TPW Television 2017-2018 Season

Traveling Photographer, Coastal Crabbing & Harbor Sounds

Program 2601. October 15–21, 2017, and April 15–21, 2018

Traveling Photographer, Coastal Crabbing & Harbor Sounds

Meet the traveling photographer who lives in a tiny trailer, but whose home is the great outdoors. Discover the joys of crabbing with some kids, and adults, at Sea Rim State Park. Fulton Harbor has some unique sights and sounds at sunrise.

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Meet a traveling photographer at home on the road, chasing her dream to the most awe-inspiring places a teardrop camper can be towed.

Grab some chicken necks, and head for Sea Rim State Park. Here you can catch these tasty crustaceans right by the beach!

The Helicopter Underwater Egress Training or HUET is part of NASA's training for astronauts as well as the Coast Guard and other personnel involved in work over water. Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens recently purchased a new helicopter and have a Search and Rescue team which can benefit from the training.

Pronghorn antelope populations in west Texas have wavered in recent years. Using satellite tracking data, biologists are finding new information and solutions to help the Pronghorns.

Fall is a great time to head outdoors in East Texas. At Martin Creek Lake State Park the fall foliage draws campers, hikers, and anglers, to this heavily wooded park on a 5000 acre lake.

Morning sights and sounds of Fulton Harbor.

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Grubh's Bugs, Bird Calls & Shotgun Tips

Program 2602. October 22–28, 2017, and April 22–28, 2018

Grubh's Bugs, Bird Calls & Shotgun Tips

Invertebrate biologist Archis Grubh really digs into his job. Ornithologist Cliff Shackelford brings birds and bird calls to the radio. Prep for hunting season with some timely shotgun tips.

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Meet a biologist that studies aquatic invertebrates. He's Dr. Archis Grubh, and he loves bugs. Check out some of the two-thousand different types of aquatic invertebrates living in the rivers, streams, and creeks of Texas.

Ever wonder what that brilliantly blue bird is in your backyard or how to make hummingbird food? Just ask state ornithologist Cliff Shackelford on Red River Radio during his call in show, “Bird Calls.” The hour-long call-in show airs every month and reaches four states answering questions, giving tips and providing conservation methods about the avian species.

Improve the accuracy of your shotgun shooting with three everyday exercises: The Flashlight Drill, The Three-Bullet Drill, and other mounting exercises.

Monarch butterflies roost each year among the trees in Manchaca, Texas, just south of Austin.

Turkeys go about their morning activities on the Wild Wings Ranch.

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Sea Rim, Sea Center & Tree Stand Safety

Program 2603. October 29–November 4, 2017, and April 29–May 5, 2018

Sea Rim, Sea Center & Tree Stand Safety

From fishing to crabbing to kayaking, Sea Rim State Park has a variety of activities. The folks at Sea Center Texas stock thousands fish in coastal bays. Falls from tree stands are the number one cause of hunting injury. Get a few tips on how to be...

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At the far southeast corner of Texas lies a remote and unique coastal park that few folks know about. From coastal fishing, to crabbing, to kayaking the marshland, Sea Rim State Park has something for everyone.

Sea Center Texas is the largest redfish hatchery in the world. Now biologists hope to replicate that success with spotted seatrout.

The Dixon Water Foundation promotes healthy watersheds through sustainable land management, to ensure that present and future generations of Texans have the water resources they need.

Learn to prevent the number one cause of hunting injury: falls from tree stands. By following these simple tips, you can ensure your safety while hunting from above.

The mockingbird is the state bird of Texas and can be found throughout most of the U.S. and Mexico. It can also mimic many other birds and some insect sounds.

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Fort Richardson, the Trailblazer & Lavaca Lessons

Program 2604. November 5–11, 2017, and May 6–12, 2018

Fort Richardson, the Trailblazer & Lavaca Lessons

Get a feel for the frontier life at Fort Richardson State Park. Meet the man who built many of the trails at Franklin Mountains State Park. See how government agencies and private industry brought a bay back to life.

