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At Agave Fest, Archeologist Will Discuss Bi-National Research into the Region’s Past

Bison-hunting on the plains, agave-roasting in the desert – throughout its epic sweep, Native American life in our region was most often nomadic. One place stands apart. La Junta – the confluence of the Rio Grande and Rio Conchos – … Continue reading

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Encountering an Epic Story, at Big Bend’s Fossil Discovery Exhibit

Shining peaks and blood-red desert wastes. Canyons that overwhelm the human scale. Big Bend National Park is an international destination, and a West Texas wonder. Its landscapes have the power to awe and humble. But scientists have found that these … Continue reading

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In a New Guide, Alpine Botanist Captures the Glories of Texas Wildflowers

Bluebonnets along a roadway, Indian blankets in the chaparral – wildflower viewing is a rite of spring in the Lone Star State. And the opportunities here are almost inexhaustible. A Texan can see a quarter of all the wildflowers in … Continue reading

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Could the Mexican Gray Wolf – Source of Fascination and Hostility – Return to the West Texas Wilds?

Lobo – the wolf. From Monahans to El Paso, the words are inscribed into West Texas – in place names, in team mascots. But the reality they evoke is almost unimaginable – that lobos, gray wolves, once roamed this land. … Continue reading

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The Texas Hornshell Mussel: An Endangered “Engineer” of an Endangered River System

It’s a member of one of the most endangered groups of animals in the United States, and its home is one of the most imperiled river systems in the world. The Texas hornshell mussel is native to the Rio Grande … Continue reading

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