TPW Television 2018-2019 Season

San Antonio Float, Green Jays & Fanthorp Inn

Program 2701. October 14–20, 2018, and April 14–20, 2019

San Antonio Float, Green Jays & Fanthorp Inn

Paddle a kayak within sight of downtown San Antonio on the Mission Reach Paddling Trail. As the Rio Grande Valley becomes more urbanized, habitat for wildlife is dwindling. To find out how Green Jays are adapting to the changing environment, biologists...

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When you think of a river adventure in San Antonio, the famous Riverwalk comes to mind. But there is a paddling trail of a different sort that's worth checking out.

As the Rio Grande Valley becomes more urbanized, habitat for wildlife is dwindling. To find out how Green Jays are adapting to the changing environment, biologists are trapping, tagging and tracking these colorful birds.

Near the spot where Texas declared independence from Mexico, and back when getting places was bumpier and sleeping was lumpier, a stagecoach stop on an old Spanish road evolved into a popular place for weary travelers to rest. Today it is known as Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site.

Prescribed fires by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are carefully planned events conducted by a specially trained and skilled crew. From the burn boss to the grunt and the engine to the drip torch, see what and who it takes to safely put on a prescribed fire.

Enjoy a day at the beach along the Colorado River.

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Hunters Welcome, Goldthwaite Goldmine & Some Deer

Program 2702. October 21–27, 2018, and April 21–27, 2019

Hunters Welcome, Goldthwaite Goldmine & Some Deer

Hunting is not only a tradition in small towns across Texas, it's also an important part of the local economy. Travel to Goldthwaite, population 1,687, for the opening weekend of deer season to see how this close knit community comes alive when...

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Hunting is not only a tradition in small towns across Texas, it's also an important part of the local economy. The people of Goldthwaite, Texas look forward to deer season as quality time with friends and family, and as a time when hunters spend vital dollars in the town's stores, gas stations and restaurants. Travel to Goldthwaite for the opening weekend of deer season to see how this quiet community comes alive when the hunters arrive.

With four camera crews documenting the opening weekend of deer season in Goldthwaite, there's plenty of bumbles, bruises, and bloopers that didn't quite make the first cut.

There are a lot of deer in Mills County, Texas. Here's a few.

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Huntsville State Park, Laborcitas Creek & Galveston Island

Program 2703. October 28–November 3, 2018, and April 28–May 4, 2019

Huntsville State Park, Laborcitas Creek & Galveston Island

Huntsville State Park opens a door to 2000 acres of outdoor adventure. Camp, mountain bike, or fish the day away on Lake Raven. Bucking the trends of fragmentation and non-native invasive grasses, the Laborcitas Creek Ranch is adding acreage and...

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Huntsville State Park opens a door to 2000 acres of outdoor adventure. You can camp, mountain bike, and of course fish the day away on Lake Raven. Your East Texas Pineywoods adventure awaits.

In 1990, current owners Berdon and Rolanette Lawrence began their loving relationship with this landscape, named the Laborcitas Creek Ranch. The ranch includes 16,000 acres of mostly classic brush country but also 40 acres of valuable wetlands. Bucking the trends of fragmentation and non-native invasive grasses, the Laborcitas Creek Ranch is adding acreage and diligently restoring native habitat to benefit diverse wildlife, from game animals to waterfowl and more.

The ancient art of storytelling gets a new twist when a group of students attempt to tell the story of Garner State Park using nothing but their phones.

A slithery copperhead sliding around your backyard is just about the last thing you would want to run into. Well imagine hundreds of them coming out, as you have a copperhead honey hole of sorts. That's exactly what's happening to one Texas landowner. He used to eliminate them, now he saves the snakes for science.

Take it slow on the beach at Galveston Island.

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Spicewood Ranch, ADA Hunt Help & East Texas Woods

Program 2704. November 4–10, 2018, and May 5–11, 2019

Spicewood Ranch, ADA Hunt Help & East Texas Woods

By acquiring land, resting it from grazing, and reducing deer numbers, one family began to restore their Hill Country ranch. Hunting blinds are not designed for people with disabilities. Inks Lake State Park has tackled that problem by building special...

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By acquiring land, resting it from grazing, and reducing deer numbers, the Harte family began to restore their Hill Country ranch. Through years of prescribed burns, native plant seeding efforts, and patience, their Spicewood Ranch is now a living library of plant diversity.

Most hunting blinds are not designed for people with disabilities. Inks Lake State Park northwest of Austin has tackled that problem by building special hunting blinds that are accessible for people with physical limitations.

What can old Texas trees teach us about our climate? One researcher is finding out. Follow him as he taps the secrets of the trees and learns the warnings they may hold for water planners.

