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PBS SHOW - The Science of Wildlife - #2907

Program 2907, Air Dates November 22-28, 2020 & May 23-29, 2021 The Science of Wildlife Owls Underground Some owls in El Paso have a fancy new home, complete with a surveillance system, which gives biologists a bird’s-eye view of owl life. Meet Lois Balin, the urban wildlife biologist who’s helping keep an eye on the owls. Satellite Solutions Pronghorn antelope populations in west Texas have wavered in recent years.  Using satellite tracking data, biologists are finding new information and solutions to help the Pronghorns. 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. We’ll also take a trip to the Fort Worth Zoo to see how breeding these fish in captivity serves as a safety measure for the Pecos Pupfish. Postcard From Texas Bison babies start out ‘small’ before they get big. See some little ones as the roam on the Roam Ranch near Fredericksburg, Texas.

PBS SHOW - Fishing the Texas Coast - #2906

Program 2906, Air Dates November 15-21, 2020 & May 16-22, 2021 Fishing the Texas Coast Where to Wade Grab a pole and start wading! It’s a style of fishing few try, yet some anglers say it’s the only way to go. Wade fishing not only puts you right where the action is, but the experts say you can catch more and bigger fish. Sea Center Stocking Sea Center Texas is the largest redfish hatchery in the world. Now biologists hope to replicate that success with spotted seatrout. Mystery of the Tarpon Heralded for their awe-inspiring jumps and tenacious power, tarpon are the stuff from which fish tales are spun. But over the last couple decades, their populations have taken a serious dive. Today, a group of scientists are trying to learn about the biology of this secretive fish in hopes of raising its’ presence in the Gulf. Postcard From Texas Enjoy the end of the day at Jamaica Beach.

PBS SHOW - State Park Biking Trails - #2905

Program 2905, Air Dates November 8-14, 2020 & May 9-15, 2021 State Park Biking Trails Texas on Two Wheels From short pedals at local parks, to epic journeys through rugged landscapes, mountain biking is a great way to experience the wild side of Texas. And Texas State Parks offer the full range of off-road opportunities to riders of all ages. 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. Brazos Bend Bike Trails Mountain bike through breezy cottonwoods and down along scenic wetlands. Brazos Bend State Park has 35 miles of bike trails sure to keep you on your toes. And keep an eye out for those alligators. Government Canyon Bike Trails When it comes to mountain biking in Texas one of the best spots is Government Canyon State Natural area. Grab your bike and helmet as we hit the park for some single-track fun! 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. Ray Roberts Lake Bike Trails Just north of Dallas and Fort Worth, the trail system at Ray Roberts Lake State Park offers hours of riding for mountain bikers, from a smooth riverside greenbelt to hilly routes along the lake. Postcard From Texas Tackle the mountain biking trails at Tyler State Park.

PBS SHOW - Birds and Birders - #2904

Program 2904, Air Dates November 1-7, 2020 & May 2-8, 2021 Birds and Birders 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. 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. A Man in Paradise The Rio Grande Valley is a haven for birds and birders alike. For Father Tom Pincelli, this area is an earthly paradise. Follow along as Father Tom finds beauty and inspiration in some unusual birding spots. Postcard From Texas See some coastal birds at Bolivar Flats, and at raucous rookery at Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary.

PBS SHOW - Wild Game Cooking Texas Style - #2903

Program 2903, Air Dates October 25-31, 2020 & April 25-May 1, 2021 Wild Game Cooking Texas Style Feral Hog Tacos Wild hogs are a nuisance but they sure are tasty if cooked right. Wild game chef, cookbook author and restaurant owner Jesse Griffiths turns these wily beasts into a melt-in-your-mouth south Texas classic. Venison on the Grill Take the gamey flavor out of wild game. Jesse Griffiths shows how to grill venison to tender perfection and then dress it up with a tasty cream sauce. 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. Teal Yakitori Wild duck is the ultimate free-range bird. Regional cooking expert Jesse Griffiths demonstrates an easy recipe for grilling teal to complement its natural flavor. Red Snapper Ceviche Jeff Martinez is back with a simple, yet delicious recipe for Red Snapper Ceviche. Take some lemon, some lime, a bit of oregano, a dash of salt and some fresh caught snapper, mix em together and you are on your way to dining delight. Redfish 3 Ways This isn’t your same old fish fry. Jesse Griffiths demonstrates three different ways to fry redfish for a fresh twist on this crowd favorite. Postcard From Texas There's lots to see at Colorado Bend State Park, including the flowing waters of Spicewood Springs.

