There is much to anticipate in the south Texas outdoors with the advent of the new year, and Richard Moore gives us a preview of what natural wonders await us in 2018.
The primal calls of geese and Sandhill cranes fills the wintry sky as the New Year begins in deep South Texas.
There is much to look forward to in the Rio Grande Valley outdoors as 2018 commences from spectacular sunrises to amazing wildlife.
Southernmost Texas is one of the most fascinating and biologically diverse regions in the world. This tip of Texas landscape is home to an astonishing 1,200 types of plants, 700 vertebrate creatures, 530 species of birds and more than 300 different butterflies.
Spring arrives early in the Rio Grande Valley, by the end of January yuccas will begin to bud, and during the final days of February they will be in full bloom.
The prolific flowering of Chaparo Prieto will soon follow blooming yuccas as the sweet smell of Huisache perfumes the air.
Spring migration of songbirds peaks in late April and early May, and the wooded lots of South Padre Island will sparkle with bright orange Baltimore orioles and peripatetic hooded warblers.
While northern avian residents flit thru the Valley, nesting season for native birds will commence, and you might be fortunate enough to discover a buff-bellied hummingbird nest in your yard.
Fawns are born late June, early July, and for many does twins will be the norm and sometimes triplets.
Bucks shed their velvet in early fall and sport their newly hardened antlers.
Monarch butterflies migrate thru, joining colorful tropical denizens like Zebra long wings and Blue metalmarks.
Migratory waterfowl will then return to overwinter, and the seasons will come full circle in the land of Yucca.
There are many roads to travel and exciting outdoor adventures to savor in the New Year, and I look forward to sharing them with you.