TPW Television 2019-2020 Season

Park Arts, Boardwalk Birds, Pronghorn Puzzle

Program 2801 - October 13-19, 2019, and April 12-18, 2020

Park Arts, Boardwalk Birds, Pronghorn Puzzle

The beauty of a natural place takes on fresh dimension and draws different crowds when arts activities like sculpture, painting and photography are paired with parks. Hurricane Harvey wiped out one of the best birding boardwalks on the coast. But the...

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The beauty of a natural place takes on fresh dimension and draws some different crowds when arts activities like sculpture, painting and photography, are paired with parks.

Hurricane Harvey wiped out one of the best birding boardwalks on the coast. It's now back in business. Come enjoy the sights and sounds of this birding hot spot!

Firearm safety requires you to know where the muzzle is pointed at all times. Follow these basic safety rules for a safe, fun, enjoyable hunting trip.

Something is amiss with pronghorn antelope populations on the Marfa Plateau, but a coalition of landowners, biologists, and concerned citizens is on the case. Find out what is being done to bolster dwindling pronghorn numbers while researchers investigate possible reasons for the sudden decline.

Southeast of San Antonio is a restored prairie full of flowers. It's on the Kirchoff Family Farm.

Caddo Camping, Killam Wildlife, Shrimping Family

Program 2802 - October 20-26, 2019, and April 19-25, 2020

Caddo Camping, Killam Wildlife, Shrimping Family

Caddo Lake State Park is the ideal gateway to exploring the history and mystery of swampy Caddo Lake. The Killam Duval County Ranch is a real working ranch that is making its own way through cattle ranching and hunting leases. Five generations of the...

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Straddling the Texas-Louisiana border, swampy Caddo Lake in Northeast Texas has an unusual history and an enduring air of mystery. And Caddo Lake State Park is the ideal gateway to exploring the fascinating lake.

Thoughtfully managed and cared for, the Killam Duval County Ranch is a real working ranch that is successfully making its own way through cattle ranching and hunting leases. At 125,000 acres, on a scale much larger than most ranches, they have implemented planned grazing and strategic brush management resulting in habitat that is now thriving for both wildlife and cattle.

One of the top hunting violations in the state of Texas is no proof of hunter education. Learn the requirements to be complaint and to keep your hunt safe and enjoyable.

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.

Watch some bees and butterflies flit around some wildflowers in super-slow motion.

Good Dog, Coastal Birds, Invading Plants

Program 2803 - October 27-November 2, 2019, and April 26-May 2, 2020

Good Dog, Coastal Birds, Invading Plants

Witness the best of the best hunting dogs in action as they compete at the Master National retriever competition. The sounds of the waves, the peeps of a shorebird and a breeze in your face, birding at the beach is all this and more. Just because...

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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.

The sounds of the waves, a breeze in your face, and the peeps of a scurrying shorebird, you are birding at the beach and you didn't even know it. We visit a couple prime birding hot spots along the coast and we'll let you know where they are.

Just because it's pretty, doesn't mean it's good. Some common landscape plants are escaping our yards and causing problems for native plants and wildlife. Find out how to fight the invasion and grow “green” in more ways than one.

A fall flight above the changing colors of the Texas Hill Country.

Gargantuan Gar, Quail Research, A Big Bass

Program 2804 - November 3- 9, 2019, and May 3- 9, 2020

Gargantuan Gar, Quail Research, A Big Bass

Alligator gar are among the largest freshwater fish in Texas lakes and rivers. New research is revealing more information about the gargantuan gar. Visit the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, a place dedicated to studying all things quail. Ethel was...

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Alligator gar are among the largest freshwater fish lurking in Texas lakes and rivers. But because gar have not traditionally been seen as sport fish, much about them has remained a mystery. That is beginning to change, however, as anglers seek them out. New research is revealing more information about the gargantuan gar, and these misunderstood monsters of the deep are starting to get some respect.

Quail are the most imperiled game bird in Texas. Their survival means the survival of small towns like Roby, Texas, which depends on hunting dollars. That's the mission of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch; a place dedicated to study every factor that impacts quail abundance, which in turn, helps all grassland songbirds.

When hunting in a group, each hunter has a safe zone of fire. Find out how to determine where that safe zone is, and why it's so important.

Ethel was the very first bass in the ShareLunker Program. She became a symbol of how good management and forward thinking could drive conservation efforts to wonderful results. Over the years, millions of people have traveled to see Ethel, only a few were aware of the dramatic events behind Ethel's survival, and because of her survival, the establishment of the ShareLunker Program.

Enjoy some of the wildlife photography of writer/photographer Russell Graves.

Counting Parrots, Interpreting Parks, Woodpecker Search

Program 2805 - November 10-16, 2019, and May 10-16, 2020

Counting Parrots, Interpreting Parks, Woodpecker Search

Avian enthusiasts in south Texas are turning their attention to a bird which researchers know little about: the Red-Crowned Parrot. Regional Interpretive Specialists teach park staff about a state park's natural and cultural resources. In 2005,...

