The next few weeks are dominated by travel. There is nothing like spring to entice one outside. This week I am in Scott County, assessing sites for a heritage tourism analysis. We are working with Carolyn Brackett, a Senior Program Associate with the Heritage Tourism Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation. After returning to Texas on Thursday I will be in Galveston, trying to finish dismantling the Houston office.
Daily text messaging among American teens has shot up in the past 18 months, from 38% of teens texting friends daily in February of 2008 to 54% of teens texting daily in September 2009. And it’s not just frequency – teens are sending enormous quantities of text messages a day. Half of teens send 50 or more text messages a day, or 1,500 texts a month, and one in three send more than 100 texts a day, or more than 3,000 texts a month. Older teen girls ages 14-17 lead the charge on text messaging, averaging 100 messages a day for the entire cohort. The youngest teen boys are the most resistant to texting – averaging 20 messages per day.
The National Marine and Fisheries Service (NMFS) has authority for enforcing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) regarding marine animals, include sea turtles and marine mammals. If you see a violation, immediately contact the 24-hour NMFS Enforcement Hotline at (800) 853-1964. You may also call the U.S. Coast Guard Hotline at (800) SAVE-FISH.
Texas has its own list of endangered and threatened species in the state. Contact Texas Parks and Wildlife at 1-800-792-GAME (4263).
Texas boys and girls joyride their way across our beaches, leaving flattened wildlife and rutted beaches and dunes in their wake. Texas anglers, too sluggish to actually walk to the shore to fish, steer their pick’em trucks to the water’s edge where they can offload their beer and bait. Drive-by birders clamp their scopes to side windows and chase the birds from the comfort of air conditioning. All ignore who gets hurt.
Extensive sand flats border these passes at each end of the island as well – East Beach to the north, San Luis Pass to the south. San Luis is by far the larger of the two, only because the North and South jetties have isolated East Beach from its sand source. That sand now collects at Bolivar Flats, making it the other major sand flat on the upper Texas coast.