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PBS Show - Trail Taming Troubadour, Prairie Dogs, Skimmer Savers, #2814


Program 2814, Air Dates January 12-18, 2020 & July 12-18, 2020 Trail Taming Troubadour, Prairie Dogs, Skimmer Savers The Ballad of John Talley Meet a mechanic and mountain-biking musician who has been taming trails in San Angelo for decades and who considers the local state park a hidden treasure. The Prairie Dogs of Caprock Canyon 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. Skimmer Savers You see it flying along Texas beaches skimming the surface of the water, it’s the Black Skimmer, and it’s in trouble. Take a look at efforts underway to save one of the most threatened coastal birds in Texas. Postcard From Texas Visit some savannahs, pastures and bottomlands in the woods of East Texas.

PBS Show - Disaster Response, Farm Heritage, Rookery Island Erosion, #2813


Program 2813, Air dates January 5-11, 2020 & July 5-11, 2020 Disaster Response, Farm Heritage, Rookery Island Erosion Texas Game Warden Search & Rescue Disaster Response Texas Game Wardens help protect our lands, our waters, our fish, our wildlife, our property, our environment, but also our lives. The Texas Game Warden Search and Rescue Disaster Response Team is here to help in times of need. Lone Star Land Steward: Vacek Family Farm By keeping their Central Texas farm in agriculture for more than a century, Rick Castello and the Vacek family honor their heritage. By restoring native grasses, rotating cattle, and conserving land in perpetuity, they also secure their farm’s future and improve water quality for all who live downstream. A New North Deer North Deer Island near Galveston is the largest bird rookery island on the Upper Texas Coast, and it is shrinking. Erosion from waves has pounded the island for years. See what’s being done to preserve this island and protect it for the thousands of birds that nest here every year. Choke Canyon State Park If you like catfish, then this is a park you have to visit. The 26,000-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir is a catfishing haven, and is really good for bass fishing as well. Birders love the hiking trails and the large numbers and varieties of birds attracted to the water and upland habitats, including many Mexican species of birds. Postcard From Texas This South Texas waterhole is a busy place as songbirds, snakes and quail gather for a bit of refreshment on a hot day.

PBS Show, Fishing Fame, Hardwood Heaven, LBJ’s Park, #2812


Program 2812, Air Dates December 29, 2019-January 4, 2020 & June 28-July 4, 2020 Fishing Fame, Hardwood Heaven, LBJ’s Park Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame: Alan Haynes 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. Lone Star Land Steward: Lochridge Ranch 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. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site 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. On the Right Track 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. Postcard From Texas Enjoy a variety of prairie plants as the sun rises on a coastal prairie south of Houston.

PBS Show, Palo Duro Spirits, Recruiting Opportunity, Winter Waterfowl, #2811


Program 2811, Air Dates December 22-28, 2019 & June 21-27, 2020 Palo Duro Spirits, Recruiting Opportunity, Winter Waterfowl A Spirit Rises 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Nicolette Ledbury Nicolette Ledbury’s passion is recruiting and providing opportunities for minorities, veterans, and women at Texas Parks & Wildlife. Winter Wonderland for Waterfowl Check out the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area, where the bottomland hardwood swamps make it the perfect place for wintering waterfowl. Will Hunt for Food 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. Postcard From Texas 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.

PBS Show - Attwater’s Last Dance, Coast Conservator, Tent Revival, #2810


Program 2810, Air Dates December 15-21, 2019 & June 14-20, 2020 Attwater’s Last Dance, Coast Conservator, Tent Revival The Last Dance 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Rebecca Hensley Hurricanes cause terrible damage to coasts, bays and wetlands. Rebecca Hensley is leading a team to monitor and preserve these valuable coastal assets. Tent Revival 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. Plants of The Big Bend 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. Postcard From Texas Watch the waves reveal some reflections on the beach at Port Aransas.

PBS Show - Woofing Wardens, Spring Saver, Birding Friends, #2809


Program 2809, Air Dates December 8-14, 2019 & June 7-13, 2020 Woofing Wardens, Spring Saver, Birding Friends K-9 Wardens, A Nose for the Job 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.   Parks & Wildlife People: Chad Norris 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. Flocking With Friends 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. Postcard From Texas Wild and wide-open vistas await visitors at San Angelo State Park.

PBS Show - Bird Man, Night Hiker, Ocean Office, #2808


Program 2808, Air Dates December 1-7, 2019 & May 31-June 6, 2020 Bird Man, Night Hiker, Ocean Office The Birdman of East 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Rick Torres 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. An Office in the Ocean 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. The Volunteer Family 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. Postcard From Texas See some of the beauty from where Texas meets the Gulf of Mexico at the Packery Channel.

