Ranch owners in South Texas combine business with conservation in a creative new program
Text and photographs by Gerrit Vyn
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Winter 2007
With the sun slowly illuminating the eastern sky, I settled into my blind in the thorn-laden brush country of South Texas. The queer, inquiring voices of Common Pauraques floated through the air, giving life to the parched country around me. As I readied my camera, I imagined one last time the long list of unique South Texas birds that might appear, attracted to the feeders and water hole just outside. It was now just a matter of time-I could already hear the soft calls of birds approaching-the sounds of wings and feet in the twilight brush.