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Nature Notes explores the natural world of the Llano Estacado and the Chihuahuan Desert. We look at the plants, animals, and ecology of this unique region, as well as places to experience it and people working to conserve it. This free 4 1/2-minute weekly environmental feature is produced by Marfa Public Radio in Marfa, Texas, in conjunction with the Sibley Nature Center in Midland, Texas. Through interviews with scientists and field recordings, Nature Notes reveals the secrets of desert lif ...
 
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“Guadalupe Mountains National Park has a reputation as a hiker’s paradise. It’s deserved.” That headline from a New York Times article distills the dominant image of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. When the park was born – 50 years ago this … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
 
“I look to the mountain,” the Psalmist of the Bible says, speaking for many of us. Our eyes are drawn to summits – mountain peaks have enthralled humankind across cultures and ages. Modern Texans are no exception. At 8,751 feet, … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
 
Women have made critical contributions to the sciences for centuries. But despite efforts to increase female participation in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – there’s still a yawning gap. Both globally and in the United States, less than … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
 
Paquime, or Casas Grandes – a few hours drive from El Paso in Chihuahua, Mexico – is a stunning archeological site, the largest urban center known from the prehistoric North American deserts. Thousands lived here, with multi-story adobe apartments, ball … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
 
“There are many houses of great size, strength and height,” the Spanish chronicler Baltasar Obregon wrote in the 1560s. “They are six and seven stories, with towers and walls like fortresses.” “The houses contain large and magnificent patios paved with … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
 
“These are the days of miracle and wonder, and don’t cry, baby, don’t cry.” Those lines from a Paul Simon song resonate in a time of unprecedented and heartbreaking developments. Weather events that would once have been unheard of are … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
 
“The Old Man in the Fur Coat.” “Old Slew Foot.” “Mama Grizzly.” “Child of the Mountain God.” Bears have always held a special place in the human imagination. They’re powerful creatures, that warrant a healthy respect. But it’s hard not … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
 
The return of desert bighorn sheep to West Texas is one of the state’s marquee conservation stories. These majestic animals had been eradicated here by the 1960s. Some 1,500 now roam the Texas mountains – a testament to the sustained … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
 
The Borderlands Research Institute – at Alpine’s Sul Ross State University – was founded in 2007, with a mission to empower land managers to conserve the region’s natural resources. In the Trans-Pecos, that means private landowners. National and state parks … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
 
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