Lights Out Texas
Texas is globally important for birds.
Birds are essential to our planet’s ecology – and local economies.
- Birds provide ecosystem services, act as benchmarks for environmental health, increase livability, and connect people of all ages and abilities to the natural world.
- Birds also support the Texas economy. In the Rio Grande Valley alone, Texas A&M found that nature tourism – which is dominated by bird watching – contributes $300 million to the economy and supports 4,407 full and part-time jobs annually.
Tim Wallace produced this image of light pollution in Texas. Note that unlike other imagery depicting light pollution, his effort focused on adjusting such data for population, revealing areas that create an outsized amount of light pollution per capita. Of course, this image highlights the brightly illuminated urban areas of Houston and Dallas in eastern Texas.