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Wild Times May 2024

Jessie Story loves documenting wild creatures big and small. The Amarillo photographer and videographer studied wildlife biology as an undergrad and later earned a master’s degree in communications. She spends as much time as she can at Caprock Canyons State Park and is working on a documentary about the official state bison herd that roams the park.

Her experiences outdoors have changed her perspective on just about everything.

“I used to be a completely different person. Completely unaware. You think you have a sense about being environmental, and maybe you have your own straw when you go to Starbucks. But being out here and actually understanding the meticulous kind of details that go into conserving land and wildlife is eye-opening. And once you gain that information, there’s no going back.”

Jessie’s passion for chasing wildlife with a camera is one of the reasons she’s serving as an ambassador for Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s (TPWF) We Will Not Be Tamed campaign. The campaign calls us to appreciate the wildness of Texas, the vastness of our Texas spirit and why we should be inspired to conserve it.

Find out how you can join us at WeWillNotBeTamed.org

Story #2: Take this Bird Under Your Wing

Behold the tiny dickcissel. This migratory bird travels from its wintering grounds in South America each year to Texas and beyond. Its distinctive song sounds like its unusual name, and it is part of the soundtrack of North American prairies and grasslands.

Here in Texas, the Grassland Restoration Incentive Program is helping restore the habitat dickcissels and other migratory birds need to survive. That’s why Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is raising funds to support this effort to protect these birds, along with butterflies and a host of other wildlife species, including the state bison herd at Caprock Canyons State Park. TPWF membership dollars play a critical role in helping to pay for habitat restoration efforts.

By becoming a TPWF member, you can take this tiny bird under your wing.

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Story #3: TPWF Annual Report

The Grassland Restoration Incentive Program is just one of a myriad of projects TPWF supports each year. In 2018, TPWF worked on a variety of priority projects across the state. From raising funds to rebuild the Fulton Pier in Rockport in the wake of Hurricane Harvey to supporting quail conservation research across the state, to spearheading a fundraising effort to reopen Balmorhea State Park pool and acknowledging private landowners who are on the frontlines of habitat management efforts through the Lone Star Land Stewards Awards program, TPWF is supporting projects that matter. TPWF’s 2018 Annual Report provides details. 

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Story #4: Join TPWF and Win an RV Rental for a Week!

Becoming a TPWF member supports the work we do to conserve the lands, waters and wildlife of Texas. It also supports the work we do to provide access to public lands, including 95 state parks across Texas. 

One of the best ways to enjoy a state park, especially in the hot summer, is in an RV.

Now thanks to one of TPWF’s Texas Trailblazing partners, you can be entered to win a one-week RV rental, courtesy of Outdoorsy. The package also includes a PakMule cargo carrier and two CHAMA chairs.

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If you join or renew your membership with TPWF by May 31, you will be entered into the prize drawing.*

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*The price of membership pays for TPWF membership only and not for the chance to win the Outdoorsy RV rental, the PakMule cargo carrier and two Chama chairs. Members who join by May 31 are automatically entered in the drawing.


Story #5: Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt!


Our friends at Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine are inviting you to explore all that Texas has to offer through the Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt (GOSH). From the bayous to the prairie, the Pineywoods to Palo Duro, Big Bend to the World Birding Center, the magazine’s first-ever statewide scavenger hunt is underway. Consider the Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt a summer-long guide to everything Texas has to offer, and a great opportunity to discover something new about the place we call home.

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