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Preview for the April 2-8, 2017 Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show, #2525. Find out where to watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Preview for the April 9-15, 2017 Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show, #2526. Find out where to watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Preview for the April 16-22, 2017 Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show, #2501-R. Find out where to watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Preview for the April 23-29, 2017 Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show, #2502-R. Find out where to watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Preview for the April 30-May 6, 2017 Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show, #2503-R. Find out where to watch at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Program 2526. Air dates April 9-15, 2017 & October 8-14, 2017 Eroding Island, Fire Crew & Jamaica Beach A Shrinking Sundown One of the most important rookery islands on the Texas coast is in trouble. Chester Island in Matagorda Bay is slowly shrinking, as the shoreline is eroding at an alarming rate. But now efforts are underway to save the island, and help the thousands of birds that nest there. The Business of Burning Prescribed fires by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are carefully planned events conducted by a specially trained and skilled crew. From the burn boss to the grunt and the engine to the drip torch, see what and who it takes to safely put on a prescribed fire. A Brighter Future for State Parks Take a look at a couple of projects that are underway as part of a push to improve state parks. Creating a modernized park system for a rapidly growing state is just one of the goals of this infrastructure work. Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame: Texas State Bass Tournament The Texas State Bass Tournament is the world’s oldest competitive bass fishing tournament open to anyone. The Texas State Bass Tournament emphasizes family involvement in fishing and awards no monetary prizes to winners. Competitors may enter as family teams, and senior and high school divisions have been added in recent years. Throughout its 60-year history, the tournament has maintained its focus on conservation and sportsmanlike competition among friends and family. Intro to Geocaching Looking to get out and explore Texas? Try geocaching, a modern-day treasure hunt played by millions of fans around the world. Learn how to get in on the game. We’ll show you what you need to get started. Postcard From Texas An escape is waiting for you at Jamaica Beach near Galveston.
Program 2525. Air dates April 2-8, 2017 & October 1-7, 2017 Park Hiker, Paddling Port O’Connor & Finding Flounder A Walk Across Texas Dave Roberts didn’t know much about Texas, so he decided to crisscross it, from east to west, entirely on foot. Follow this walker of Texas ranges in his unfolding adventure as he explores the state’s park system one step at a time. Port O’Connor Paddling Trail If you love to paddle and you want to get away there is no better paddling trail than the one in Port O’Connor. From paddling the bays, to sliding through a saltwater marsh, this one of the best coastal paddling trails in the state. The Rise of the Forgotten Flounder One of the top three sport fish in Texas, more and more fishermen now set their sights on the southern flounder. In fact, it’s become so popular that fish hatcheries have started stocking flounder in Texas bays. We take a closer look at what it takes to catch these fish and how the species is holding up. Postcard From Texas West Texas is often thought of as a desert. But there is lots of beauty in the small wildflowers that flourish in that region.
Program 2524. Air dates March 26-April 1, 2017 & September 24-30, 2017 Horned Lizards, Young Guns & Outdoor Ethics Help for the Horned Lizard Texas horned lizards are icons of wild Texas, but they are getting harder to find. Learn what may be causing declines of this legendary critter, and what’s being done about it. Leave No Trace The mantra of the true outdoors lover is “Leave no trace”. Here’s some ideas for leaving the environment better than you found it. Young Guns There’s a crisp bite in the air on a cool December morning. The mist covers the pond, as pintails fly overhead. It’s duck hunting season. Join us as we follow two boys as part of a special hunt just for youngsters. Purtis Creek State Park With great bass fishing, Purtis Creek State Park is known as a ‘little Lake Fork.’ But that’s not all there is. Secluded campsites, a pleasant swimming beach, and guided canoe trips make this east Texas park the perfect place to bring the family. Postcard From Texas In an area scarce of water, the San Pedro Spring located on the San Pedro Ranch is a riparian corridor which eventually flows into the Rio Grande. It supplies year round water to wildlife.
