Texas Parks & Wildlife Videos
With Spring around the corner, folks are getting outside and taking their cameras! Texas Parks and Wildlife is offering a photo contest where winners of all ages, who shoot pictures in their state park, can snap up some pretty cool prizes. Photography is the Outdoor Activity of the Month in Texas state parks for March. Photos must be entered between March 1st and April 14th. To enter, visit http://www.TexasStateParks.org/photography
For the second year in a row, the Great Texas Birding Classic will take place statewide allowing more people to participate in the fun and allowing those entry fees to benefit more birds! In past years, North America's largest birding tournament was restricted to the Texas coast. But now in its 18th year, the competition has numerous categories and lasts an entire month! One of those categories is The Big Sit. The Classic begins April 15 and continues through May 15. For more information go to http://www.BirdingClassic.org
A decade of restocking the Eastern Wild Turkey has proven successful for some East Texas counties, but many areas still aren't seeing birds. A new research study will focus on some recently transplanted birds outfitted with GPS transmitters to find out what turkeys think is a good home. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. Eastern wild turkey stockings will take place over several weeks until there are enough birds to meet the study requirement.For more information http://www.tpwd.texas.gov
If you're a Texas Game Warden patrolling the water, drowning is a very real danger, especially when you're wearing 20 pounds of gear. That's why some Texas Game Wardens took this swimming lesson on steroids. Here's an underwater view of their water survival training. To learn more about Texas Game Wardens, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
How do you encourage young people to unplug and get outside? Here's a hint: scrap the nature hike and host a concert instead. Young volunteers are coming up with creative new ways to get their friends outdoors. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. For more information about becoming a Texas State Park Youth Ambassador, visit http://AmericasStateParks.org
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
With the new year comes new trends and one that is growing is a national movement to get folks out hiking on the first day of the year. Last year more than 11-hundred dedicated souls gave their soles a workout during First Day Hike events in more than 57 state parks across Texas. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report on hiking as the Outdoor Activity of the Month. For information on hiking in state parks near you, visit http://texasstateparks.org/hiking
You might think New England, not Texas, if you think of trees turning color in the Fall, but some parts of the state do see brilliant reds, yellows and oranges. So what happens inside a leaf to make these spectacular colors? Texas Parks and Wildlife gives us an inside look.To find out the best time to visit Lost Maples State Natural Area, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov
When it comes to strange looking animals, it would be hard to beat the paddlefish, a huge prehistoric fish with a large paddle for a nose. It has survived for eons in the rivers of North America, but today it's nearly extinct in Texas. As Kevin Benz reports, a huge research study and restocking effort is now showing some success in east Texas. Paddlefish studies will continue into the next century, and researchers say they can use help. If you spot a paddlefish they ask you to report it to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Getting outdoors used to be thought of as something that was just for the boys, but for the last couple of decades, women have been learning everything from shooting sports to Dutch oven cooking. It's part of Texas Parks and Wildlife's Becoming An Outdoors Woman program. As Texas Parks and Wildlife reports, many of these women are not only learning outdoor skills, they're gaining a new sense of confidence in themselves. More than 6,500 woman have participated in The Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop in past two decades The program's 20th year celebration workshop will take place November 8-10 in Brenham, Texas. For more information check out www.tpwd.texas.gov
As fall comes to Texas, more than one million hunters are gearing up for another season, which will bring more than 3-billion dollars into the state's economy. But just how is this year's season shaping up for sportsmen and women now that we've seen a little rain? Texas Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters there are 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.texas.gov
He is the pied piper of shooting sports. Charlie Wilson has taught shooting safety to adults and youth for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for more than 20 years. Traveling the state of Texas with his mobile skeet shooting trailer, Charlie has served as a mentor to generations of folks who want to learn how to fire a shotgun safely from just a sport to sometimes Olympic hopefuls. Charlie has just finished his career with Texas Parks and Wildlife, but says he will never be through mentoring kids. For more information on shooting sports, go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us and search shooting sports.
