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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.
A classic competition from the coast is now statewide and open to all. How many different birds can be seen day, morning, or from just one spot? Meet some folks who decided to find out. To learn more about the Great Texas Birding Classic, visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/events/great-texas-birding-classic
Eye in the Sky 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.
Meet some landlords, looking out for their tenants, at a high-rise condo complex. Those tenants are The Martins, and they aren't people--they're purple. For more information about purple martins, visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_bk_w7000_0254.pdf http://www.purplemartin.org
Texas Above & Below: Rivers & Lakes The first 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 rivers and lakes, hearing from some of Texas' greatest thinkers about how our stewardship of these resources are so vital to the economic and cultural future of our state. From Show #2211.
Texas Above & Below: The Coast 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. From Show #2214.
Texas Above & Below: Growing Pains 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. From show #2217.
Texas Above & Below: Beneath the Surface Our four part series concludes with footage of the Lone Star State in a way we don't normally get to see. Travel below the rim of Palo Duro Canyon, immerse yourself in a clear Texas river, and travel deep in the Gulf of Mexico, exploring our natural and artificial reefs.
It's wintertime at The Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area. From Mallards to Wood Ducks, this WMA is the perfect refuge for all kinds of ducks. Take a look at this flooded bottomland hardwood forest all the feathered friends that call it home. For more information on this wildlife management area check out http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/wma/find_a_wma/list/?id=10
Texas Tussle, A Gator Hunt It's a hot muggy afternoon in an east Texas marsh, and it's time to hunt for alligators. We tag along with some lucky hunters that get a chance of a lifetime to hunt alligators at the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area. For more information check out http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/planning/alligator/
Chef Jeff Martinez from El Chile Cafe y Cantina in Austin shows a south-of-the-border twist on cooking Alligator. Chef Martinez prepares an Alligator Ancho Chile Relleno. For recipe details, wildlife information, and places to hunt, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/exptexas/programs/wildgame/recipes/.
Many modern families have lost touch with the great outdoors and all it has to offer, but the Texas Outdoor Family program is here to help--getting folks with little to no camping experience outside for some weekend fun. To learn more about the Texas Outdoor Family program or to sign up for a future outing, visit: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tof
We've all seen before-and-after pictures but here's one for the record books. A Texas family discovers a long-lost photo after 50 years, bringing it to life once again. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report wrapping up its fiftieth anniversary. Start snapping those pictures! To find a nearby park, check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at http://TexasStateParks.org
From a migrant worker as a youth to an artist that discovers he has an amazing talent. Meet Texas Parks and Wildlife artist Clemente Guzman who is an inspiration for all of us.
Austin's Warblers In the heart of the hill country is the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, and here you will find the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler. Join some biologists as they monitor these unique birds during their nesting season.
Meet the new K-9 corps! This story shows the first-ever K-9 team of Texas Game Wardens meeting their new four-legged partners. The first training phase shown here focuses on narcotics. That's a reality of what game wardens encounter in the field, though it's only one aspect of their broader work. K-9 teams also learn search and rescue, how to sniff out illegal hunting/fishing evidence, and many other skills. For more information on what Texas Game Wardens do or how to become a game warden, go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
Pedernales Falls State Park is known for, you guessed it, the waterfalls. But mountain bikers are discovering that the park has some great biking trails in addition to the falls. Take a tour on two wheels to a fairly remote part this Hill Country gem.
It can be a debilitating health disorder for many people. Asperger syndrome, part of the autism spectrum, primarily affects one's social life, but one woman discovered a way to break through her disorder through Geocaching, a sort of treasure hunt in the outdoors using just a smart phone or GPS device. Texas Parks and Wildlife is offering Geocache 101 workshops in state parks across Texas. Since she got started in 2010, Toni has found more than 7,000 caches. To find Geocache 101 workshops in state parks near you, or for more information on Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge, visit http://texasstateparks.org/geocache
Flying Saucers Shooting sports are growing in popularity all across the country, and San Antonio is a Mecca for the sport. Meet a group of friends who enjoy busting targets together, no matter who wins.
Restoring the Forest How the habitat at Martin Dies, Jr. State Park and Village Creek State Park are being restored after being damaged by hurricanes. The loss of vegetation is allowing parks personnel to restore native long-leaf pines to the area.
The sun is shining and the water's mighty fine at Possum Kingdom State Park.Two years after a wildfire roared through the park, the popular Texas getaway is ready for some springtime fun! Take a look at how the park has recovered and see why it is still one of the state's best vacation destinations. Check out the park at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/possum-kingdom.
After a wildfire in 2011, a crew from American YouthWorks helps restore a devastated Bastrop State Park, mirroring the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s. For info about Bastrop State Park, visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/bastrop Or to learn more about the Texas Conservation Corps: http://www.texasconservationcorps.org
As black bears returned to the Big Bend area of West Texas, two biologists studied them at Black Gap Wildlife Management Area, improving our understanding of an often misunderstood species. Learn more about black bears at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/blackbear/
Secrets of a Barrier Island Take a trip across Matagorda Island, and learn all about barrier islands, their geology, ecology, and how they protect the Texas coast.
Now more than ever Texans realize the importance of skilled firefighters, as 2011 was one of the worst wildfire years on record. See what it takes to be a on the frontlines as part of Parks and Wildlife's Wildland Fire Team.