Texas Drought: Slideshow from Texas Parks and Wildlife

We’re having a bit of rain — at last! Yesterday we had .4 of an inch in The Woodlands. It wasn’t much, but it was very welcome. We may have a little more today. We’re 24 inches behind in rainfall this year, so it will take a lot of water to make a dent in that deficit. Any rain at all is better than nothing.

It hasn’t just been the lack of rainfall, the high temperature has dealt us a double-whammy, especially with regard to our lakes, rivers, and streams. Texas Parks and Wildlife has posted a slideshow that shows just how devastating this past summer has been. The drought is sort of a relentless disaster in slow-motion. Day after day of high heat and no rainfall has really taken its toll on the land.

Here’s the slideshow for you.  It’s pretty grim.

http://www.flickr.com//photos/texasparkswildlife/sets/72157627429641925/show/



About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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2 Responses to Texas Drought: Slideshow from Texas Parks and Wildlife

  1. avafromtexas says:

    I did not want to see your video. It’s just too much for me to see………….I know that wildlife is dying in this area. Deer are dropping their fawns and leaving them as the female is having problems supporting even herself in this drought. We have a local wildlife rescue that is finding these babies and helping them live. I have no idea what they will be doing with them once they are old enough to release if this drought doesn’t continue to improve. Also feeding the wildlife that show up in my back yard or front for water or food, or a place to live (birds, foxes, opossums, etc.) Or, stray cats whose owners have disappeared. **soft touch and easy pushover**

    I’m also helping a local horse rescue financially which is a private run ranch by a couple (sold their house to move into the country and live with the horses to nurse them back to health), whose only reason for existence is to save these horses that have been abandoned to starve in pastures with no grass, and the owners just walk away. It’s Gypsy Heart Horse Rescue. http://www.gypsyhearthorserescue.net/

    So, watching more sadness right now is just not something I need to do. I see enough every day.
    But, thank you for your blogging and bringing this to everyone’s attention. The East Coast is almost tone deaf to what is going on here in the middle of the U.S.

    • M.J.Deare says:

      The slide show just shows dried-up streams, lakes, and rivers. There are a few dead fish floating in what is left of a lake or two, but mostly it’s boat docks on dry land, surrounded by grass now instead of water. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the animals, and thank you too for your comments.

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