With its distinctive, raucous call, the chachalaca is often heard in South Texas—but good luck spotting one.
Articles by Wes Ferguson
Jan 20, 2021 — By Wes Ferguson
From the Big Bend to East Texas, the Panhandle to the Rio Grande Valley, Texas ranches have been transformed in recent decades by the proliferation of exotic game animals, many of them rare and endangered in their native habitats. With the rise of “Texotics” has come an army of…
Nov 20, 2020 — By Wes Ferguson
Crested caracaras used to range no farther north than Texas’s southern tip, but now they’re expanding across the state—perhaps because of climate change and habitat loss.
Jul 22, 2020 — By Wes Ferguson
Living hard and free, cedar choppers clashed with respectable townsfolk in the mid-20th century.
Jun 24, 2020 — By Wes Ferguson
From the Estelline spring in the Panhandle and the foot of the Guadalupe Mountains to the hypersaline lakes in the Rio Grande Valley, the common mineral is all around us.
May 20, 2020 — By Wes Ferguson
Not everyone in San Augustine is on board for local artist Gary Brewer's perplexing project, which is three stories high and counting.
Apr 16, 2020 — By Wes Ferguson
In the aftermath of tragedy, members of the Caddo Nation are drawing on their culture and traditions to help restore Caddo Mounds State Historic Site.
Apr 15, 2020 — By Wes Ferguson
The Redfish Wars changed Texas fishing. A fight over flounder could be next.
Apr 15, 2020 — By Wes Ferguson
The state has spent more than a century building up a world-class fishery, with some unintended consequences.
Dec 30, 2019 — By Wes Ferguson
Tips from Texans who trap, kill, and study wild pigs.
Oct 30, 2019 — By Wes Ferguson
Ray Gene, proprietor of Longview’s singular It’ll Do Tavern, passed away last weekend.
Oct 28, 2019 — By Wes Ferguson
Deer season is almost upon us, but don’t fret if you don’t have a lease. Here are four public places that welcome hunters.
Sep 18, 2019 — By Wes Ferguson
A revitalized downtown and a new network of hiking, biking, and paddling trails add to the appeal of this border town by the beach.
Sep 12, 2019 — By Wes Ferguson
Trent Lesikar’s ongoing ’The Shape of Texas’ series teases out connections between the state’s different eras.
Aug 20, 2019 — By Wes Ferguson
Fifty years after humans first walked on the moon, you too can play astronaut for a day.
Aug 13, 2019 — By Wes Ferguson
The invasive species hitches rides on contaminated boats from one body of water to the next.
Jul 30, 2019 — By Wes Ferguson
Austin rockers Montopolis will premiere The Living Coast—an audiovisual homage to the Texas Gulf Coast—on August 2 in Austin.
Jun 10, 2019 — By Wes Ferguson
A constitutional amendment on the ballot in November aims to shore up funding for Texas’s system of state parks and historic sites.
Apr 18, 2018 — By Wes Ferguson
Former train corridors pave the way for exploration and quietude through seven counties in this rural part of the state.
Oct 26, 2017 — By Wes Ferguson
Friday night, lights out.
Oct 19, 2017 — By Wes Ferguson
Getting a head in Pittsburg.
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