Thursday, July 12, 2018

Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge, Texas

Over a century ago up to one million prairie chickens lived in the Texas and Louisiana gulf coast prairie. Each spring males gathered to perform an elaborate courtship ritual by inflating their yellow air sacs and emitted a strange, booming sound across a sea of grasses.

Today, less than 1% of the coastal prairies remain, and the prairie chicken has come close to extinction. The Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge offers one of the last hopes for survival of this endangered bird. We did not see any when we visited but were told that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is in the process of raising chickens in certain places on the refuge to eventually release them into the wild. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Lone Star Flight Museum, Houston, Texas

Josh is a member of the Lone Star Flight Museum which membership entitled him and his family to tour the B-17 Flying Fortress airplane on July 4. Jim & I were planning on leaving Lonestar Jellystone on July 4, but since Josh invited us to go to the museum with him, we left on Tuesday. Luckily we did since there was a severe rain storm that came through on the 4th and it rained most of the day. We got soaked running from the truck into the museum, even with umbrellas.