Airing Now and Coming Soon
May 3–9, 2015
Program 2303-R — Originally Aired November 2–8, 2014
The Rise of the Forgotten Flounder
One of the top three sport fish in Texas, more and more fishermen now set their sights on the southern flounder. In fact, it’s become so popular that fish hatcheries have started stocking flounder in Texas bays. We take a closer look at what it takes to catch these fish and how the species is holding up.
Lone Star Land Steward: Tanksley Land Company
Way out in West Texas, it's all about water. Ben and Betty Tanksley have pioneered some innovative water capturing techniques to create an oasis in the desert on their ranch in Brewster County, Texas. Bringing water to their ranch has benefited both the cattle and the local wildlife.
State parks aren’t just for retirees in RV’s. Outdoor adventure clubs are gaining popularity around the state. See how these clubs are bringing together all kinds of folks with an active interest in the outdoors.
Postcard From Texas
Early morning at Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area near Palestine, Texas.
May 10–16, 2015
Program 2304-R — Originally Aired November 9–15, 2014
Lizards on the Move
For generations, Texans grew up seeing Texas Horned Lizards throughout much of the state. Today the threatened lizards are common only in certain spots, but research at the Muse Wildlife Management Area is investigating how lizards fare and where they go when they are relocated to restored habitat.
There’s a crisp bite in the air on a cool December morning. The mist covers the pond, as pintails fly overhead. It’s duck hunting season. Join us as we follow two boys as part of a special hunt just for youngsters.
Lone Star Land Steward: Hillingdon, Laurels & Leslie Ranches
Named after a small town in England, the Hillingdon Ranch is a family heritage spanning six generations. Four families primarily represent most of the 13,000 acres but many cousins own a slice. Whether on the ranch or off, the Giles, Langfords, Leslies and Pasztors continue to serve and protect the land from which they came.
Stephen F. Austin State Park
Nestled on the banks of the Brazos River, Stephen F. Austin State Park provides the opportunity to get up close to nature. Located just 30 minutes from the outskirts of Houston, this quiet and peaceful park is a nice escape from the busy city life with activities including picnicking, camping, fishing, hiking and nature and historical tours.
Postcard From Texas
Watch the moonset where bison roam, at Caprock Canyon State Park.
May 17–23, 2015
Program 2305-R — Originally Aired November 16–22, 2014
The Real Bears of East Texas
An animal that was almost wiped out due to unregulated hunting, and loss of habitat, the black bear is slowly making its way back to the bottomland forests along the states eastern border. Now a team of bear trackers from Stephen F. Austin State University are on the lookout. It’s a unique bear study that sends the team into some of the most remote habitat found in the state.
Wild Things: Turtles and Roads
Many folks find turtles crossing busy roads and wonder “What’s the right thing to do?” State Herpetologist Andy Gluesenkamp helps answer that question.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Way, way, way up in the Texas Panhandle lies Palo Duro, the second largest canyon in the country (guess what’s first?). With its truly breathtaking scenery, Palo Duro is also one of our most popular parks. On this weekend, hundreds of cyclists come to ride 24 hours in the canyon, all in memoriam to friends or family members lost to cancer.
The Spring Trackers
We know a lot about the major springs in Texas, but very little about the estimated 3500 scattered around the state. Biologists Chad Norris and Janet Nelson trek to remote spring sites gathering a variety of information that will provide a greater understanding of one of our most important sources of freshwater.
Postcard From Texas
It can be difficult to get all of your ducks in a row. But at Hornsby Bend in Austin, sometimes they line up all by themselves.
May 24–30, 2015
Program 2306-R — Originally Aired November 23–29, 2014
Not only are largemouth bass the most popular game fish in Texas, but they seem to get bigger every year. The Micropterus salmoides hasn’t flourished on its own. It’s taken a lot of research and work to get bass where they are today.
Lone Star Land Steward: Bear Creek Ranch
In Parker County just outside Fort Worth you'll find Bear Creek Ranch. The 2014 Lone Star Land Steward winner for the Cross Timbers and Prairies Region.
Lake Arrowhead State Park
Close to the Red River in both location and hue, this North Texas park offers family fun and fine fishing.
Bat Capital of the World
Austin is well-known for the millions of Mexican free-tailed bats that live under the city’s bridges and overpasses. These bats were once considered a nuisance. But thanks to a group called Bat Conservation International, Texans have become mindful of this species’ vital role in the control of insects.
Postcard From Texas
Stick your head underwater to see some of the endangered desert spring fish at Balmorhea State Park.
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.