PBS Show - Crazy Ants, Birding Legend, Pigfoot Deer, #2807


Program 2807, Air Dates November 24-30, 2019 & May 24-30, 2020 Crazy Ants, Birding Legend, Pigfoot Deer Crazy Ants Invade Some new invasive ants are driving biologists crazy, but new research into control methods is underway at the lab and in the field. Birdwatching and the Guide to Immortality 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. Lone Star Land Steward: The Pigfoot Ranch 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. A Creel Survey 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. Lake Brownwood State Park 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. Postcard From Texas From Cypress trees to backwater bayous, enjoy the serenity of Caddo Lake, the largest naturally formed lake in Texas.

PBS Show - Shrimp Science, Family Prairie, Big Bend Blooms, #2806


Program 2806, Air Dates November 17-23, 2019 & May 17-23, 2020 Shrimp Science, Family Prairie, Big Bend Blooms Shrimp Science 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. Lone Star Land Steward: The Kirchoff Family Farm 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. 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. The Gulf Wardens 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. Postcard From Texas Spring colors soften the rugged Chihuahuan desert landscape at Big Bend National Park.

PBS Show - Counting Parrots, Interpreting Parks, Woodpecker Search, #2805


Program 2805, Air Dates November 10-16, 2019 & May 10-16, 2020 Counting Parrots, Interpreting Parks, Woodpecker Search The Parrot Investigators 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Regional Interpretive Specialists Team 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. Chasing a Ghost 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. Postcard From Texas Take in the sights and sounds of the abundant wildlife on the Killam Duval County Ranch.

PBS Show - Gargantuan Gar, Quail Ranch, A Big Bass, #2804


Program 2804, Air Dates November 3-9, 2019 & May 3-9, 2020 Gargantuan Gar, Quail Ranch, A Big Bass Gargantuan Gar 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. Lone Star Land Steward: Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch 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. Skill Builders: Safe Zone of Fire 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. The Legend of Ethel 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. Postcard From Texas Enjoy some of the wildlife photography of writer/photographer Russell Graves.

PBS Show - Good Dog, Coastal Birds, Invading Plants, #2803


Program 2803, Air Dates October 27-November 2, 2019 & April 26-May 2, 2020 Good Dog, Coastal Birds, Invading Plants Ruby the Retriever 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. Coastal Birds and Birders 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. When Plants Attack 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. Postcard From Texas A fall flight above the changing colors of the Texas Hill Country. Find out more about the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/tv/

PBS Show - Caddo Camping, Killam Wildlife, Shrimping Family, #2802


Program 2802, Air Dates October 20-26, 2019 & April 19-25, 2020 Caddo Camping, Killam Wildlife, Shrimping Family Caddo Lake State Park 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. Lone Star Land Steward: Killam Duval County Ranch 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. Skill Builder: Proof of Hunter Education 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. 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. Postcard From Texas Watch some bees and butterflies flit around some wildflowers in super-slow motion. Find out more about the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/tv/

PBS Show - Park Arts, Boardwalk Birds, Pronghorn Puzzle, #2801


Program 2801, Air Dates October 13-19, 2019 & April 12-18, 2020 Park Arts, Boardwalk Birds, Pronghorn Puzzle Arts in the Parks 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. Back to the Boardwalk 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! Skill Builders: Safe Muzzle Control 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. The Pronghorn Puzzle 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. Postcard From Texas Southeast of San Antonio is a restored prairie full of flowers. It’s on the Kirchoff Family Farm. Find out more about the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/tv/

PBS SHOW Kraken Diving, Paddling Trails & Muzzle Control, #2726


Program 2726. Air dates April 7-13, 2019 & October 6-12, 2019 Kraken Diving, Paddling Trails & Muzzle Control Back to the Kraken In early 2017, Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Artificial Reef Program created a new underwater oasis for fish and fishermen with a 371-foot cargo ship called The Kraken. Just months after sending the Kraken to the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, biologists return to investigate one of the Texas Gulf Coast’s largest artificial reefs. Paddling Texas There are new paddling trails popping up all over Texas. Grab your canoe and come along as we check out some of the state’s best river trips, on the coast, in Houston, and on the Guadalupe River. All you need is a paddle and an excuse to get wet. Skill Builders: Safe Muzzle Control 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. Lake Arrowhead State Park Close to the Red River in both location and hue, this North Texas park offers family fun and fine fishing. Postcard From Texas The South Texas brush is full of wildlife, if you just add water. See what's hanging around at the Laborcitas Creek Ranch. Find out more about the show at https://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/tv/

