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Stepping Twice into the Same Stream: Terlingua Creek at Big Bend

The notion is as old as human experience—that people and places change over time. Heraclites reasoned 2,500 years ago that "Everything changes and nothing remains still and you cannot step twice into the same ... Read More

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Conservation Plan Keeps Edwards Aquifer Flowing

For Texans suffering through the seventh straight year of drought, the summer of 1956 seemed especially brutal ... Read More

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Taking Pride in Conservation Landowners Restore Rare Species in Texas

Is it possible to protect endangered species in Texas, a state where 95 percent of the land is privately owned? Increasingly, Texas landowners are saying ... Read More

Featured Species in Texas

Whooping crane. Photo credit: USFWS

Whooping crane

The whooping crane is one of the most, if not the most, endangered birds in North America. A combination of hunting and habitat loss nearly drove the species to extinction in the 1940s. Thanks to the hard work of federal, state, and nongovernmental groups, there are now about 250 whooping cranes living in the wild and another 150 whoopers in captivity.  More »


Whooping crane.

Photo credit: USFWS

Southwestern willow flycatcher. photo credit: Jim Rorabaugh, USFWS

Southwestern willow flycatcher

Because of river flow reductions and habitat alteration and loss, the southwestern willow flycatcher teeters on the brink of extinction.

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Southwestern willow flycatcher.

Photo credit: Jim Rorabaugh, USFWS

Swallow-tailed kite. Photo credit:  Todd Schneider, GA DNR Wildlife Resources Division

Swallow-tailed kite

The rare swallow-tailed kite is considered one of the most threatened land birds currently without federal protection.

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Swallow-tailed kite.

Photo credit: Todd Schneider, GA DNR Wildlife Resources Division

Houston toad. photo credit: Paige Najvar, USFWS

Houston toad

Habitat loss and alteration are the most serious threats facing the Houston toad. Alteration of ephemeral and permanent natural wetlands for urban and agricultural uses eliminates breeding sites. Draining a wetland, or converting an ephemeral wetland to a permanent pond, can eventually cause the Houston toad to decline or be eliminated entirely. More »


Houston toad.

Photo credit: Paige Najvar, USFWS

Partnership Stories in Texas

Texas wild rice. Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Endangered Texas Wild Rice

Texas wild rice is an endangered species that exists only in a two-mile stretch of the San Marcos River in Texas. On a sunny day, this plant's long, bright green leaves can be seen waving in the water's clean and clear current...
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Unique to Texas

  • Tobusch fishhook cactus, Photo credit: Chris Best, USFWS

    The Tobusch fishhook cactus (Ancistrocactus tobuschii) gets its unique name from the spines that are hooked at the tip, like a fishhook. This beautiful small, round cactus grows in limestone soils in the eastern part of the Edwards Plateau. Habitat alteration, livestock trampling, over-collecting and development are the reasons for its decline.

    Photo credit: Chris Best, USFWS

  • Texas blind salamander, Photo credit: Gary Nafis

    The Texas blind salamander (Typhlomolge rathbuni) was one of the first species ever listed for endangered species protection. It is very rare, and dwells underwater in caves near San Marcos. It is called the blind salamander as it has no eyes, just two black dots under its skin. Water pollution and habitat degradation are the reasons for its decline.

    Photo credit: Gary Nafis

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Last updated: June 4, 2020