Program 2523. Air dates March 19-25, 2017 & September 17-23, 2017 Ranch Wildlife, Conservation Dollars & Kickapoo Cavern Lone Star Land Steward: Parks Ranch David Crow manages the Parks Ranch in Goliad County, maintaining its status as a site with one of the highest quail populations in the area. Crow consistently implements conservation management techniques that have resulted in a greater density of native grasslands, which in turn support a greater diversity of native wildlife. Parks & Wildlife People: Darlene Lewis With one part enthusiasm and a large amount of passion mixed in, Darlene Lewis loves joining outdoor community outreach programs with grant money to keep them going. Kickapoo Cavern State Park Bats, birds and caverns are what you’ll find at this secluded state park. Located north of Del Rio, you can experience the flight of the Mexican free-tailed bat, have a guided cavern tour to see the largest column formation in Texas, and possibly see the endangered golden-cheeked warbler while exploring the park. Caddo Lake Paddling Trails Straddling the Texas-Louisiana border, swampy Caddo Lake in Northeast Texas has an enduring air of mystery. And the paddling trails is the ideal way to explore this fascinating lake. Casting Call How do you get kids out of the house, and away from the television? It is a concern for all parents. Texas Parks & Wildlife has a new neighborhood fishing program that may help. In cities throughout Texas local lakes and ponds are stocked with fish so the kids are sure to get a bite, and hopefully they’ll get hooked on the outdoors. Postcard From Texas See some stunning Texas landscapes through the eyes of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine photographers Chase Fountain and Earl Nottingham.
Program 2522. Air dates March 12-18, 2017 & September 10-16, 2017 Prairie Chickens, Gargantuan Gar & Lionfish The Last Dance Historically there used to be one million Attwater’s prairie-chickens throughout the coastal prairies of Texas and Louisiana, now less than one percent remain. We follow along as biologists deal with one of the toughest breeding seasons on record, as they struggle to save one of the most endangered birds in all of Texas. Parks & Wildlife People: Lone Star Lionfish Team What do you do when an invasive species threatens the waters off the coast of Texas? You bring together the best minds and get to work on the problem. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area Visit a one billion year-old rock in the Texas Hill Country that has long had a natural allure, for people and for wildlife. Gargantuan Gar Alligator gar are among the largest freshwater fish lurking in Texas lakes and rivers. But because gar have not traditionally been seen as sport fish, much about them has remained a mystery. That is beginning to change, however, as anglers seek them out. New research is revealing more information about the gargantuan gar, and these misunderstood monsters of the deep are starting to get some respect. Postcard From Texas Researchers use a helicopter and net gun to catch mule deer in the Texas Panhandle. The captured deer are fitted with radio-collars and GPS units to collect data for a long-term study looking at mule deer movements in this region.
Program 2521. Air dates March 5-11, 2017 & September 3-9, 2017 Say Cheese, Blue Suckers & Nature Photos In Search of the Blue Sucker Biologists on the Colorado River are searching for a rare fish. It’s called a Blue Sucker, and not much is known about this Texas native. We follow along as a research team searches rapids and riffles on the Colorado, hoping to find, and learn more about this elusive fish. Water for Wildlife, and the Pictures to Prove It In the middle of a desert, along the Rio Grande River, in the middle of nowhere, is Black Gap Wildlife Management Area. It’s here that you can find a surprising wealth of wildlife such as deer, bear, quail, mountain lion and desert bighorn sheep. But without water, none of these animals could exist here. So biologists build and maintain water catchment devises called guzzlers to help the wildlife. With the aid of game cameras, it’s amazing to see the variety of animals that benefit from the guzzlers. Get Started Camping Headed out for a camping trip in a Texas State Park? Here are some tips to help you get set up quickly and comfortably. Winter Wonderland for Waterfowl Check out the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area, where the bottomland hardwood swamps make it the perfect place for wintering waterfowl. Postcard From Texas Experience man in nature through the eyes of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine photographers Chase Fountain and Earl Nottingham.
Program 2520. Air dates February 26-March 4, 2017 & August 27-September 2, 2017 Bobcat City, Ranch Reboot & Coastal Birds 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: Harkins Ranch The Harkins Ranch in Terrell County has been in the family since 1905. Land that was historically overgrazed by livestock has been transformed by rotational grazing, brush management, and building a network of water features. This change in habitat management has turned the ranch into an oasis for wildlife. Parks & Wildlife People: Steve Schroeter While not always glamorous, the supporting services behind the scenes at Texas Parks and Wildlife rely on the leadership skills of Steve Schroeter. Policy and procedures to support conservation are Steve's passion. Postcard From Texas Coastal birds of Bolivar Flats, and a raucous rookery at Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary.
Program 2519. Air dates February 19-25, 2017 & August 20-26, 2017 Kangaroo Rats, Student Host & LBJ’s Legacy Hope for the Future, Keeping the Texas Kangaroo Rat on the Map The range of a unique hopping rodent has dwindled to just a few areas near the Red River. Researchers are in a race to learn more about it before it disappears into the night. From Campus to Camper While most park hosts are retired folks with lots of free time, Palo Duro Canyon’s youngest host has a very full schedule. By being a volunteer Lindsay Stroup found a way to save money on housing while attending college. Firearm Safety at Home Learn how to safely and securely store your hunting firearms at home. Guess what? It’s not in the bedside table. LBJ’s Hill Country Legacy When Lyndon Baines Johnson helped create the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, he wanted to give visitors an appreciation for the hard work and ingenuity of the pioneers and farmers from long ago. Costumed interpreters and volunteers show life as it really was, complete with all the sights, sounds, and smells of a turn-of-the-century Hill Country farmstead. Postcard From Texas A busy holiday weekend packs Galveston Island State Park, but there’s still space to enjoy the waves or a scenic sunset.
