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PBS Preview February 18-24, 2018

Preview for the February 18-24, 2108 Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show, #2619. East Texas pine planter, status of quail, Lake Arrowhead State Park, Trinity River paddling, kite night flight. Find out where to watch at

PBS Preview February 25-March 3, 2018

Preview for the February 25-March 3, 2108 Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show, #2620. Find out where to watch at

PBS Preview March 4-10, 2018

Preview for the March 4-10, 2018 Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show, #2621. College rock climbers, creating fish habitat, the turkey dude, purple martins, Guadalupe River State Park. Find out where to watch at

PBS Show February 11-17, 2018, #2618

Program 2618. Air dates February 11-17, 2018 & August 12-18, 2018 El Camino Real, Songbird Habitat & Sand Surfing Tracing a Timeless Trail 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. Lone Star Land Steward: Brown Ranch 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. Surfing the Sands at Monahans 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. Postcard From Texas Join a black light night hike at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin.

PBS Show February 4-10, 2018, #2617

Program 2617. Air dates February 4-10, 2018 & August 5-11, 2018 A Memorable Hunt, El Carmen Conservation & Parrot People In Memory of Jacob Krebs 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 Wildlife Association 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. Lone Star Land Steward: El Carmen Land & Cattle Co. 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. Parrot People 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. Postcard From Texas Observe some majestic Bighorn Sheep roaming the Trans-Pecos region of Texas.

PBS Show January 28-February 3, 2018, #2616

Program 2616. Air dates January 28- February 3, 2018 & July 29-August 4, 2018 West Texas Wetlands, Cave People & Sharing Space West Texas Wetlands 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. Lone Star Land Steward: Solana Ranch 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. Cave People 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. Postcard From Texas 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.

PBS Show January 21-27, 2018, #2615

Program #2615. Air dates January 21-27, 2018 & July 22-29, 2018 Shrimping Life, Brazos Bend & Bathing Bobwhites The Last of the Stringos 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. Brazos Bend State Park 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. Preaching Taxidermy Meet a man in Utopia who helps save souls, when he isn’t helping save lasting mementos of hunting and fishing trips. Rafinesque’s Big-eared Bats 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. Postcard From Texas Bobwhite Quail cool off and chow-down in a Panhandle cotton field.

PBS Show January 14-20, 2018, #2614

Program 2614. Air dates January 14-20, 2018 & Juley 15-21, 2018 El Paso Envoy, Fighting Fires & an Aquatic Advisor El Paso Envoy 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. The Firefighters 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Jackie Robinson 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. Waiting for Winter Trout 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 Bike Trails 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. Postcard from Texas Enjoy sunset in the marsh of Galveston Bay.

PBS Show January 7-13, 2018, #2613

Program 2613. Air dates January 7-13, 2018 & July 8-14, 2018 Eye in the Sky, Saving Prairies & Sheldon Lake Eye in the Sky 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 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 Last Stand 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. Guarding the Nest 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. Postcard From Texas Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the west Texas sky.

PBS Show December 31, 2017-January 6, 2018, #2612

Program 2612. Air dates December 31, 2017-January 6, 2018 & July 1-7, 2018 Nesting Shrikes, Beautiful Butterflies & Outdoor Families Settled In at Old Settlers 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. San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site 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.  Betting on Butterflies Some fragile flying insects bring beauty and business to Texas each year. Are we being good hosts? Parks & Wildlife People: Texas Outdoor Family Team 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". Postcard From Texas 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.

PBS Show December 24-30, 2017, #2611

Program 2611. Air dates December 24-30, 2017 & June 24-30, 2018 Mule Deer, Game Warden Aid & Wild Wings Mulies of the Plains 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Game Warden Critical Incident Response Team 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. Lone Star Land Steward: Wild Wings Ranch 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. Franklin Mountains Bike Trails 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. Postcard From Texas The South Llano River is a great place to swim, or just relax.

PBS Show December 17-23, 2017, #2610

Program 2610. Air dates December 17-23, 2017 & June 17-23, 2018 Bird Man, Fishing Support & Powderhorn Parks & Wildlife People: Cliff Shackelford 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. Fishing Hall of Fame: Gulf States Toyota 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. The Powderhorn Legacy 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. The Cup Crusaders 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. Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site 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. Postcard From Texas Enjoy a relaxing morning at Lake Corpus Christi State Park.

PBS Show December 10-16, 2017, #2609

Program 2609. Air dates December 10-16, 2017 & June 10-16, 2018 100 Mile Hike, 3 Mile Revival & Alamito Creek The Hundred-Mile Hike 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. Lone Star Land Steward: Three Mile Creek 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. Postcard From Texas Located in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas, where dry is the norm, Alamito Creek stands out as a tiny oasis.

PBS Show December 3-9, 2017, #2608

Program 2608. Air dates December 3-9, 2017 & June 3-9, 2018 Pecos Pupfish, Fishing Educator & D-Day Remembered Pecos Pupfish on the Brink We follow along with some biologists that are worried about a tiny fish that is on the edge of extinction. Fishing Hall of Fame: Bobby Whiteside 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 +50 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. Postcard From Texas Take a tour of the wetlands at Sea Rim State Park.

PBS Show November 26-December 2, 2017, #2607

Program 2607. Air dates November 26-December 2, 2017 & May 27-June 2, 2018 Fish Structure, Beach Restoration & Turkey Return Hands-On Habitat 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. Restoring McFaddin Beach 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. Lone Star Land Steward: Harris Ranch 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Jesse Segura Managing the security and operability of over 1,700 mobile devices, Jesse Segura keeps Texas Parks and Wildlife talking, texting and communicating. Postcard From Texas Hummingbirds flock to the feeders at South Llano River State Park.

PBS Show November 19-25, 2017, #2606

Program 2606. Air dates November 19-25, 2017 & May 20-26, 2018 Ocean Oasis, the County Warden & Cedar Hill Bikes Texas Clipper: An Ocean Oasis 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. Warden of the County 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. Cedar Hill Bike Trails 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. Postcard From Texas Divers at the Texas Clipper see how the marine life has changed in just ten years.