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PBS Preview May 24-30, 2015 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Preview for the May 24-30, 2015 Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show #2306R. Find out Where to Watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Preview May 31-June 6, 2015 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

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PBS Preview June 7-13, 2015 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

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PBS Preview June 14-20, 2015 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

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PBS Preview June 21-27, 2015 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

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PBS Preview June 28-July 4, 2015 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Preview for the June 28-July 4, 2015 Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show #2311R. Find out Where to Watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show April 12-18, 2015, #2326 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2326 April 12-18, 2015 The Dove Hunter You don’t have to grow up in a family of hunters to enjoy hunting. Meet an Austin man who took up hunting and fishing as an adult, and is determined to pass along these traditions to his sons. Wild Game Cooking: Buffalo Dove Breasts It’s time for some wild game cooking with Chef Jeff Martinez. Jeff introduces us to a new twist on an old favorite, a dove recipe buffalo style. Big Bend Plants The west Texas desert may look harsh but its unique plants are like nature’s grocery store for the wildlife and humans who call the desert home. At first glance scrubby, thorny and spindly, Big Bend plants take on new beauty when you learn how to read them. The Spirit Rises Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a park of immense beauty, but it also was the site of a historic battle. While the general facts about the 1874 Battle of Palo Duro Canyon are known, specific details are not. That is until now. Archeologists working hand in hand with Indian tribe elders are putting the pieces together. See what it takes to unearth artifacts from a battle that took place over a hundred years ago, and learn more about Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the historic battle that took place there. Postcard From Texas Get up eye to eye with some Texas gators. Find out where to watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov

