Naturalist's Big Bend

by Wauer, Roland H.; Fleming, Carl M.


In southwest Texas, where the Rio Grande arcs southward into Mexico, lies Big Bend National Park - 708,221 acres of river floodplain, desert, grasslands, and majestic moutains. The wealth of the Big Bend is in its dramatic landscape, which provides natural habitats ranging from desert to alpine, and its consequently impressive variety of flora and fauna. Naturalist's Big Bend highlights the distinctive plants and animals of the region, such as the century plant, which grows for twenty-five to fifty-five years before it blooms magnificently, then dies; candelilla, from which wax is made; the giant dagger yucca; the javelina, North America's only native pig; the rare Texas lyre snake; the tarantula; and the Big Bend quonker katydid.

This comprehensive field guide recounts the area's archaeology and history, describes the characteristics and habitats of Big Bend's remarkable variety of plants and animals, and outlines walking and driving tours of the most likely spots for sighting these natural wonders.

Texas A&M University Press, 232 pages
Available in trade paper


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