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April 15, 2021

Sixth Annual Texas City Nature Challenge Encourages Citizen Scientists to Record Nature Observations

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), through the Texas Nature Trackers program, is inviting Texans to participate in the sixth annual City Nature Challenge, Friday, April 30 through Monday, May 3. This global community-based scientific effort, co-organized by San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, invites current and aspiring citizen scientists of all ages and backgrounds to observe and submit pictures of wild plants, animals and fungi using the free mobile app iNaturalist.

April 1, 2021

April Marks 10th Anniversary of State Parks Month at Whole Earth Provision Co.

AUSTIN— Throughout the month of April, Whole Earth Provision Co. will hold a fund drive at all six store locations across the state in support of Texas State Parks. The Texas-based travel, adventure and nature store will give all funds gathered during the effort to help fund state parks’ day-to-day operational expenses, including enhanced visitor programs, park trail maps and facilities maintenance. This State Parks Month marks 10 years of partnership between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Whole Earth Provision Co.

March 31, 2021

Toyota ShareLunker Program Boasts 2nd Triple Lunker Day of 2021 Season, 5th Over 15 Pounds

ATHENS – Anglers delivered three more Legacy Lunkers last Tuesday followed by a fourth Sunday during the final weekend of the 2021 Toyota ShareLunker season. Tuesday marked the second triple Lunker day of the season, with O.H. Ivie producing the first two Lunkers of the day, extending an incredible run that has bumped the season total for that lake to 12.

March 24, 2021

Toyota ShareLunker Program Chalks Up Two More Legacy Lunkers

ATHENS – Anglers added two more Legacy Lunkers to the 2021 Toyota ShareLunker season totals over the weekend. The run at O.H. Ivie powered on, reaching double digits with 10 Legacy Lunkers this year courtesy of ShareLunker 603 Friday. On Saturday, Lake Tyler made a huge splash with ShareLunker 604, recording the first ever entry for the lake in the ShareLunker program.

March 19, 2021

March Brings Another Run of ShareLunkers, Including a Triple Crown from O.H. Ivie and Milestone ShareLunker 600

ATHENS – The Legacy Lunkers continue to roll in with a run of five over last weekend, including three from O.H. Ivie, giving the lake nine during the 2021 Toyota ShareLunker season. The program had a run of eight in just over a week’s time to close out February, with six being landed at O.H. Ivie.

March 15, 2021

Texas Spring Wildflowers are Predicted to Shine Bright this Season Despite Winter Storm

AUSTIN – Spring is upon us and that means the start of Texas’ amazing spring wildflower season. Late winter annuals and perennials lead the 2021 flora parade along Texas highways and state lands within our diverse ecoregions and vernal landscapes.

March 10, 2021

Los Parques Estatales Trabajan para Regresar a Capacidad Normal

AUSTIN- Los Parques Estatales de Texas han iniciado un proceso estratégico y bien pensado para aumentar la capacidad en todo el estado, en seguimiento a las recientes órdenes del Gobernador Greg Abbott para reabrir, lo que permitirá que más texanos tengan oportunidad de visitar sus parques favoritos.  Es altamente recomendado que los visitantes sigan usando las mascarillas, sobre todo cuando estén en interiores o en las áreas donde sea difícil mantener el distanciamiento social.  Se han eliminado las restricciones en cuanto al tamaño de los grupos.

Texas State Parks Working to Return to Normal Capacity

AUSTIN – Texas State Parks have begun a strategic and thoughtful process of expanding capacity statewide, tracking Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest reopening order, and allowing more Texans the opportunity to visit their favorite parks. Masks are strongly encouraged for park visitors, especially when indoors or in areas where it is difficult to socially distance. Also, restrictions affecting group sizes have been lifted.

March 3, 2021

Toyota ShareLunker Enjoys Incredible February Run of Success

ATHENS – Despite cold temperatures and an unprecedented winter storm, February proved to be a banner month for the Toyota ShareLunker program. From February 19th through the 28th, anglers reeled in eight Legacy Class largemouth bass. Six Lunkers were from O.H. Ivie, one from Conroe, and one from Lake Travis, bringing the season total to 12. February’s flurry of activity has resulted in the 2021 Legacy Lunker season tripling last year’s total with one month still remaining in the three-month collection season.

March 1, 2021

CO-OP Program Awards $290,000 in Grants to Texas Communities

AUSTIN – Communities in Texas will be healthier and more engaged with their natural surroundings thanks to grants awarded through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP). This opportunity will create 10 grant partnerships, totaling $290,000, supporting community-based conservation and outdoor recreation activities throughout the State.