Asher Elbein

Asher Elbein is a freelance journalist and fiction writer based in Austin.

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Our Lady of the Underground

by | Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 8:05 am CST
Culture

Turning Tail

There's a war on feral hogs in Texas, and the hogs are winning.

Turning Tail There’s a war on feral hogs in Texas, and the hogs are winning. When night falls on Storm Ranch, a 5,700-acre expanse in Dripping Springs, it falls purple and soft over fields and groves of oak and pecan. … Read More

Culture

The Art of Looking

An afternoon with the king of birding in Texas, Victor Emanuel. His new memoir, "One More Warbler," hits shelves this week.

Across the river from the Austin airport, past forests and muddy banks, four retention ponds stand open beneath the sky. The wind is heavy with the sickly sweet smell of sewage; sludge dredged from the pond bottoms dries for recycling … Read More

Ranch land in DeWitt County, Texas. Illustration for chupacabra story.
Culture

Chasing the Chupacabra

Texas chupacabras have a way of leaving behind bodies — or perhaps, bodies in Texas have a way of becoming chupacabras.

Texas chupacabras have a way of leaving behind bodies — or perhaps, bodies in Texas have a way of becoming chupacabras. Read More

Texas Landscape Project - Big Bend night sky
Books

Mapping Texas’ Fraught Environmental History

A new atlas of Texas ecology reveals how thoroughly humans have woven ourselves into the geography of the state, for good and for ill.

A new atlas of Texas ecology reveals how thoroughly humans have woven ourselves into the geography of the state, for good and for ill. Read More

A dead piñon pine in Boot Canyon in Big Bend National Park.
Environment

Feeling the Burn in Big Bend

An epic drought has scientists racing to predict the future of Big Bend's unique sky islands.

The 2011 drought that wiped out half the piñon pines in Big Bend’s sky island is a warning shot as the Southwest succumbs to climate change. Read More

Culture

Fragile Species

Can bats survive in a human-engineered world?

Can bats survive in a human-engineered world? From the east, a fungal infection is moving cave by cave, leaving obliterated bat populations in its wake. Read More

A baby alligator at the 2015 Gatorfest
Environment

Epitaph for an Alligator

With its display of mangled carcasses, is Gatorfest really the best way to honor the reptile?

Commodifying nature is nothing new. And perhaps my unease is the discomfort of a city person, who doesn’t have to live around big predators or make a living from them. But it was impossible to shake the feeling that Gatorfest was designed to draw in city folk and present them with alligators as mascots, not as animals in their own right. Read More

A female rose-bellied lizard with a long tail sits on a tree stump.
Books

Go Wild in Suburbia with ‘Texas Lizards: A Field Guide’

Wildlife habitats: surprisingly close to home.

Texas Lizards: A Field Guide, Troy and Toby Hibbitts’ superlative new book, is an excellent manual for that wilderness. Covering 51 species of lizard — almost one-half of the lizard species in the entire continental United States — it functions as a comprehensive survey of Texas’ lizard zoology. Read More

Robert Bakker — sketch artist
Culture

Unearthing a Lost World

Nearly all of the fossils in this Seymour quarry are Dimetrodon or similar “sail-backed” predators. It’s a concentration of flesh eaters unprecedented in the modern world, and a pattern that’s repeated in the vast majority of dig sites in Baylor County. Paleontologists Robert Bakker and David Temple want to find out why. Read More

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