Airing Now and Coming Soon
June 28–July 4, 2015
Program 2311-R — Originally Aired December 28, 2014–January 3, 2015
Sinking the Kinta S
A 155-foot freighter was sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as part of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s artificial reef program. The program is designed to turn oil rigs, retired ships and other hard substances into reef habitat for fish. The Kinta S is the largest ship to be reefed since the 473-foot Texas Clipper was sunk 17 miles off South Padre Island in 2006.
On a ranch in South Texas, biologists are tapping the latest technology, and fitting turkey with tiny backpacks, to learn where the turkey lurk. With this data, scientists are gaining a better understanding of the habitat needs and preferences of Rio Grande turkey populations. See how these findings may benefit turkey and all who enjoy them.
Texas Parks and Wildlife photographer Earl Nottingham uses black and white imagery to document the majestic skies associated with the late summer rains that travel across the broad expanses of the Big Bend region of Texas.
During the Great Depression of the 1930’s, the Civilian Conservation Corps provided jobs for three million young men and helped establish the foundation of the state park system in Texas. Hear the stories of CCC veterans as they reunite in a park they helped build.
Outdoor Info: Firearm Safety at Home
Learn how to safely and securely store your hunting firearms at home.
Postcard From Texas
Watch the fireworks as the Battleship TEXAS celebrates 100 years.
July 5–11, 2015
Program 2312-R — Originally Aired January 4–10, 2015
A Tale of Two Laurens
We head to Bay City, Texas for a weekend goose hunt with the ladies. For some it’s a first time experience, and for others it’s a weekend break from the family. No matter the reason, if you get a group of ladies together with some guns and geese… it’s going to be a blast.
Parks & Wildlife People: Michael Rezsutek
What do oil companies, conservation organizations, and government agencies have in common? A vested interest in restoring and maintaining the coastal marshes along the upper Texas Gulf coast. Watch how one Texas Parks and Wildlife employee brings these partners together to work towards creating a sustainable future for this critically important landscape.
New Wave Cave
The Devil’s Sinkhole near Rocksprings is a cavernous wonder. Visitors to the sinkhole can only peer into the abyss from a platform near the edge. Thanks to a crew of geologists and photographers, a 3D virtual map of the cave is in the works, one that will give visitors a unique view of this geologic oddity.
Estero Llano Grande State Park
The geographic center of the World Birding Center network is Estero Llano Grande State Park. What was once farmland is now a 176-acre refuge for a spectacular array of South Texas wildlife. The mix of thorn forest and man-made wetlands make it a popular destination for birds and birders.
Postcard From Texas
Watch the clouds go by with some time lapse photography.
July 12–18, 2015
Program 2313-R — Originally Aired January 11–17, 2015
Fishing for Cats
Catfish are the largest freshwater sport fish in Texas and are second only to bass in popularity among anglers. They are also quite popular on the dinner table, but for many, the fun is in getting them there.
Lone Star Land Steward: Laborcitas Ranch
Some south Texas landowners have turned an overgrazed cattle ranch into a wildlife oasis, inventing a special machine dubbed the “Quailerator” in the process.
Martin Creek Lake State Park
Fall is a great time to head outdoors in East Texas. At Martin Creek Lake State Park the fall foliage draws campers, hikers, and anglers, to this heavily wooded park on a 5000 acre lake.
Thanks to one tireless volunteer, work is underway to save the endangered brown pelican. The Audubon Society’s Chester Smith manages Sundown Island in Matagorda Bay. With some hard work and some helping hands, Sundown has become the primary nesting island in Texas for not only pelicans but for seventeen other bird species. Meet the man who has helped bring the pelicans back and see the spectacle of a nesting island in the spring.
Postcard From Texas
Bison babies hanging out at Caprock Canyon State Park.
July 19–25, 2015
Program 2314-R — Originally Aired January 18–24, 2015
Our pets aren’t the only cats prowling around urban areas at night. A study is shedding new light on how bobcats live among us, in the suburbs and edges of our cities, without conflict and almost completely without notice.
Lone Star Land Steward: Sycamore Canyon Ranch
As a third-generation cattle woman, Ruthie Russell understands the needs of the range as well as those of livestock. Located 60 miles north of Del Rio on the beautiful Devils River, Sycamore Canyon Ranch supports the diverse vegetation and wildlife of three distinct biotic regions. In 2011, Mrs. Russell protected the property with a perpetual conservation easement with the Texas Agricultural Land Trust.
Mustang Island State Park
If you’re looking for the best place to camp right on the beach Mustang Island is the spot. With fishing, birding, and ocean fun just a few steps from your tent Mustang Island State Park is sure to cure that Island fever.
Postcard From Texas
See what animals wake up early at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
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, Thursday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 6:30 p.m.
- Corpus Christi, KEDT-TV, Channel 16, Sunday 12 p.m.
- Dallas-Fort Worth, KERA-TV, Channel 13, (October Through April Only) Saturday 10:30 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 11:30 a.m.; Saturday 4 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.
- Oklahoma Educational TV Authority, OETA, OKLA Channel, Sunday 2:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday 2:30 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.
- San Antonio and Laredo, KLRN-TV, Channel 9, Sunday 11 a.m, Thursday 11:30 a.m.
- Nashville, Tennessee, NPT2-TV, Channel 8.2, Saturday 9:30 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 ISD-EdTV; Fort Worth; Frisco; Garland; Haltom City; Highland Village; Houston Community College; Houston; 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; Waco. Check your local listings for days and times.