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Photos From This Week's Feeder Photo Booth

Photos From This Week's Feeder Photo Booth
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HouseFinch 04 17 16 2
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Here are some photos from this week on or near my feeders.  

 

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Kristi Mears Thomas
Love these! Not sure how I've missed them! I wish Linda's Painted Bunting would cruise by your feeder soon, Michael!
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The Things I Did at Nine Years Old Would Get Me Put Under the Jail Now

The Things I Did at Nine Years Old Would Get Me Put Under the Jail Now

When I was growing up in east Texas, I caught everything I get my hands on including using various kinds of traps.  In particular, there is no telling how many snakes, lizards, turtles, toad, frogs and salamanders that I at least temporarily added to my collection.  At the time there were no laws related to collecting or capturing reptiles and amphibians.  Wow, has that changed.

One important part of all this is that you cannot even temporarily capture or handle reptiles or amphibians even if you are just trying to photograph them if you are on a road, shoulder or unpaved part of the right of way unless you have a Texas hunting license with a reptile and amphibian stamp.  It is up to a $500 fine.  

This also includes your actions as a citizen scientist working with the TPWD Texas Nature Trackers (only on public roads).  That program is for private lands, not public areas or roadways.

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