Angela Minor

Olompali State Historic Park, California

Common Yellowthroat taken at Olompali State Historic Park. Photo by KS Nature Photography ©

Hiding in Plain Sight! One of California’s best kept secrets is the Olompali State Historic Park. If you’re zipping north and south on US 101 between Santa Rosa and the Bay Area, Olompali is equidistant between the two. This mountainous region of 700 acres is the landscape of 8,000 years of native Coast Miwok history… Read more

Devils River State Natural Area, Texas

Birds, and butterflies, and bats – oh, my! The Texas Hill Country, the Chihuahuan Desert, and Brush Country all display their unique habitats at the Devils River State Natural Area, creating exceptional biodiversity found few other places on the continent. Add the pristine, ecologically intact water system of Devils River, and you have the perfect… Read more

Brazos Bend State Park, Texas

Twenty-nine million birds across one million acres. Everything really is bigger in Texas. Brazos Bend State Park, Texas, is approximately 5,000 acres of pure nature located 28 miles south of Houston. It sits among the one million acres of Columbia Bottomlands IBA, where an estimated 29 million birds either live or visit each year. There… Read more

Goose Island State Park, Texas

Tiny hummers and tall whoopers Goose Island State Park, on the southern tip of the Lamar Peninsula, is renowned for migrant land birds “falling from the sky” during their spring migration to all points north. This area of the Central Flyway is also where you can find wintering grounds for the whooping crane, and catch… Read more

Atlanta State Park, Texas

Bachman's sparrow by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren / Wikimedia

Specialty birds of the northeastern Texas forests Atlanta State Park, at 1,475 acres, sits in the most forested area of the state of Texas. Known as the “Pineywoods” to locals, this diverse ecoregion supports 353 bird species (57 percent of the state’s total) with documented nesting for 132 of those species. Habitats of hardwood and… Read more

Longhorn Cavern State Park, Texas

Longhorn Cavern State Park entrance. Photo by By Billy Hathorn

Rare birds, prehistoric times, outlaw legends, and dance halls! Where can birders glimpse rare species, stand in the belly of million-year-old geology, hear tales of Civil War gunpowder caches and outlaw treasures, and listen to music from a 1920s dance hall? Longhorn Cavern State Park on and under the Edwards Plateau region of Central Texas… Read more

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