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TPW Magazine May Preview

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Birding: Harris Hawk

Birding: Harris Hawk

This is Passport to Texas

The month of May is especially great for those who enjoy birding. TPW magazine Editor, Louie Bond, says the magazine’s May issue highlights birds not normally found in Texas.

66 –Vagrants, they call them. They come from all over the world and the pass through and stop through here to have a drink or get a little rest. One of our features this month is an incredible story on what they call the star vagrants. And these are like the rarest of the rare birds; names you’ve probably never heard. But, if you get out there with your binoculars, you might even see them. Now, another thing I always like to do in the spring was to take my kids to what was then called Aquarena Springs, which was very famous for its kitschy appeal. But what you didn’t really realize was what a gem Spring Lake is. Hidden underneath the lake, in those Aquarena Springs, are some of the endangered species that are endemic only to that particular body of water. And former TPWD executive director, Andy Sansom, has taken over there. It’s now called the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. They’ve stripped away all the kitsch, and the hoo-ha, and have left a natural treasure where you can still go out on glass bottom boats and look beneath and see the real wonder, the real show of nature. This spring, whether you’re a birder, or you like to look under the water, there’s something special for you to do.

Thanks, Louie.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.