Frogs and Toads of Big Bend National Park

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Author: Gage H. Dayton,Raymond Skiles,Linnea B. Dayton

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781585445769

Category: Nature

Page: 51

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This fascinating look at the eleven amphibian species that call Texas’ Big Bend National Park home is designed to help visitors of all ages and levels of experience understand how amphibians use the park’s environment and where each species is likely to be found. In words and pictures, the authors present the distinguishing features of each species so that visitors can identify the frogs and toads they see. Natural history and conservation information alerts readers to the special habits of these little creatures as well as to the changes in habitat brought on by grazing, introduced predators, and reduced water flow. Frogs and Toads of Big Bend National Park is highly recommended for amateur naturalists, herpetologists, and especially visitors and admirers of this fascinating region and its ecosystem.

The Story of Big Bend National Park

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Author: John Jameson

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292788622

Category: Nature

Page: 212

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A breathtaking country of rugged mountain peaks, uninhabited desert, and spectacular river canyons, Big Bend is one of the United States' most remote national parks and among Texas' most popular tourist attractions. Located in the great bend of the Rio Grande that separates Texas and Mexico, the park comprises some 800,000 acres, an area larger than the state of Rhode Island, and draws over 300,000 visitors each year. The Story of Big Bend National Park offers a comprehensive, highly readable history of the park from before its founding in 1944 up to the present. John Jameson opens with a fascinating look at the mighty efforts involved in persuading Washington officials and local landowners that such a park was needed. He details how money was raised and land acquired, as well as how the park was publicized and developed for visitors. Moving into the present, he discusses such issues as natural resource management, predator protection in the park, and challenges to land, water, and air. Along the way, he paints colorful portraits of many individuals, from area residents to park rangers to Lady Bird Johnson, whose 1966 float trip down the Rio Grande brought the park to national attention. This history will be required reading for all visitors and prospective visitors to Big Bend National Park. For everyone concerned about our national parks, it makes a persuasive case for continued funding and wise stewardship of the parks as they face the twin pressures of skyrocketing attendance and declining budgets.

Enjoying Big Bend National Park

A Friendly Guide to Adventures for Everyone

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Author: Gary Clark

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781603441018

Category: Nature

Page: 128

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This book will help turn every trip to Big Bend National Park into a memorable adventure. Veteran naturalist Gary Clark and photographer Kathy Adams Clark help you choose the best hike or drive in Big Bend National Park, based on the season in which you visit; the number of days you have in the park; and your activity, age, and fitness levels. The Clarks provide valuable practical information, along with a descriptive list of items essential for being outdoors in desert and mountain environments and an overview of park rules. They describe more than thirty activities available in the park: two-hour or half- and full-day adventures; adventures for the physically fit or physically challenged; and adventures with children, for nature lovers, or in vehicles. The Clarks also point out scenic highlights and animals and plants that might be seen along the way.

Photographing Big Bend National Park

A Friendly Guide to Great Images

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Author: Kathy Adams Clark

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603448233

Category: Photography

Page: 144

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With its combination of desert and mountain landscapes, the dramatic canyons of the Rio Grande, ancient pictographs, and remnants of pioneer ranch life, Big Bend National Park presents a wealth of subjects to the photographic eye. Add early morning and late evening sunlight, summer thunderstorms, and clear, star-spattered night skies, and the opportunities become irresistible. Professional nature photographer and frequent Big Bend traveler Kathy Adams Clark offers this handy and beautiful guide to maximizing the photographic experience of this visually stunning landscape. Photographing Big Bend National Park begins with a tutorial on the basics of light meters, shutter speeds, and f/stops, featuring practical, hands-on-camera exercises and answers to common questions. The chapters that follow take readers on six excursions to well-known locations within the park—the Basin, Panther Junction, Rio Grande Village, Ross Maxwell Drive, Santa Elena Canyon, and the Chisos Mountains among them. A primer on night photography (including “light-painting” and star trails) is also included. Within each chapter are instructions for photographing various subjects at the site using simple, intermediate, and advanced techniques; information on the best seasons to photograph; and tips designed to benefit the novice. Photographing Big Bend National Park not only provides practical information for photographers of all skill levels, it also offers a visual feast of striking images. Nature lovers, photographers, and anyone who loves this remarkable national park will treasure this latest book from veteran writer and photographer Kathy Adams Clark.

Big Bend

Big Bend National Park, Texas

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Author: Helen Moss

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: N.A

Category: Big Bend National Park (Tex.)

Page: 127

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Big Bend National Park is in West Texas. Major attractions in the park include the Rio Grande River, the Chihuahuan Desert, and the Chisos Mountains. Part 1 of the handbook provides a brief introduction and history of Big Bend: part 2 concentrates on the area's natural history; and part 3 presents a travel guide and reference materials.

