Texas Parks & Wildlife Videos
The first Christmas celebration in Mexico took place in 1538 when missionaries brought Roman Catholicism to the new continent. Ever since then, the story of La Posada, where Joseph and Mary look for a place to stay the night on the original Christmas eve, has been celebrated in this part of the world. Texas Parks and Wildlife takes us to Presidio, Texas where folks from both sides of the border bring this religious story to life. Fort Leaton will present La Posada again this year on December 18th. Las Posadas begins on December 16 and continues for nine days followed by the presentation of gifts on January 6 which is called Dia de los Tres Reyes or Three King Day. For more information on holidays in the park, log onto www.tpwd.state.tx.us
More and more people are wanting to know where their food comes from, and whether it's truly safe to eat. Whether you shop at a Farmers' Market, or go to wild game cooking classes, learning how to hunt and cook for your family is becoming more popular. Now, Texas Parks and Wildlife has some wild game recipes online for folks to try just as the hunting season kicks off and the holidays are upon us. For more information on wild game recipes and videos showing how to cook fish and game, go to www.tpwd.state.tx.us/wildgame
A Texas man made national news when he ate a dove that slammed into his house and blogged about it. But there's more to the story than was originally reported. To find recipes for dove and other wild game, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/exptexas/programs/wildgame/
The sixth annual Toyota Texas Bass Classic has come and gone but the benefits are still taking root. As Texas Parks and Wildlife reports, this fish-friendly tournament brings money to the state for conservation, help with youth fishing programs and provides entertainment for all. You can watch the 2012 Toyota Texas Bass Classic on NBC Sports Network Sunday, November 11 starting at 8 a.m. For more information, check the website at www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com
As fall comes to Texas, more than one million hunters are gearing up for another season, which will bring nearly 3-billion dollars into the state's economy. But just how is this year's season shaping up for sportsmen and women now that the drought has let up? Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. Texas Parks & Wildlife reminds hunters there are two game bird conservation stamps to hunt dove and quail and to check the local regulations where they will be hunting. Bag limits and seasons can be different in each Texas County. For more information call 1-800-792-1112 menu 5, option 1 or check the Internet at www.tpwd.state.tx.us
There's a pre-historic looking creature from the deep that has gotten a bad rap over the years. But as more anglers discover the merits of this meaty species, biologists are starting to take note. And they can do so thanks to federal funding set up 75 years ago by hunters and anglers known as the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs. To find out more about the many research projects funded by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs, go to the link on the Texas Parks and Wildlife homepage at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/news_roundup/wildlife and sport fish restoration/
75 years ago, hunters and anglers took a stand and asked for a tax to preserve their heritage. To find out more about the many research projects funded by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs, go to the link on the Texas Parks and Wildlife home page at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/news_roundup/wildlife and sport fish restoration
With the one-year anniversary of the most destructive wildfire in Texas history coming up, state agencies along with the Arbor Day Foundation launched the Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign. The goal is to plant millions of trees in and around Bastrop State Park. To find out more about the campaign , go to http://www.arborday.org/texas
The hunting season is almost here and there's a way hunters can win the chance of a lifetime all while helping wildlife conservation and public hunting programs. Texas Parks and Wildlife has the story of one lucky winner from San Antonio. For more information on Big Time Texas Hunts, check the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/bigtimehunts or call 1-800TX-LIC4U (1-800-895-4248/ Entries can be bought for $10 each wherever hunting licenses are sold or by phone. On-line entries are only $9.