PBS SHOW Chimney Swifts, Paddlefish Progress & Tree Stand Safety, #2725


Program 2725. Air dates March 31-April 6, 2019 & September 29-October 5, 2019 Chimney Swifts, Paddlefish Progress & Tree Stand Safety Swift Saviors From raising chicks to building nest boxes, meet a husband and wife team, that’s spent half their lives working to save the Chimney Swift. Progress for Paddlefish When paddlefish were stocked in Caddo Lake in 2014, it was truly an experiment. No one could be certain the fish would survive or stay put, but years later it seems they have done both. A new update on the progress of a very old fish.  Skill Builders: Tree Stand Safety 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. Eisenhower State Park At Eisenhower State Park it’s all about the water. Campsites sit high on the bluffs overlooking Lake Texoma. Boaters flock to the park’s marina and ramps. Swimmers enjoy lake access by land and by boat. Even hikers eventually end up taking a cool dip in the refreshing waters that make this park special. Postcard From Texas Flying to Mexico each fall makes migrating monarchs hungry. See them fuel up at a Central Texas rest stop. Find out more about the show at https://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/tv/

PBS SHOW Fort Parker, Aiming Safe & Moving Bees, #2724


Program 2724. Air dates March 24-30, 2019 & September 22-18, 2019 Fort Parker, Aiming Safe & Moving Bees Fort Parker State Park Located along the Navasota River where the grasses of the Blackland Prairie meet the woodlands of the Post Oak Savannah, Fort Parker State Park offers a tranquil setting for camping, hiking, biking and fishing. There is a lot of history here, too. Located on what was once the town of Springfield, the park was built by the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. Skill Builders: Safe Zone of Fire 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. Moving Bees Moving day can be tough. Especially if your family numbers in the thousands. Watch a bee specialist relocate a hive of European honey bees, giving them a safe new home where they can keep on buzzing. The Rise of the Forgotten Flounder One of the top three sport fish in Texas, more and more fishermen now set their sights on the southern flounder. In fact, it’s become so popular that fish hatcheries have started stocking flounder in Texas bays. We take a closer look at what it takes to catch these fish and how the species is holding up. Postcard From Texas A few bold bluebonnets pop up in early spring, followed by some friends. Find out more about the show at https://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/tv/

PBS SHOW Devils River Advocates, Monahans Sandhills & the DNA Dude, #2723


Program 2723. Air dates March 17-23, 2019 & September 15-21, 2019 Devils River Advocates, Monahans Sandhills & DNA Dude The Devils Advocates From landowners, to conservationists, and other folks in between, there is a love affair with the Devils River. This remote river valley is about as wild as you can get in Texas. But there are threats to this natural place, and that’s got those passionate admirers a bit worried. Monahans Sandhills State Park Where can you surf without water? On a sea of sand near Odessa. Sliding down dunes is just some of the fun in the sun at the unique landscape of Monahans Sandhills State Park. Parks & Wildlife People: Dijar Lutz-Carillo Fisheries science requires a lot of complex knowledge and instruments. Dijar Lutz-Carillo knows how to pull it all together. Saving the Last of the Southern Plains Bison Caprock Canyons State Park holds the last remnants of pure Southern Plains Bison that exists in North America. Once numbering around 60 million, now there are only 80; the history of how they came to live at the state park, on their native historic land is a long one. Because of the hard work of a few individuals, these Bison live on. Postcard From Texas Enjoy some flowing water and fall leaves at Lost Maples State Natural Area.

PBS SHOW Blanco Restoration, Helicopter Heroes & a Mentored Hunt, #2722


Program 2722. Air dates March 10-16, 2019 & September 8-14, 2019 Blanco River Restoration, Helicopter Heroes & a Mentored Hunt Blanco River Restoration Massive floods in 2015 destroyed much of the natural habitat along the Blanco River. Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists have been working with landowners along the river to help re-establish trees and grasses, and by educating locals about the importance of managing healthy river ecosystems that are more resilient to the effects of flooding. Parks & Wildlife People: Helicopter Search & Rescue Team When Hurricane Harvey stranded coastal residents, the Texas Game Warden helicopter crew helped rescue hundreds from the flood waters. A Mentored Hunt Getting youth started in the heritage of hunting is great but what if you are an adult who’s interested in taking up the sport? Texas Parks and Wildlife now has “mentored hunts” to give grownups a taste of the outdoors from field to table. The Fighting Moorhens Common moorhens fight for their rights, and territory, at Brazos Bend State Park. It’s part dance, part boxing match. Flying the Franklins Take to the skies and fly with the birds at Franklin Mountains State Park. With the right wind and a perfect place to launch this state park is prime territory when it comes to Paragliding. Postcard From Texas Summer evenings are a magical time at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

PBS SHOW City Camping, Water Safari, Caddo Rain #2721


Program 2721. Air dates March 3-9, 2019 & September 1-7, 2019 City Camping, Water Safari & Caddo Rain Weekday Camping Armed with a smartphone and a savvy for social media, one Austin urbanite’s outdoor experience might be a little different than his grandfather’s, but getting outside can still fit with a modern, urban lifestyle. Texas Water Safari, A Race to Remember The Texas Water Safari is the World’s Toughest Canoe Race, and 2015 was no exception. Historic flooding threatened to cancel the race, logjams made the San Marcos River extremely dangerous, but the race went on! We follow two teams to see if they can complete the 260 mile race from San Marcos to Seadrift. Postcard From Texas Relax on a rainy day at Caddo Lake.

