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Nature Notes explores the natural world of the Llano Estacado and the Chihuahuan Desert. We look at the plants, animals, and ecology of this unique region, as well as places to experience it and people working to conserve it. This free 4 1/2-minute weekly environmental feature is produced by Marfa Public Radio in Marfa, Texas, in conjunction with the Sibley Nature Center in Midland, Texas. Through interviews with scientists and field recordings, Nature Notes reveals the secrets of desert lif ...
West Texas Wonders is a podcast driven by YOUR questions. Here's how it works: you, our listeners, tell us what you're curious about in West Texas -- silly or serious, big or small, from our people to our geography to our oddities and entities -- and with your help, Marfa Public Radio embarks on a journey to investigate and answer. Come along for the ride! Submit your question online at
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“You just can’t live in Texas,” as Waylon Jennings sang, “unless you gotta lotta soul,” and West Texans might reasonably think it applies to them more than those in softer parts of the state. But there’s a West Texas creature … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
There are few recent archeological finds as awe-inspiring as the “ghost tracks” of White Sands National Park, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. These footprints, or trackways – which exist in the thousands, and become visible and then vanish, depending on moisture … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
Predators arouse powerful emotions. You may hold it to be self-evident that every creature is endowed with an inalienable right to exist, or understand scientifically that predators are essential to ecosystems. But when valuable livestock, or a beloved household pet, … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS…
In its jagged confusion of peaks and ranges, its canyons, hoodoos and badlands, Big Bend National Park is a complex landscape. Unsurprisingly, it’s a seductive place for geologists. Aspects of the Earth that elsewhere lie concealed and buried are here … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
If they weren’t so shy, they’d certainly be among our region’s most famous inhabitants. For charisma, for sheer cuteness, kit foxes have few competitors in the wild fauna of the Southwest. But they’re mostly nocturnal, and are rarely seen by … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
If you do much highway driving in Texas, it’s a familiar sight: old, rusted trucks packed to the gills with toys, motor oil, textiles, and building materials traveling down the interstate. Sometimes, they’re hauling an additional truck — “IN TOW” … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
In rural West Texas, it doesn’t take much for your internet connection to go down. A pounding rainstorm, heavy winds, construction workers accidentally cutting a crucial cable — all very real scenarios that can leave you without internet for hours. That’s why … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
An anonymous listener asked Marfa Public Radio: What’s the deal with the abandoned skyscrapers in downtown Midland? “Most of these buildings downtown were built for the Texacos, the Mobils, all those major oil companies.” It’s a question that stirred a … Continue reading → Hosted by for KRTS
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