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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.
ccca
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.
firewood
Image courtesy of woodchuckdelivery.com.
rabbit
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.
edwards-aquifer-trinity-aquifer
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.
rattlesnake
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.
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.
Lindheimer Chapter Texas Master Naturalist
This year Lindheimer master naturalists expect to exceed 200,000 volunteer hours of service, education and outreach as well as conservation, preservation and citizen science. Earth Day 2019. Image by Brian Trock.
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.
Caterpillar
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.
Bluebonnets
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.
vulcan quarry
Image by Friends of Dry Comal Creek.
Devil's Backbone
Image by RV There Yet?