Program 2518. Air dates February 12-18, 2017 & August 13-19, 2017 San Pedro Success, Fishing Fan & Lovely Landscapes Lone Star Land Steward: San Pedro Ranch Joseph Fitzsimons and his sister, Pamela Fitzsimons Howard, own the San Pedro Ranch in South Texas. The property supports 36 different plant communities and has been home to four distinct cultural groups over the years. Newly implemented wildlife habitat management techniques have improved the native habitat, which has helped sustain diverse wildlife populations and a productive cattle herd. Parks & Wildlife People: Michael Homer Michael Homer’s job title says Natural Resource Specialist. While he helps make fishing easy and fun for kids and adults, Michael also finds a deeper meaning to fishing, it makes him feel alive. Atlanta State Park The Caddo Indians were attracted to this site because of its proximity to water. That’s true today for visitors to Atlanta State Park. Located on the shores of Wright Patman Lake, this popular camping spot is known for its rolling hills and towering trees. It’s a great place to catch some cats; catfish that is. 50 Years Later, the Same Photo A 50-year old family photo taken at Inks Lake State Park leads to an interesting reunion and a renewed interest in getting outside. 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. Postcard From Texas Enjoy some outstanding landscape photography by Texas Parks and Wildlife staff photographers Earl Nottingham and Chase Fountain.
Program 2517. Air dates February 5-11, 2017 & August 6-12, 2017 Magazine History, Outdoor Photography & Texas Wildlife 75 Years in Print The outdoor magazine of Texas has seen some changes over the last three-quarters of a century. Meet the people who craft it each month and see what it takes to deliver the state’s great outdoors to mailboxes and newsstands everywhere. A Day at Sauer-Beckmann Farm Texas Parks and Wildlife Photographer Earl Nottingham takes a look at the daily life on the Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead. Russell Graves Photo Tips Freelance photographer, and regular contributor to the Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine, Russell Graves shares some of his thoughts on what it takes to create quality outdoor photos. Postcard From Texas Between them, photographers Earl Nottingham and Chase Fountain have been shooting photos for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for 31 years. Take a look at some of their favorite wildlife photographs.
Program 2516. Air dates January 29-February 4, 2017 & July 30-August 5, 2017 Hiking Dogs, Telling Stories & Protecting Paddlefish Bark in the Park Take a hike with dogs through Franklin Mountains State Park and learn tips for keeping your canine companion comfortable and safe on the trail. Mobile Storytellers The ancient art of storytelling gets a new twist when a group of students attempt to tell the story of Garner State Park using nothing but their phones. The Paddlefish Project A freshwater fish older than the dinosaur is being returned to Caddo Lake in a grand experiment. Can restored water flows bring back a breeding population of paddlefish? A broad coalition of partners, from non-profits to landowners and government agencies, is working to answer this question. A Creel Survey Join a team of fisheries technicians as they perform a creel survey on Lake Conroe. Fisheries biologists doing creel surveys interview anglers, measure fish, and track the number of hours fished. These surveys help get information about the fishing quality and the health of fish populations in the lake. Postcard From Texas A turtle, a turkey, and an alligator walk into a pond…don’t worry, there won’t be blood. That and more scenes from the historic Parks Ranch.
Program #2515. Air dates January 22-28, 2017 & July 23-29, 2017 Hatching Fish, Seeking Squirrels & River Reclamation Back in Business The Dundee Fish Hatchery near Wichita Falls has been producing fish for stocking in lakes and reservoirs since 1927. Severe drought forced the hatchery to stop production on 2011. But with recent rains Dundee is back in business and the fish are flowing again. Reclaiming the River See how some technical guidance and a lot of teamwork can transform an old mine site and mud pit along the Colorado River into an asset for a town and its wildlife. Deepening a community’s connection to its river pays dividends in Bastrop. A Fading Tradition There are lots of ways to introduce your kids to the outdoors. Taking them hunting is one option. Join a father and daughter as they go squirrel hunting at the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area, and discover that time spent together in the woods is time well spent. Postcard From Texas The lake is like a mirror when no breeze stirs the trees on a quiet evening in Tyler.
