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Brett Parker with non-venomous snake
Brett Parker holds a non-venomous western rat snake that he caught swimming in the Horseshoe Bend of the Guadalupe River in Canyon Lake. He advises recreationalists not to worry about snakes in the river or on Canyon Lake. Images courtesy of Brett Parker.
Canyon Lake doe with fawn
Image courtesy of Canyon Lake resident Bernie Frey.
Canyon Lake Gorge
first monarch butterfly
Lindheimer Master Naturalist Judy Brupbacher captured this image one of the first monarch butterflies to arrive in Canyon Lake from Mexico this month.
Brett Parker
Brett Parker of Hill Country Snake Removal will find and remove snakes from yards and properties. He cautions residents to watch out for baby snakes that will be hatching soon -- especially western diamondbacks, which have black-and-white stripes on their tails.
Earlier this week, Texas Wildflower Reports heard from a friend who saw early blooms along FM 306 and Purgatory Road in Comal County, but cautioned grass is getting tall. (Image is a file photo, not from 2020.)
Lindheimer Master Naturalists
Meet the Class of 2001, the first graduates and members of the Lindheimer Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists, now recognized as members of Founders of 2001.
wildlife baby shower
Bring your checkbook! If you feel compelled to show up with a gift, fawn pellets, pecans, heating pads and birdseed also are appreciated.
Leon Dominick
Leon Dominick with the Lindheimer Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas says there's lots of fall color if you know where to look.
white tail buck
Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation's Communications and Development Manager Ava Donaldson warns deer are on the move for a number of other reasons besides the rut including changing  temperatures, hunting season, and foraging for food.
vulcan quarry
Image by Friends of Dry Comal Creek.
Devil's Backbone
Image by RV There Yet?
Monarch Ultra Run
Cheer on runners who will pass through San Antonio from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 17 2019 during the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival. They're replicating the 2,671-mile monarch butterfly migration. Filmmakers, runners, and pollinator advocates will be telling the story of the flight of the monarch butterfly through the eyes of ultra-runners who will trek from southern Ontario to central Mexico this fall.
ecotherapist Amy Sugeno
Austin-area ecotherapist Amy Sugeno, right, champions the benefits of spending time with nature and is a featured panelist at an upcoming seminar on using the outdoors to heal.
texas master naturalists
Members of Lindheimer Master Naturalist's Rock Star class took a field trip on May 24 to to learn about PAL - Program to Assist Landowners. Image by Erin Harrison.
Brett Parker
Brett Parker wrangles a snake during his June 6 class at Tye Preston Memorial Library. The event was standing room only.
Leave her alone! Wildlife experts say this fawn is probably not orphaned. A fawn who is still being cared for by her mother will usually be calm and lying down. Image by Canyon Lake's preeminent deer photograher Jane Sharp.
water snake with tuber
Snakes that swim are a big obsession for residents and visitors alike -- but Brett Parker, who's teaching a snake safety course next month, says there's really nothing to worry about. He's only seen one, once, in all his years of kayaking. (Image courtesy of "Swimming with Snakes" by Bratayley on YouTube.)
baby deer nursing
The most commonly referred animals are baby birds and deer fawns. While most of these animals are picked up by well-meaning persons, it is important to realize that many such human-animal encounters are unnecessary and can even be detrimental to the wildlife concerned. Image by Canyon Lake wildlife photographer Jane Sharp.
birders at big sit
See how many birds you can spot from within a 17-foot circle on Saturday at the Big Sit at Guadalupe River State Park in Spring Branch.
smart phones with iNaturalist app for bioblitz
Learn about nature with a smart phone app called iNaturalist and contribute to Comal County Conservation Alliance's ongoing iNaturalist Project, Comal County Gone Wild! Observations made by Canyon Lake residents also will contribute to a worldwide City Nature Challenge Bioblitz, April 26-29.
rattle snake
Texas A&M University's Dr. Jill Heatley, an associate professor of veterinary medicine, says spring-like temperatures in areas of Texas mean snakes are coming out of winter hibernation. Pet owners, take note. Photo of rattle snake courtesy of Texas A&M.
videocam hummingbird
Video courtesy of Jay Lewis, Canyon Lake
Lindheimer Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists
Bird cam
Check out the birds who are checking out the new seed cylinder right in front of Tye Preston Memorial Library's new bird cam.
videocam Gorge lagoon
Justin Moore, YouTube.com
drought landscape
State Rep. Kyle Biedermann, R-73, in Austin.
Vulcan a go
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has greenlighted construction of a controversial concrete batch plant by this school and established neighborhoods. Photo by Milan J. Michalec
cottonmouth water snakes
Texas heritage museum
Fight the bite
Roll down those sleeves and get rid of standing water on your property. Image courtesy of cnn.com
Drought impact
This map on the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality website shows the drought impact on Texas surface water as of March 20.
Commissioners pictured last year at a ceremony recognizing World War I centennial in New Braunfels. (l-r): Kevin Webb, Pct. #3, Scott Haag, Pct. #2, Donna Eccleston, Pct. #1, unnamed recipient of an unrelated resolution, Jen Crownover, Pct. #4, and Comal County Judge Sherman Krause.
Mountain Lion
scissor-tailed flycatchers
Golden-cheeked warbler
Texas Master Naturalist Darlene Varga
Peggy Haley
Panther Canyon trail
Comal Trails Alliance cleans up Canyon Lake's Panther Canyon Trail.
Mosquitos in dish
mosquito control