Got Ticks?

We’ve had a lot of rain recently here in the Texas Hill Country, and the combination of rain and warmer weather has brought on a seasonal nuisance in the form of ticks. And, apparently, we Texans have plenty of company in that regard.  Last week, NBC’s The Today Show ran a segment on dealing with… Continue reading Got Ticks?

Checking in on the [wildlife] youngsters

It’s springtime and love is in the air. Also mosquitos, but that’s not what we’re talking about today. What we are talking about is the appearance of babies of various non-human species. We’ve been monitoring the progress of the red-shouldered hawk nestling that’s in a live oak tree down the street from our house. I… Continue reading Checking in on the [wildlife] youngsters

Pox in the Box -or- Skunk in the Trunk

Apologies for the post title. RhymeZone let me down again. God gave us ten commandments that are intended to create a pretty good basis for life, but sometimes life calls for something a bit more…specific. Like, say, don’t eat yellow snow. Or don’t talk about Fight Club. Or, for example, don’t squat with your spurs… Continue reading Pox in the Box -or- Skunk in the Trunk

Neighborhood Nature (Pt. 5)

Editor’s note: The Editorial Board here at the Gazette has grudgingly come to accept that rudimentary animations in the form of gifs — pronounced with a soft “g” — must be tolerated, much as one tolerates the annoying-but-inescapable social behavior of toddlers and politicians. That said, the Board has put strict limits on the use… Continue reading Neighborhood Nature (Pt. 5)

Armadillos R Us: A Trapping Update

Update (4/2/2020): Add one more to the armadillo count below; another one became an involuntary guest early this morning. And, yes, succeeded in waking me up at 3:30 a.m. in the process. People have been clamoring* for a trapping update from Casa Fire Ant, and I respond to nothing if not clamoring. Here’s a snapshot… Continue reading Armadillos R Us: A Trapping Update