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/
October marks the second half of Hispanic Heritage Month as well as Texas Archeology Month. A wealth of unique cultural treasures stretch all across the state from the famous battlefields of San Jacinto to the farthest reaches of the Big Bend Country. Fort Leaton is an 1800s-era trading post in the "Junta de los Rios" area of the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas Parks and Wildlife invites visitors to travel back in time to this historic site. Many state parks and historic sites are hosting special events during Texas Archeology Month throughout the state. To find out more check out texasstateparks.org/history
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
September marks the opening of dove season and many hunters will step into sunflower fields waiting for that familiar whistle of wings. But just how will this year's hunting forecast shape up? Texas Parks and Wildlife tells us what hunters can expect in the field and how they can help in a nationwide study on doves. Hunters who report banded doves will receive a certificate of appreciation that identifies when and where the dove was banded. Bands can be reported at the toll free number 1-800-327-BAND (2263) or online at www.reportband.gov Texas Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters they need game bird conservation stamps to hunt dove, waterfowl, turkey and quail and to check the local regulations where they will be hunting.
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 tpwd.texas.gov/bigtimehunts or call 1-800-895-4248. Entries can be bought for $10 each at retailers that sell hunting licenses or by phone. On-line entries are only $9.
It's hot in Texas but while the heat wave is sending most of us indoors, state parks are offering a cool incentive to lure us out again. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. For more information on swimming holes in state parks, check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at http://texasstateparks.org/swimming
50 years ago, Governor John B. Connally launched a campaign to modernize state government. This led to the merger of the Game and Fish Commission with the State Parks Board creating a new agency dedicated to conservation, parks and outdoor recreation. This year, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is celebrating its 50th birthday by inviting people to share their stories and photos about memorable moments in the Texas outdoors. To become a Texas Parks and Wildlife ambassador or share your stories and photos, the department has set up a 50th anniversary web page at http://lifesbetteroutside.org Find the archive videos and entire PSA on Texas Parks and Wildlife youtube.
Visit http://TakeCareofTexas.org for a variety of materials that range from general information about environmental programs to specific, step-by-step instructions that address common environmental situations.
Catching a fish is fun for kids, but many families have questions about how to get started. That's why some state parks are offering free fishing classes. They'll teach you the basics through fun, hands-on activities. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report on a program called "Go Fish" as the June Outdoor Activity of the Month. To find places to fish and events near you, visit texasstateparks.org/fishing
If you're looking for a unique Mother's Day experience, consider an outing to a Texas state park. State parks across Texas are encouraging families to visit this weekend. According to one group of moms, it's a great way to bond with your kids. You can find a nearby park on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website www.TexasStateParks.org/MothersDay
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.
Shooting nature photography as a way to protect Texas wildlife is the goal of an annual professional photography contest called Images for Conservation. And for the past five years, the contest has brought pro-photographers and landowners together to share prize money in the hundreds of thousands. This year, there is also something new for all photographers -- a photo contest in Texas State Parks! From now until the end of April, visitors can capture moments like sunsets, wildlife and historic icons and enter for a chance to win a video camera, weekend excursion at a state park or up to six people at a Texas Outdoor Family workshop. Texas Parks and Wildlife follows two photographers as they work from dawn 'til dusk for that perfect shot. The next Images for Conservation contest takes place March 20-24 at Los Novios Ranch in South Texas. For more information, visit the Images for Conservation Fund Web site at http://imagesforconservation.org To find out more about the Texas State Parks photo contest, go to http://texasstateparks.org/photography and follow the links to the contest.
Since 1993, Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists have created artificial reefs with retired oil rigs, pre-made reef structures and old ships making habitat for marine life for all to enjoy. To help better inform Texans, a new website with an interactive map, video and animation is now available, giving a rare look at this undersea world. Texas Parks and Wildlife shows us the men and women who create artificial reefs for a living. For more information on the Artificial Reef program, go to www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/
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