First off, no, I didn't know you could order license plates from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. No, I didn't know that there are quite a few to choose from, and no, I didn't know we Texans got to vote on new designs. Well, now that we know, let's do it.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is asking Texans to weigh in on their favorite designs for a new conservation license plate that supports wildlife viewing and nature tourism programs in Texas. Your voting is requested between now and April 21 in an online survey. The 3 images below are your choices proposed for the "Greater Roadrunner" license plate. Your votes will help them decide which of three designs should be featured on the new specialty plate.

Roadrunner 1
Roadrunner 1
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Roadrunner 2
Roadrunner 2
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Roadrunner 3
Roadrunner 3
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“The Greater Roadrunner is a striking, charismatic bird that can be found everywhere in Texas,” said Shelly Plante, Nature Tourism Manager for TPWD. “People in Texas love roadrunners and tend to remember when they are lucky enough to see them in person, making these birds the perfect subject for our new conservation license plate.”

Click here to go vote for your favorite design.

Since people like me didn't even know this program existed, here's some interesting information about how well it has done in the past. This license plate program has raised around $10 million in the last 21 years, providing funding directly to benefit Texas rivers, state parks, big game research and species management. Right now there are 10 conservation plate designs including a horned lizard (horny toad), a largemouth bass, Texas rivers, a hummingbird, a rattlesnake, a white-tailed deer, a bluebonnet, a desert bighorn sheep and a monarch butterfly. The TPWD specialty plates cost $30 per year, with $22 of that cost going directly to TPWD. Plates can be purchased for vehicles, RVs/travel trailers, trailers and motorcycles.

Visit the TPWD Conservation License Plate website to learn more about how to get a conservation plate and how funds benefit Texas wildlife.

By the way, DID YOU KNOW...

There are tons of specialty plates available for the Great State of Texas, I knew they existed, just never knew where to look. Well, now we do...

MyPlates.com

All kinds of designs to choose from, some more expensive than others, some raise money for charities, some don't. Everything from pro sports team logos to college teams, charity organizations, you name it, it's probably there.

You're welcome.

Texas4Ever plate
Texas4Ever plate
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