Texas Parks & Wildlife on PBS and Cable
Airing Now and Coming Soon
July 20–26, 2014
Program 2214-R — Originally Aired January 19–25, 2014
The second in a four part series that highlights The Lone Star State in a way we don’t normally get to see … from high above and down below. In this segment, we fly over the Gulf of Mexico and our coastlines, where you’ll get a different view of the wildlife, the habitat, and man’s impacts.
Feral swine wreak havoc on native habitat, but a team at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area is testing innovative ways to keep this multiplying menace in check.
Straddling the Texas-Louisiana border, swampy Caddo Lake in Northeast Texas has an enduring air of mystery. And the paddling trails is the ideal way to explore this fascinating lake.
From West Texas to the Gulf Coast, teachers and students are discovering that state parks offer unique ways to bring learning alive. Put on some old clothes and tag along for a hands-on look at science class Parks and Wildlife-style.
Spectacular views from the mountains of West Texas with the clouds below.
July 27–August 2, 2014
Program 2215-R — Originally Aired January 26–February 1, 2014
Technology just keeps getting better, and as a result so does our knowledge of wildlife. With the use of satellite transmitters placed on wildlife we are learning more and new things about the lives and habits of Texas’ wildlife. See how biologists gather information about the lives of desert bighorn sheep as they move the through the mountains of west Texas and Mexico, and the endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle as they travel the Gulf of Mexico.
He’s been described as something out of a storybook. See Guadalupe River State Park Ranger Craig Hensley in action as he finds creative ways to connect folks with nature.
When it comes to mountain biking in Texas one of the best spots is Government Canyon State Natural area. Grab your bike and helmet as we hit the park for some single track fun!
When Lyndon Baines Johnson helped create the Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm, he wanted to give visitors an appreciation for the hard work and ingenuity of the pioneers and farmers from long ago. Costumed interpreters and volunteers show life as it really was, complete with all the sights, sounds, and (for better or worse) smells of a turn-of-the-century Hill Country farmstead.
Reflections in the water at Blanco State Park.
August 3–9, 2014
Program 2216-R — Originally Aired February 2–8, 2014
Meet some landlords looking out for their tenants at a small high-rise condo complex that’s completely for the birds. Purple martins seem to need people, and the birds provide some rewards back to those who watch out for them.
Charlie Wilson is the driving force behind the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s very successful Shooting Sports Program. Not only is he really good at organizing and teaching, he’s also been able to bring public and private partners into the fold.
Young adults aren’t visiting Texas state parks in large numbers and a new initiative aims to change that. The Youth Ambassador Program signs on members of the millennial generation to share their love of nature in ways their peers can relate to, which is often quite different from their parents.
Lake Fork is undisputedly the top largemouth bass lake in Texas. For the first time ever a professional bass fishing tournament was held on the lake in April 2007. Follow along with the tournament favorite and a young newcomer just trying to make the cut. If you think being a bass pro is the “dream job”, then you need to see what it’s like to literally fish for your supper.
Get up close to some of the interesting rock formations at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
August 10–16, 2014
Program 2217-R — Originally Aired February 9–15, 2014
The third in a four part series that highlights The Lone Star State in a way we don’t normally get to see … from high above and down below. First up, we fly over our cities and industrial centers, hearing from some of Texas’ greatest thinkers about striking a crucial balance about the stewardship between our states’ economy and our natural resources.
Check out a bottomland hardwood swamp and the ducks that call it home.
As part of the effort to restore desert bighorn sheep to their ancestral home, a herd of bighorns are captured at Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area and released at Big Bend Ranch State Park. This is the first release of bighorns at a Texas state park.
Camping, hiking, horseback riding are just a few of the things you can enjoy at Lake Somerville. You can also just take it easy if you want to.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Texas doesn’t have any roller coasters or food courts, but it does have whooping cranes. Visit the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and see lots and lots of wildlife.
Wind turbines are increasing across Texas. Get a different view of these energy producing giants.
Stations and Air Times
Times and dates are subject to change, especially during PBS membership drives.
- Amarillo, KACV-TV, Channel 2, Thursday 7:30 p.m.
- Austin, KLRU-TV, Channel 18, Sunday 10 a.m.; Thursday 5:30 a.m. KLRU-Q, Channel 18-3, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.
- Bryan-College Station, KAMU-TV, Channel 15, Sunday 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
- Corpus Christi, KEDT-TV, Channel 16, Sunday 12 p.m.
- Dallas-Fort Worth, KERA-TV, Channel 13, (October Through April Only) Saturday 11 a.m. Also serving Abilene, Denton, Longview, Marshall, San Angelo, Texarkana, Tyler, Wichita Falls and Sherman.
- El Paso, KCOS-TV, Channel 13, Saturday 4:30 p.m.
- Harlingen, KMBH-TV, Channel 60, Sunday 5 p.m. Also serving McAllen, Mission and Brownsville.
- Houston, KUHT-TV, Channel 8, Saturday 3 p.m. Also serving Beaumont, Port Arthur, Galveston, Texas City and Victoria.
- Killeen, KNCT-TV, Channel 46, Sunday 5 p.m. Also serving Temple, Waco.
- Lubbock, KTTZ-TV, Channel 5, Saturday 10 a.m.
- Odessa-Midland, KPBT-TV, Channel 36, Saturday 4:30 p.m.
- San Antonio and Laredo, KLRN-TV, Channel 9, Sunday 11 a.m, Thursday 11:30 a.m.
- Portales, New Mexico, KENW-TV, Channel 3, Sunday 2:30 p.m.
Texas Parks & Wildlife can also be seen on a variety of government, educational and access cable channels in the following communities: Abilene; Alamo Colleges-San Antonio; Alice; Allen; Atlanta-KAQC; Baytown; Big Spring; Boerne; Brownsville; Cedar Park; Colleyville; Coppell; Corpus Christi; Crockett-KIVY; Dallas; Deer Park; Del Mar College-Corpus Christi; Denton; El Paso; Euless; Flower Mound; Fort Stockton; Fort Worth; Fort Worth ISD-EdTV; Frisco; Garland; Haltom City; Houston; Houston Community College; Irving; Keller; Killeen; Lubbock; Lufkin; McKinney; Mesquite; Midland; Nassau Bay; North Richland Hills; Ocean TV 20, Toms River, NJ; Pasadena; Rogers State University; Round Rock; San Antonio College; Seabrook; Stephen F. Austin U.; Sugar Land; Temple; Texarkana College; The Colony; Trophy Club; Tyler; Victoria; and Waco. Check your local listings for days and times.