For generations, Texans grew up seeing Texas Horned Lizards throughout much of the state. Today the threatened lizards are common only in certain spots, but research at the Muse Wildlife Management Area is investigating how lizards fare and where they go when they are relocated to restored habitat.

Enjoy a few moments of natural sights and sounds in the East Texas woods.

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Natural Connection, Room to Roam & Pocket Prairies

Program 2705. November 11–17, 2018, and May 12–18, 2019

Natural Connection, Room to Roam & Pocket Prairies

From the brush country of South Texas to the mountains of West Texas, meet two women whose outdoor interests are as different as the landscapes. The management goal of one West Texas ranch is to maintain native resources and provide ample habitat for...

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From the brush country of South Texas to the mountains of West Texas, two women have outdoor pursuits as different as the landscapes. These two mothers, one a hunter, and the other a hiker, meet and share their interests, growing a friendship and deepening their appreciation of the outdoors.

The ultimate resource management goal of this ranch in far West Texas is to promote, restore, and maintain native natural resources and provide ample habitat for native wildlife species. Ranch operator Stuart Sasser has been a proponent of pronghorn restoration efforts, and through fencing modifications has effectively defragmented the prairie system on the property for the benefit of antelope.

Urbanization has reduced the once 600,000 acre Katy Prairie near Houston, Texas to just 200,000 acres affecting many species of wildlife. Now the Katy Prairie Conservancy has partnered with nearly a dozen schools to create pocket prairies. These small urban prairies are helping wildlife as well as children to become healthier, happier and smarter.

The Mission Reach Paddling Trail is a great place to get outside and get some exercise very near to downtown San Antonio. You can float on the San Antonio River, ride a bike along the paved trails, or just watch for some wildlife.

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Turkey Work, Turkey Calls & Turkey Talk

Program 2706. November 18–24, 2018, and May 19–25, 2019

Turkey Work, Turkey Calls & Turkey Talk

On a ranch in South Texas, biologists are tapping the latest technology, and fitting turkey with tiny backpacks, to learn where the turkey lurk. Calling turkeys is an art. Get some tips on painting just the right sound. Meet the wild Texas turkey as it...

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On a ranch in South Texas, biologists are tapping the latest technology, and fitting turkey with tiny backpacks, to learn where the turkey lurk. With this data, scientists are gaining a better understanding of the habitat needs and preferences of Rio Grande turkey populations. See how these findings may benefit turkey and all who enjoy them.

Calling turkeys is an art. Here's some tips on painting just the right sound.

Hunting turkey in Texas can be like a game of chess; it's all about making the right moves. Follow along as a group of hunters gets out-smarted by these elusive gobblers again and again.

Meet the wild Texas turkey as it gobbles, struts and tantalizes turkey fans. Learn where turkeys live in Texas and how to “talkrdquo; turkey.

Decades of restocking the Eastern Wild Turkey has proven successful for some East Texas counties, but many areas still aren't seeing birds. A new research study will focus on some recently transplanted birds outfitted with GPS transmitters to find out what turkeys think is a good home

If you haven't seen enough turkeys by now, here's some more.

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Reading Green, Oyster Industry & Quality Water

Program 2707. November 25–December 1, 2018, and May 26–June 1, 2019

Reading Green, Oyster Industry & Quality Water

Austin's new central library a very green building, but the library's greenest feature may be up the rooftop garden. Texas oysters have endured everything from hurricanes to floods to drought. Now work is underway to help strengthen Texas...

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Building materials, natural lighting, and solar panels make Austin's new central library a very green building. But the library's greenest feature may be up on top. The rooftop garden, landscaped with native plants, is a rest stop for library patrons and urban pollinators alike.

Over the past decade, Texas oysters have endured everything from hurricanes to floods to drought. And that's got Oystermen feeling the pinch of less profits. Now work is underway to help strengthen Texas bays and the oyster industry.

Nelson Roach embodies the tenets of land stewardship through his holistic approach to managing this Camp County property near Daingerfield. Through creek-side improvements, Roach is improving instream flows and the quality of water flowing from his property into Lake O' The Pines Reservoir. He has worked tirelessly to establish quality habitat for wildlife, particularly toward reintroduction of Eastern wild turkey.

Grab your bike and enjoy some of the best mountain biking East Texas has to offer. We hit the hills and tackle the miles of single track trails at Tyler State Park.

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.

Enjoy an early morning on the Chihuahuan desert grasslands.

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Blue Suckers, Buffalo Soldiers & Lake Wichita

Program 2708. December 2–8, 2018, and June 2–8, 2019

Blue Suckers, Buffalo Soldiers & Lake Wichita

Biologists on the Colorado River are searching for a rare fish. It's called a Blue Sucker, and not much is known about this Texas native. When an aspiring nature photographer joins a group of Buffalo Soldier re-enactors, he discovers...

