Monday, March 5, 2018

What Dandelions Taught Me

When my kids were toddlers, they viewed dandelions not as a sign of an unkempt yard, but a wonderland of shimmering orbs waiting for a puff of breath to give them flight. Researchers confirm that our sense of wonder grows less flexible as we age, but we can intentionally preserve some of that childlike approach to the world. Read the essay here.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wildflower Road Trips

Plan a spring wildflower road trip in Texas! My latest for Texas Highways covers four parts of the state and the amazing sights to see in each. Read it here.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Rising sea temps mean fewer male sea turtles

Hotter seas could make reproduction difficult for sea turtles. Nest temperatures determine whether embryos develop into males or females, with higher temps meaning more females. Read why this is a problem in my piece for Texas Climate News.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Gone Glacier

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the glaciers in Glacier National Park have shrunk by an average of 39 percent since 1966; some lost up to 85 percent of their ice. Glacier NP's glaciers could all be gone by 2030. Read about what that means for the park and its wildlife, like this ptarmigan at Logan Pass.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Saving Sauceda House

An early 1900s ranch house in the middle of Big Bend Ranch State Park is showing its age. Texas Parks and Wildlife staff want to fix it up. Read about this historic structure and the repairs it needs.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

On the Road with Rover

Dogs make great traveling companions, but you want to find the right places to stay, eat and play. Try this Austin to Brenham road trip, with stops in between, in the latest issue of Texas Highways. 

The Hill Country on Two Wheels

Texas Bike Tours provides custom, guided rides around Austin and Fredericksburg, for all interests and abilities. It's a great way to see sights such as Luckenbach and the LBJ Ranch up close.