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The History of Winter Texans

Thousands of snow-weary northerners flock to Texas for the winter. In Texas—a state famous for adding its unique flair—migrating snowbirds have been affectionately dubbed Winter Texans. Most congregate in one of two areas: Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley. The majority of Winter … Continue reading

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Mission a Prime Destination For Winter Texans

Located right in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, about 250 miles south of San Antonio, lies a tight knit community of friends, family, and children. During winter, they embrace the thousands of Winter Texans that call Mission their … Continue reading

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Fewer Winter Texans Visit The Rio Grande Valley

The Rio Grande Valley has been a winter refuge for northern snowbirds for many decades. But the heydays for these retired part-time residents, dubbed Winter Texans, may be over. A new study by the University of Texas-Pan American’s Business and … Continue reading

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Bird Photography is What I like to Do

With binoculars, scopes, and gazes turned to the skies, birders are often easier to spot than their feathered friends. Birding has become one of the fastest-growing and most popular activities in the U.S. and around the world. An estimated 30 … Continue reading

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Texas Gulf Coast Habitat Becomes State Park

A multi-partner coalition including the Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Foundation has announced the purchase of the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas Gulf Coast in Calhoun County. The acquisition will conserve a spectacular piece of property that is one … Continue reading

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There’s an RV for Every Lifestyle

What is the RV lifestyle? It all depends upon your perspective. What do you want a recreational vehicle to do for you? What type of lifestyle do you anticipate? What are your hobbies and favored activities? For some the RV is a home—full … Continue reading

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Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints

Get more out of life—take a hike! Now that we’re well into spring and getting ready for summer, it’s prime time to get out on the trail and enjoy the colorful wildflowers, wandering wildlife, and breathtaking views of the natural world. … Continue reading

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National Trails Day: Let’s Take a Hike

In 1993 the American Hiking Society sponsored the first National Trails Day hike. Over the next 20 years the event has grew to more than 2,000 events ranging from guided hikes to paddling excursions and similar outdoor adventures. American Hiking Society’s … Continue reading

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Lake Erie Wind Turbine Project Halted

In an earlier post I detailed the threat to migratory songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and bald eagles with the proposed wind turbine project planned for the shores of Lake Erie. In a recent development, one of several wind turbine projects planned … Continue reading

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Top 3 Birding Hotspots in Southeastern Arizona

Southeastern Arizona is an ecological crossroads, where the Sierra Madre of Mexico, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts all come together. The abrupt rise of mountains like the Huachucas from the surrounding arid grasslands creates “sky islands” harboring … Continue reading

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