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March 22, 2004

TPWD Game Wardens To Be Federally Commissioned

AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agents are attending a series of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden meetings in March and April to federally commission the wardens.

Record Catfish Still Drawing Crowds to Fisheries Center

ATHENS, Texas-The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center has a big fish story. ’Splash,’ the new record blue catfish now swimming in the dive tank at the center, has sent visitation through the roof. Attendance the first weekend in March was 979, an increase of 30 percent from last year. Visitation for the year to date is up 6,000 compared with the same period last year.

Texas Gulf Coast Roundup Enters 7th Year

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is looking to coastal anglers to help gather specimens for use in hatchery production, research projects and for educational purposes during upcoming Gulf Coast Roundup events.

Texas Farm Bill ’EQIP’ Wildlife Funds Available

AUSTIN, Texas — A total of $1,697,386 in federal Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) money is available from the for funding grazing practices that benefit quail and other grassland birds.

TPWD Sponsors Outdoor Extravaganza for Physically Challenged

DALLAS — Turning P.O.I.N.T., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing outdoor recreation opportunities for the physically challenged, is hosting the ’2004 Extravaganza’ May 16 at Bachman Lake in Dallas. P.O.I.N.T. stands for Paraplegics on Independent Nature Trips, and the 13th annual Extravaganza promises a weekend of outdoor fun in the second-largest event of its kind in the United States for the physically challenged.

TPWD Taking Part in Tidal Stream Study

AUSTIN, Texas — Beginning March 22, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists will be studying five tidal streams along the middle and upper Texas coast and will continue to do so through November.

TPWD Game Warden Field Notes, March 22, 2004

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

TPWD Calendar

The following meetings may be of interest to the public. Check the master calendar for all TPWD events.

Stay Tuned

Information from Texas Parks and Wildlife is available on radio and television, as well as the newsstand.

March 15, 2004

Valley Residents Pioneer Birding for the Blind

EDINBURG, Texas — Supported by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grant funding, a group of visually impaired people in the Lower Rio Grande Valley is breaking new ground in what may seem an unlikely area-competitive birdwatching for the blind.