Texas gifts: dazzling dragonflies, heirloom gardening, seashell encyclopedia and more

COLLEGE STATION — If someone on your gift list is in Texas – or wants to be – a unique offering of books, guides and colorful information wheels is available from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The AgriLife Bookstore, https://agrilifebookstore.org, can deliver gifts by Christmas to points in Texas if ordered by Dec. 18. Gifts for out-of state delivery must be ordered by Dec. 14. Phone orders can be placed at 888-900-2577, according to AgriLife Communications bookstore manager Terry Easterly.

All of the items are authored by specialists who lead programs for AgriLife Extension throughout Texas.

For gardening enthusiasts, the bookstore has books such as “Trees, Shrubs and Vines of the Texas Hill Country,” “Rare Plants of Texas,” and “Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife.”

Gardeners might also enjoy “Texas Pecan Handbook,” “Texas Peach Handbook,”  “Heirloom Gardening in the South,” “A Dazzle of Dragonflies” or “Texas Cacti.”

An abundance of offerings are available for naturalists. The bookstore has birding books such as “Finding Birds on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail,” “A Checklist of Texas Birds,”  “Migration and the Migratory Birds of Texas,” “Handbook of Texas Birds,” “Hummingbirds of Texas” or “The Purple Martin and its Management in Texas.”

For those interested in fishing or water, “Texas Coral Reefs,” “Encyclopedia of Texas Seashells,” “Freshwater Fishes of Texas” or “Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico” are available.
An “Exotic Animal Field Guide” may interest wildlife enthusiasts as would “Deer of the Southwest,” “White-Tailed Deer Habitat” or “Wildlife Stewardship and Recreation on Private Lands.”

Information wheels, which allow the holder to spin the top circle to reveal a variety of information about a topic, are available for herbs, butterflies, wildflowers and hummingbirds.

Prices for these items at the AgriLife Bookstore range from $5 to $39.95 plus tax and shipping.

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