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History is the highlight at Fort Richardson, where buildings of this North Texas frontier fort continue to loom large. But even if today's travelers aren't settling the West, many still come to pitch tents and blaze trails.

We meet a trail building legend in El Paso. The Franklin Mountain range is the largest sustained mountain range in Texas, and it has some of the best mountain biking trails in the state. We'll meet the man that has built many of those trails, and he's doing it at the spry age of seventy nine.

In the 1980's, fishing in Lavaca Bay was all but closed when deadly levels of contamination were found in the surrounding waters. Today, over twenty years and a hundred million dollars later, the clean-up is almost complete. We'll tell you how government agencies and private industry set aside their differences …all for the good of the bay.

A campfire sparkles at South Llano River State Park.

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Paddling Goliad, Hueco Laser & the Texas Clipper

Program 2605. November 12–18, 2017, and May 13–19, 2018

Paddling Goliad, Hueco Laser & the Texas Clipper

Take a leisurely float and discover some history on the Goliad Paddling Trail. See how scientists are using laser technology to preserve Hueco Tanks rock art. In 2007 the Texas Clipper was intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef.

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Goliad State Park & Historic Site is known for its connection to history. It also has a connection to the San Antonio River as part of the Goliad Paddling Trail. Take a leisurely float down this meandering river.

10 years ago the historic Texas Clipper ship was intentionally sunk and now rests on the ocean floor as an artificial reef and scuba adventure destination.

When it comes to rock art, Hueco Tanks, east of El Paso is in a class by itself. Unfortunately over the years, some of the pictographs have been damaged by graffiti. But now a new type of laser technology is about to turn back time. It's a laser light show that wipes away the graffiti but doesn't affect the pictograph underneath. Tune in to see as Hueco Tanks rock art is reborn.

A little behind the scenes and unused video of the Goliad Paddling Trail shoot.

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Ocean Oasis, the County Warden & Cedar Hill Bikes

Program 2606. November 19–25, 2017, and May 20–26, 2018

Ocean Oasis, the County Warden & Cedar Hill Bikes

See how the Texas Clipper has become a home for marine life ten years after it was sunk. A devastating accident led Jim Daniels to his job as a game warden. Just minutes from Dallas, Cedar Hill State Park has some great mountain biking trails.

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10 years ago Texas Parks and Wildlife sank a 7000-ton ship 17 nautical miles off the coast of South Padre Island to create an artificial reef on the barren sandy bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. It has become a haven for marine life, anglers and divers.

Jim Daniels is a Texas Game Warden who turned a tragedy from his youth into a career helping people. We'll follow him as he patrols the sparsely populated counties north of Abilene.

Just minutes away from Dallas, Cedar Hill State Park has a set of trails fit for all levels of mountain bikers. One reason riders find the trails so bike-friendly is the cyclists themselves build and maintain them.

Divers at the Texas Clipper see how the marine life has changed in just ten years.

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Fish Structure, Beach Restoration & Turkey Return

Program 2607. November 26–December 2, 2017, and May 27–June 2, 2018

Fish Structure, Beach Restoration & Turkey Return

In northeast Texas, interested anglers are sinking structures and seeding plants to improve waters for fish and fishermen. Restoring lost coastal dunes is a big task, but several groups are working together to replenish these important habitats....

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As reservoirs age, natural places for fish to find food and shelter can be lost. So crews in Northeast Texas are sinking some strange-looking structures and seeding native plants to improve the situation for both fish and fishermen.

A storm ravaged beach along the upper Texas Coast is on the mend. McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge used to have miles and miles of sand dunes that protected the largest remaining freshwater marsh on the Texas Coast. Hurricanes and erosion have wiped out many of these dunes, and now work is underway to restore them.

