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Nov 19, 2009 - Garner State Park in Texas

We are staying in Garner State Park near Leakey, Texas for most of the winter. They pronouce it Lake-ee. Garner is beautiful, as is the rest of the Texas hill country. Lost Maples, another state park close by (an hour), has lots of big tooth maples that are all sorts of colors right now. Big tooth maples are said to be remnants of old trees from the Ice Age. Garner has lots of old cypress along the river that are turning too, and it's gorgeous. There's a ton of deer (white tail and axis) running around here, plus skunk, raccoons,...

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Dec 22, 2008 - OTRA - TX - Concan

Off we go…again! I can see where people who only stay one or two nights somewhere then move on only to spend one or two nights there before they move on would get very tired of this life! We’re really getting quite efficient at setting up and taking down the house but it’s still a bother. So, today we are off to Concan Texas where we will settle into the Parkview Riverside RV Park for the holidays. On the road by 10:00 for the easy drive along I-10 to Junction and then south on 83 for the rest of the trip. We lost the desert somewhere along...

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Dec 4, 2008 - " Concan, Texas"

We spent our last night on the road, for a while, at a small place called “Elm Mott”, Texas. The RV park was called the I-35, and we both fell in love with it. The whole place was gravel, but the people were really friendly, and all worked very well. We had full hook-ups, no cable and no wifi, for $25.00 a night, Good Sam club, but we were able to pick up several stations with our antenna. The best part about this park was the little café on site. The owners had an extra building, so they donated the space, and some of the people that live...

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Trip Journal

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Apr 29, 2006 - DAY 6 - Field Trip - 'Getting Started with Butterflies'

This field trip was designed for beginning butterfliers and aimed at an understanding of the lives of butterflies. We learned how to search for them and their caterpillars and how to study their life cycles. John and Gloria Tveten showed participants how to net and study them without harming them.

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Apr 29, 2006 - DAY 6 - Field Trip - Springs of the River Region

This field trip was special because only a selected few individuals are allowed access to the ranch in the Frio Canyon. Leader, Ken Cave, is personally acquainted with the owners, so he has free access. Before starting our hike, Ken discussed the aquatic biology and hydrogeology of the Frio Canyon, using a flip chart and hand-outs. The clearest and cleanest streams in Texas originate in the Texas Hill Country River Region. The focus of this field trip was on spring and recharge habitat dynamics.

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Apr 29, 2006 - DAY 6 - Program - Fiesta Dinner

Bobby Harrison, the speaker tonight, is convinced that the Ivory-billed Woodpecker is not extinct, as is commonly believed by most scientists. He and his friend, Tim Gallagher, traveled through the South in search of the bird. He presented slides showing their sightings. Bobby is an award-winning nature photographer, speaker, writer and educator. He is a charter member of the North American Nature Photography Association. His articles and photographs have appeared in various national and international magazines and calendars.

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Apr 28, 2006 - DAY 5 - Seminar 'Treasures of the Texas River Region'

This after-dinner program at Neal’s Lodges in Concan was conducted by June Osborne, a naturalist, freelance writer, public speaker, columnist and author. She is a regular contributor to “Wildbird” magazine and serves on their advisory board. She serves as Resident Birder at Neal’s Lodges. She discussed the nesting habitat, distinctive songs and the best way to look for elusive birds, such as the Black-capped Vireo and the Golden-cheeked Warbler.

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Apr 28, 2006 - DAY 5 - Seminar - Seeing Nature Through the Lens

Larry Ditto discussed the use of cameras as a tool to study all types of wildlife. He provided tips on using patience and observation skills to get close to insects, birds and animals in their habitats. He has worked as a Refuge Manager in the National Wildlife Refuge System. His works have appeared in many conservation magazines, books, guides and calendars. I thoroughly enjoyed his beautiful slides.

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Apr 28, 2006 - DAY 5 - Seminar – Moths: Butterflies of the Night

This afternoon seminar was led by John and Gloria Tveten. I learned that there are more than 10,000 moth species in this country and that their colors and designs are very varied. Butterflies are actually a sub-species of moths; we learned how to tell the difference. The Tvetens’ slides were stunning.

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Apr 28, 2006 - DAY 5 - Field Trip - Hill Country Wildflowers

We were led by Laura Sanchez into the countryside to search for wildflowers. Laura is an Agronomist for the Department of the Army, DPW, Environmental Division, Natural Resources Management Branch. She has worked at Fort Hood since 1995. She manages the Fort Hood Species List and the Fort Hood Herbarium.

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Apr 27, 2006 - DAY 4 - Seminar - Hummingbird Banding

This was one of the most fascinating activities of the entire Nature Quest festival. Scientists Bob and Martha Sargent were conducting studies on the hummingbirds in this area and they allowed us to “get up close and personal” to the tiny birds. They taught us about all the aspects of identification, behavior and habitat needs of the hummers in our area. First, they trapped the birds in a large cage with a one-way entry. Their assistant pulled an old pantyhose toe over his hand and carefully took hold of a bird. Then he pulled the...

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Apr 27, 2006 - DAY 4 - Field Trip - Dragonflies at Cooks Slough

This afternoon participants were led by Bob Behrstock on an expedition along the constructed wetlands of the new Cooks Slough Nature Park and the National Fish Hatchery at Uvalde. We searched for dragonflies and damselflies. Bob is also an expert in birds and has led many birding tours mainly in the USA and Latin America. He has photographed many species of insects and birds. Before this trek, I had not known that dragonflies and damselflies were so beautiful and that there were so many varieties.

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