Behind the Scenes 2020 - Texas Parks & Wildlife Television

Behind the Scenes During Covid Times This is a short video we put together for the 2020 Association for Conservation Information virtual conference. We wanted to show what our production process for the Texas Parks & Wildlife television looks like during the Covid Pandemic. We took a humorous approach, so this isn't actually what we are doing right now. We are continuing to shoot video in the field on a much more restricted basis, and we are editing stories for the current season. But we do have a sense of humor. We hope you do too.

PBS SHOW - January 4, 2004 - #1215

Texas Parks & Wildlife, Program #1215 January 4-January 11, 2004 Passing by History The Caddoan Mounds State Historic site in East Texas is a treasure trove of history and culture, but it’s often overlooked by people traveling by. Spend a day at the mounds and learn about the ancient civilization of the Caddoan Indians. Casa Navarro State Historic Site A visit to the restored home of Tejano patriot Jose Antonio Navarro, located in downtown San Antonio. Outdoor Info: River Access Rules Learn the do’s and don’ts of river access in Texas. Keepers of the Prairie Grasslands and prairies once dominated much of the Texas landscape. Today, efforts are being made to preserve the last remaining patches of remnant prairies. Meet some of the people that are working to restore this vital habitat. Postcard From Texas See the shifting sands of Monahans Sandhills State Park. Short Description Ancient history of the Caddoan Indians; Casa Navarro State Historic Site; river access rules; restoring the once dominant grasslands and prairies; shifting sands in West Texas.

PBS SHOW - Texas Hunting Traditions - #2902

Program 2902, Air Dates October 11-17, 2020 & April 11-17, 2021 Texas Hunting Traditions 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. Game of Gobblers Conservationist and hunter Terrance Jackson will be the first to tell you, “If Wild Turkeys could smell, they'd be nearly impossible to hunt.” Follow Terrance as he travels across East Texas working to restore and harvest the Eastern Wild Turkey. A Season of Plenty Every year Mabel Birkner hits the woods and heads for the family’s favorite deer blind. At nearly 100 years old, this feisty woman of the wilds has a lot of knowledge to pass down to her family. Postcard From Texas Take a leisurely look at the sand and surf at South Padre Island National Seashore.

PBS SHOW - October 1992, #68 [Texas Parks & Wildlife-Official]

Texas Parks & Wildlife Television #68 From October 1992 Magazine style program that takes you to the Texas Coast during the annual spring migration of song birds, explains the sport of orienteering where competitors use a map and compass to navigate unfamiliar terrain, shows you just some of what the Texas Conservation Passport has to offer and ends with a visit to Hill Country State Natural Area. Segments: Out of the Blue, Orienteering, Texas Conservation Passport, Experience Texas

PBS SHOW - Fox Finders, Kraken Diving, Brushland Birds - #2901

Program 2901, Air Dates October 11-17, 2020 & April 11-17, 2020 Fox Finders, Kraken Diving, Brushland Birds The Fox Finders One fleet little fox is seldom seen. Is it vanishing from its range in Texas? A crew of researchers labors long hours to learn if time is running out for this elegant animal in the Panhandle Plains. 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. Birding in the Brushlands Join a group of Harlingen high school students as they discover birding. These South Texas teens realize they have some amazing birds right in their own backyard. Postcard From Texas Get a bird’s eye view of Fort Parker State Park.

PBS SHOW - #1116

Program #1116 December 15-22, 2002 Diggin’ School The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department offers teachers resources to build gardens of native plants at their schools. At two elementary schools, see how the community pitches in to create a wildscape and make it a special place for the kids and their teachers. Outdoor Info: Binoculars Tips for choosing binoculars. Bicycle Cops Parks personnel use two-wheelers to cover a lot of ground. Rescuing History A century ago, legendary Texas rancher Charles Goodnight rounded up some of the last remaining wild bison in the state. Today, the descendants of that herd once again roam the Texas prairie. Postcard from Texas Snakes.

