Wildlife: The Beat of Passing Wings

Golden-Cheeked Warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia). Found only in the cedar-clad hills of the Edwards Plateau. Habitat: cedars, oaks; also streamside trees.

—The Birds of Texas

Soon this small bird, native only to Texas, may be just a footnote in an ornithology textbook—another species that failed to adapt to man. One of its last retreats is Meridian State Park, a 461-acre tangle of cedar breaks and cactus populated by rattlesnakes, red-spotted toads, tarantulas and a steady flock of hardy bird watchers who come to catch a glimpse of the warbler. Now the local Lakeview Recreation Association plans to build a nine-hole golf course...

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