From the Big Thicket to Big Bend, and from the Rio Grande River to the Red River, Texas, is one of the most biologically diverse states in the country.Stately pine forests, the spectacular Chihuahuan Desert and the Tamaulipan thornscrub are only a few of the amazing ecosystems. Our bays and rivers create a fertile and productive marine nursery, and we are in the migration route of hundreds of species of birds, which makes our coastal prairies and marshes rich with ecological diversity. Discover the distinct characteristics and history of Texas’s 10 ecological zones, learn how common, rare and endangered plants and animals sustain one another, and explore stories of naturalists throughout history who documented and celebrated the great diversity of this state.
- Key characteristics that distinguish one biological zone from another
- Unique and common plants, birds and animals of each ecological zone
- Why the flora and fauna vary from region to region
- Biosciences at Rice
- Houston Audubon Society
- Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter
- Texas Master Naturalists, Gulf Coast Chapter