PBS SHOW - Saving Sea Turtles, Powderhorn Legacy, Best of Bruce, #2826

Program 2826, Air Dates April 5-11, 2020 & October 4-10, 2020 Saving Sea Turtles, Powderhorn Legacy, Best of Bruce To Save the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Once thought to be on its way to extinction, the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle is making a comeback. Due to the efforts of a few dedicated biologists and volunteers at Padre Island National Seashore, the turtle’s numbers are continuing to climb. 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. Best of Bruce Texas Parks & Wildlife Executive Producer Bruce Biermann recently retired after 26 years of state service. He produced every segment in this show. Here are some highlights of few of his favorite stories.

PBS SHOW - Fishing for Records, Longhorn Cavern Rocks, Sand Surfing, #2825

Program 2825, Air Dates March 29-April 4, 2020 & September 27-October 3, 2020 Fishing for Records, Longhorn Cavern Rocks, Sand Surfing Fishing for Records Since 1971 the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has recognized fishing records of all kinds. Meet a man who holds a record number of records. Retired police officer Chuck Dewey has 238 (and counting) state freshwater fishing records. It’s really just another excuse for Chuck to go fishing. Longhorn Cavern State Park Tucked away in the Texas hill country, Longhorn Cavern is a hidden gem ready to be explored. This unique river formed caved has been home to an underground restaurant, concert hall, and a fallout shelter. Experience the magnificent geology and hear some of the amazing tales from Texas history surrounding the cave all on a walking tour 365 days a year. Shorebird Survival Texas shorebirds are in trouble. From the endangered piping plover to the threatened snowy plover, shorebirds in Texas continue to lose habitat as beach development booms. Follow along with some biologists as they work to save these struggling shorebirds. Surfing the Sands of 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 Relax among the early morning grasses of the Chihuahuan Desert just outside of Marfa, Texas.

PBS SHOW - Rock Art Reborn, Lake Mineral Wells, Purple Martins, #2824

Program 2824, Air Dates March 22-28, 2020 & September 20-26, 2020 Rock Art Reborn, Lake Mineral Wells, Purple Martins Hueco Tanks, Rock Art Reborn When it comes to rock art, Hueco Tanks, east of El Paso is in a class by itself. Unfortunately over the years, some of the pictographs have been damaged by graffiti. But now a new type of laser technology is about to turn back time. It’s a laser light show that wipes away the graffiti but doesn’t affect the pictograph underneath. Tune in to see as Hueco Tanks rock art is reborn. Lake Mineral Wells State Park The waters of Mineral Wells, west of Fort Worth, have long lured visitors.  Relaxation at a lakeside state park is more the draw than the historic spas today, but entertaining exercise is also an option. Managing the Martins Meet some landlords looking out for their tenants at a small high-rise condo complex that’s completely for the birds. Purple martins seem to need people, and the birds provide some rewards for those who watch out for them. Goliad Illumination Once a year, visitors to Goliad State Park & Historic Site can witness what is known as “The Illumination.” The Franciscan missionaries designed Mission Espiritu Santo so that on April 16th, the setting sun would shine through a window on the west end of the building and illuminate the crucifix in the east end of the chapel. Postcard From Texas Grab a flashlight and head underground to experience the wonder of the Longhorn caverns. Explore these unusual formations up close to see intricate details created over thousands of years.

PBS SHOW - Mule Deer, Sea Rim Sounds, Dinosaur Tracks, #2823

Program 2823, Air Dates March 15-21, 2020 & September 13-19, 2020 Mule Deer, Sea Rim Sounds, Dinosaur Tracks 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. Sounds of Sea Rim At the far southeast corner of Texas lies a remote and unique coastal park that few folks know about. From coastal fishing, to crabbing, to kayaking the marshland, Sea Rim State Park has something for everyone. 112 Million Years in the Making Researchers study the hidden lives of Texas dinosaurs through the use of both cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned scientific method through the analysis of their prehistoric tracks. Dinosaur Valley State Park has some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world, and this group is working to keep it that way. Postcard From Texas Blooming dogwoods signify Spring in East Texas.

