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      Nature Report: Wildlife Flourishing

      Wildlife is flourishing in the Wild Horse Desert. The vast expanse of ranchland between Raymondville and Corpus Christi that was historically known as the Wild Horse Desert is home to belly high grass thanks to the recent rainfall. Today, this sprawling ranch country is referred to by some as the Last Great Habitat.

      This vital stretch of largely undisturbed native wild lands is home to an abundance of native wildlife and provides a vital link in the annual fall migration of birds winging it south for the winter. Deep South Texas is the most important migratory corridor in the United States and recent rains are helping provide sustenance for a variety of birds. Baltimore orioles and ruby throated hummingbirds are among the colorful migratory birds passing thru right now. These birds rely on native wild lands for food, shelter and water as they continue their journey southward. Ranch country ponds are once again full and roseate spoonbills have ventured inland to seine the freshwater for a meal. Joining the native spoonbills are migrating shorebirds and waterfowl. Greenwing and bluewing teal are among the first to arrive, and they will soon be joined by thousands of migrating geese and sandhill cranes. An abundance of fresh greenery is being savored by a variety of native wildlife as well, form whitetail deer to wild turkeys. All the creatures of the coastal prairie are fattening up, including jackrabbits whose tall ears are barely visible above the high grass. While recent rains are immensely beneficial, southernmost Texas requires additional rainfall this fall and winter to truly recover from the prolonged drought. With your Nature Report I'm Richard Moore