The endangered golden-cheeked warbler
The endangered golden-cheeked warbler

Wingin' It


It's daunting to think that some birds fly hundreds of miles between their summer and winter habitats when we can't even work up the energy to visit our parents twice a year. (Winging your way back and forth between the United States and South America is no picnic, but neither is Thanksgiving with the extended family.) Plus, once you figure in wind currents, fuel efficiency, magnetic fields and the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow (oh, roughly 22.36 mph), the whole migratory bird situation is a natural wonder. But you don't have to go all the way to Capistrano to observe the annual return of our feathered friends when Fossil Rim offers the opportunity to "bird the rim," in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. Join experienced bird-watching guides at 7:30 a.m. on May 15 to walk the Intensive Management Area and view bird habitats and maybe even spot a cheetah or a wolf. The $30 fee includes a buffet brunch at the Safari Camp Pavilion following the walk. Birding is limited to ages 12 and up at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 2155 County Road, Glen Rose. Call 254-897-2960 ext. 0. --Michelle Martinez

Auto Erotic

Greg Hester knows why Corvettes are so popular. "It's America's sports car," he says. "Everyone grew up wanting one." Hester is the president of Lone Star Corvette Club, which at more than 1,000 members is the largest 'vette group in the country. Hester is preparing for the 15th Annual Lone Star Classic on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Texas Motor Speedway. Thousands will come out to see more than 500 Corvettes, from classic Route 66 models to the soon-to-be-released and completely bitchin' 2005 C6 model--one of only four in the world. "Owning a 'vette, it's part of the American Dream," Hester says, rightly so. "It's always been what makes American muscle. You start out wanting a Camaro, then a Firebird, then you finally save up and get a 'vette." Unless, of course, you bought a used Camaro in 1984 that couldn't go above 40 miles per without slipping and drove it over to Tracie's house in hopes of her finally taking a ride with you and failing when you told her it wasn't "highway safe." That might put you off muscle cars for good. The rest of America loves corvettes, though. Go to TMS and remember why. Visit --Eric Celeste

Hunt's Season

The Dallas All Sports Association's Hall of Fame lunch May 17 honors pro football Hall of Fame inductee Lamar Hunt, a longtime owner of the Kansas City Chiefs who was partially responsible for helping the old AFL merge with the NFL to create football as we know it. The luncheon will be held at Maggiano's Little Italy at NorthPark Center and will start at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $50 per person and $500 for a table of 10. Proceeds from the lunch will benefit the Dallas All Sports Association scholarship fund. Call 972-868-1518. --John Gonzalez

Base Camp

Recently, going to The Ballpark in Arlington--uh, sorry, Ameriquest Field--was enough to give you a rash. The Rangers are reborn, but you might want to head out there while things are still good. There's a sleepover on May 15. You'll be able to run the bases, pitch in the bullpen and hit in the batting cages before unrolling your sleeping bag and sacking out in the outfield. It's almost as much fun as a playoff win (and far easier to make happen). It's $125 for adults and $99 for kids ages 5 to 18, which includes dinner, breakfast, a goody bag and a T-shirt. Call 817-273-5096. --John Gonzalez

Shut Up and Pedal
Cyclists unite in silence for safety

Cyclists don't wear those gaudy neon spandex outfits because they think they're fashionable. They wear them so they can be seen by motorists, to maintain high visibility so they can stay alive, since there's not much competition between an 18-wheeler and a two-wheel aluminum-frame bike on a near-deserted country back road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 45,000 injuries to cyclists by motorists and 728 fatalities in 2001. To honor those riders who lost their lives in accidents with automobiles and bring awareness to hostile driving conditions, Garland resident Chris Phelan organized the inaugural Ride of Silence last year. His friend, endurance rider Larry Schwartz, was killed when he was struck by a bus mirror on a deserted road. Phelan himself was rear-ended by a drunken driver, and when police arrived, they allowed the driver to leave the accident scene while Phelan was unconscious on the pavement. Nearly 1,000 riders showed up for last year's event, and this year similar rides have been organized around the country on the same date. The ride covers a 10-mile loop around White Rock Lake and will have a police escort at the front and the end. Participants are instructed to ride in silence and not travel any faster than 12 mph. Red armbands signify riders who have been injured or harassed by a motorist. Black armbands are for riders who are mourning cyclists who have lost their lives on the road. It takes place Wednesday at 7 p.m. starting at Tepee Hill and the paddle boats on the west side of White Rock Lake. Participation is free. Visit --Jay Webb


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