PBS SHOW - Grubh's Bugs, Lake Colorado City, Learning Stewardship, #2822

Program 2822, Air Dates March 8-14, 2020 & September 6-12, 2020 Grubh’s Bugs, Lake Colorado City, Learning Stewardship Grubh’s Bugs Meet a biologist that studies aquatic invertebrates. He’s Dr. Archis Grubh, and he loves bugs. Check out some of the two-thousand different types of aquatic invertebrates living in the rivers, streams, and creeks of Texas. Lake Colorado City State Park The slightly rolling plains of west central Texas are covered in scrubs like mesquite and juniper. Lake Colorado City is a cool contrast to the arid environment. Visitors from nearby cities like Abilene and Midland come to Lake Colorado City State Park to enjoy the best water recreation spot for miles around. Stewards in Waiting The Wexford Ranches have been in the same family for 136 years. Meet the next generation as they prepare to cope with the long-term economic challenges threatening their large family ranch. Postcard From Texas Soak in the scenery around the lake, along the trails, and among the hills and hollows of Lake Mineral Wells State Park.

PBS SHOW - Trailer Camera, Mapping Habitats, Traveling Photographer, #2821

Program 2821, Air Dates March 1-7, 2020 & August 30-September 5, 2020 Trailer Camera, Mapping Habitats, Traveling Photographer The Trailer Camera Camera technology has changed the way people take pictures, but one Texas artist likes to capture images the old way. Ian Kasnoff has turned a 16-foot long trailer into a camera, complete with darkroom. Follow Ian as he documents some Texas state parks with his traveling trailer camera. Parks & Wildlife People: Karim Aziz Where do alligator gar go to spawn? Ask Karim Aziz. Using Geographic Information Services and overlaying biological data, he conceived of and designed a mapping system that accurately predicts where the gar will spawn. Capturing Life in a Teardrop Meet a traveling photographer at home on the road, chasing her dream to the most awe-inspiring places a teardrop camper can be towed. Postcard From Texas Relax along the banks of the Nueces River as it flows by resting rocks and rustling trees.

PBS SHOW - Hundred-Mile Hike, Fighting Feral Hogs, Lake Bob Sandlin, #2820

Program 2820, Air Dates February 23-29, 2020 & August 23-29, 2020 Hundred-Mile Hike, Fighting Feral Hogs, Lake Bob Sandlin 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Justin Foster Feral hogs are a real problem in Texas and getting worse. Justin Foster and his team are on the frontlines working to find a solution. Lake Bob Sandlin State Park About two hours east of Dallas, you’ll find a quiet state park that has everything from hiking to fishing. Lake Bob Sandlin is a perfect hidden getaway for folks of all ages. Postcard From Texas It’s naptime for some ducks along the banks of the Colorado River in Bastrop, Texas.

PBS SHOW - Mountain Lions, Green Turtles, Ladies that Hunt, #2819

Program 2819, Air Dates February 16-22, 2020 & August 16-22, 2020 Mountain Lions, Green Turtles, Ladies That Hunt Lions of West Texas Elusive and rarely seen, "Lions of West Texas" chronicles the mountain lion research conducted in the Davis Mountains of west Texas by the Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University. Green Turtle Rescuers Green sea turtles have been showing up on south Texas beaches in larger numbers than ever. Dr. Donna Shaver, her team, and a great network of people have been busier than usual rescuing stuck or stranded turtles that need a little help getting to safety.  A Tale of Two Laurens We head to Bay City, Texas for a weekend goose hunt with the ladies. For some it’s a first-time experience, and for others it’s a weekend break from the family. No matter the reason, if you get a group of ladies together with some guns and geese… it’s going to be a blast. Postcard From Texas Leafy trees sway in the faintest breeze around the quiet waters of Fort Boggy State Park.

