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Environmental Recording 1:30:23 - 1:38:17 Play 1:30:23 - More
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NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
Jul 1993 at 07:45

    Geography
  • United States
    Texas
    Cameron County
    Locality
  • Brownsville; Sabal Palm Audubon Center
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 25.85083   -97.41722
    Habitats
  • Rural
    Recording TimeCode
  • :33 - 1:09:42
    Geography
  • United States
    Texas
    Hidalgo County
    Locality
  • Anzalduas Dam
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 26.1375   -98.33528
    Habitats
  • River
  • Rural
    Recording TimeCode
  • 1:30:23 - 1:38:17
    Channels
  • Stereo
    Sampling Rate
  • 48kHz
    Bit Depth
  • 16-bit
    Recorders
    Microphones
    Accessories
    Equipment Note
  • Stereo=1; Spaced Omni Stereo recoded with B&K 4006 Omni mics

TEXAS 1

ROSE FARMER

*****ABSOLUTE TIME***

*** 1:40 --6:30 SABAL PALM AMBI, MOURNING DOVES, BUZZING FLIES, MACHINERY IN BACKGROUND. (**VERY GOOD BIRD AT 4:04***)

INTERVIEW....

Rose Farmer ...manager of Sabal Palm Audubon, post 7&8 on nature trail was cleared in 60's and now growing back.

*** 14:56... 17:45 id birds ...Birds who cooks for you are white wing doves ...que quieres pastor, comer tuna ....I want to eat tuna...Right behind us ...Peter, Peter, those are cardinals, a few minutes ago. white tipped doves, low mournful, long billed thrasher, behind us woodpeckers. Chachalacas are the loudest. Carolina wren.

What is reaction of people who come to Audubon Most children have never been in woods, their eyes get big, astounded, are there lions and tigers here. walk around like magic place.

19:56--What is the worth of original habitat Just in itself as piece of jungle forest with wildlife, endangered species, not a bird sanctuary, wildlife sanctuary. also education purposes. locals don't realize what rg valley has.

What happened to dense forest. Valley settled after 1900. railroad, invention of bulldozer clearing away in 1939, their attitude was clear trees and plant orange trees.

*** 22:20 --22:48 no one intended to clear all forest but that's what happened and 90% of original vegetation was cleared. Only 2-5% left.

String of pearls concept... Been trying for 10 to put together wildlife corridor, rg wildlife refuge, santa ana refuge, about half way ther in land acquisition, congress needs to allocate money. people are interested in selling land. will be tremendous boom to species here. if trying to keep species need more than islands of land.

25:53 What did Alanzo Alvarez de Pineda see in 1519 His name for the river was Rio de las Palmas, saw so many palms, river was much bigger, grander, no dams back then.

RG doesn't flood here, No only during Hurricane Buela. Our hope is no development in floodplain.

28:50--30:49 Any fresh water that makes it to the gulf wasted? Not wasted at all so it's a river and not a ditch. Sometimes, very stinky. that's our only source for drinking, irrigation. It's very important that that week keep something in there to dilute what's being dumped in. wildlife needs good water too. Also at mouth of river , shrimp and fish.

***30:54--33:00 Optimist or realist Most of this behind you was cleared in late sixties and now impressive things grow back, I'm an optimist, can plant same species, and neighbors interested in protecting wildlife.

33:00--Alone with your views strong wildlife community here, ecotourism is boom,

How far from river now half-mile, southmost loop in continental us.

*** 35:38--36:50 What's river like when it passes here. Most of the time river doesn't have water, because point is to take most of water out, so not very deep or wide and you look at and the furthest thing from your mind is grand...The Rio Grande is not very grand by the time it gets down here. It about 1/10 of what it should be if allowed to flow, It's 100 ft wide, maybe 6-7ft deep today, tomorrow 3 or 12 depending on dam release, so controlled and if farmers are not irrigating.

spirit of cooperation across border Some.

Business community. We dont fight as much

Do they believe river should be river.. Brownsville utilty board wants to dam river again. There's plenty of water in the river but allocated mostly to farmers and cities beginning to panic.

pumping bad water in resaca.. smells like phosphates. Brownsville sewage treatment 3 miles upstream, so get clean but smelly sewage.

** 44:00--44:42 --but worry about what comes further upstream, Monterey. we've got almost 2000 miles of river upstream of us and I think about that when I'm up to neck in river trying to get the pump working.

What's gone forever ... 3/4 of wetlands species in trouble, ocelots, jaguarundi, no more jaguars, they were here until the 40's,

ambi at resaca blind.

56:00 --57:20 walking ambo

** 57:22 --58:00 chachalacas

** 1:06 --1:09:40 CICADAS

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