What makes me Texan by Nature – Teri Piersall

September 12, 2018

It’s been about twenty years since I last stood there, but I can still picture the loquat trees along the east side of my grandmother’s back yard in San Antonio. I think there were four or five of them. All were pruned into tree-form, and planted in a straight row. Loquat trees are beautiful tropical-lookingRead More

What Makes Me Texan by Nature – Patrick Kelleher

September 6, 2018

I grew up on 8 acres in the Texas hill country. I moved away for school and realized how much I missed Texas. I came back for some years before moving again only to realize how much this state has that I took for granted. I missed the ability to easily escape into the wilderness,Read More

Dark Skies, Bright Futures in the Permian Basin

September 5, 2018

by Carl Olsen and Taylor Keys | Sep 4, 2018 | Oil and Gas Industry On September 7, 2016, Apache Corporation announced in The Wall Street Journal they had discovered the equivalent of at least two billion barrels in a new field in West Texas called the Alpine High. In the oil and gas business, most of these new discoveriesRead More

Texas Bats: Natural Pest Control & Stars of Their Own Music Festival

September 4, 2018

On June 14th, the Texan by Nature team was invited to the home of recently-appointed Bat Conservation International board member George ‘Timo’ Hixon to celebrate his appointment and mingle with BCI staff and partner group representatives. After a rousing speech by BCI Executive Director Mike Daulton, who emphasized the keystone importance of bats and batRead More

What Makes Me Texan by Nature – Taylor Keys

August 29, 2018

I was born in Madison, Wisconsin, a state where Aldo Leopold, who some call the father of wildlife management, spent a long period of his life living, a state where he wrote the well known book a Sand County Almanac—filled with pages of wisdom and beauty and words that truly resonate with me, “There areRead More

What Makes Me Texan by Nature – Amy Brown

August 23, 2018

Medina Memories I have many ties to Texas. Both sets of military grandparents retired in Texas, my parents went to high school and my Mother, myself and two sisters have seven degrees from Texas universities between us. My family has all lived permanently in Texas since the beginning of the 80’s. My fondest memories ofRead More

Visiting Texas Playa Conservation Initiative

August 15, 2018

On the surface, it may look like there isn’t much going on in the Texas Panhandle’s wide-open spaces. However, just below the waving grasses lie thousands of access points to the biggest aquifer in America. These shallow basins, called Playas, are Texas’ recharge points for the Ogalla Aquifer, and the focal point of the TexasRead More

What Makes Me Texan by Nature – Joni Carswell

August 9, 2018

What makes me Texan by Nature? In its simplest form, I love Texas. I love our landscapes and natural environments. I’m incredibly proud of our business leadership and innovation (HEB, Whole Foods, Dell, Rackspace, Southwest Airlines, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Mary Kay, …the list goes on). I think Texas is a special place in so manyRead More

What Makes Me Texan by Nature – Amy Snelgrove

August 6, 2018

As a small child, I spent weeks in the summer with my grandparents.  They lived on a farm outside of Hallettsville—a little quaint Czech community they called home.  I spent countless hours on that little farm, a majority of the time, outdoors. Some might attribute that to the fact there wasn’t air conditioning or indoorRead More

Visiting El Carmen Land & Conservation Co.

August 6, 2018

  Although I am excited about all three of the Conservation Wrangler projects I am managing, it is no secret among the Texan by Nature team that I was most excited to visit El Carmen Land and Conservation Company. This project, nestled between Black Gap Wildlife Management Area and Big Bend National Park, fascinated meRead More