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Liberty Ships, Artificial Reefs The Liberty Ships of World War II served our country during a time of need. Today, they’re serving as artificial reefs off the Texas coast, providing habitat for marine life, research areas for scientists, and new opportunities for anglers.
Aerial footage of the Powderhorn Ranch, one of the largest remaining unspoiled tracts of coastal prairie in the state. Located in Calhoun County between Corpus Christi and Port O'Conner, the land is expected to become a future state park and wildlife management area for the people of Texas. For details, see http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20140821a. To learn more about the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, visit http://www.tpwf.org/
Office in the Ocean A profile of two biologists working with Texas Parks and Wildlife's Artificial Reef Team. This story takes place on a ship in the Gulf of Mexico as biologists inspect and check up on some of the artificial reefs they've created. For more information on artificial reefs, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/overview.phtml
Texas Jellies Most people see jellyfish as ugly blobs of goo looking for innocent swimmers to sting. But in reality, jellyfish are beautiful, delicate creatures. They also make a tasty low-calorie snack. watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv
When birds are nesting on islands along the Texas coast people need to keep their distance and avoid disturbing them. For more info., see http://www.cbbep.org/programscoastalwbirds.html
Wintering whooping cranes on the Texas coast, foraging and whooping.
Climb aboard with Texas game wardens who patrol offshore to protect the state's precious Gulf resources. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
The Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle is making a comeback from the brink of extinction. Get a close-up look at turtle nesting and watch as the hatchlings crawl into the surf. For more information, visit the Padre Island National Seashore website http://www.nps.gov/pais/index.htm
[cc] North Deer Island, near Galveston, is the largest bird rookery island on the upper Texas coast. Erosion was destroying this highly productive habitat for up to 30,000 nesting pairs of birds. Texas Parks and Wildlife is part of a team that recently won the Coastal America Partnership Award for its efforts to preserve North Deer and the thousands of birds that nest there every year. For more information, see the Houston Audubon website http://tinyurl.com/yjcvfwe
On April 21, 1836, Texas won its independence when an outnumbered Texas Army defeated Mexican forces on the plains of San Jacinto. The monument built in remembrance of the battle stands on the flat Texas wetlands along the Houston ship channel. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the history of Texas, a soaring monument to commemorate a small battle with huge consequences. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/san_jacinto_battleground/
The historic Texas Clipper ship rests on the ocean floor as an artificial reef and scuba adventure destination. This story explores her rich lineage: she was christened the Queens and built to invade Japan during WWII. Then she became one of the world's first air conditioned cruise liners. Texas A&M University acquired her for use as a training vessel named the Texas Clipper. For more information on the artificial reef program, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/overview.phtml
[cc] Texas Parks and Wildlife sank a 7000-ton ship 17 nautical miles off the coast of South Padre Island to create an artificial reef on the barren sandy bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. It has become a haven for marine life, anglers and divers. For more information on the artificial reef program, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/overview.phtml
Tour some prime wade fishing spots along the Texas coast where the redfish, seatrout and coastal beauty are as good as it gets. See what's biting at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml
Pier fishing along the Texas coast is easy and convenient. Whether you're fishing for shark, red fish, spotted sea trout, or flounder, there's a pier close by with plenty of room for everyone. Check out what's biting at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml
The cold snap on the Texas coast has left hundreds of sea turtles unable to swim. Rescuers are taking the cold-stunned sea turtles to rehab facilities for recovery and eventual release http://www.nps.gov/pais/naturescience/stsr-index.htm
Several rehabilitated brown pelicans and 1 Forrester tern were transported from Louisiana to the Aransas National Wildife Refuge near Rockport. The birds were banded and released. So far there are no known direct impacts of the oil spill on the Texas coast. For more on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/site/emergency/
With its 1200 semi-tropical acres, Resaca de la Palma near Brownsville comprises the largest tract of native habitat in the World Birding Center network http://theworldbirdingcenter.com/Resaca.html
At Mustang Island State Park in Port Aransas, you can camp right on the beach. Fishing, birding, and ocean fun are just a few steps from your tent. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/mustang_island/
Goose Island State Park sits on the shores of Aransas Bay north of Rockport, Texas. Known for its excellent fishing, the park also features a 1000-year-old oak tree and endangered whooping cranes from nearby Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Kids at Texas A&M's SeaCamp solve mysteries using biology, chemistry, and physics. Their lab experiences are paralleled with the work done in the "real world" by Texas Parks & Wildlife's Forensics group in San Marcos. http://www.tamug.edu/seacamp/
For 60 years Dr. Sammy Ray has studied oysters and the Texas bays in which they live.
Texas Parks and Wildlife has started a new flounder stocking program to help sustain Southern Flounder populations, which have fallen by about 50% in the last 30 years. More on Southern Flounder at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/flounder/
An old Navy dive barge has been recycled into an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico to create habitat for marine life http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/rigs_to_reefs.phtml
Watch the sinking of the historic WWII ship, the Texas Clipper, to create an artificial reef for marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/overview.phtml
Obsolete petroleum platforms are recycled into artificial reefs that provide habitat for marine life http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/rigs_to_reefs.phtml
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