Photos in the August - September 2014 issue
This Month's Features
A short starter list for those who long to put a name with a beak.
By Cliff Shackelford
Every Texan is familiar with icons like the Alamo and the state Capitol, but how many of our feathered friends can you identify? Northern cardinal, blue jay, grackle ... Those are pretty easy, but there are so many more!
Birding is one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities in the U.S. With 639 species of birds documented in Texas, things really are bigger and better here in the Lone Star State.
Nature center studies wildfire's effects on Chihuahuan Desert.
By Rob McCorkle
Photos by Earl Nottingham
The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center was lucky to escape relatively unscathed from the devastating Rock House fire that roared through 315,000 acres of the Davis Mountains and the Trans-Pecos in April 2011. The horrific wildfire, however, was only one threat in a year of extremes, including sub-zero February temperatures, a freak August monsoon that scoured the landscape and the subsequent drought that endures today.
For plentiful stripers, head up to Lake Texoma.
By Larry D. Hodge
Lake Texoma is one of about 10 reservoirs in the United States where stripers are able to naturally reproduce. The fish are so prolific that the daily bag limit on Texoma stripers is 10 per day, double the statewide limit.