Wild Pantex

Wild Pantex – Panhandle Texas Horned Lizards: Small, Yet Resourceful

  • Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 11:52 am

Most of us who were raised in Texas and the adjoining states in the early and middle portions of the 20th Century have fond memories of the Texas horned lizard, which we called the horny toad. This flat and well-armored lizard was quite abundant in my hometown of Dalhart, Texas. As a child, I spent many an hour searching for them, studying them a few minutes, and then allowing them to continue on their way.

Wild Pantex - From deer tracks to reindeer in the Texas Panhandle

  • Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 12:00 am

Article by Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist/Scientist

I write to you from a snow-covered Texas Panhandle and wonder if another round of wintery weather might be timed just right to give us a white Christmas. The season and a line of deer tracks in the snow outside of my office building gives me the idea to focus this edition of the blog on reindeer. I can honestly say that I have never had the opportunity to see a reindeer – for sure, not the flashing red-nosed variety.

Wild Pantex - Swainson’s hawks, narrow corridors and wind farms

  • Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12:00 am

Article by Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist/Scientist

The four remaining satellite‑marked Swainson’s Hawks departed from their nesting territories and are well on their way south towards their wintering grounds in Argentina. The hawks are strung out in migration, with one each in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Wild Pantex – Bird of the Day: The Cliff Swallow

  • Posted: Monday, September 14, 2015, 12:00 am

Article by Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist/Scientist

I have had only one post covering the topic of Bird of the Day since I began writing Wild Pantex blogs back in early 2013 (American Bald Eagle). A timely candidate for the second is the Cliff Swallow which began arriving in our area during the last days of April. Along with its scissor-tail-adorned cousin, the Barn Swallow, the Cliff Swallow is the reason that we are applying sky blue paint on the eaves of specific buildings around the facility.

Wild Pantex – A Near-Perfect Outing

  • Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 12:00 am

Article by Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist/Scientist

When upper level management visits your facility and wants a tour and an overview of your program, you certainly hope you are prepared and can show him or her some wildlife when you are out-and-about. Such was the case, recently, and our tour could not have gone much better.

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