Field Log 5/15/2010 (Wildlife Migration and High Field Fence)

North Erath County, Texas, Lat 32.43 N, Long -98.36 W, elev. 1,086 ft.  Turkey Creek Quad.

Talked by phone with Jimmie Hardin in Aubrey, Texas.  Shiney the colt is progressing along very well.  “He’s a boy and doing just fine,” she said.

Sweet Hija was inseminated on Thursday.  Will pick her up today.

Rain yesterday: 0.9 inches.

This morning at 5:10 a.m. I heard owl and turkey.  Scissor-tailed flycatchers call out vigorously just before daybreak.

Weather pattern unusual.  Finfrock at NBC-DFW says the dynamic is a cold front semi-stalled over Texas with jet stream winds blowing one way, surface winds the other.  Pattern has been with us for three days–since Wednesday.

Question the high fencing built by ranches.  What does this do to migratory patterns?  Celebrity Ranch has high fencing.  Factor this in for disturbance of wildlife migration.

High Field Fence by LE Fence Company, Waco, Texas

High field fence as pictured above can prevent migratory wildlife from crossing dangerous roads.  Use it to alter, without completely destroying, trails.  But, how?  Consult the corridor crew over in New Mexico.

In the nineteenth century, Glidden sold fence in San Antonio, Texas, with the advertisement for barbed wire: “Lighter than air, stronger than whiskey and cheaper than dirt!”  Cattle could be micro-managed within the barbed-wire pastures.

Do we have any significant corridors for wildlife migration in Texas that are specially designated?



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4 responses to “Field Log 5/15/2010 (Wildlife Migration and High Field Fence)

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  2. The fence seems to be overkill… but then, it does keep the yahoos out 🙂 Oh, beloved middle ground, wherefore art thou?

    • Teresa: In your travels through Ohio, did you ever stop at Malabar Farm of Louis Bromfield’s? See my page on “What I am Reading.”

      Oh, yes, keep yahoos out, but migrating animals….Yes, the middle.

  3. Kittie Howard

    Jack, I think the Israelis pioneered these high fences back in the late 70s. Their fences had an elecrical current. They called the fence Yael which means “deer” in Hebrew. The fences served as border fences. Monitors relayed movement to a command post. Until your post, I hadn’t realized this type of fence/protype was used other than in border areas along our borders. I don’t understand why ranchers/farmers need such a fence when simpler methods exist to ‘keep the varmits out’ when necessary. Oy!

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