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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.

Teaching the teachers is the focus of the Regional Interpretive Specialists Team. They help to educate the public who visit Texas State Parks by teaching the staff at the parks about the park's natural, historical and cultural resources.

In 2005 news of the extinct Ivory Billed Woodpecker being found in the woods of Arkansas electrified the birding community. Now a team is searching for the elusive Ivory Billed here in Texas. We followed the Texas team for six months as they explore the bird's historic range, The Big Thicket National Preserve in East Texas. From using state of the art technology to good ole foot power, see what it takes to try and find a bird that hasn't been seen in 60 years.

Take in the sights and sounds of the abundant wildlife on the Killam Duval County Ranch.

Shrimp Science, Family Prairie, Big Bend Blooms

Program 2806 - November 17-23, 2019, and May 17-23, 2020

Shrimp Science, Family Prairie, Big Bend Blooms

Introduced diseases could pose a serious threat to native shrimp and an entire industry. See how scientists and saltwater anglers play a role in keeping Texas shrimp stocks healthy. The Kirchoff family has spent 10 years restoring the native prairie...

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Shrimping in Texas is a billion-dollar business, but concerns are mounting that introduced diseases could pose a serious threat to native shrimp and an entire industry. See how scientists and saltwater anglers play a role in keeping Texas shrimp stocks healthy.

Siblings Don, Brenda, Scott and Susan Kirchoff have spent 10 years restoring the native prairie grasses that once dominated their family's 200 acres. Today it is under a conservation easement with Native Prairies Association of Texas, ensuring that it won't be broken up into smaller pieces, keeping their prairie project intact for years to come.

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.

For the folks tasked with enforcing fish and game laws along 350 miles of coastline, going to the office can mean heading out to sea. Climb aboard with the Texas Game Wardens who patrol offshore to protect the state's precious Gulf resources.

Spring colors soften the rugged Chihuahuan desert landscape at Big Bend National Park.

Crazy Ants, Birding Legend, Pigfoot Deer

Program 2807 - November 24-30, 2019, and May 24-30, 2020

Crazy Ants, Birding Legend, Pigfoot Deer

Some invasive ants are driving biologists crazy, but new research into control methods is underway at the lab and in the field. Victor Emanuel has been chasing birds for over 70-years, and inspiring thousands of others to do the same. Dating back to...

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Some new invasive ants are driving biologists crazy, but new research into control methods is underway at the lab and in the field.

Victor Emanuel entered the birding world when, as a boy, he joined a small ornithology club in Houston. That was over seventy years ago, and since, he's been chasing birds over the world. Considered one of the preeminent birders anywhere, he has been an inspiration to tens of thousands of people. And even today, he's helping prep a new generation of naturalists that will solidify his legacy long after he puts down his binoculars.

The story of the Pigfoot Ranch is not one of stark before and after, but rather of a long-time legacy of excellent land stewardship. Dating back to 1885, the Head Family has worked to preserve Pigfoot's pristine native prairie savannahs and its crystal-clear creeks. Not to mention one of the best sunset views you can find in Central Texas.

Join a team of fisheries technicians as they perform a creel survey on Lake Conroe. Fisheries biologists doing creel surveys interview anglers, measure fish, and track the number of hours fished. These surveys help get information about the fishing quality and the health of fish populations in the lake.

Near the geographical center of Texas, this park offers an atmosphere of rustic beauty and tranquility with hiking, camping, boating and fishing opportunities. Many structures in use today were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930's from timber and native rock found in the park.

From Cypress trees to backwater bayous, enjoy the serenity of Caddo Lake, the largest naturally formed lake in Texas.

Bird Man, Night Hiker, Ocean Office

Program 2808 - December 1- 7, 2019, and May 31-June 6, 2020

Bird Man, Night Hiker, Ocean Office

Texas state ornithologist Cliff Shackelford answers all your bird questions on his “Bird Calls” radio show. One of Rick Torres' passions is leading families on night hikes at Ray Roberts Lake State Park. Exploring the depths of...

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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.

One of Rick Torres' passions is leading families on night hikes at Ray Roberts Lake State Park. Rick is able to reach visitors who would not otherwise be exposed to the natural, nocturnal world.

Exploring the depths of Texas' artificial reefs, documenting species of fish and coral, and monitoring the health of our reefs, these are all in a day's work for Dr. Brooke Shipley and Chris Ledford of the TPWD Artificial Reef Program. These two are fortunate enough to make the undersea world of the Gulf of Mexico their office.

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.

See some of the beauty from where Texas meets the Gulf of Mexico at the Packery Channel.