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Biologists on the Colorado River are searching for a rare fish. It's called a Blue Sucker, and not much is known about this Texas native. We follow along as a research team searches rapids and riffles on the Colorado, hoping to find, and learn more about this elusive fish.

When an aspiring nature photographer joins a group of Buffalo Soldier re-enactors, he discovers history's ultimate outdoorsmen.

If you love to paddle and you want to get away there is no better paddling trail than the one in Port O'Connor. From paddling the bays, to sliding through a saltwater marsh, this one of the best coastal paddling trails in the state.

Meet the courageous visionary and driving force behind the Lake Wichita Revitalization Project.

Winter winds blow and fall leaves fall as the seasons change.

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Kangaroo Rats, an Outdoor Writer & Saving Bats

Program 2709. December 9–15, 2018, and June 9–15, 2019

Kangaroo Rats, an Outdoor Writer & Saving Bats

The range of a unique hopping rodent has dwindled to just a few areas near the Red River. Researchers are racing to learn more about it before it disappears into the night. Meet Shannon Tompkins, outdoor writer, expert angler, and Texas Freshwater...

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The range of a unique hopping rodent has dwindled to just a few areas near the Red River. Researchers are in a race to learn more about it before it disappears into the night.

Not even a hurricane can stop Ron Day from keeping the Texas Parks & Wildlife phone and computer systems from working.

Meet Shannon Tompkins, outdoor writer, expert angler, and now a Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame member. Shannon is being honored for his long career covering the outdoor life in Texas, and for his passion for the environment.

A deadly fungal disease killing millions of hibernating bats is spreading through North America, with Texas in its path. Learn what biologists and conservationists are doing to prevent the deadly White Nose Syndrome from affecting Texas bats.

Start a Gulf of Mexico day the Galveston way, with a soothing sunrise scene from the seawall.

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Goliad Paddling, Protecting Deer & Conservation Art

Program 2710. December 16–22, 2018, and June 16–22, 2019

Goliad Paddling, Protecting Deer & Conservation Art

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. Protecting Texas' deer population is Ryan Schoeneberg's job and his passion....

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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.

Protecting Texas' deer population is Ryan Schoeneberg's job and his passion.

Through the vanishing art of lithography, a Fort Worth artist captures a conserved habitat and its wildlife in living color, while proceeds from his prints help save wild places, like pristine Powderhorn Ranch.

Hurricanes have taken a heavy toll on several East Texas state parks. We'll visit Martin Dies, Jr. and Village Creek State Parks to see how they are coming back from the loss of native trees.

Early canyon dwellers left clues to their lives on the stone walls of Seminole Canyon.

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Fort Richardson, Urban Biology & Fishing School

Program 2711. December 23–29, 2018, and June 23–29, 2019

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...

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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

Richard Heilbrun reaches a wide and diverse audience as an urban biologist.

The whistle blows, and the championship battle is underway. We're not talking about Texas high school football, it's the finals for high school fishing. The hottest sport to hit the south these days isn't on the field, it's in the water. Check out a profile on high school fishing.

Children growing up in increasingly urban areas need to understand to role that wildlife plays in our world, but not all teachers know enough to teach it. Project WILD is empowering teachers with the lessons and activities they need to educate the next generation of wildlife stewards.

Bees in bushes.

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Coastal Parkitecture, Bay Trawl & Alum Creek Toads

Program 2712. December 30, 2018–January 5, 2019, and 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...

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Coastal state parks need durable, versatile structures, and design students need projects. See what the Gulf Coast Design Lab at the University of Texas at 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. You never know what the nets will pull up.

The Alum Creek Wildlife Management Association's original mandate was on the recovery of the federally endangered Houston toad in Bastrop County. After wildfire devastated the community, the organization broadened its focus slightly to help WMA members recover their homes, properties and toad habitat. Land management practices implemented on member properties in recent years have contributed to an increase in both quantity and quality of habitat for the Houston toad as well as other native wildlife species that occur in the Lost Pines area of Texas.

Glide down the Navasota River at Fort Parker State Park.

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Oyster Shell Recycling, Bighorn Sheep & Looking for Bees

Program 2713. January 6–12, 2019, and 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...

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A unique recycling program is underway, and it's helping our bays. By returning old oyster shells up and down the coast, many Texas reefs are on the rebound.

This ranch in Clay County has been involved in active cattle operations since the 1930s, but underwent major changes after Deborah Clark and Emry Birdwell took ownership 13 years ago. Using high intensity/low duration grazing, they are able to maximize beef production and improve quail and other wildlife habitat at the same time. The grazing management practices are closely tied to the wildlife resource management goals.

