Before dawn one day last month, I drove along a farm road in Waller County to see the rare range of six planets. I also saw another unusual sight at sunrise – a bobwhite quail calling from a grassy mound.
Spying on pollock near Houston these days is almost as rare as seeing six planets lined up. Yet birds were once common in our five-county area. I remember a call on my college campus in the mid-1980s as I walked to teach my classes early in the morning.