Program 2514. Air dates January 15-21, 2017 & July 16-22, 2017 Bee Searcher, Coastal Winds & Turkey Work The Bee Searcher A North Texas researcher investigates the health of our most productive native pollinators, and how we might simply help them bee. Coastal Conflicts Texas leads in the country in wind energy production, and with this new energy source there are new questions. What will wind farms do to the already fragmented habitat here in Texas, and how will they affect the birds that live and migrate through our state? Head to the coast to see how wind farms use radar technology to spot migrating birds coming their way. 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. Wild Things: Texas Rat Snake Check out a snake that often times gets a bad rap as state herpetologist Andy Gluesenkamp introduces you to the Texas Rat Snake. Brazos Bend Bike Trails Mountain bike through breezy cottonwoods and down along scenic wetlands. Brazos Bend State Park has 35 miles of bike trails sure to keep you on your toes. And keep an eye out for those alligators. Postcard From Texas Blue Mountain Peak Ranch in the Hill Country is a haven for wildlife.
Program 2513. Air dates January 8-14, 2017 & July 9-15, 2017 Moving Bees, Razing Cane & Wildlife Winds Moving Bees Moving day can be tough. Especially if your family numbers in the thousands. Watch a bee specialist relocate a hive of European honey bees, giving them a safe new home where they can keep on buzzing. Razing Cane Texas Rivers and stream are under attack. The invasive Giant Reed threatens pretty much every river system in the state, but biologists are fighting back. We focus on the pristine Pedernales River and see what it takes to knock back this towering cane invader. Big Wind, Big Questions Texas leads in the country in wind energy production, and with this new energy source there are new questions. What will wind farms do to the already fragmented habitat here in Texas, and how will they affect the birds that live and migrate through our state. We look at the Panhandle wind farms and their effects on the threatened lesser prairie chicken. Postcard From Texas Whether under sun or clouds, in detail or at a distance, the views in Davis Mountains State Park are always scenic.
Program 2512. Air dates January 1-7, 2017 & July 2-8, 2017 Bat Noses, Involved Angler & Wildlife Watchdogs Watching for White Nose A deadly fungal disease killing millions of hibernating bats is spreading through North America, with Texas in its path. Learn what biologists and conservationists are doing to prevent the deadly White Nose Syndrome from affecting Texas bats. Fishing Hall of Fame: Randi Wayland Randi Wayland has spent a lifetime promoting fishing, water safety and involving young people in the outdoors. A past president of the Texas Association of Bass Clubs, she has also served as a board member of Texas Black Bass Unlimited. She is an instructor in Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman program and is an area chief of the department’s boater education program. 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. Government Canyon Bike Trails When it comes to mountain biking in Texas one of the best spots is Government Canyon State Natural area. Grab your bike and helmet as we hit the park for some single track fun! Postcard From Texas Spring rains bring flowers and flowing water to the Pedernales River.
Program 2511. Air dates December 25-31, 2016 & June 25-July 1, 2017 Pronghorn Puzzle, Changing Habitats & Blanco Cleanup Lone Star Land Steward: Pecore Farm Bert Pecore wasn’t always a conservationist. He let cattle overgraze the land and overworked the soil. However, he changed his ways 10 years ago, after having already owned his ranchlands for 51 years. By implementing sustainable wildlife and habitat management practices, Pecore and his wife restored their 196-acre ranch in Fayette County to its native grassland glory. Parks & Wildlife People: Ethan Belicek When flood waters hit Blanco State Park in May of 2015, Ethan Belicek and his team took care of the park guests and cleaned up the mess. The Pronghorn Puzzle Something is amiss with pronghorn antelope populations on the Marfa Plateau, but a coalition of landowners, biologists, and concerned citizens is on the case. Find out what is being done to bolster dwindling pronghorn numbers while researchers investigate possible reasons for the sudden decline. Choke Canyon State Park If you like catfish then this is a park you have to visit. The 26,000 acre Choke Canyon Reservoir is a catfishing haven, and is really good for bass fishing as well. Birders love the hiking trails and the large numbers and varieties of birds attracted to the water and upland habitats, including many Mexican species of birds. Wild Things: Black-capped Vireo Nests Get an up close look at the endangered Black-capped Vireo. We travel to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge during nesting season for these birds. Postcard From Texas Fly through the tall trees of Tyler State Park on a mountain bike.
