TP&W May Magazine Preview

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

The May issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine is traditionally the birding issue, and this month, says it offers readers a little sizzle. Managing editor, Louie Bond.

You know, May’s not exactly the month for romance, but in bird terms, it is. And you know—birds—the important things for them to do are survive and reproduce. So, the focus of one of our articles this month is on the courtship rituals of the birds.

I hope it’s not too shocking to say, but I think we’ve put the sexy back in birding this month.

This article by Noreen Damude is just so cleverly written. And, I’d like to share a little bit of it with you, in talking about the least tern, which is not the most impressive bird, but man does it have a great courting ritual! Listen to what she writes.

He lands at her feet, fish flashing in the sun. Bowing low, the female lifts and wags her tail while fluttering her outstretched wings. The male circles her with neck extended, wagging his head back and forth as he goes. Now, face-to-face, she eyes his tantalizing gift in consideration of his troth.

Isn’t that just the most romantic bird story? I just think that’s very sweet, and every bit as spicy as any modern day romance novel. So, if you’re looking for romance, and February is long gone, turn to the May issue. Even is you’re not into birds, you’re going to find something there that you’ll love.

Thanks, Louie. That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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