Texas Parks & Wildlife Videos
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/
Whether you're a hiker, a hunter or a sunset watcher, chances are you've spent some time with us. Here's why Life is Better Outside. Join us in exploring the great outdoors at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/
The Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most elaborate centers of its kind in the world. This story shows what goes on at the center, which is home to some 2,000 butterflies. We go behind the scenes to see where butterflies are raised and meet the people who raise them. We also take a step-by-step look at the four-stage life cycle of the butterfly, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.
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
The largest bird watching tournament in the world is coming back this Spring and it's even bigger! For 16 years, the Great Texas Birding Classic was just a coastal competition but this year, it's gone statewide. Texas Parks and Wildlife takes us back to 1997 when a group of teenagers won their competition category the first year by looking at birds rather than picking up chicks. The Thrashers, now in their mid-30s, are still friends and avid birders. The 17th annual Great Texas Birding Classic kicks off April 15 with chances of competing in numerous categories throughout the month. Grant money raised through team registration and event sponsorship is donated back to the bird habitat conservation and nature tourism projects in Texas. Winning teams help select which projects are funded. Team registration deadline is April 1st. For more information go to www.BirdingClassic.org
The new year brings a lot of new year's resolutions and usually at the top of the list is to get more exercise. Well one man puts us all to shame with commitment to stay fit through mountain biking. At nearly 80 years old, Fred Schmid is not only exercising, he's competing and winning! Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report on February's outdoor activity of the month, biking in state parks. Fred Schmid has taken up a new type of bike racing—cyclecross- biking in snow and winning the national championship in January. For more information on biking in Texas, visit www.texasstateparks.org/biking The next big park biking event is Bike Fest in Big Bend State Park February 14-16.
The new year is bringing new life to Bastrop State Park as volunteers gather to plant the first of 220-thousand Loblolly pine saplings this winter. The new trees will replace some of those lost from the devastating Labor Day wildfires of 2011. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. The goal is to plant 2-million trees over the next five years. To volunteer for a future tree planting day or to make a donation to plant a tree, go to www.arborday.org/texas
DEC 2012 - A tropical Fork-Tailed Flycatcher has made a rare appearance in Texas near McKinney Falls State Park in Austin. For more information about this bird, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20121220b.
Texas is one of the few places in the United States where you can see the endangered whooping crane. These 5-foot tall birds fly all the way from Canada to winter on our coast. But now some whoopers are choosing to stay in other parts of Texas. We need your help in tracking this rare bird. For more information, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/whoopingcranes
Spending the holidays away from home is always hard but it's especially difficult for U.S. Troops. In this next report, we get a sense of how an earlier generation of American fighters kept their holiday spirits up while far away from home and family. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report from the Battleship Texas State Historic Site. A Sailor's Christmas continues throughout the month of December. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live music and children's activities will take place December 8 on board the Battleship Texas where kids can send a Morse code message to the North Pole, have their picture taken with Santa and enjoy hot beverages and treats. For details on this and other celebrations at a park near you, check out the Parks & Wildlife website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar
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.
He may not sound like he's from around here, but Chris Holmes couldn't be more proud of Texas State Parks than any native born resident. As the Director of Interpretations for Texas State Parks at Texas Parks and Wildlife, Chris aims to get every person he meets outside. To find out more about Texas Outdoor Family Workshops or other interesting careers at Texas Parks and Wildlife, visit the website at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/
Bastrop woman helps landowners and an endangered species. Roxanne Hernandez received Special Recognition in the 2012 Lone Star Land Steward awards.
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 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/
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