Category: Opinion & Advice

Nature Niche: Behind Petra’s Binoculars

Scarlet Colley

By SCARLET COLLEY Special to the Parade Our friend Petra just returned from a two-week visit to South Georgia Island. Petra is not a stranger to South Padre as she is a trip leader for the three to four offshore birding trips we have yearly. She is a birder extraordinaire. So when she was invited …

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Kayaking 101: Kayak Sailing

Kayaking 101

By TONY CROUCH Special to the Parade Aaauugghhhhh, the wind is blowing, the sail is up, and I’m cruising into the horizon. Oh wait, did I fail to register my kayak since I have a sail on it? Yes, the new law is that if you put a sail on your kayak you must register …

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Techno-Logic: Finding New Ways to Play

Techno-Logic

By 8-BIT JAY Special to the Parade Earlier this week, I got together with some friends: Mike, editor of the South Padre Parade, his lovely wife Leah, and my friend Allie and her adorable daughter Phay (hey, kiddo!). We spent the evening playing Mortal Kombat 9 on the PlayStation 3. After a while, Mike, who …

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Nature Niche: Dolphins Are Just Like Us

By SCARLET COLLEY Special to the Parade Everyone loves to think of dolphins as a fun loving, happy being of the seas, and for the most part they are. But, like us, this beautiful animal has emotions that run high, and the pendulum swings in the range of their emotions as ours. This photo that …

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Techno-Logic: What Is Carrier IQ?

Techno-Logic

By 8-Bit Jay Special to the Parade Over the last week, news broke that carriers and manufacturers were stocking their mobile phones with software called Carrier IQ. Carrier IQ, for those who don’t know, is a piece of software designed to collect data from users. Information such as browsing data, key presses and more are …

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Great Outdoors: Trout without the salt

By JIM FOSTER Special to the Parade What would you say if I wrote that the Texas Parks and Wildlife was going to bring over 1000 fish to Harlingen, just for you? These are not the better known spotted seatrout but the freshwater variety of trout with the name of “rainbow.” Each year, TPWD stocks …

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Nature Niche: Thanksgiving Day on the Bay

By SCARLET COLLEY Special to the Parade This year, Thanksgiving Day was a gorgeous day. It was a day of no wind, so our Laguna Madre Bay was calm and offshore water was pouring in with a ripping incoming tide. It was a day of thanks for not only Americans, but our dolphins decided it …

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Great Outdoors: Whooping Crane Arrival 2011

Great Outdoors

By JIM FOSTER Special to the Parade While I stood quietly on a fence line, the three large birds paid me no attention as my camera clicked away at the approaching birds. One of the birds wore both a red and blue bands of a tracking equipped crane. These were a family of whooping cranes …

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Kayaking 101: Is This Kayak Yours?

Kayaking 101

By TONY CROUCH Special to the Parade I read a story online of an individual that had his kayak taken from his front yard. Now, hopefully nothing like that happens around here, but sad to say it eventually will. Well, this individual had come across a kayak just like his, he didn’t have any recognizable …

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Great Outdoors: The High Points of Travel

Great Outdoors

By JIM FOSTER Special to the Parade For anyone who hunts and fishes across the state or travels to other states and climates, just getting there can be an adventure all its own. Recently after sitting behind the wheel for the better part of the day I found myself looking for a place to stop …

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