When John Sewell took over management of the Harris Ranch in Uvalde and McKinney counties 20 years ago, it was difficult to find a Rio Grande Wild Turkey on the property. The 17,000 acres had been severely overgrazed to the point that grass was minimal and forbs for deer were all but gone. Today, turkey and deer hunting are the primary source of income for the ranch along with the honey bees that help to pollinate plants and create more ground cover.

Managing the security and operability of over 1,700 mobile devices, Jesse Segura keeps Texas Parks and Wildlife talking, texting and communicating.

Hummingbirds flock to the feeders at South Llano River State Park.

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Pecos Pupfish, Fishing Educator & D-Day Remembered

Program 2608. December 3–9, 2017, and June 3–9, 2018

Pecos Pupfish, Fishing Educator & D-Day Remembered

The Pecos Pupfish is on the edge of extinction, but biologists are working to keep this tiny fish alive in west Texas. Fishing hall of famer Bobby Whiteside has devoted his life to education and research about our aquatic resources. Veterans of D-Day...

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We follow along with some biologists that are worried about a tiny fish that is on the edge of extinction.

Bobby Whiteside has devoted his life to leading efforts in education and research about our aquatic resources. More than a role model in the field of freshwater fishing, he is an avid fisherman and never met a student he couldn't teach.

D-Day marked the turning point in World War II. It was also a turning point in the lives of those who were there. Visit with some of the veterans of the Battleship TEXAS as they get together to relive old memories, and rekindle old friendships.

Take a tour of the wetlands at Sea Rim State Park.

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100 Mile Hike, 3 Mile Revival & Alamito Creek

Program 2609. December 10–16, 2017, and June 10–16, 2018

100 Mile Hike, 3 Mile Revival & Alamito Creek

Discover the Lone Star Hiking Trail with a young college student on her first ever long-distance hike. With selective cedar removal and a passion for native grasses, a family in the Hill Country has revived Three Mile Creek and the land that surrounds...

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Follow a young hiker on her first long-distance hike on the longest trail in Texas: The Lone Star Hiking Trail. Share in her triumphs, along with fatigue, blisters, and ticks.

With selective cedar removal, grazing and wildlife management, and a passion for native grasses, a family in the Hill Country has revived Three Mile Creek and the land that surrounds it.

Located in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas, where dry is the norm, Alamito Creek stands out as a tiny oasis.

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Bird Man, Fishing Support & Powderhorn Legacy

Program 2610. December 17–23, 2017, and June 17–23, 2018

Bird Man, Fishing Support & Powderhorn Legacy

Cliff Shackelford's lifelong love of birds led him to career in conservation. Cliff is truly Texas's Bird Man. Gulf States Toyota has been honored for their commitment to promoting bass fishing for youth and families. The expansive Powderhorn...

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Cliff Shackelford has dedicated his career to advancing bird conservation and education in Texas. Published in scientific articles and books, authoritative science is at the heart of Cliff's work, powered by a love for the beauty and mystery seen only in the world of birds. And he can do a lot of bird calls.

As one of the founders of The Toyota Texas Bass Classic, Gulf States Toyota has been instrumental in promoting bass fishing and recruiting youth and families into the outdoors through fishing.

Through the efforts of many agencies and organizations, the largest remaining undisturbed track of land on the Texas coast has been acquired for conservation and restoration of native habitats and wildlife. Powderhorn Ranch is a unique and significant biological and recreational asset that will be an important asset for wildlife and outdoor recreation for future generations.

A father and son, armed with a video camera, fight city litter, and raise awareness about the impacts of urban trash on water, fish, and wildlife.

Known as the birthplace of Texas independence, this East Texas park features a living history farm, a reconstructed Independence Hall, and the Star of the Republic Museum. It's a place where you can touch and taste history.

Enjoy a relaxing morning at Lake Corpus Christi State Park.

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Mule Deer, Game Warden Aid & Wild Wings

Program 2611. December 24–30, 2017, and June 24–30, 2018

Mule Deer, Game Warden Aid & Wild Wings

A large scale research project is looking into how agriculture may affect mule deer movements and survival in the Texas Panhandle. A “crisis first aid” team provides counseling to game warden officers and first responders in need of...

