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The groove-billed ani is a tropical bird in the cuckoo family with a long tail and a large, curved beak. Freeuse photo

EXPLORING NATURE: BIRD SIGHTINGS

I am enjoying birds of all sizes at my place. A tiny black-chinned hummingbird feeds at my sugar-water feeder on the back deck while down below, a large black vulture stands on my birdbath and sips the water.

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Summer heat can make it difficult for the plants to thrive in the garden. Tomatoes need sunshine and warm temperatures to grow but temperatures above 95 degrees Fahrenheit paired with inconsistent watering can cause tomatoes to drop blossoms, stop developing fruit, and blossom-end rot (pictured above). Public domain photo

Growth in Gardening: Gardening in the heat

Summer is here despite what the calendar says. Central Texans are no strangers to the heat and once we start reaching triple digits, I figure summer — in the garden at least — is here.

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An historic photograph of a Juneteenth or Emancipation Day celebration held on June 19, 1900 in "East Woods" on East 24th Street in Austin. Public domain photo

San Marcos Juneteenth celebrations

The Juneteenth Foundation, Inc. (JFI) and the Dunbar Heritage Association (DHA) have revamped their annual citywide Juneteenth celebrations this year in order to celebrate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Big Bend Ranch State Park park features rugged mountains, steep canyons, amazing views, unparalleled night skies and solitude in a high desert setting. The park stretches along the Rio Grande in far west Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border. Photo courtesy of  the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 

The Texas Travel Alliance launches the 'Life’s Better in a State of Travel' campaign

The Texas Travel Alliance — formerly TTIA — in conjunction with the Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (TACVB) and The Atkins Group has launched a campaign to encourage Texans t

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The San Marcos Public Library has found ways to move many of their programs and resources to the internet in order to keep serving the community throughout the pandemic . Daily Record file photo

Library plans programming through pandemic

The San Marcos Public Library has been working to find ways to revamp and rethink important summer programs — like the Summer Reading Program, puppet shows, storytimes and career resources — to make them available to the community in the wake of COVID-19.

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