March 19, 2008
Dave Haukos pushed through the dead salt marsh aster, waist-high plants common along
the Texas coast that looked out of place in north central Lubbock.
Haukos, a Texas Tech University professor and regional migratory bird specialist for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ticked through the once common features of the fenced-off wetland surrounding him. Dark soil marked the depression in the short prairie grass that could quickly fill with water and wildlife after a hard rain.