Program 2510. Air dates December 18-24, 2016 & June 18-24, 2017 Pocket Prairies, Catching Carp & Meet the Greeter Urban Pocket Prairies Urbanization has reduced the once 600,000 acre Katy Prairie near Houston, Texas to just 200,000 acres affecting many species of wildlife. Now the Katy Prairie Conservancy has partnered with nearly a dozen schools to create pocket prairies. These small urban prairies are helping wildlife as well as children to become healthier, happier and smarter. The International Pursuit The once-maligned carp is emerging as a sought-after sport fish, and anglers are coming to Texas from around the world just to catch them. Tag along as we hit the Texas carp hotspots, Lady Bird Lake in Austin, and Lake Fork near Dallas. Yes, the same Lake Fork that’s known for monster bass is now famous for its monster carp as well. Lone Star Land Steward: Steve Nelle Can you sustain a healthy native ecosystem on a cattle ranch? How can land recover after a devastating flood? Wildlife Biologist Steve Nelle helps landowners answer these questions, working with them to maximize the health of their land. Parks & Wildlife People: Paul Israel If you visit Texas Parks & Wildlife Headquarters in Austin, Texas, you might be greeted by Paul Israel, who won't let you leave without a smile. Postcard From Texas Enjoy an early morning at Huntsville State Park.
Ocean Office, Hill Country Haven & a Conservation Career Program 2509. Air dates December 11-17, 2016 & June 11-17, 2017 An Office in the Ocean Exploring the depths of Texas’ artificial reefs, documenting species of fish and coral, and monitoring the health of our reefs – these are all in a day’s work for Dr. Brooke Shipley-Lozano and Chris Ledford of the TPWD Artificial Reef Program. These two are fortunate enough to make the undersea world of the Gulf of Mexico their office. Lone Star Land Steward: Winkler Ranch Meet a man who explores the frontiers of cancer research at his job, and who explores caves and conservation at his Hill Country ranch. Parks & Wildlife People: Brent Ortego Having spent a lifetime with his eyes focused on conservation, Brent Ortego is now working to save our coastal native prairies. Lake Colorado City State Park The slightly rolling plains of west central Texas are covered in scrubs like mesquite and juniper. Lake Colorado City is a cool contrast to the arid environment. Visitors from nearby cities like Abilene and Midland come to Lake Colorado City State Park to enjoy the best water recreation spot for miles around. The Legend of Old RIP What’s the real story behind Old RIP, Texas’ most famous toad? Travel to Eastland, Texas where the memory of Old RIP is kept alive and well, and encased in glass. Postcard From Texas Butterflies invade the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area.
Saving Bison, Hunting Access & Corralling CWD Program 2508. Air dates December 4-10, 2016 & June 4-10, 2017 Saving the Last of the Southern Plains Bison Caprock Canyons State Park holds the last remnants of pure Southern Plains Bison that exists in North America. Once numbering around 60 million, now there are only 80; the history of how they came to live at the state park, on their native historic land is a long one. Because of the hard work of a few individuals, these Bison live on. A Place for All Most hunting blinds are not designed for people with disabilities. Inks Lake State Park northwest of Austin has tackled that problem by building special hunting blinds that are accessible for people with physical limitations Lone Star Land Steward: T Star Ranch When Bruce Thomas acquired the T Star Ranch in 2004 from a local rancher, mesquite had invaded the majority of the property, decreasing the native grasses and limiting the food supply for wildlife on the property. For the past 12 years, his family has worked to restore the once-overgrazed pastures back to native grassland on this 231 acre property. Parks & Wildlife People: Chronic Wasting Disease Response Team When Chronic Wasting Disease made its way to Texas White-tailed Deer, the Texas Parks and Wildlife CWD Response TWIMS Reprogramming Team took action to save our natural resources. Lake Bob Sandlin State Park About two hours east of Dallas, you’ll find a quiet state park that has everything from hiking to fishing. Lake Bob Sandlin is a perfect hidden getaway for folks of all ages. Wild Things: Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road? Many folks find turtles crossing busy roads and wonder “What’s the right thing to do?” State Herpetologist Andy Gluesenkamp helps answer that question. Postcard From Texas Early morning dew blankets the Blue Mountain Peak Ranch.
Hunting Laurens, Diving Wardens & an Outdoor Writer Program 2507. Airdates November 27-December 3, 2016 & May 28-June 3, 2017 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. Fishing Hall of Fame: Ray Sasser Ray Sasser has been an outdoor writer for more than 40 years and is currently the outdoor editor for the Dallas Morning News. Largemouth bass fishing is his favorite outdoor activity, but he has written about everything from invasive species to the environment, penning hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and a dozen books. Parks & Wildlife People: Underwater Search and Recovery Dive Team Highly trained, dedicated and compassionate, the Texas Game Warden Underwater Search and Recovery Dive Team finds evidence to solve cases and perform the necessary duty of recovering drowning victims. 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. Postcard From Texas Paddling Port O’Connor on a slightly windy day.