PBS SHOW Hunting Dove, Hiking Dogs, Birding Hotspots, #2720


Program 2720. Air dates February 24-March 2, 2019 & August 25-31, 2019 Hunting Dove, Hiking Dogs & Birding Hotspots The Dove Hunter You don’t have to grow up in a family of hunters to enjoy hunting. Meet an Austin man who took up hunting and fishing as an adult, and is determined to pass along these traditions to his sons. Wild Game Cooking: Buffalo Dove Breasts It’s time for some wild game cooking with Chef Jeff Martinez. Jeff introduces us to a new twist on an old favorite, a dove recipe buffalo style. Bark in the Park Take a hike with dogs through Franklin Mountains State Park and learn tips for keeping your canine companion comfortable and safe on the trail. Natural Wasteland Birding hotspots are not always where you might expect them to be. See the sights, hear the sounds, and smell the smells of a “marginal” nature haven. Postcard From Texas Look up, in the sky, it’s many moons, passing by.

PBS SHOW Frog Pond, Bobcats, Mustang Island, #2719


Program 2719. Air dates February 17-23, 2019 & August 18-24, 2019 Frog Pond, Big City Cats & Mustang Island My Frog Pond When you spend most of your working day staring at computer screens, it’s nice to enjoy nature when you get off work. Show producer Don Cash has created a haven for frogs & other wildlife at his home in Austin. Bobcat City Our pets aren’t the only cats prowling around urban areas at night.  A study is shedding new light on how bobcats live among us, in the suburbs and edges of our cities, without conflict and almost completely without notice. Mustang Island State Park If you’re looking for the best place to camp right on the beach Mustang Island is the spot. With fishing, birding, and ocean fun just a few steps from your tent Mustang Island State Park is sure to cure that Island fever. Postcard From Texas Early morning at Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area near Palestine, Texas.

PBS SHOW Coast Strong, Razing Cane & SeaCamp Scientists, #2718


Program 2718. Air dates February 10-16, 2019 & August 11-17, 2019 Coast Strong, Razing Cane & SeaCamp Scientists Parks & Wildlife People: Coastal Fisheries Crews When a hurricane destroyed their homes and work, coastal fisheries crews just picked up the pieces and kept on going. Razing Cane Texas Rivers and stream are under attack. The invasive Giant Reed threatens pretty much every river system in the state, but biologists are fighting back. We focus on the pristine Pedernales River and see what it takes to knock back this towering cane invader. Stephen F. Austin State Park Nestled on the banks of the Brazos River, Stephen F. Austin State Park provides the opportunity to get up close to nature. Located just 30 minutes from the outskirts of Houston, this quiet and peaceful park is a nice escape from the busy city life with activities including picnicking, camping, fishing, hiking and nature and historical tours. I Love a Mystery Kids at Texas A&M's SeaCamp solve mysteries using biology, chemistry, and physics. Their lab experiences are paralleled with the work done in the "real world" by TPWD's Forensics group in San Marcos. Postcard From Texas The Kemp’s Ridley, the most endangered sea turtle still persists, with a little help.

PBS SHOW Texas Walker, Wildlife’s Legal Eagle & Chester Island, #2717


Program 2717. Air dates February 3-9, 2019 & August 4-10, 2019 Texas Walker, Wildlife’s Legal Eagle & Chester Island A Walk Across Texas 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Robert Macdonald The required, legal process to protect our natural resources isn’t glamorous work, but Robert Macdonald makes it as fun as possible. A Shrinking Sundown 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. Postcard From Texas Take a two-wheeled trip through the renewing Bastrop State Park.

PBS SHOW Black-Capped Comeback, Making Signs & a Fishing Warden, #2716


Program 2716. Air dates January 27- February 2, 2019 & July 28-August 3, 2019 Black-Capped Comeback, Making Signs & a Fishing Warden A Black-Capped Comeback 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. Signs of the Times 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Kathleen Stuman Helping those with disabilities catch their first fish is all in a day’s work for this Texas Game Warden. Back in Business 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. Biking Big Bend Ranch 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. Postcard From Texas Riffles, rapids and waterfalls. Enjoy a fall morning on the Devils River.