PBS Show April 5-11, 2015, #2325 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2325 April 5-11, 2015 Collegiate Climbers People have been climbing rocks since rocks were invented, but college climbing teams are a new thing. Meets some of the students on the national champion University of Texas club climbing team, and see what it takes to excel at this demanding sport. Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest This West Texas mountain bike festival draws folks from around the world to the trails around Lajitas and Big Bend Ranch State Park. The annual event is a great time for anyone who would like to go fixin’ or freewheelin’ around the old frontier. Shorebird Survival Texas shorebirds are in trouble. From the endangered piping plover to the threatened snowy plover, shorebirds in Texas continue to lose habitat as beach development booms. Follow along with some biologists as they work to save these struggling shorebirds. Postcard From Texas Get a bird’s eye view of Mason Mountain. Find out Where to Watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show March 29-April 4, 2015, #2324 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2324 March 29-April 4, 2015 Buffalo Soldiers: Finding the Connection When an aspiring nature photographer joins a group of Buffalo Soldier re-enactors, he discovers history's ultimate outdoorsmen. Watchdogs for Wildlife When there’s an oil spill along the coast or down a small county creek the fish and wildlife that live there are often hit the hardest. When it’s time to investigate meet the team of biologists who are called in to action. Good Guzzlers Once upon a time, in a Wildlife Management Area far, far away, a group of dedicated conservationists put their skills to work, building special rainwater catchment systems, aka “guzzlers.” These magical guzzlers were designed to provide water for bighorn sheep, and any other animal looking for a drink in the desert.  Postcard From Texas Take in the sunrise paddle along the Trinity River from a different perspective. Find out Where to Watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show March 22-28, 2015, #2323 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2323 March 22-28, 2015 -A Migrating Muse Texas is the winter home to the largest concentration of Sand hill Cranes in the world. Some spend the winter months in the Panhandle and High Plains while others head for the Texas coast. We’ll visit some of the best spots to see Sandhill Cranes up close to learn more about these migrating wonders. -Outdoor Info: Hunting Sandhill Cranes In some states Sandhill Cranes are known as ‘steaks in the sky’. Yes, you can hunt these big birds, but there are some things you need to be aware of before you shoot. -Fort Boggy State Park Visit a park on the edge of East Texas where families find water, woods, and wildlife. -Inner City Sanctuary For kids growing up in one of the largest cities in the country, learning about nature can take some doing. See how some Houston residents are making sure kids don’t miss out on the outdoors. -Postcard from Texas Relax. The water of the Devil’s River moves slowly. Find out Where to Watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show March 15-21, 2015, #2322 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2322 March 25-21, 2015 Garner State Park Built by the CCC in the 1930s, Garner has long been one of the most popular parks in the state, and with good reason. From the spring fed Frio River, to the vast hiking trails, to the summer dances, there is a lot here. That’s why generations of Texans have been making this Hill Country gem the place to be year round. The Climate Detective What can old Texas trees teach us about our climate? One researcher is finding out. Follow him as he taps the secrets of the trees and learns the warnings they may hold for water planners.   Birding Basics Birding has become big in Texas, with the numbers of Texas birders topping 2 million. The Lone Star state has more documented birds than any other state, and some rare beauties that you’ll find nowhere else in North America. So what does it take to get into this hobby? We’ll take a look at some of the basic gear you’ll need, fill you in on where to go, and highlight a way to bring the birds to you. Outdoor Info: Canoe Basics Get some tips on how to get going as a canoeist. There’s more than one type of canoe, and more than one way to get started. Postcard From Texas Enjoy a fall day at Austin’s McKinney Falls State Park. Find out Where to Watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show March 8-14, 2015, #2321 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2321 March 8-14, 2015 Texas Paddling Trails There are new paddling trails popping up all over Texas. Grab your canoe and come along as we check out some of the state’s best river trips, on the coast, in Houston, and on the Guadalupe River. All you need is a paddle and an excuse to get wet. 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. Big Spring State Park Stop and see why travelers have long enjoyed this birds-eye view of Big Spring. It’s not your traditional state park, but it attracts runners, hikers, and folks who like to see what’s below. Parks & Wildlife People: Jason Singhurst Say What? Knowing the scientific names and watching out for all the native plants in Texas sounds like a daunting job for most folks, but for Texas Parks and Wildlife botanist Jason Singhurst, it's completely natural. Postcard From Texas A group of mountain bikers wind down with some musical instruments after a memorable weekend of riding the scenic trails at Big Bend Ranch State Park. Fine out Where to Watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show March 1-7, 2015, #2320 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2320 March 1-7, 2015 Texas on Two Wheels From short pedals at local parks, to epic journeys through rugged landscapes, mountain biking is a great way to experience the wild side of Texas. And Texas State Parks offer the full range of off-road opportunities to riders of all ages. Running of the Bass Freshwater anglers all across the state look forward to the annual spring run of White Bass. When the conditions are right, the fishing is easy. When the conditions aren’t right, the anglers just have to work a little bit harder. Outdoor Info: Shooter’s Eye & Ear Protection Eye and ear protection are a must when shooting a firearm. Get some tips on keeping your sight and hearing intact. Parks & Wildlife People: License Sales Migration Team Meet the team behind our hunting and fishing license system, of which 100% of fees go toward on-the-ground conservation efforts in Texas such as habitat management, wildlife research, fish stocking, public hunting opportunities and more. Postcard from Texas Take a dip in the cool pool at Bastrop State Park. Find out Where to Watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show February 22-28, 2015, #2319 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2319 February 22-28, 2015 Ray Roberts Bike Trails Just north of Dallas and Fort Worth, the trail system at Ray Roberts Lake State Park offers hours of riding for mountain bikers, from a smooth riverside greenbelt to hilly routes along the lake. Hogs Wild The threat of feral hogs to Texas agriculture and ecology looms large.  Hunters and trappers have long aided landowners in keeping wild pig populations in check, but the problem may be growing too fast for traditional means to stop.  To provide another tool for farmers and ranchers, research is being conducted that could offer a new kind of protection from this feral pig plague. Charlie and His Cannon What do a fireman, a computer analyst, and a semi-retired private land owner all have in common? The battle for Texas’ independence at San Jacinto, of course. One of the most significant historical events in the westward expansion of the United States took place in an unlikely marsh in south east Texas, now known as the Battle of San Jacinto. Each year hundreds of re-enactors gather to relive this pivotal battle that changed the path of Texas and all of North America. Postcard From Texas At the end o’ the day, Lake O’ the Pines in Northeast Texas offers good fishing below the dam and a beautiful sunset above. Find out Where to Watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show February 15-21, 2015, #2318 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2318 February 15-21, 2015 The Crappie Guys Meet Tommy Tidwell, a high school science teacher and part time crappie fishing guide. Tommy spends a lot of time helping anglers learn the finer points of crappie catching. Then there’s Mr. Crappie, Wally Marshall. Everything Wally does revolves around his favorite fish. Everything. Wild Game Cooking: Cooking Crappie Ok, so now you’ve got some crappie in the boat. It’s time to make ‘em into a tasty meal, frying style. TPWD resident chef Tim Spice shows us how. The Natural Place The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin is more than just a place to see wildflowers. It’s also a research and resource center for information on native plants, landscape restoration, and water conservation. Postcard From Texas The floating fall leaves of McKittrick Creek in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Find out Where to Watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show February 8-14, 2015, #2317 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2317 February 8-14, 2015 Pronghorn CSI Pronghorn antelope have been roaming Texas grasslands for centuries but herds are experiencing an unexplained decline in west Texas. Scientists join forces with hunters and landowners to solve the mystery of the disappearing pronghorn in this Texas-style CSI. Lake Tawakoni State Park Lake Tawakoni was built to supply water to the city of Dallas. Occupying almost 400 adjacent acres and with 5 miles of shoreline, Lake Tawakoni State Park offers visitors access to fishing, boating and swimming. And if you are there during the spring, you might get to see giant spider webs constructed by tiny spiders. Frog People Amphibians may be trying to tell us something, and some concerned citizens are listening. At backyard ponds, suburban creeks, and rural wetlands, participants in the Texas Amphibian Watch program monitor the health of frogs and toads, both for science and for fun. A Not-So-Easy Rider Travel through Texas with a young man making his way cross-country on a handcycle. Being a paraplegic hasn’t handicapped his effort to get out and enjoy a trip across America. Postcard from Texas Palo Pinto Mountains State Park won’t be open for several years, but you can see what makes this place special.