Cactuses of Big Bend National Park

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Author: Douglas B. Evans

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292789270

Category: Nature

Page: 94

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When the cactuses bloom in Big Bend National Park, their vivid pinks and purples, reds and yellows bring an unforgettable beauty to the rugged Chihuahuan Desert landscape. In fact, many people visit the park just see the cactus blossoms and the wildflowers. If you're one of them, this book will increase your enjoyment by helping you identify the wonders at your feet. And if you've never been to Big Bend when the cactuses are blooming, you'll discover here what you've been missing. Douglas B. Evans describes twelve kinds of cactus—living rock, topflower, stout-spined, hedgehog, pineapple, button, barrel, fishhook, nipple, chollas and pricklypears, and Texas nipple—and their individual species known to occur in the park. Color photographs taken by Doris Evans and Ro Wauer accompany the species descriptions. As you hike or drive through the park, you can identify most of the cactuses you see simply by leafing through these splendid pictures and then checking the descriptions, which indicate the cactuses' characteristic features and habitat. To make the book even more useful, Evans also briefly defines the parts of a cactus, explains how scientific names work, and offers a quick introduction to the geography and ecology of Big Bend National Park and the Chihuahuan Desert. With this information, you'll enjoy not only seeing the cactuses of the Big Bend but also being able to tell one from another and knowing just what makes each one special.

Exploring the Big Bend Country

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Author: Peter Koch,June Cooper Price

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292779877

Category: Nature

Page: 192

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Photographer-naturalist Peter Koch first visited the new Big Bend National Park in February, 1945, on assignment to take promotional pictures for the National Park Service. He planned to spend a couple of weeks—and ended up staying for the rest of his life. Koch's magnificent photographs and documentary film-lectures Big Bend, Life in a Desert Wilderness and Desert Gold introduced the park to people across the United States, drawing thousands of visitors to the Big Bend. His photographs and films of the region remain among the best ever produced, and are an invaluable visual record of the first four decades of Big Bend National Park. In this highly readable book, Koch's daughter June Cooper Price draws on the newspaper columns her father wrote for the Alpine Avalanche, supplemented by his photographs, journal entries, and short pieces by other family members, to present Peter Koch's vision of the Big Bend. The book opens with his first "big adventure," a six-day photographic trip through Santa Elena Canyon on a raft made from agave flower stalks. From there, Koch takes readers hiking on mountain trails and driving the scenic loop around Fort Davis. He also describes "wax smuggling" and other ways of making a living on the Mexican border; ranching in the Big Bend; the prehistory and Native Americans of the region; collaborating with botanist Barton Warnock on books of Trans-Pecos wildflowers; and the history and beauty of Presidio County, the Rio Grande, and the Chihuahuan Desert. This fascinating blend of firsthand adventures, natural history, and personal musings on anthropology and history creates an unforgettable portrait of both Peter Koch and the Big Bend region he so loved.

Hiking Big Bend National Park, 2nd

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Author: Laurence Parent

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780762753772

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

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Fully updated and revised, this comprehensive guide features forty-seven trails in Big Bend National Park.

The Big Bend

A History of the Last Texas Frontier

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Author: Ronnie C. Tyler

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9780890967065

Category: History

Page: 286

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A long needed account of the human invasion of this rugged Texas desert land.

Hiking Big Bend National Park

A Guide to the Big Bend Area’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, including Big Bend Ranch State Park

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Author: Laurence Parent

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493013866

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 346

Fully updated and revised, this comprehensive guide features forty-seven trails in Big Bend National Park.

Plants of Big Bend National Park

with illustrations and keys for identification

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Author: Walter Byron McDougall,Omer Edison Sperry,United States. National Park Service

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 209

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Big Bend National Park

Impressions

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Author: Steve Guynes

Publisher: Farcountry Press

ISBN: 9781560372868

Category: Photography

Page: 80

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A place of merging natural environments, Big Bend National Park is the perfect photographic subject. Desert, river valley, mountain, and plain, are all captured beautifully by photographers Guynes and Reynolds. All seasons of the year are presented, as the terrain is cast in new light in each. From broad scenics of the Rio Grande to close-ups of unusual flora of the region, from shots of the sprawling badlands to images of desert wildlife, the magic of Big Bend National Park is presented skillfully by these two talented photographers.

Your Guide to Big Bend National Park

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Author: Michael Joseph Oswald

Publisher: Michael Oswald

ISBN: 1621280195

Category: Travel

Page: N.A

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Your Guide to Big Bend National Park includes thoughtful commentary on Big Bend's history, geography, flora, and fauna. An intuitive map with clearly labeled "don't miss" attractions and trailhead locations helps point out exactly what to do and where to do it. This guide also features camping and lodging essentials, a detailed hiking table, and numerous activities, from do-it-yourself adventures to outfitter-led experiences. An insightful vacation planner takes you to the most popular destinations (from high in the Chisos Mountains to the shoreline of the Rio Grande). Nearby lodging, grocery stores, dining, festivals, and attractions are provided to help you decide what to do and where to stay on your family road trip. With something for everyone this is Your Guide to Big Bend National Park. (This e-book is intended for large color devices like Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, iPad, etc.)

Guidebook, 1955 spring field trip

Big Bend National Park, Texas. March 18-19, 1955

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Author: West Texas Geological Society

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 142

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