Explore Texas ~ Book Release Event ~ June 2016

Explore Texas:  A Nature Travel Guide
It’s now finally official:“Explore Texas: A Nature Travel Guide,” the book that my wife, Mary O. Parker and I have been working on for a few years will be out at the beginning of June. It’s being released by Texas A&M University Press.

When asked what the book’s about, our short answer is, it’s a book for nature lovers who love to travel and travelers who love nature!

Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center has kindly offered to hold our book release and dedication event there on June 23, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This venue is located in McAllen, Texas.

Mary and I would love to have you join us. There is no cost for the event. Join us and enjoy a presentation that we’ll be doing, which features my photos and Mary’s research. We’re going to talk about some of the best spots to experience nature in the Lone Star State, what types of flora and fauna you can expect to see while you’re there, and what to do when you’re there.Explore Texas: A Nature Travel Guide, activity icons

The book includes 96 different entries, organized into the seven different travel regions of Texas. We divided “Explore Texas: A Nature Travel Guide” into the seven official travel regions of Texas. Each entry has a “Learn” section in which Mary writes about the natural attractions you can expect to see during your visit.

We’ll be dedicating the book to John F. and Audrey Martin.

Explore Texas: A Nature Travel Guide, dedicated to John F. and Audrey Martin

John F. & Audrey Martin

For those of you not familiar with the Martins, they are very much responsible for getting the concept of Texas wildlife photography ranches going and helping make them so popular worldwide. Because Texas has so little public property (about 3%!) the Martins wanted to find a way to reward private landowners economically for being good land stewards. They, along with others, also played a huge role in establishing the Valley Land Fund, then went on to create Images for Conservation Fund (ICF).

Join us at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center in McAllen on Thursday night, June 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and learn more about where — and how — you can explore Texas naturally. While you’re there, introduce yourself to the Martins and be sure to thank them for all that they’ve done. Then head over to where Mary and I will be signing books and get a copy for yourself.