PBS SHOW - Grassland Sparrows, Fort Boggy Fun, Wildlife Selfies, #2818

Program 2818, Air Dates February 9-15, 2020 & August 9-15, 2020 Grassland Sparrows, Fort Boggy Fun, Wildlife Selfies Searching for Desert Sparrows Grassland birds are declining rapidly across North America. Habitat loss has made it especially tough on several species of sparrows. Research is underway from Canada to Mexico to find out how to save the disappearing grasslands and the tiny songbirds that call them home. Fort Boggy State Park Visit a park on the edge of East Texas where families find water, woods, and wildlife, along with primitive camping and some rather fancy new cabins. Water for Wildlife, and the Pictures to Prove It In the middle of a desert, along the Rio Grande River, in the middle of nowhere, is Black Gap Wildlife Management Area. It’s here that you can find a surprising wealth of wildlife such as deer, bear, quail, mountain lion and desert bighorn sheep. But without water, none of these animals could exist here. So biologists build and maintain water catchment devises called guzzlers to help the wildlife. With the aid of game cameras, it’s amazing to see the variety of animals that benefit from the guzzlers. Shot in the Dark Follow landscape photographer Mike Mezeul II through Big Bend as he leads a nighttime photography workshop.  Join the students as they learn to capture the Milky Way in the darkest night sky in Texas. Postcard From Texas It’s breakfast time on the water, as Black Skimmers and other wading birds feast at a farm pond.

PBS SHOW - El Camino Real, Map App Man, Kickapoo Cavern, #2817

Program 2817, Air Dates February 2-8, 2020 & August 2-8, 2020 El Camino Real, Map App Man, Kickapoo Cavern El Camino Real de los Tejas, 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Paul Daugherty Texas Game Wardens often have a difficult time showing oyster harvesters where they can and cannot legally harvest the delectable Gulf food. Paul Daugherty went to work on the problem and wrote an App that solved the problem. Kickapoo Cavern State Park Bats, birds and caverns are what you’ll find at this secluded state park.  Located north of Del Rio, you can experience the flight of the Mexican free-tailed bat, have a guided cavern tour to see the largest column formation in Texas, and possibly see the endangered golden-cheeked warbler while exploring the park. Postcard From Texas With spring and summer long gone, McKinney Falls State Park takes on the muted tones of fall in central Texas.

PBS SHOW - Hunting Memories, River Access, El Paso Envoy, #2816

Program 2816, Air Dates January 26-February 1, 2020 & July 26-August 1, 2020 Hunting Memories, River Access, El Paso Envoy 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Texas River Access & Conservation Areas Team Opening Texas’ rivers to public access is one of the roles of the Texas River Access & Conservation Areas Team. The Devils River proved to be a bit of a challenge. El Paso Envoy A day in El Paso might include empanadas, bouldering, ancient legends, and a happy-hour hike. Join Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site ambassador Clara Cobb doing her favorite activities. Sea Center Stocking Sea Center Texas is the largest redfish hatchery in the world. Now biologists hope to replicate that success with spotted seatrout. Postcard From Texas The Trail Ranch near Albany, Texas has made strides in improving the land for wildlife, particularly bobwhite quail, turkey and deer. Here, a turkey hunter attempts to call in some mature Toms.

PBS Show - Gobbler Games, Conservation Camp, River Reclamation, #2815

Program 2815, Air Dates January 19-25, 2020 & July 19-25, 2020 Gobbler Game, Conservation Camp, River Reclamation Game of Gobblers Conservationist and hunter Terrance Jackson will be the first to tell you, “If Wild Turkeys could smell, they'd be nearly impossible to hunt.” Follow Terrance as he travels across East Texas working to restore and harvest the Eastern Wild Turkey. Lone Star Land Steward: H.E. Butt Foundation Camps Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, the H.E. Butt Foundation Camps host over 20,000 guests a year while maintaining a diverse and healthy habitat. Over the last 60 years, thousands of children have stayed free of charge, fulfilling Howard and Mary Butt’s vision of a place for children to experience the beauty of nature. Reclaiming the River See how some technical guidance and a lot of teamwork can transform an old mine site and mud pit along the Colorado River into an asset for a town and its wildlife. Deepening a community’s connection to its river pays dividends in Bastrop. Lockhart State Park Lockhart State Park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930s. Along with numerous buildings, roads, and bridges, the men and women of the CCC also built a swimming pool that utilizes the spring water coming from a nearby creek. More recently, a nine-hole golf course was added. Postcard From Texas It is hard to explain the wild flowers that one gardener calls weeds, and another considers beautiful ground cover. Their seeds blow in the wind and they find a new place to grow, they grow wherever they want, just like these wildflowers on the Duval County Ranch.

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.