Friday, June 29, 2018

A tribute to Tony Amos

Oceanographer Anthony Amos patrolled Port Aransas beaches for decades, creating an unparalleled database and rescuing scores of sea turtles, birds and other creatures. He founded the Animal Rehabilitation Keep, now the Amos Rehabilitation Keep. Tony died in September, 2017. Here, his friends and colleagues talk about his work and legacy.

Sharks in the Gulf of Mexico

This piece on tagging sharks is part of a series of articles in Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine looking at the Gulf of Mexico. Follow tagged sharks at

Diving into issues affecting the Gulf of Mexico

The July issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine features a series of articles about the Gulf of Mexico produced by yours truly and the magazine editor, Louie Bond. This piece looks at threats to the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Border barriers threaten biodiversity in the Rio Grande Valley

The Texas Rio Grande Valley supports a thriving ecotourism industry, attracting birders and wildlife watchers from all over the world. Local communities, conservation groups and government agencies worked for decades to protect habitat in the Valley. More barriers on the border put all that work, and the wildlife, at risk. Read about it in The Revelator.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Birds and the Bees: attracting pollinators

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has guidelines for landowners who want to create habitat for pollinators such as native bees and butterflies -- and perhaps get a tax break, too. Read more about the program in the June issue of TPW Magazine.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Texan by Nature

This non-profit seeks to spur Texan-led conservation efforts with tangible benefits for people, prosperity and natural resources. Or, as founder and former First Lady Laura Bush says, “to keep Texas, Texas, for the benefit of Texans and wildlife.” Find out how you can participate in this piece for Texas Co-op Power Magazine.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

What Killed the Corals?

Scientists continue to search for the causes of a mysterious die-off event on the East Bank of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in July, 2016. Figuring it out could help protect these reefs in the Gulf of Mexico from future events. Read more here.