Fort Richardson, Urban Biology & Fishing School
History is the highlight at Fort Richardson, but even if today's travelers aren't settling the West, many still come to pitch tents and blaze trails. Richard Heilbrun reaches a wide and diverse audience as an urban biologist. The hottest sport to hit the south these days isn't on the field, it's in the water. Check out these high school fishing teams and the kids that cast.
Airing Soon on PBS StationsWhere to Watch
June 30–July 6, 2019
Coastal Parkitecture, Bay Trawl & Alum Creek Toads
Coastal state parks need durable structures and design students need projects. See what the Gulf Coast Design Lab at the UT Austin is building in parks along the coast. Ride along on a trawl of Texas bays to collect data on the marine species that live there. The Alum Creek WMA works to increase the quantity and quality of habitat for the Houston toad in the Lost Pines area of Texas.
July 7–13, 2019
Oyster Shell Recycling, Bighorn Sheep & Looking for Bees
A unique recycling program is underway, returning old oyster shells to Texas bays. As part of a decades long program to restore Desert Bighorn Sheep to West Texas, about 30 bighorns have been release at Big Bend Ranch State Park. A North Texas researcher investigates the health of our most productive native pollinators, and how we might simply help them bee.
July 14–20, 2019
Saving Sharks, Trail Family Ranch & Campus Camper
Sharks are disappearing from the world's oceans at an alarming rate but efforts are underway along the Texas coast to help save these wolves of the ocean. Recognizing that habitat restoration doesn't happen overnight, one Texas family has taken a step-by-step approach to managing their ranch. Palo Duro Canyon's youngest park host has found a way to save money on housing while attending college.
The Texas Parks & Wildlife series on PBS is made possible in part by a grant from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.