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PBS Show December 25-31, 2016, #2511

Program 2511. Air dates December 25-31, 2016 & June 25-July 1, 2017 Pronghorn Puzzle, Changing Habitats & Blanco Cleanup Lone Star Land Steward: Pecore Farm Bert Pecore wasn’t always a conservationist. He let cattle overgraze the land and overworked the soil. However, he changed his ways 10 years ago, after having already owned his ranchlands for 51 years. By implementing sustainable wildlife and habitat management practices, Pecore and his wife restored their 196-acre ranch in Fayette County to its native grassland glory. Parks & Wildlife People: Ethan Belicek When flood waters hit Blanco State Park in May of 2015, Ethan Belicek and his team took care of the park guests and cleaned up the mess. 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. 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. Wild Things: Black-capped Vireo Nests Get an up close look at the endangered Black-capped Vireo. We travel to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge during nesting season for these birds. Postcard From Texas Fly through the tall trees of Tyler State Park on a mountain bike.

PBS Show December 18-24, 2016, #2510

Program 2510. Air dates December 18-24, 2016 & June 18-24, 2017 Pocket Prairies, Catching Carp & Meet the Greeter Urban Pocket Prairies Urbanization has reduced the once 600,000 acre Katy Prairie near Houston, Texas to just 200,000 acres affecting many species of wildlife. Now the Katy Prairie Conservancy has partnered with nearly a dozen schools to create pocket prairies. These small urban prairies are helping wildlife as well as children to become healthier, happier and smarter. The International Pursuit The once-maligned carp is emerging as a sought-after sport fish, and anglers are coming to Texas from around the world just to catch them. Tag along as we hit the Texas carp hotspots, Lady Bird Lake in Austin, and Lake Fork near Dallas. Yes, the same Lake Fork that’s known for monster bass is now famous for its monster carp as well. Lone Star Land Steward: Steve Nelle Can you sustain a healthy native ecosystem on a cattle ranch? How can land recover after a devastating flood? Wildlife Biologist Steve Nelle helps landowners answer these questions, working with them to maximize the health of their land. Parks & Wildlife People: Paul Israel If you visit Texas Parks & Wildlife Headquarters in Austin, Texas, you might be greeted by Paul Israel, who won't let you leave without a smile. Postcard From Texas Enjoy an early morning at Huntsville State Park.

PBS Show December 11-17, 2016, #2509

Ocean Office, Hill Country Haven & a Conservation Career Program 2509. Air dates December 11-17, 2016 & June 11-17, 2017 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-Lozano 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. Lone Star Land Steward: Winkler Ranch Meet a man who explores the frontiers of cancer research at his job, and who explores caves and conservation at his Hill Country ranch. Parks & Wildlife People: Brent Ortego Having spent a lifetime with his eyes focused on conservation, Brent Ortego is now working to save our coastal native prairies. 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. The Legend of Old RIP What’s the real story behind Old RIP, Texas’ most famous toad? Travel to Eastland, Texas where the memory of Old RIP is kept alive and well, and encased in glass. Postcard From Texas Butterflies invade the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area.

PBS Show December 4-10, 2016, #2508

Saving Bison, Hunting Access & Corralling CWD Program 2508. Air dates December 4-10, 2016 & June 4-10, 2017 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. A Place for All Most hunting blinds are not designed for people with disabilities. Inks Lake State Park northwest of Austin has tackled that problem by building special hunting blinds that are accessible for people with physical limitations Lone Star Land Steward: T Star Ranch When Bruce Thomas acquired the T Star Ranch in 2004 from a local rancher, mesquite had invaded the majority of the property, decreasing the native grasses and limiting the food supply for wildlife on the property. For the past 12 years, his family has worked to restore the once-overgrazed pastures back to native grassland on this 231 acre property. Parks & Wildlife People: Chronic Wasting Disease Response Team When Chronic Wasting Disease made its way to Texas White-tailed Deer, the Texas Parks and Wildlife CWD Response TWIMS Reprogramming Team took action to save our natural resources. 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. Wild Things: Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road? Many folks find turtles crossing busy roads and wonder “What’s the right thing to do?” State Herpetologist Andy Gluesenkamp helps answer that question. Postcard From Texas Early morning dew blankets the Blue Mountain Peak Ranch.

