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Your Online News Source for Canyon Lake, Texas


Know what’s going on with the air, water, wildlife and other area nature topics.

Karl Flocke is a woodland ecologist with Texas A&M Forest Service.
night sky
Disappearing "dark skies," air-and-water pollution and other issues which threaten the quality of life in unincorporated Comal County will be discussed Wednesday. Image courtesy of Hill Country Alliance.
Deer eating corn
Don't do this! 'Deer corn' kills. Shutterstock image by Barbara MacDonald.
Jacob's well
Swimming at Jacob's Well Natural Area is closed for the foreseeable future. Image courtesy of Jacob's Well Natural Area - Hays County Parks.
Brittany Chesser looks at aquatic vegetation at the Aquacultural Research and Teaching Facility. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Laura McKenzie)
Elizabeth McGreevy
'Cedar Lady' Elizabeth McGreevy says love them or leave them, mountain cedars are a vital part of the Texas Hill Country. Facebook image by Heather Mason.
roadrunner license plate
This roadrunner is featured on one of three proposed designs for Texas' Conservation License Plate Program's latest offering.
You may not hear a rattle before he strikes. Brett Parker of Hill Country Snake Removal warns people not to walk around barefoot at dusk.
swim beach
Swim beach at Canyon Park. File image.
tpwd get outside
Texas communities will receive more than $2 million in grants to support conservation and outdoor recreation activities through Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's (TPWD) Community Outdoor Outreach Program Grants. Image courtesy of TPWD.
Lee Fire
The Lee Fire in Palo Pinto County burns next to a containment line constructed by Texas A&M Forest Service dozers on Feb. 22. Photo courtesy of Emily Mitchell/TAMFS.
Texas buebonnets and Indian Paintbrush
Will you see fields of Texas bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush blooming like this in March or April? It's complicated. Image courtesy of gardenia.net.
Vulcan Comal Quarry
Image courtesy of Preserve Our Hill Country Environment/Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry.
Pollinator Garden
A drone's-eye view of the new Pollinator Garden under development on the Madrone Trail in Canyon Park.
lennar homes
The Helotes Canyon northwest of San Antonio is the proposed site of a 3,000-home subdivision by developer Lennar Homes.
pre-burn planning
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees conduct pre-burn planning. Image courtesy of TPWD.
cedar fever
There's no hiding from cedar pollen in Canyon Lake at the moment. Ashe juniper trees are pollinating with the help of cold fronts that blow pollen for miles, creating a yellow haze that makes many allergy sufferers sick. File image.
Image courtesy of the Comal County Conservation Alliance.
flat-coated retriever
Sorry, Bowie, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Canyon Lake office specifically said pet owners will have to find other places to walk their dogs until the Guadalupe Trail reopens in April. Facebook image.
Honey Creek State Natural Area
Honey Creek State Natural Area is maintained by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Image courtesy of TPWD.
Ducks on a lake
Flickr image of ducks on a lake by Farm5.
guadalupe river state park
Guadalupe River State Park. Image courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Image courtesy of woodchuckdelivery.com.
Since April, no new cases have been confirmed, but TPWD asks the public to report any dead rabbits found this fall and winter. Image courtesy of TPWD.
Canyon Lake gorge
Explore Canyon Lake Gorge at Saturday's grand opening ceremonies for a new headquarter and nature trail. Image courtesy of Canyon Lake Gorge.
George Veni
Dr. George Veni, executive director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute and president of the International Union of Speleology will speak at the Nov. 9 meeting of the Comal County Conservation Alliance. Image courtesy of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute.
Brett Parker
Brett Parker, owner of Hill Country Snake Removal, is also a Canyon Lake Fire/EMS firefighter and paramedic. File image.
Monarch caterpillar
(L-r): Queen and monarch caterpillars were spotted at the same time on milkweed planted at Tye Preston Memorial Library's Butterfly Garden in July -- a very unusual phenomenon, a local butterfly expert said. Queen butterflies usually appear well after monarchs have departed. Image courtesy of Susan Bogle.
mountain lion
Image courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
white shaman mural
Image courtesy of The White Shaman Mural, published by the University of Texas Press.
Hays County Commissioner Lon Shell
Image courtesy of Texas Highways magazine.
Image courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.
madrone trail
Visitors are asked to stay on Madrone Trail and away from the lake. There is curently no lake access from the trail.
Barron Rector, Ph.D
Barron Rector, Ph.D., a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist, conducts a walking weed- identification tour near College Station.
baby possum
Image of a baby possum courtesy of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Kendalia. For emergency assistance call WRR's 24-hour emergency hotline, 830-336-2725.
madrone trail
WORD is developing signage for Madrone Trail, popular with area mountain bikers. Image courtesy of Comal Trails Alliance.
hill country salamanders
In April, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) staff worked with scientists surveying salamanders at Rebecca Creek. Image courtesy of Pete Diaz, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
You may not hear a rattle before he strikes. Brett Parker of Hill Country Snake Removal warns people not to walk around barefoot at dusk.
Canyon Lake guide
Amenities at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks include campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas, boat ramps and opportunities for shoreline fishing.
tye preston memorial butterfly garden
One of the best-kept secrets at Canyon Lake's Tye Preston Memorial Library is a butterfly garden maintained by area master naturalists and gardeners. Monarchs are expected to alight there later this month.
dead bird
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department asks the public to report wildlife killed by Winter Storm Uri. Image courtesy of TPWD.
Baby Squirrel Formula Drive
Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation invites you to attend -- either online or in your car -- a baby shower for the 8,000 animals it expects during wildlife baby season, which lasts from February to September.
Axis deet
Image courtesy of Southern Buck Outfitterss.
cedar fever
During cedar-fever season, every single pollen cone on a juniper tree opens simultaneously, and it looks like the trees are on fire. YouTube image by Rusty Hierholzer.