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Today kicks off dove season in the North and Central zones. TPWD Biologists say dove numbers have increased over last year as much as 20 percent thanks to a rainy spring. Find bag limits and a handy "Know Your Doves" guide here.

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Texas Outdoor Family is a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department program that introduces families who have little or no camping experience to the great outdoors in a safe and fun way. This past year, nearly 800 families took their first camping trip together and by all accounts, loved the experience. One of the many programs Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation supports, we’re working to make sure there will always be wild things and wild places in Texas for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. Please help us by becoming a member. Watch this video to learn more about Texas Outdoor Family.

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It’s one of nature’s most amazing mysteries: the multi-generational migration of tens of millions of butterflies from Canada to Mexico each fall. Scientists are still puzzled at how they do it. And they are worried about how long it will last.

Butterfly populations have drastically decreased in recent years due to a number of factors, including habitat destruction in Mexico wintering grounds, severe weather, and a drastic reduction in milkweed along migratory routes in the United States. Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is working to support the creation of butterfly habitat in wildlife management areas and on private lands across Texas. You can help by making sure there are plenty of native nectar producing plants, like milkweed, in your back yard. Click on the link below to see the monarchs migrating through Texas.


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One of the most tragic wildlife stories in U.S. history occurred in the 1870s across the Great Plains when millions of bison were slaughtered by professional hide hunters. Here in Texas, Mary Ann Goodnight urged her husband, Charles, to capture orphaned calves in 1878 and those calves and their descendants were raised on the famed JA Ranch. More than a century later, the JA Ranch donated the herd to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and they are believed to be the last remnants of the great southern herd of plains bison.

Now these magnificent animals can be seen at Caprock Canyons State Park. Later this month, on September 19, the 5th annual Texas State Bison Music Festival will raise funds for the bison restoration project. Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is a sponsor of the music festival. You can help us support projects like this one by becoming a member today.

Take :30 for Nature and see baby bison at Caprock Canyon!

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Help your favorite park win $25,000!
Vacations are over, the kids are back in school, and that can only mean one thing: summer has come and gone! Summer vacations may be a distant memory, but don’t forget about your favorite State Park! With one vote, you could win $25,000 for your favorite Texas State Park, and the process is simple:

1. Visit ThisBudsForTexas.com
2. Vote for your favorite Texas State Park
3. Your park is entered for a chance to win $25,000

You can vote once a day through September 30. So vote now and tell us what you think!


 
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