PBS Show February 1-7, 2015, #2316 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2316 February 1-7, 2015 SOS, Save Our Sharks Sharks are disappearing from the world's oceans at an alarming rate and biologists are worried. From shark finning to unregulated fishing these apex predators are in trouble. We take a look at what’s being done along the Texas coast to help save these wolves of the ocean. Biking Big Bend Ranch Carry extra water and pack some spare tubes. It’s worth the trouble to hit the trails of Texas’ mountain biking Mecca, Big Bend Ranch State Park. Big City Biologists Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and El Paso don’t seem like the natural habitats of biologists…but these and other Texas cities are home to urban biologists. Meet some big city biologists who strive to help wildlife and urban life coexist in harmony. Postcard From Texas Take a dip in Barton Springs. This cool, clear pool is the heart and soul of Austin.

PBS Show January 25-31, 2015, #2315 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Television Show #2315 January 25-31, 2015 A Fish Called Ethel Ethel was the very first bass in the ShareLunker Program. She became a symbol of how good management and forward thinking could drive conservation efforts to wonderful results. Over the years, millions of people have traveled to see Ethel, only a few were aware of the dramatic events behind Ethel's survival, and because of her survival, the establishment of the ShareLunker Program. Parks & Wildlife People: Kris Shipman Meet the unsung hero who organizes the events that have educated thousands of Texans about our coastal resources. Resaca de la Palma State Park With its 1,700 semi-tropical acres, Resaca de la Palma comprises the largest tract of native habitat in the World Birding Center network. Etched by the ancient curves of the Rio Grande River, this state park is a quiet birding retreat on the outskirts of the City of Brownsville. 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. Postcard From Texas See some squirrels at work in the trees and on the ground. Find out Where to Watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show January 18-24, 2015, #2314 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2314 January 18-24, 2015 Bobcat City 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.

