Critters of Tyler State Park

Critters of Tyler State Park

Tyler State Park is teeming with wildlife! Fish, turtles and snakes in the lake; insects, armadillos and deer in the woods; birds in the air and in the trees. Oh, and raccoons. Raccoons in the bushes, raccoons in the trees, raccoons in the bathrooms, raccoons in your tent site, raccoons in your car! I do love them, though. Who among us hasn’t had the occasional urge to pig out all night and pass out in a dumpster?

I chose the username “trashpanda” for this blog because I can’t think of the park without thinking of raccoons—and I also spend many of my working hours there picking up trash.

Below are some recent photos of the critters of TSP. So far I haven’t been able to get good shots of the deer, wild pigs or the park’s lovely pileated woodpeckers, but I have big plans for long lenses and will keep adding to this page.

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Scenic Tyler State Park

Scenic Tyler State Park

Tyler State Park is one of my favorite places in the world, and the park that got me interested in the Texas State Park system. Even though I’ve lived close to the park my whole life I didn’t take advantage of it till just a few years ago, and in May of 2017 I signed up to volunteer in the maintenance department two mornings a week.

I initially did this because I wanted an excuse to get outside and get a little exercise (my home business involves a lot of sitting) but I quickly came to see the park as a second home, developed a strong love of the outdoors (along with a pretty good tolerance of the heat) and a desire to see what else Texas has to offer.

In 2018 I became a full-time seasonal maintenance assistant, and while my season ends at the end of August I will keep coming back to volunteer and also, of course, just to visit and enjoy everything TSP has to offer.

(If you’re interested in volunteering at Tyler State Park please visit the official website for more information!)

Below are some of the recent photos I’ve taken of my beautiful park.

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