Woofing Wardens, Spring Saver, Birding Friends

Program 2809 - December 8-14, 2019, and June 7-13, 2020

Woofing Wardens, Spring Saver, Birding Friends

Searching for hidden game, weapons, missing people, or playing with a tennis ball, it's all in day's work for canine commissioned Texas Game Wardens. Chad Norris is working with a lot of different groups and people to save San Solomon...

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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.

San Solomon Springs in west Texas is a true oasis in the desert. But oil and gas production can threaten the spring, placing its endangered species at more risk. Teaming with universities, local citizens, federal conservation groups, and the oil and gas companies themselves, Chad Norris is working to save the springs.

A Classic Competition from the Coast is now statewide and open to all. How many different birds can be seen in a day, a morning, or from just one spot? Follow some folks who decided to find out.

Wild and wide-open vistas await visitors at San Angelo State Park.

Attwater's Last Dance, Coast Conservator, Tent Revival

Program 2810 - December 15-21, 2019, and June 14-20, 2020

Attwater's Last Dance, Coast Conservator, Tent Revival

Follow along as biologists struggle to save one of the most endangered birds in all of Texas, the Attwater's prairie chicken. Hurricanes cause terrible damage to coastal habitats. Rebecca Hensley is leading a team to monitor and preserve these...

 

Historically there used to be one million Attwater's prairie-chickens throughout the coastal prairies of Texas and Louisiana, now less than one percent remain. We follow along as biologists deal with one of the toughest breeding seasons on record, as they struggle to save one of the most endangered birds in all of Texas.

Hurricanes cause terrible damage to coasts, bays and wetlands. Rebecca Hensley is leading a team to monitor and preserve these valuable coastal assets.

Many families in cities have lost touch with the great outdoors and all it has to offer, but the Texas Outdoor Family program is here to help, getting folks with little camping experience outside for some weekend fun.

The west Texas desert may look harsh, but its unique plants are like nature's grocery store for the wildlife and humans who call the desert home. At first glance scrubby, thorny and spindly, Big Bend plants take on new beauty when you learn how to read them.

Watch the waves reveal some reflections on the beach at Port Aransas.

Palo Duro Spirits, Recruiting Opportunity, Winter Waterfowl

Program 2811 - December 22-28, 2019, and June 21-27, 2020

Palo Duro Spirits, Recruiting Opportunity, Winter Waterfowl

Archeologists are working with tribal elders at Palo Duro Canyon State Park to unearth century-old artifacts and more accurately interpret area history. Nicolette Ledbury's passion is recruiting and providing opportunities for minorities,...

 

Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a park of immense beauty, but it also was the site of a historic battle. While the general facts about the 1874 Battle of Palo Duro Canyon are known, specific details are not. Archeologists are working with Native American tribe elders to unearth 100-year-old artifacts to more accurately depict the area's history. See what it takes to unearth artifacts from a battle that took place over a hundred years ago and learn more about Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the historic battle that took place there.

Nicolette Ledbury's passion is recruiting and providing opportunities for minorities, veterans, and women at Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Check out the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area, where the bottomland hardwood swamps make it the perfect place for wintering waterfowl.

Marshall Wright is an Austin blogger, a gourmet cook, and now a… hunter? Urbanites interested in healthy, tasty, locally-sourced foods are trying hunting for the first time. Follow Marshall as he learns about hunting from this new perspective.

Enjoy a bird's eye view of the Devils River as it passes through the Devils River State Natural Area Del Norte Unit in Val Verde County.

Fishing Fame, Hardwood Heaven, LBJ's Park

Program 2812 - December 29, 2019-January 4, 2020, and June 28-July 4, 2020

Fishing Fame, Hardwood Heaven, LBJ's Park

For more than 45 years Alan Haynes of Tyler has demonstrated a commitment to promoting fishing and the conservation of our natural resources. The overriding goal at the Lochridge Ranch is to enhance and conserve the native ecosystem. The Lyndon Baines...

 

Alan Haynes of Tyler is the former C.E.O. and President of The Sportster Inc. retail sporting goods chain and lifelong sportsman. For more than 45 years he has demonstrated through his professional work and personal contributions to the community a commitment to promoting fishing and the conservation of our natural resources.

The overriding management goal for the Cox family with Lochridge Ranch in Henderson and Anderson counties is to enhance and conserve the native ecosystem while maximizing the health, welfare and productivity of the local flora and fauna. Today's ranch is a far cry from the landscape that existed 50 years ago. Wetlands have been restored, upland timber thinned and burned, bottomland hardwoods reestablished, and fish and wildlife populations have responded accordingly.

The Lyndon Baines Johnson State Park and Historic Site is all about history, from the visitor center honoring our country's thirty-sixth president … to a living-history farm depicting life on the farmstead as it was back in 1918, when President Johnson was a young boy.

Follow along as biologists track Whooping Cranes at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Using satellite GPS technology, the team hopes to help protect this endangered species.

Enjoy a variety of prairie plants as the sun rises on a coastal prairie south of Houston.