worth, at the confluence of two forks of the Trinity.

Texas cities were built on rivers. But for decades, many cities have abused or ignored their rivers — straightening them, walling them off with levees and using them as dumping grounds. Many residents never felt connected to them.

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Padre: A Photo Essay

The sand and surf of Padre Island National Seashore create a place of isolation and beauty.

By Chase A. Fountain

As a photographer for this magazine, I get to explore every corner of the state. There are treasures to behold in every city, town and rural area. Out of all these, one continues to hold my fascination: Padre Island National Seashore.

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Upstream, Downstream

When there’s not enough for all, who gets water from the Colorado River?

By Jenna Craig

As the population of Texas grows, so does our need for water. But with the glass half-empty, who will have a say in distributing what’s left? It’s a dilemma that’s pitting Texan against Texan in a war with no real winners.

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Back From the Edge

Four years after Gulf oil spill, some Texas restoration projects are set to begin.

By Sheryl Smith-Rodgers

For weeks, the news reports horrified us. Would the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil blowout — located nearly 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico — ever be stopped? Not only had 11 men died when the offshore drilling platform exploded April 20, 2010, but efforts to plug the gushing pipe on the ocean floor kept failing. Finally, 87 days later, crews with BP and the U.S. Coast Guard announced that they’d successfully capped the well.

Four years later, litigation associated with the worst oil spill in U.S. history still remains in court. Some cases — namely those against BP — could take years to resolve. So, until then, we won’t know exactly how much Texas will receive in compensation for any damage linked to the nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil released into the Gulf.

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2014 Spring/Summer Birding Calendar

In addition to our resident birds, migrating birds make Texas a prime spot to watch for avian friends. Find a bird-watching event to suit every taste in our online-only 2014 Spring/Summer Birding Calendar.



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Texas Fishing 2014

How's the fishing? Our experts give the outlook for freshwater and saltwater angling in this Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine digital extra: Texas Fishing 2014.

Freshwater forecast | Saltwater forecast |
Fishing through the year | Invasive mussels | Freezing and cooking fish



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Texas Hunting 2013

How's the hunting? Our experts give the outlook for deer, dove and more in this Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine digital extra: Texas Hunting 2013.

Whitetail forecast | Turkey, dove, quail forecast
Hunter education | Rifle prep | Camouflage

HTML5 version | Flash version



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Keep Texas Wild

It's not just for kids. If you like nature-related topics in an easy-to-read format, you can find three years of our popular Keep Texas Wild issues and the teacher resources to go along with them.