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A large scale research project is taking a closer look at mule deer in the Texas Panhandle. Three Texas universities have teamed up with the Parks and Wildlife Department to determine how agriculture may affect mule deer movements and survival in this region.

Referred to as the peer support team, the Texas Game Warden Critical Incident Response Team gives support to law enforcement officers, first responders and others in need of emotional support. The team provides “crisis first aid” to those in need from officers trained to provide counseling and support

When Rod and Mary Hench bought a ranch in Scurry County, Texas, they envisioned a place to go quail hunting. It's taken a few years to turn the overgrazed scrub land into a haven for all kinds of wildlife, but they've done it bit by bit. Today the Wild Wings Ranch has quail, dove, white tail deer, mule deer and turkey.

Get ready to actually ride your bike in the mountains, the largest sustained mountain range in Texas, in fact! From downright nasty single track to some easy open riding, Franklin Mountains State Park has some of the best mountain biking trails in the state.

The South Llano River is a great place to swim, or just relax.

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Nesting Shrikes, Beautiful Butterflies & Outdoor Families

Program 2612. December 31, 2017–January 6, 2018, and July 1–7, 2018

Nesting Shrikes, Beautiful Butterflies & Outdoor Families

The Loggerhead Shrike is a songbird with a raptor's habits. Some Shrikes have found a nice nesting place in a busy central Texas park. Butterflies bring beauty and business to Texas each year. Are we being good hosts? Texas Outdoor Family was...

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The Loggerhead Shrike is a songbird with a raptor's habits. They skewer their meals on barbed wire or thorns for easy eating. Some Shrikes have also found a nice nesting place in a busy Round Rock, Texas park.

On April 21, 1836, Texas won its independence when an outnumbered Texan Army defeated Mexican forces on the plains of San Jacinto. The Monument built in remembrance of the battle stands on the flat Texas wetlands along the Houston ship channel. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the history of Texas - a soaring monument to commemorate a small battle with huge consequences.

Some fragile flying insects bring beauty and business to Texas each year. Are we being good hosts?

Texas Outdoor Family was created to help those with very little experience in the outdoors or in state parks, to find the joys of the outdoors “with no experience necessary”.

Stephen Ramirez is a San Marcos based photographer who, during his travels and work with the Texas Land Conservancy, focuses on landscape photography of natural areas in the state.

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Eye in the Sky, Saving Prairies & Sheldon Lake

Program 2613. January 7–13, 2018, and July 8–14, 2018

Eye in the Sky, Saving Prairies & Sheldon Lake

See how biologists use satellite transmitters to learn about the lives and habits of Texas wildlife. The pristine coastal prairie landscape is disappearing at a rapid rate in Texas. Meet some of these people who are working to restore coastal prairies...

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Technology just keeps getting better, and as a result so does our knowledge of wildlife. With the use of satellite transmitters placed on wildlife we are learning more and new things about the lives and habits of Texas' wildlife. See how biologists gather information about the lives of desert bighorn sheep as they move the through the mountains of west Texas and Mexico, and the endangered Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle as they travel the Gulf of Mexico.

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center is a 2,800 acre park that has been surrounded by development over the past fifty years. Today, the park boasts a diverse habitat, including prairie, marsh, and woods. It's an oasis for both wildlife and people, just minutes from Downtown Houston.

The pristine coastal prairie landscape is disappearing at a rapid rate in Texas. Once covering millions of acres, less than a tenth of a percent of the original prairie remains. But there is a movement underway to turn things around. Meet some of these prairie patriots who are working to restore coastal prairies back to Texas.

Boaters are asked to stay clear of rookery islands during water-birds nesting season along the coast. Biologists say it only takes two minutes for an abandoned egg to cook in the Texas sun or a newborn chick to parish in the heat or be left to predation. Boaters and anglers can help out by being aware of their actions and allowing plenty of space for the birds.

Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the west Texas sky.

