Some exciting news for entomologists: a new species of tree cricket has been found in the United States. On May 16, 2009, Nancy Collins from Wisconsin and Laurel Symes, a PhD candidate at Dartmouth University, heard a tree cricket sing at Resaca de la Palma State Park and World Birding Center in Brownsville. On a return trip in June they found another cricket at Bentsen Rio Grande State Park, another World Birding Center in Mission. Further analysis by Dr. Thomas J. Walker, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida-Gainesville, revealed that it was an unnamed species of Oecanthus. Collins says that it will be called Alexander’s tree cricket, in respect of R. D. Alexander who first discovered them in Mexico in the 1960s.
He broke a six-year-old state record with a 25-yard cast on a rod he built himself. And he’s just 13.
Sugarland, Texas, eighth-grader Nick Rizopoulos topped the existing state fly fishing record for common snook with a 29-inch, 6.5 pound fish he caught in the Brownsville Ship Channel Nov. 25.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials believe isolated fish kills observed this week along the lower Texas coast can be attributed to red tide. “Our conclusion is that there is not a large red tide bloom along the South Texas coast,” says Dave Buzan, a scientist with TPWD Coastal Fisheries who heads the agency’s marine Kills and Spills Team. “Red tide is likely present but only in small patches and only causing intermittent relatively small fish kills. There is no evidence at this time that there will be a major bloom impacting Texas beaches. W