PBS Show November 27-December 3, 2016, #2507

Hunting Laurens, Diving Wardens & an Outdoor Writer Program 2507. Airdates November 27-December 3, 2016 & May 28-June 3, 2017 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. Fishing Hall of Fame: Ray Sasser Ray Sasser has been an outdoor writer for more than 40 years and is currently the outdoor editor for the Dallas Morning News. Largemouth bass fishing is his favorite outdoor activity, but he has written about everything from invasive species to the environment, penning hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and a dozen books. Parks & Wildlife People: Underwater Search and Recovery Dive Team Highly trained, dedicated and compassionate, the Texas Game Warden Underwater Search and Recovery Dive Team finds evidence to solve cases and perform the necessary duty of recovering drowning victims. Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest This West Texas mountain bike festival draws folks from around the world to the trails around Lajitas and Big Bend Ranch State Park. The annual event is a great time for anyone who would like to go fixin’ or freewheelin’ around the old frontier. Postcard From Texas Paddling Port O’Connor on a slightly windy day.

PBS Show November 20-26, 2016, #2506

Program 2506. Air dates November 20-26, 2016 & May 22-27, 2017 Travelling Turkeys, Wild Teachers & Saving Sharks Gobblers Go East Decades of restocking the Eastern Wild Turkey has proven successful for some East Texas counties, but many areas still aren’t seeing birds. A new research study will focus on some recently transplanted birds outfitted with GPS transmitters to find out what turkeys think is a good home. Educating the Educators Children growing up in increasingly urban areas need to understand to role that wildlife plays in our world, but not all teachers know enough to teach it.  ProjectWILD is empowering teachers with the lessons and activities they need to educate the next generation of wildlife stewards. Save Our Sharks Sharks are disappearing from the world's oceans at an alarming rate and biologists are worried. From shark finning to unregulated fishing these apex predators are in trouble. We take a look at what’s being done along the Texas coast to help save these wolves of the ocean. Bonham State Park Bonham State Park is small by Texas standards, but that’s what people like about it. It’s a great place to swim, hike, fish, and meet the neighbors. Postcard From Texas There are a lot of different birds to see at Estero Llano Grande State Park.

PBS Show November 13-19, 2016, #2505

Program 2505. Air dates November 13-19, 2016 & May 14-20, 2017 Coastal Birds, Horned Lizards & Desert Plants 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. Lizards on the Move For generations, Texans grew up seeing Texas Horned Lizards throughout much of the state.  Today the threatened lizards are common only in certain spots, but research at the Muse Wildlife Management Area is investigating how lizards fare and where they go when they are relocated to restored habitat. The Plants of 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. Restoring a Texas Treasure The Guadalupe Bass lives in the cool running waters of the Texas Hill Country. But over the last few decades, competition from the popular small-mouth bass population has reduced the Guadalupe Bass to near extinction. Discover what fisheries biologists at the Heart of the Hills Fisheries Science Center are doing to bring back the official state fish of Texas. Postcard From Texas Sees some of the plants and animals that thrive on the Harkins Ranch in West Texas.

PBS Show November 6-12, 2016, #2504

Program 2504. Air dates November 6-12, 2016 & May 7-13, 2017 Flying the Franklins, Hunting for Food & A Frog Pond 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. 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. Lone Star Land Steward: Blue Mountain Peak Ranch When Richard Taylor and his late wife, Sally, moved to Texas in 2001 and bought land in the heart of Mason County, they knew their work was cut out. The land was in desperate need of restoration. Fifteen years later, the Taylors’ dedication to habitat and wildlife conservation has earned their Blue Mountain Peak Ranch recognition as the 2016 Leopold Conservation Award recipient for Texas. 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 Discover some of the wildlife at Yoakum Dunes Wildlife Management Area.