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El Paso Envoy, Fighting Fires & an Aquatic Advisor

Program 2614. January 14–20, 2018, and July 15–21, 2018

El Paso Envoy, Fighting Fires & an Aquatic Advisor

For state park ambassador Clara Cobb, a day in El Paso might include empanadas, bouldering, ancient legends, and a happy-hour hike. See what it takes to be on the frontlines as part of Parks and Wildlife's Wildland Fire Team. Always wanting to...

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A day in El Paso might include empanadas, bouldering, ancient legends, and a happy-hour hike. Join Hueco Tanks ambassador Clara Cobb doing her favorite activities.

Now more than ever Texans realize the importance of skilled firefighters, as 2011 was one of the worst wildfire years on record. See what it takes to be on the frontlines as part of Parks and Wildlife's Wildland Fire Team.

Always wanting to teach and share her knowledge, Jackie Robinson a leader in providing expert advice for the promotion and protection of healthy aquatic ecosystems.

The annual winter stocking of rainbow trout in the Guadalupe River is a much anticipated event. Check out some of the best spots to go to catch these feisty freshwater fish.

Pedernales Falls State Park is known for its falls of course. Lesser known are the 20 or so miles of hike and bike trails. Take a tour of the trails on two wheels.

Enjoy sunset in the marsh of Galveston Bay.

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Shrimping Life, Brazos Bend & Bathing Bobwhites

Program 2615. January 21–27, 2018, and July 22–28, 2018

Shrimping Life, Brazos Bend & Bathing Bobwhites

Five generations of the Stringo family have been shrimpers on the Texas coast. While most of the family have given up, there is one Stringo still on the water. Known as a nature-lovers paradise, the diverse ecosystems of Brazos Bend State Park attracts...

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Shrimping is and has always been a way of life for the Stringo family. Five generations of Stringos have shrimped the Gulf and Bays of Texas. But times are tough, and while most of the family have given up, there is one Stringo still on the water.

Known as a nature-lovers paradise, the diverse ecosystems of Brazos Bend State Park attracts equally diverse people from the nearby metropolis of Houston. Learn about some of the things visitors enjoy doing at this popular state park.

Meet a man in Utopia who helps save souls, when he isn't helping save lasting mementos of hunting and fishing trips.

Get an up close look at a bat few folks ever get to see. Travel to east Texas and visit the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, to catch a glimpse of the rare Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat.

Bobwhite Quail cool off and chow-down in a Panhandle cotton field.

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West Texas Wetlands, Cave People & Sharing Space

Program 2616. January 28–February 3, 2018, and July 29–August 4, 2018

West Texas Wetlands, Cave People & Sharing Space

In one of the driest regions of Texas, ingenious landowners are creating their own wetlands to attract birds and birders. Meet the Michaux family, owners of Salado's Solana Ranch. For over 50 years this family has combined cattle, hunting and...

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In the driest region of Texas, meet some ingenious landowners who created their own desert oasis'. From Presidio to Balmorhea, new man made wetlands are attracting not only birds but some excited birders. And if you head to one particular oasis you'll see one of the rarest hummingbirds found in the United States.

Solana Ranch near Salado, Texas has been in the Michaux family since 1950. Through the family's cattle and hunting operations, they've held this special piece of property together in the face of development pressure in one of the fastest growing areas of the state.

Who knows what darkness lurks deep in the heart of Texas? Cavers know! There are thousands of known caves in Texas and more yet to be discovered. Join some modern day cave explorers as they duck, climb, crawl, and squeeze their way through the dark and mysterious world that exists beneath our feet.

The Rita Blanca National Grassland is 92,000 wide open acres straddling the Texas and Oklahoma border. This shortgrass prairie is home to pronghorn antelope, prairie dogs, and a variety of songbirds.

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A Memorable Hunt, El Carmen Conservation & Parrots

Program 2617. February 4–10, 2018, and August 5–11, 2018

A Memorable Hunt, El Carmen Conservation & Parrots

Family, friends, and community join together for a hunt honoring the memory of Jacob Krebs whose dream of becoming a Navy Seal ended tragically. A wildlife refuge along the Texas-Mexico border protects vital dispersal corridors for large mammals and is...

