Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Year of Parks - Enchanted Rock

Number three in the Year of Parks series, in the April issue of Texas Parks an Wildlife Magazine, looks at Enchanted Rock and everything it has to offer kids of all ages.

Year of Parks - Washington-on-the-Brazos

The second installment in my year-long series on Texas state parks takes us to the birthplace of the Republic of Texas. It wasn't an easy birth! Read more here. 

Eulogy for a wolf

In his remarkable 10 years, Oregon's OR4 produced a number of famous offspring, proved himself an excellent father, and taught biologists a lot about wolves. For the most part, people either loved him or hated him. He was killed by state officials on March 31.

OR4 waking up after being collared in 2011. Courtesy Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Seven iconic Texas wildflowers

For this year's annual wildflower piece, Texas Highways took a different approach. We selected symbolic wildflowers for seven regions across Texas and suggested places to see them, along with where to eat and stay and other fun things to do. Read more here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tough times for wolves in Oregon

A man who shot an endangered wolf in Oregon was ordered to pay $2,000 in fines and surrender the rifle used in the killing. Not a huge consequence, but more justice than is typically meted out for these beleagured animals. Read more about the plight of Oregon's wolves here.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Why NASA tracks asteroids

For a while, astronomers thought asteroid TX68 might pass close to Earth; reeeeeally close, like as close as a satellite. Thanks to additional data, they figured out that wasn't likely after all. But TX68 was a good excuse to look at asteroids that do pose a risk of hitting Earth and what we're doing it about it. Read more here. (Relax, the risk is even lower than your odds of winning the lottery).

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Great Travel Gear

W Durable Goods in Fort Worth makes a variety of functional and durable (duh) dopp kits, pouches and bags, great for travelers. Read about this Texas company in the March 2016 issue of Texas Highways.