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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
Feb. 9, 2018
Birds of Prey Come to Lake Livingston State Park
LIVINGSTON-- Lake Livingston State Park has partnered with EarthQuest to offer a one-of-a-kind Birds of Prey program March 24.
An experienced falconer will give two presentations on these magnificent and amazing birds throughout the day. During each presentation, the falconer will showcase several different birds of prey and the adaptations that enable these birds to be masters of the sky. The birds may even take to the sky to show off their skills of flight and demonstrate how they spot and catch their prey.
The first presentation begins at 10 a.m. and second will be at 2 p.m.
Falconers and rangers will be on hand for photos, to answer questions and share information on the birds. EarthQuest is providing the park visitors this experience at no cost to the park and will be accepting donations to further their mission of education, and to provide for the rescue and care of birds of prey.
EarthQuest is a nonprofit environmental education organization, dedicated to the education of the public as to their impact on the natural world.
Regular park entrance fees of $5 per adult will apply for admission into the park. Children 12 and under are always free.
For more information on this and other programs at Lake Livingston State Park visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website.
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Feb. 9, 2018
Fly Fish Texas Expo Coming to Athens Feb. 24
ATHENS - The Fly Fish Texas Expo is back for the 18th year with a jam-packed day of activities, classes, demonstrations and vendors 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. And it's all free with the cost of admission to the TFFC.
Fly Fish Texas Expo will feature more than a dozen classes and demonstrations geared toward everyone from the beginner fly-fisher to the experienced angler, all taught by professional guides, instructors and competitors. For those just getting started in the art of fly-fishing, classes include fly-fishing 101, all-day casting instruction, beginning fly-tying classes and caring for fly-fishing equipment.
For more experienced anglers, instructors will be teaching classes on how to fly-fish the Texas hill country and Lake Athens, how to cast for common carp, and how to do single and double hand spey casting.
Loaner equipment will be available for anglers to test their fly-fishing skills and cast for rainbow trout all day in several stocked ponds and streams at the TFFC. More than 2,000 rainbow trout will be stocked on-site for the event in Lake Zebco, the 1.2 acre fishing pond; in the ponds located along the 0.8 mile wetlands trail; and in the 1.5 acre fly fishing pond, which features a dedicated fly-fishing pavilion.
After learning to tie a fly, cast a fly, and catch a fish anglers can check out the rest of the fun and educational features the TFFC has to offer, including the daily dive show at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., a tram tour of the hatchery, and over 300,000 gallons of indoor and outdoor aquariums displaying dozens of species of native fish and reptiles in recreated habitats.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens is located about an hour drive from Tyler and Dallas and less than two hours from Fort Worth and Waco.
To sign-up for beginner's classes with the Dallas Fly Fishers, and for maps, admission information, and a complete schedule of the day's activities visit TFFC online. For updates, photos and instructor information, follow TFFC on Facebook and TPWD Fishing on Twitter.
Concessions will be available from Danny's Smokehouse BBQ.
Fly Fish Texas Expo is sponsored by the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites - Athens, First State Bank - Athens, Friends of TFFC, and Red Hat Rentals.
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