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A young man's dream to become a Navy Seal and serve his country ends too quickly, but his values and family and community love sparks new opportunities and even life for many others. The Harper WildlifeAssociation Youth Hunt in Memory of Jacob Krebs is now an annual event providing first time hunting opportunities to youth who come from a military background.

A wildlife refuge along the Texas-Mexico border protects vital dispersal corridors for large mammals and is a major migration corridor for birds. Wildlife managers Bonnie and Billy Pat McKinney are busy restoring this precious piece of Chihuahuan Desert.

Bird-enthusiasts in the Rio Grande Valley are turning their attention to a bird with a strong personality about which researchers know very little: the Red-Crowned Parrot. Threatened by habitat loss and the pet trade, the Red-Crowned Parrot has moved to the cities of south Texas, while researchers and volunteers are just now learning the basics about this quirky bird.

Observe some majestic Bighorn Sheep roaming the Trans-Pecos region of Texas.

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El Camino Real, Songbird Habitat & a Night Hike

Program 2618. February 11–17, 2018, and August 12–18, 2018

El Camino Real, Songbird Habitat & a Night Hike

Travel across Texas on the Camino Real de los Tejas, and meet a man on a mission to highlight the history, places, and culture of this centuries-old pathway. On an overgrazed piece of land an hour east of Austin, a family's work in restoring...

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New awareness is being brought to a centuries-old pathway, the Camino Real de los Tejas. Meet a man on a mission to highlight its history, and the places and cultures it connects, as we trace a National Historic Trail through Texas.

Looking to get away from their home in the big city, Mark and Cheryl Brown bought an overgrazed piece of land an hour east of Austin. Their work in restoring native songbird habitat has grown from a hobby to a passion, and they're looking to spread the message.

Sun, sand, and surfing are not just found at the beach. Visit Monahans Sandhills State Park near Midland-Odessa and surf, slide, or tumble down the dunes for some family fun.

Join a black light night hike at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin.

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Planting Pines, Texas Quail & Trinity Paddling

Program 2619. February 18–24, 2018, and August 19–25, 2018

Planting Pines, Texas Quail & Trinity Paddling

Greg Grant and his family have been restoring pines on their family land, just so the birds and the bugs can live off the decaying trees. See what's happening with Texas' four species of quail as their habitats have been fragmented and...

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Deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas, you'll meet a tree hugger that does things a bit different. Greg Grant has restored his family land, working hard to create pine savannahs, and pine forests. Now that they are established he's been killing his pine trees ever since.

Texas has long been known for its robust quail populations, but habitat loss has impacted all four quail species in the state. Though their homes range from desert floodplain and brush land to prairie grasslands, these quail species need native habitat to thrive. Find out how researchers, non-profits, and landowners and managers are working together to keep quail numbers healthy statewide.

Close to the Red River in both location and hue, this North Texas park offers family fun and fine fishing.

Grab a paddle and hit the river, wherever you live there is a paddling trail nearby. For folks in Dallas there's one right in the heart of the city. The Dallas Trinity Paddling Trail is 10.2 miles of unexpected fun.

Enjoy a night kite flight at Bastrop State Park.

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Hunting as a Refuge, Recreation Outreach & Night Skies

Program 2620. February 25–March 3, 2018, and August 26–September 1, 2018

Hunting as a Refuge, Recreation Outreach & Night Skies

Meet a woman who finds refuge from Autism by spending time in the woods. Kim Sorensen works tirelessly to promote outdoor recreation, state park use and environmental literacy to traditionally underserved groups in the Houston area. And she does it all...

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For Robin Bradbery the outdoors is what she calls her “happy place.” That's no surprise, lots of folks rush to nature for the release. But for Robin, it's more than that, it's a chance for her to escape the challenges of living with Autism.

