Archive for January 6th, 2010

Texas Outdoor Story: Winged Migration

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

This is Passport to Texas Outdoor Stories

When you love the outdoors, you may be hard pressed to come up with a single moment in nature as being the most memorable of your life. Texas Highways Editor, Charles Lohrmann, took on the challenge.

When you asked me to describe one of my most memorable Texas outdoor moments, I thought about a particular amazing sunrise over the gulf in Padre Island, and then sort of a psychedelic sunset at Big Bend. And then, one afternoon I was out birding, and saw a bobcat who seemed to watching me as I was birding.

But, then I realized that the moments I really find the most stirring are the times when I can witness a migration. Whether it’s ducks or geese flying high overhead, or monarchs fluttering past the office building on their trip south. I realized, many of these creatures are flying on pure instinct. So when I see these birds flying, it’s like the perfect embodiment of hope.

And I feel like I can sense the earth’s heartbeat at that time, and that I’m connected to something far greater than my imagination.

Thanks, Charles…works for me. Have an outdoor story to share? Go to and tell us about it.

That’s our show for today… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.