PBS Show January 11-17, 2015, #2313 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2313 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. 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. 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. Chester’s Island 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. Find out Where to Watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show January 4-10, 2015, #2312 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2312 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. Find out Where to Watch: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show December 28, 2014-January 3, 2015, #2311 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS show #2311 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. Turkey Work 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. Desert Skies 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. CCC Memories 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. Find out Where to Watch: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show December 21-27, 2014, #2310 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2310 December 21-27, 2014 Home Again Desert Bighorn Sheep used to roam freely in west Texas. By 1950 they had been wiped out by indiscriminate shooting and diseases spread by domestic sheep. During the 1960’s and 70’s TPWD began to restore the population of desert bighorns to west Texas. The program has been such a success and the population has grown to such numbers that in 2011 about 30 desert bighorns were released on public land at Big Bend Ranch State Park. For the first time since 1950 anyone willing to make a hike in the desert has the chance again of spotting one of these majestic animals in its natural environment. Cedar Hill Bike Trails Just minutes away from Dallas, Cedar Hill State Park has a set of trails fit for all levels of mountain bikers.  One reason riders find the trails so bike-friendly is the cyclists themselves build and maintain them. Parks & Wildlife People: Coastal Fisheries Restoration Team This team of Coastal Fisheries experts, along with numerous partners, preserved or created over 12,500 acres of coastal habitats, reclaimed over 4,000 acres of oyster reefs and protected over 12 miles of shoreline, leveraging funds from multiple sources to do it all. Fishing Lures Meet one man who collects antique fishing lures, and another who makes new ones. Discover the evolution of the fishing lure, from bone to plastic and several incarnations in between. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site The Lyndon Baines Johnson State Park and Historic Site is all about history, from the visitor center honoring our country’s thirty-sixth president … to a living-history farm depicting life on the farmstead as it was back in 1918, when President Johnson was a young boy. Postcard From Texas From elementary schools to high schools, students in Houston are learning about the native prairies of Texas by building pocket-size ones at their school. Find out Where to Watch: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show December 14-20, 2014, #2309 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2309 December 14-20, 2014 Warden of the County Jim Daniels is a young Game Warden who turned a tragedy from his youth into a career helping people. We’ll follow him patrolling the sparsely populated counties north of Abilene. Cleburne State Park White limestone bluffs and dense trees surround Cedar Lake, the centerpiece of Cleburne State Park. The small lake is just right for canoeing, swimming and fishing. Located southwest of Fort Worth, Cleburne is an ideal retreat from city life. Chicken Land Here in Texas, the Lesser Prairie Chicken’s numbers have declined as its’ historic range has dwindled to almost nothing. Since most of these birds live on private lands, wildlife biologists are counting on private landowners to help restore the habitat, and hopefully save the bird. Postcard From Texas View some interesting flora at the Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve. Find out where to watch: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

PBS Show December 7-13, 2014, #2308 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2308 December 7-13, 2014 Acquiring Powderhorn A coalition of partners has raised nearly $38 million dollars to purchase 17,000 acres of one of the largest remaining unspoiled tracts of coastal prairie in the state. The Powderhorn Ranch in Calhoun County is expected to become a future state park and wildlife management area for the people of Texas. I Love a Mystery 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 TPWD's Forensics group in San Marcos. Outdoor Info: Campfire Tips Sitting around the campfire is one of the best things about going camping. Park Interpreter Katie Raney has some tips for getting your campfire going safely. Building the Canyon Government Canyon State Natural Area has grown out of an unprecedented partnership of groups rallying to preserve a unique resource. Its pristine Hill Country land helps protect the aquifer below it, making it all the more important to nearby San Antonio. Postcard From Texas The Texas Bighorn Society and Texas Parks and Wildlife celebrate finishing the construction of two guzzlers (above-ground rainwater catchments that provide water for wildlife) with a feast. What’s on the menu? Yard birds, beans, and a good time. Find out where to watch: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

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