We stopped at Serenity Pond in Kurten, Texas. This is 10-acres of private property that Patricia Jane McCain turned into a “Wildlife & Bird Sanctuary.” She built a home on the property in 1987 and then set about, not only preserving as much as possible, but adding even more touches of natural habitat. Ms. McCain wrote regular columns for the Bryan (TX) Eagle. And the writing and preservation work on her own land inspired many in these parts to become more naturalist oriented. She also is part of the Backyard Natural Habitat Project, which many states now have. On a tour of her grounds, she told us the species of birds here include painted buntings, black birds, woodpeckers, cardinals… Besides the writing, she regularly conducted tours at her place for deaf children, inner city children, local school children… Her philosophy is to “…live in harmony with nature.” Note: Ms. McCain was married to a first cousin of Senator John McCain. What’s more, her father, William Tillinghast, did major renovations to the inside of the White House during the Truman administration during the 1950s.