Parking Lot Birding: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas

Parking Lot Birding: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas


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Texas boasts greater bird diversity than almost any state, with more than six hundred species living in or passing through during spring and fall migrations. Jennifer L. Bristol’s Parking Lot Birding speaks to people who would love to observe a wide variety of birds in easy access locations that don’t require arduous hikes or a degree in ornithology. As she explains, “I have personally trudged down hundreds of miles of trails in Texas, loaded down with gear, searching for birds, only to return to the parking lot to find what I was looking for.”

Drawing on her experience as a former park ranger and lifelong nature enthusiast, Bristol explores ninety birding locations that are open to the public and accessible regardless of ability or mobility. Divided by geography, with each of the nine sections centered on a large urban area or defined ecoregion, Parking Lot Birding: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas will take readers to birds in locales from the busy heart of Dallas to the remote Muleshoe Wildlife Refuge in the plains north of Lubbock. Each birding stop includes the name and address of a specific birding location, number of species that have been recorded, and types of birding amenities offered. Locational accounts end with a “Feather Fact” that provides interesting and relevant details about selected birds in a particular region.

You never know what you might see when on the beaten path, especially in a state as big and ecologically diverse as Texas. So grab your binoculars and let’s go birding!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623498511
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 04/20/2020
Series: W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series , #60
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 290,738
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JENNIFER L. BRISTOL is the former director of Texas Children in Nature program of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The 2018 and 2019 recipient of the Most Valuable Birder Award in the Great Texas Birding Classic, she has contributed articles to Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine and other publications. A former park ranger, business owner, and marketing executive, she also has served on the advisory boards for the Texas Wildlife Association and Travis Audubon. She resides in Austin.

Table of Contents

Foreword Richard Louv ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Things to Know before You Go 7

Chapter 2 Houston / Galveston 15

Chapter 3 Piney Woods 43

Chapter 4 Dallas / Fort Worth 56

Chapter 5 Austin and Central Texas 79

Chapter 6 San Antonio and the Western Edwards Plateau 113

Chapter 7 Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend 136

Chapter 8 Rio Grande Valley 159

Chapter 9 Trans-Pecos 186

Chapter 10 Lubbock and the Panhandle 201

Bibliography 219

Index 223

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