The Llano Estacado is comprised of eight habitats, each with unique characteristics.
"Habitats of the Llano Estacado" is an introduction to these habitats.
A second presentation is an introduction to the eight habitats of the Llano Estacado and it focuses on species of concern and land management issues in each habitat. Each habitat is illustrated with photographs of the landscape and select plants and animals of each habitat.
Texas Master Naturalist, Llano Estacado Chapter Graduation - December 2009 (PDF) – The Llano Estacado chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists investigate the eight major habitats of the Llano Estacado, and have provided the photographs of many of the photoessays found in the habitats section of this website.
Our programming always includes history and ecology. Our focus for the years 2006 to 2014 is as follows:
- Sanddunes Summer 2006-Spring 2007
- Playas Summer 2007-Spring 2008
- Alkali - Summer 2008-Spring 2009
- Draws Summer 2009-Spring 2010
- Prairie to Mesquite Brushland Summer 2010-Spring 2011
- The Breaks and Canyons Summer 2011-Spring 2012
- Shortgrass Plains and Chihuahuan Scrub - Summer 2012-Spring 2013
- Human Created Environments of the Llano Estacado - Summer 2013-Spring 2014
Watch for resources for each of these habitats to appear a month or two before the beginning of the scheduled program emphasis shown above.
John Stout is a fifth-generation Texan, now working as a physical scientist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Lubbock, Texas. He conducts research on field-scale wind erosion processes and investigates the effects of wind erosion on air quality. John attended the University of Texas at Austin, Colorado State University, and holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from North Carolina State University. His interest in West Texas was nurtured during his early years growing up in Van Horn, Odessa, and Big Spring and he continues to have a keen interest in the natural and anthropogenic forces that shape this region.
Following is a slideshow of John's photos from around the Llano Estacado. Use the slideshow controls to move through the collection; click on each photo title to see a bigger version and a locator map where the picture was taken.
- The seven native habitats of the Llano Estacado
- The Past is alive
- Nature tourism and pride in the landscape
- El Bultos ghost stories
- More ghost stories of the Llano Estacado
- West Texas architecture
- Cowboy folktales
- Murals of West Texas
- Metal Silhouette Art
- Rasquache an aesthetic approach to life
- La virgen
- West Texas graveyards
- Ranching is more than cows nowadays
- Women ranchers
- West Texas where music styles begin
- West Texas as a crossroads
- Caliche pits
- West Texas Lingo
- The changing landscape of the oilfield
- Spanish influence on gardening on the Llano Estacado
- The best two novels about life on the Llano Estacado