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Back home

I have now returned to Central Illinois where I have been unhappily reunited with cold and snow.  Fortunately, we made the long drive safely through the record breaking snow without any major issues.  After updating all my bird lists into … Continue reading

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40 life birds!!!

The fog didn’t lift in South Texas today until right around 9:30AM, which worked out well because we didn’t make it out to Laguna Atascosa until right around 9:00.  Temperatures were supposed to surpass 100 yet again today, but in … Continue reading

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Through the fence, over the levee….no passport needed.

Our adventurous day of birding began by attempting to find Sabal Palm Sanctuary.  In doing so it seemed like we crossed into Mexico when the road passed through a large fence being built throughout Texas, supposedly as a deterrent for … Continue reading

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Hidden in Plain Sight

This morning, my dad and I got off to a late start arriving at Santa Ana NWR at 8:15 for the 8:30 bird walk.  Immediately, we were greeted with a flurry of bird sounds walking down Chachalaca Trail resulting in … Continue reading

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That’s another illegal trail…

This morning began with a 45 minute drive west to Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park for the 8:30 bird walk.  However, we really didn’t walk, as shuttles carted us all throughout the park.  I would have much preferred an early … Continue reading

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What’s a UDA?

Upon arriving at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge today at sunrise, my dad and I encountered five border patrol cars.  Apparently, 15 or so UDA’s (Undocumented Aliens) had crossed the border and were attempting to evade border patrol officers in … Continue reading

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About my trip

Hello!  I’m James Fenner and am a junior at Knox College, where I recently took a class which peaked my interest in many environmental economic ideas.  Essentially, I became very interested in valuing assets which traditionally are not valued.  Controversially, … Continue reading

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Mid-March Heat Wave

Monday, March 18, 2013 set records in the Rio Grande Valley for hottest temperatures since the mid-1930’s.  Temperatures topped out at a reported 103 degrees in Donna, Texas, where we are spending our evening. The day began before sunrise by … Continue reading

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Sleep deprivation is temporary, life birds are forever.

After 17 hours the first day and nearly 7 hours today, my father and I have made it to Zapata, Texas where we will begin our journey through the Rio Grande Valley.  We managed to do a little bird watching … Continue reading

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