The Bison that roam the prairies of Caprock Canyons State Park have some little friends. Check out the park's prairie dog town and the furry animals that call it home.

Kim Sorensen works tirelessly to promote outdoor recreation, state park use and environmental literacy to traditionally underserved groups in the Houston area. And she does it all with a really big smile.

The Davis Mountains have some of the best views in the world for stargazing. Meet the astronomer working to protect the dark skies in West Texas and to keep away light pollution.

At Enchanted Rock State Natural Area rock climbers get a grip in a hurry, or not so fast.

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College Climbers, Sinking Trees & the Turkey Dude

Program 2621. March 4–10, 2018, and September 2–8, 2018

College Climbers, Sinking Trees & the Turkey Dude

Meets some of the students on the national champion University of Texas club climbing team, and see what it takes to excel at this demanding sport. See how recycling Christmas trees for underwater habitat for fish makes for improved angling...

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People have been climbing rocks since rocks were invented, but college climbing teams are a new thing. Meets some of the students on the national champion University of Texas club climbing team, and see what it takes to excel at this demanding sport.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries staff and the Still Waters Bass Club placed 150 Christmas trees into Stamford Reservoir near Abilene to enhance angling opportunities on the lake.

In coordination with several partners, Jason Hardin is helping to successfully bring wild turkeys back to east Texas. Because of his research and coordination with other agencies and groups, the turkeys are gobbling again in the piney woods.

Meet some landlords looking out for their tenants at a small high-rise condo complex that's completely for the birds. Purple martins seem to need people, and the birds provide some rewards for those who watch out for them.

Hang out at Guadalupe River State Park on a windy day.

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Goliad Experience, El Paso Owls & the Marine Identifier

Program 2622. March 11–17, 2018, and September 9–15, 2018

Goliad Experience, El Paso Owls & the Marine Identifier

Goliad State Park & Historic Site is known for its rich cultural history. What is lesser known is the park's vast recreational opportunities. Get a bird's-eye view of some owls that make their home in El Paso's underground. Meet a...

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If you've been to Goliad State Park & Historic Site, you're probably familiar with the rich cultural history of the site. What you might not have experienced are the outdoor activities at the park; like camping, nature hikes, biking, and paddling the nearby Goliad Paddling Trail. There's a lot to do here no matter you primary interest.

Some owls in El Paso have a fancy new home, complete with a surveillance system, which gives biologists a bird's-eye view of owl life.

Brenda Bowling just can't stop herself from identifying marine animals. She collected such a large database of information that she created an interactive website called "Identification Guide to Marine Organisms of Texas" with over 2,000 photographs.

With two teens and a toddler, the Gibson family has a hectic schedule. But every year they squeeze in time to volunteer at the Texas Coastal Expo. Mom, dad and the kids all pitch in to help other families learn about the natural world. In return, the Gibsons say they've learned a lot about themselves.

A small waterhole on the Santa Clara Ranch in Hidalgo County, Texas is a great place for some of the local wildlife to replenish and refresh.

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Bald Eagles, Catching & Cooking Crappie

Program 2623. March 18–24, 2018, and September 16–22, 2018

Bald Eagles, Catching & Cooking Crappie

Meet a couple of guys who live to catch crappie, and want to help you learn all about these fantastic fish. Now that you've got some crappie in the boat, it's time to make 'em into a tasty meal, frying style. The Bald Eagle is no longer...

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Meet Tommy Tidwell, a high school science teacher and part time crappie fishing guide. Tommy spends a lot of time helping anglers learn the finer points of crappie catching. Then there's Mr. Crappie, Wally Marshall. Everything Wally does revolves around his favorite fish. Everything.

Ok, so now you've got some crappie in the boat. It's time to make 'em into a tasty meal, frying style. TPWD resident chef Tim Spice shows us how.

The Bald Eagle is now off the endangered species list, and more Eagles are calling Texas home. We visit a couple of Eagle nests, and learn that these birds now have a new challenge on the horizon.

