From Marfa Public Radio:
It’s dawn in late January, near Marfa, and the grasslands on Mimms Ranch are radiant, swaying like a thick, golden mane in the sporadic breeze.
Across the plateau treks a 20-person team – scientists, birders and volunteers.
A pair holding radio antennas leads the way. Soon, they locate a signal. Technicians swiftly raise a net, and the rest of the group moves into formation, creating a semicircle.
Quietly, they advance, closing in on the signal’s unseen source.
Suddenly, it rises, in a flurry: a tiny grassland sparrow. The bird darts skyward, and then flies just outside the net.
Written by Andrew Stuart/