Texas is large and diverse. It isn’t all grassland and cattle. Much of it is dry and sparse; cattle aren’t happy in those places. In other spots it is rolling hills with evergreens and running water. The eastern side of this large state is either pine woods or coastal, with warm salt water. In still other places, like Big Bend NP in the southwestern corner, it is a mixed bag of rough habitats; rocks of volcanic origins, sedimentary rocks, deep layers of caliche, and great swaths of pyroclastic rock. The Big Bend NP has a wonderful, new and high tech, fossil exhibit displaying some of the large (really really large) creatures that were here about 65 million years ago, and were eliminated out during the great Cretaceous die-off.
In the previous two blog posts on Big Bend we looked at some of the geology both modern (gas and oil) ands ancient (sea floors and lava flows). In the following post we will begin to look at the wildlife of the area, birds to start.
In modern times (the last 250 years) the wildlife populations have been displaced by domestic animals in many instances and yet helped by the creation of water resources needed by the domestic animals. Things always change; but in Texas, adding water always enhances wildlife opportunities.