Enjoy some spectacular landscape views near Big Bend National Park.

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East Texas Turkeys, Old Tunnel Bats & Returning Bass

Program 2624. March 25–31, 2018, and September 23–29, 2018

East Texas Turkeys, Old Tunnel Bats & Returning Bass

Successful efforts to restore the Eastern Wild Turkey to Texas have led to more turkeys and increased hunting opportunity. Once home to travelling trains, Old Tunnel State Park is now a seasonal home for millions of bats. See how biologists came up...

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Conservationist and hunter Terrance Jackson will be the first to tell you, “If Wild Turkeys could smell, they'd be nearly impossible to hunt.” Follow Terrance as he travels across East Texas working to restore and harvest the Eastern Wild Turkey.

Abandoned by train traffic long ago, a century-old tunnel near Fredericksburg has become a seasonal home for millions of bats. Now this small state park provides a grand wildlife viewing opportunity on summer evenings.

The official state fish, the Guadalupe Bass, has been restored to the South Llano River. Threatened by loss of habitat and hybridization with non-native, introduced Smallmouth Bass, the Guadalupe Bass was close to being wiped out. We'll learn what happened and how biologists figured out how to restore the Texas native back to the South Llano River.

Once a year, visitors to Goliad State Park & Historic Site can witness what is known as “The Illumination.” The Franciscan missionaries designed Mission Espiritu Santo so that on April 16th, the setting sun would shine through a window on the west end of the building, and illuminate the crucifix in the east end of the chapel.

In the heart of the hill country is the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, and here you will find the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler. Join some biologists as they monitor these unique birds during their nesting season.

Some ducks take a dip on a winter morning at Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

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Hunting Dogs, Swift Foxes & South Llano Leisure

Program 2625. April 1–7, 2018, and September 30–October 6, 2018

Hunting Dogs, Swift Foxes & South Llano Leisure

Witness the best of the best hunting dogs in action as they compete at the Master National retriever competition. The Swift Fox is seldom seen in Texas. Researchers are working to learn if time is running out for this Panhandle Plains animal. South...

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Witness the best of the best hunting dogs in action as they compete at the Master National retriever competition. Learn what it takes to breed and train a top-level hunting dog.

This Texas hill country park, near the town of Junction, has the cure for what ails you. Tubing for the summer sizzle, biking for the weekend warrior, birding for the quiet escape, and some serious fly-fishing for those that crave a tug on the line.

One fleet little fox is seldom seen. Is it vanishing from its range in Texas? A crew of researchers labors long hours to learn if time is running out for this elegant animal in the Panhandle Plains.

Enjoy a misty morning along the water at The Big Woods on the Trinity.

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K-9 Wardens, the Trailer Camera & Grasslands Sunset

Program 2626. April 8–14, 2018, and October 7–13, 2018

K-9 Wardens, the Trailer Camera & Grasslands Sunset

Searching for hidden game, missing people, or playing with a tennis ball, it's all in day's work for K-9 commissioned Texas Game Wardens. Camera technology has changed the way people take pictures, but one Texas artist likes to capture images...

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Game Wardens do a lot of varied tasks with a wide variety of tools. One of their tools has a fuzzy face and four legs. Meet the Texas Game Warden K-9's. Searching for hidden game, weapons, missing people, or playing with a tennis ball, it's all in day's work for these canine commissioned Texas Game Wardens.

The geographic center of the World Birding Center network is Estero Llano Grande State Park. What was once farmland is now a 176-acre refuge for a spectacular array of South Texas wildlife. The mix of thorn forest and man-made wetlands make it a popular destination for birds and birders.

Camera technology has changed the way people take pictures, but one Texas artist likes to capture images the old way. Ian Kasnoff has turned a 16-foot long trailer into a camera, complete with darkroom. Follow Ian as he documents some Texas state parks with his travelling trailer camera.

Sit back and take in the sights and sounds of the soothing sunset at the Rita Blanca National Grasslands.

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Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

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.