Life on Matagorda Island
Wayne McAlister, who with his wife, Martha, lived on Matagorda Island for several years while working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He shows what life is like amid such isolation, balancing their lifestyle with the will of the island and its nonhuman inhabitants.
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