Following the catastrophic fires of September 2011, Roxanne Hernandez emerged as a leader for natural resource restoration in Bastrop County. Affectionately known as "the toad lady," Roxanne has been working wildlife habitat conservation and the recovery of the endangered Houston Toad. She is the Special Recognition recipient of the 2012 Lone Star Land Steward Award. Roxanne is the Lost Pines Habitat Conservation Plan Administrator and Coordinator of the Lost Pines Recovery Team. For more information, go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landowner/land/private/lone_star_land_steward/
There are some new regulations affecting boat owners in Texas. Folks moving boats with water still in bilges or live wells from certain north Texas lakes could be subject to fines. The new law is part of a continuing effort to protect state waters from invasive species, the latest culprit being zebra mussels. For more information, see http://www.texasinvasives.org/action/report_detail.php?alert_id=2
There are more than 15 major river systems and 3,700 named streams that meander through nearly 200,000 miles of Texas landscape. But finding a place to put in or take out a kayak or canoe can be difficult since much of the land on both sides of the bank is privately owned. Now Texas Parks and Wildlife has a plan to help get folks on the rivers by creating a series of paddling trails near urban areas. For more information on where to paddle and rent boats, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/
Satellite tracking of endangered Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles carrying transmitters on their shells.
A four-million-year-old species is telling us what it needs to survive. On the Texas coast, scientists are working to assess the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the endangered Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle. The turtle's primary nesting beaches are in Mexico, but in the U.S, Texas hosts more nesting Ridley's than any other state, providing a unique opportunity for oil spill assessment. For more information on sea turtles in Texas, see http://www.nps.gov/pais/naturescience/stsr.htm
Vote for Bastrop State Park to win a nationwide contest for a $100,000 grant. Cast your vote at http://www.livepositively.com/parks. You do not have to be signed in to Facebook.
The Dundee State Fish Hatchery near Wichita Falls has temporarily suspended operations due the declining water supply. The hatchery is the primary producer of striped bass and hybrid striped bass. For more information about the hatchery, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/management/hatcheries/dundee.phtml
A group of moms discover that a Mother's Day outing to a state park is a great way for families to bond. Find nearby parks, picnic ideas and more at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/parks/things-to-do/holidays/mothers-day
Research shows that getting kids outdoors makes them happier, healthier and smarter so one school district near Houston is making that happen. Elementary students are getting angler certified and competing in an annual fishing derby as a way to motivate kids in school and bring families together. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report.
A hit and run boating fatality case ends after nine years. A 2002 boat crash that claimed the life of a Lampasas teenager and injured two others is close. Travis Aaron Marburger pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony charge of failure to stop and render aid involving a fatal accident.
Bastrop State Park Rains. An update on the conditions at the park after heavy rains and flooding on January 26, 2012. Lots of erosion and work to be done. AmeriCorps workers cleaning out clogged culverts, building wind rows, and doing some great work. Yes, you can still got camping and hiking in some areas of the park. It's a good idea to call the park (512-321-2101) or check the website (www.tpwd.state.tx.us) before you visit. FriendsOfLostPines.org AmeriCorps.gov AmericanYouthWorks.org
For more than 100 years, Campfire USA has been involving young people in the outdoors and in their communities. In Central Texas, an annual fundraising effort took on a new twist when the group swapped candy sales for service work. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report about how one project is helping a state park deal with the drought.
One of the longest outbreaks of Red Tide in Texas history may be letting up in some areas along the coast but not in time to save this season's $30-million dollar Texas oyster industry. The red tide blow comes after 2010's BP oil spill and 2008's Hurricane Ike destroyed 60 percent of the oysters in Galveston Bay. Now the ongoing drought is causing high salinity levels in Texas bays and disease in many shellfish. One shining light - oyster reef restoration efforts continue and unharvested oysters today will have a chance to filter out toxins and spawn in the spring. To learn more about oysters in Texas, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/easternoyster/
Record drought, destructive wildfires and a dramatic drop in visitation have all sparked a new sense of urgency to raise revenue to keep parks open. More info at http://www.texasstateparks.org/givenow
The drought has taken a toll on everything from wildlife to water bills. To help Texans cope, Texas Parks and Wildlife is offering a Drought Survival Kit http://www.texasthestateofwater.org/
The fifth annual Toyota Texas Bass Classic is coming up October 28-30 in Conroe and the big news this year is the entire event is free if you get your tickets in advance! Details at http://toyotatexasbassclassic.com/
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