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Photos shot for the March 2018 issue






The Year of Epic Texas Challenges

Texas' vast and diverse landscapes and array of outdoor pursuits offer thrills for participants and spectators alike. Each issue of 2018 will feature an event to challenge even the most extreme athletes and sportsmen. We hope you'll enjoy reading it from the comfort of your armchair or perhaps be inspired to try a new pursuit.

Running Through Time

The Texas Independence Relay takes runners on a historical route from Gonzales to San Jacinto.

Texians must have seen the future as a dark and friendless place in the early part of 1836. Miserable with hunger, cold and disease, the settlers and their families retreated eastward ahead of the Mexican army in a desperate scramble called the Runaway Scrape, abandoning or burning their homes and towns behind them.

How strange the scene along parts of their route more than 180 years later would have seemed: The people of this future age, still running, though now in joy rather than fear, the settlers’ weary horses and wagons replaced by a caravan of runners and rental vans.

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Wild in the 'Hood

Coexisting with North America's most resilient predator, the coyote.

Whether you live in the boonies, the ’burbs or the heart of a city, you’ve likely seen or heard America’s wild dog, the coyote. They are the most commonly encountered large predator in the United States. Coyotes seem to be everywhere and nowhere at once, howling unseen at night, prowling our neighborhoods or standing across the yard, staring back in canine curiosity or defiance.

I’ve heard coyotes yipping, yowling and yodeling in the arroyo behind my home on the edge of Austin’s Zilker Park. I’ve seen them trotting through my yard and down the block.

“Missing kitty,” “Dead cat” and “Coyote sighting” neighborhood listserv messages make the rounds. Sadly, too, I’ve found cat body parts in my yard. While cats also fall prey to dogs, raccoons, raptors, speeding cars, poisons and human cruelty, coyotes often get the blame.

Coyote encounters are playing out in cities and towns across America. With sightings on the rise, hardly anyone feels neutral or indifferent about coyotes living among us.

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Restoring the Guadalupe Bass

The 'state' of Texas' state fish has improved from dire to hopeful.

When a Decatur Intermediate School third-grade class started a movement to name the Guadalupe bass the official Texas state fish in 1989, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department research biologist Gary Garrett agreed that this species might be the ideal candidate.

Cousin to largemouth and spotted basses, Micropterus treculii is the only black bass with a native range exclusive to Texas. The Guadalupe bass lives in the clear, running streams of the Edwards Plateau; it’s a fighting sport fish that river anglers love to catch.

Thirty years ago, scientists began to realize that the fish was in trouble, so Garrett thought the proposed state designation could bring needed attention to the Guadalupe bass. Surveys indicated numbers were declining; changes in the stream environment due to damming and decreased spring flow appeared to be at least part of the reason.

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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.

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