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    Posted August 17, 2011 by
    Houston, Texas
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Heat wave, drought bake U.S.

    KMGMorris and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open story: Heat wave

    Texas Wildlife Suffers from the Drought


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     KMGMorris shot this picture of a killdeer mother in Lake Conroe, Texas, guarding her young. These birds were driven from their natural habitat by the extreme drought affecting much of the state. 'The drought is what they are calling D4 - Exceptional. Farmers/Ranchers will be bankrupted by this,' she said. 'I'm old enough to remember the drought during the 50's, I was a child. This is equal to or worse than that.'
    - jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

    Back in June when the killdeers were nesting on the ground I noticed a nest in the drive at the marina.  Poor killdeer was patiently sitting on the nest in direct sunlight and even then the sun was merciless, heating up the stones where the eggs were resting.  The mother would stand over them and shade them from the heat.  We really thought they would never hatch; surely be cooked from the sunlight.  However, here's one of the moms standing over the babes to protect them from the heat.


    Texas wildlife is truly suffering now.  All the lakes in our neighborhood are gone and a creek and gully are vanishing too.  We're now seeing all sorts of wildlife that normally won't leave the wooded areas.


    Oh, and this is in Houston.  Pity the rest of the state where life is always much harder.

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