Past Thoughts from Hill Country Naturalist- Jim Stanley

Native Evergreen Shrubs


Cottontails And Jackrabbits

Hill Country Squirrels

Hill Country Foxes

Two Unusual Mammals

Understanding Our Furry Friends and Neighbors

Nature Up Close

What The Hill Country Was Like Before We Got Here

Tree Planting

What Are Those Critters Eating out There

Screwworm Fly Eradication

Saving Water


Watching Grass Grow

Hill Country Oaks


Some Plants that May Not be Eaten by Deer

The column for Jeanettte Sunday

Plant Succession

The Experts that can Help You

Good Books About Nature and Texas for Winter Reading

How Fast Are We Losing Our Trees

Understanding Aquifers

Rainwater Harvesting


Dead Plant Material is Valuable

Is it a Weed or a Wildflower

Bees and Butterflies and Blooms in Winter

Animal Society

Native Hill Country Plants That Need Our Help

Where Does Our Wildlife Find Food

Bacteria and Fungi. Essential to Life as we Know it

Water, Conserve it, Capture it, and Keep it Clean

Some Less Common Hill Country Trees and Shrubs. Part II

Some Less Common Hill Country Trees and Shrubs. Part I

The Carbon Cycle

Natures Clean-up Crew

The Amazing Monarch Butterfly

A Glimpse of the Hill Country in 1846

The Other Common Oaks in the Hill Country

Animal Behavior Studies

Life Around the Backyard Creek

Tree Families of the Hill Country

Life and Changes Part II

Fears of Nature Are Greatly Exaggerated and Mostly Unfounded

Tips for Growing Native Plants

The Joy of Watching Nature

Why Native Plants

How to Learn to Identify Native Plants

The Joy of Watching Nature

Less Well

Change Your Diet to Save the Planet

How a Tree Works

Exotic Ungulates in the Hill Country

Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow

Which is More Important

What is So Important About Native Plants

We Are Lucky to Live in the Hill Country

Deer are Picky Eaters

Demonstration of the Properties of Native Grasses

Predators and Prey

 Bugs. We Could Not Live Without Them

Climate Change Explained

The Odyssey of Atom X

The Teaching of Aldo Leopold

Nature Up Close

Invasive Plants of the Hill Country


Winter is Coming

Cottontails And Jackrabbits

Animal Behavior

Plant Succession

Grass and Trees and God

Life in Early Texas

The Underground World of Roots

Some Truly Amazing Things About Mother Nature

Twenty Years in the Life of the “Squirrel Tree”

Plants Less Likely to be Eaten by Deer

Two Common, but Strange, Hill Country Critters

Different Habitats Found In The Hill Country

Nature May be the Best Medicine for these Trying Times

The Most Common Shrubs and Vines of the Hill Country

Where Did Our Native Plants and Animals Come From

Does it Matter How Rural Property is Managed

You’ll Miss Them When They’re Gone

Benefits of Grass

Eighty Years After the Dust Bowl. Have We Learned Enough