Crossroads Weekly Fishing Report

    NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good in the middle of the lake over rafts of shad. Redfish are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Some birds have worked over trout.

    Master Naturalists: White-wing dove is migrant, immigrant and urbanite

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as Texas Parks and Wildlife classify the white-winged dove as upland migratory game birds.

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    Master Naturalists: Turkey vultures are beneficial birds

    You see them on power poles, in trees and along the sides of roads scavenging and eating road kill. There is no mistaking this bird with any other. About 2 feet in length, adults weigh in around four pounds with warty, red, featherless heads, long, creamy hooked beaks and grayish-brown eyes.

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    Fourth endangered sea turtle nest found on Matagorda Island

    Matagorda Island volunteers are extending their turtle patrol season by six days after a fourth Kemp's ridley sea turtle nest was found Tuesday.

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    Redfish are good under rafts of shad on Gulps.

    Father's Day on the river (w/video, gallery)

    SAN MARCOS - By midnight Saturday, Charlie and Coy Kouba will have completed 15 hours of the Texas Water Safari and will be another 75 hours away from finishing the toughest endurance test either has undertaken.

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    Day One: Unfinished business, clear lead at Texas Water Safari (w/gallery)

    SAN MARCOS - A Port Lavaca man's silver, aluminum boat was enlisted Saturday for the Texas Water Safari, but he didn't compete.

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    Paddlers push for new trails (w/video)

    PORT O'CONNOR - Allan Berger paddles Matagorda Bay for the days when the water is glassy, and the surface reveals aquarium-like views of the sea creatures below.

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    Master Naturalists: Oil spill damages invertebrate animals on Matagorda Island

    Most of the residual fuel oil spilled in the Texas City Y Barge collision was washed into the Gulf and drifted along the coast, coming ashore on 12 miles of Matagorda Island beaches. In a monthlong cleanup, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, General Land Office, Kirby Marine, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and 470 contract companies removed 219,025 pounds of oiled material.

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    Master Naturalists: Wildlife and baling twine don't mix

    Coastal fishermen know we encourage them to bring snarled lines, fishing rigs and old cast nets - among others - ashore for proper disposal in a recycling container in which they dock.

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    Master Naturalists: Walking fish a missing link

    We're in California visiting the new granddaughter. Walking with Gracie the dog, we spotted a dead bird. Ants had worked it over; it was mostly feathers and bones, including one wing. Looking at the wing, Paul started mulling over things he knew about wings. There was a shoulder, then one bone connected to two bones and then a couple of bones that sort of looked like fingers.


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