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June 23, 2008

TPW Magazine July Issue Dives Into Gulf of Mexico

AUSTIN, Texas — As an ecosystem, the Gulf of Mexico functions on a global scale. At more than 579,000 square miles, it’s the ninth largest body of water in the world. The July issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine offers an in-depth exploration of the gulf from a number of angles.

June 17, 2008

TPWD Scoping Proposed Shift to South Zone Dove Season

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is scheduling a series of scoping meetings to gather public input on a proposal to move the South Zone second split of dove season deeper into January.

June 9, 2008

Research Documents Child-Nature Disconnect, Shows "Life’s Better Outside"

AUSTIN, Texas — "We have this rock in our yard we call our thinking rock. We’ll go out there and read, and if we see a bird, we look it up in my husband’s bird book."

State Parks Offer "Texas Outdoor Family" Weekend Workshops

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Outdoor Family program is expanding, offering a new series of weekend workshops in state parks this summer and fall. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department began the program two years ago, and is also hosting workshops in local parks through partnerships with cities, river authorities and others.

Great Texas Birding Classic Teams Award Conservation Grants

AUSTIN, Texas — Winning teams in the 2008 Great Texas Birding Classic have awarded their conservation prize money to fund seven habitat projects totaling $73,000 along the Texas coast. Touted as the world’s longest birding competition, the Birding Classic has funded a total of $651,000 for avian habitat conservation since it began 12 years ago.

Game Warden Field Notes, June 9, 2008

The following are excerpts from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.

June 2, 2008

Texas State Parks ‘Getting Better All the Time’

AUSTIN, Texas — With gasoline and airfare prices soaring, many families may be planning summer vacations closer to home this year. One high-value, low-cost option is Texas State Parks, which are "getting better all the time" thanks to increased funding provided by state lawmakers and voters.

Death of Endangered Turtle Signals Need for Vigilance on Texas Beaches

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — As best anyone can tell, sometime during the middle of May a female Kemp’s ridley turtle crawled out of the surf on South Padre Island and was struck by a passing vehicle. The cautionary tale illustrates why biologists are asking beachgoers to keep an eye out for the endangered sea turtles and report sightings.

TPWD Proposing Late Shift to South Zone Dove Season

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing moving the South Zone second split of dove season deeper into January, but otherwise is recommending minimal changes to the 2008-09 Early Migratory Game Bird Proclamation.

Plan Summer Outings with New Guide to Texas State Parks

AUSTIN, Texas — Texans reeling from soaring gasoline prices might want to consider vacationing this summer a little closer to home to save time and money by visiting one of more than 90 Texas state parks and historic sites.