Desert Bighorn Sheep used to roam freely in west Texas. By 1950 they had been wiped out by indiscriminate shooting and diseases spread by domestic sheep. During the 1960's and 70's TPWD began to restore the population of desert bighorns to west Texas. The program has been such a success and the population has grown to such numbers that in 2011 about 30 desert bighorns were released on public land at Big Bend Ranch State Park. For the first time since 1950 anyone willing to make a hike in the desert has the chance again of spotting one of these majestic animals in its natural environment.

A North Texas researcher investigates the health of our most productive native pollinators, and how we might simply help them bee.

Enjoy a popular East Texas Piney Woods getaway, from above the trees.

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Saving Sharks, Trail Family Ranch & Campus Camper

Program 2714. January 13–19, 2019, and 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...

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Sharks are disappearing from the world's oceans at an alarming rate and biologists are worried. From shark finning to unregulated fishing these apex predators are in trouble. We take a look at what's being done along the Texas coast to help save these wolves of the ocean.

Recognizing that habitat degradation didn't occur overnight, and neither does restoration, Justin and Tamara Trail have taken a step-by-step approach to managing their Shackelford County ranch. They have made strides in improving the land for wildlife, particularly bobwhite quail, turkey and deer through brush control, native plant restoration and other best management practices.

While most park hosts are retired folks with lots of free time, Palo Duro Canyon's youngest host has a very full schedule. By being a volunteer Lindsay Stroup found a way to save money on housing while attending college.

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.

Fall flowering plants host a lively party for a bounty of bees and butterflies.

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Wildlife Watchdogs, Lake Forkers & Good Guzzlers

Program 2715. January 20–26, 2019, and July 21–27, 2019

Wildlife Watchdogs, Lake Forkers & Good Guzzlers

Meet a team of biologists tasked with investigating oil spills or other environmental disasters affecting Texas wildlife. Since 1999 the Lake Fork Sportsman's Association has worked to protect and promote Lake Fork's natural resources. Join...

 

When there's an oil spill along the coast or down a small county creek the fish and wildlife that live there are often hit the hardest. When it's time to investigate meet the team of biologists who are called in to action

Since 1999 the Lake Fork Sportsman's Association has worked to protect and promote Lake Fork's natural resources. By working with government agencies, community organizations and local school, the association has helped interested anglers improve the fishery as well as the community.

Once upon a time, in a Wildlife Management Area far, far away, a group of dedicated conservationists put their skills to work, building special rainwater catchment systems, aka “guzzlers.” These magical guzzlers were designed to provide water for bighorn sheep, and any other animal looking for a drink in the desert.

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.

Take in a misty morning on the lake at Fort Parker State Park.

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Black-Capped Comeback, Making Signs & a Fishing Warden

Program 2716. January 27–February 2, 2019, and July 28–August 3, 2019

Black-Capped Comeback, Making Signs & a Fishing Warden

The black-capped vireo was once on the verge of extinction. But thanks to better conservation practices, vireo numbers have rebounded. At state parks, iconic brown and yellow signs help give you directions, and for decades they have all been made in...

 

Not very long ago, the black-capped vireo was considered on the verge of extinction. But thanks to changing attitudes and better conservation practices, this little bird's population has soared back into healthy numbers and off the endangered species list.

At state parks, iconic brown and yellow signs have told you where to go for years. And for decades they have all been made in the same shop at Bastrop State Park. The process is not as hands-on as it once was, but the Bastrop sign shop is still humming.

Helping those with disabilities catch their first fish is all in a day's work for this Texas Game Warden.

The Dundee Fish Hatchery near Wichita Falls has been producing fish for stocking in lakes and reservoirs since 1927. Severe drought forced the hatchery to stop production on 2011. But with recent rains Dundee is back in business and the fish are flowing again.

Carry extra water and pack some spare tubes. It's worth the trouble to hit the trails of Texas' mountain biking Mecca, Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Riffles, rapids and waterfalls. Enjoy a fall morning on the Devils River.

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Texas Walker, Wildlife's Legal Eagle & Chester Island

Program 2717. February 3–9, 2019, and August 4–10, 2019

Texas Walker, Wildlife's Legal Eagle & Chester Island

Follow Dave Roberts in his unfolding adventure as he explores the Texas state park system one step at a time. The required legal process to protect our natural resources isn't glamorous work, but Robert Macdonald makes it as fun as possible....

 

Dave Roberts didn't know much about Texas, so he decided to crisscross it, from east to west, entirely on foot. Follow this walker of Texas ranges in his unfolding adventure as he explores the state's park system one step at a time.

The required, legal process to protect our natural resources isn't glamorous work, but Robert Macdonald makes it as fun as possible.

One of the most important rookery islands on the Texas coast is in trouble. Chester Island in Matagorda Bay is slowly shrinking, as the shoreline is eroding at an alarming rate. But now efforts are underway to save the island and help the thousands of birds that nest there.

Take a two-wheeled trip through the renewing Bastrop State Park.

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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.