PBS Show October 30-November 5, 2016, #2503

Program 2503. Airs October 30-November 5, 2016 & April 30-May 6, 2017 Biking Tyler, Desert Skies & Charlie’s Cannon Trailriding Tyler Grab your bike and enjoy some of the best mountain biking East Texas has to offer. We hit the hills and tackle the miles of single track trails at Tyler State Park. Desert Skies Texas Parks and Wildlife photographer Earl Nottingham uses black and white imagery to document the majestic skies associated with the late summer rains that travel across the broad expanses of the Big Bend region of Texas. School of Fish The whistle blows, and the championship battle is underway. We’re not talking about Texas high school football, it’s the finals for high school fishing. The hottest sport to hit the south these days isn’t on the field, it’s in the water. Check out a profile on high school fishing. Charlie and His Cannon What do a fireman, a computer analyst, and a semi-retired private land owner all have in common? The battle for Texas’ independence at San Jacinto, of course. One of the most significant historical events in the westward expansion of the United States took place in an unlikely marsh in south east Texas, now known as the Battle of San Jacinto. Each year hundreds of re-enactors gather to relive this pivotal battle that changed the path of Texas and all of North America. Postcard From Texas The fishing pier at Goose Island State Park is an active place.

PBS Show October 23-29, 2016, #2502

Program 2502. Airs October 23-29, 2016 & April 23-29, 2017 Conservation Art, Seeing Selah & Hermit Crabs The Art of Conservation Through the vanishing art of lithography, a Fort Worth artist captures a conserved habitat and its wildlife in living color, while proceeds from his prints help save wild places, like pristine Powderhorn Ranch. Selah, Water From Stone Nearly Fifty Years ago David Bamberger went public with Church's Chicken and used the capital to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land that was considered some of the poorest acreage in the Texas Hill Country. His example of land stewardship has been replicated across the region and he's considered a visionary in land management and water conservation. Good Guzzlers Once upon a time, in a Wildlife Management Area far, far away, a group of dedicated conservationists put their skills to work, building special rainwater catchment systems, aka “guzzlers.” These magical guzzlers were designed to provide water for bighorn sheep, and any other animal looking for a drink in the desert. Postcard From Texas It’s time to trade up and get a bigger shell for Hermit Crabs along a shoreline in Matagorda Bay.

PBS Show October 16-22, 2016, #2501

Program 2501, Airs October 16-22, 2016 & April 16-22, 2017 Catching Copperheads, City Camping & Delicious Dove Copperhead Country A slithery copperhead sliding around your backyard is just about the last thing you would want to run into. Well imagine hundreds of them coming out, as you have a copperhead honey hole of sorts. That’s exactly what’s happening to one Texas landowner. He used to eliminate them, now he saves the snakes for science. 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. 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. 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 It’s windy out on the water near Port O’Connor.

PBS Show April 10-16, 2016 I #2426

Preparing Powderhorn, Preaching Taxidermy & Caterpillars 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. Preaching Taxidermy Meet a man in Utopia who helps save souls, when he isn’t helping save lasting mementos of hunting and fishing trips. 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. Made in Texas, 30 Years of TV Outdoors The Texas Parks & Wildlife television show has been broadcast on the Texas PBS stations since 1985. Learn a little bit about the history of the show, and meet some of the people that have put the program together for the past thirty years. Postcard From Texas Hang out with some true tree huggers along the Neches River in the Pineywoods.

PBS Show April 3-9, 2016 I #2425

Texas Water Safari, Loggerhead Shrikes & Woodpeckers Texas Water Safari 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. 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. Postcard From Texas Baby woodpeckers are very demanding and noisy when they’re hungry.

PBS Show March 27-April 2, 2016 I #2424

Pecos Pupfish, Prairie Dogs & Buffalo Soldiers 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. 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. Prairie Dog Town 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. Producer’s Favorites: Buffalo Soldiers, Making the Connection Producer Whitney Bishop joined the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 2010, where she spends much of her time posting to the agency’s social media accounts. In 2014 she had a refreshing change of pace producing a story on the Buffalo Soldier living history re-enactors.  There wasn’t a cell phone in sight as the soldiers engaged kids with activities like map-making and trap ball. When a young college grad joins the group, he discovers history’s ultimate outdoorsmen. Postcard From Texas Enjoy a spectacular sunset at Monahans Sandhills State Park.

PBS Show March 20-26, 2016 I #2423

Pronghorns, Tent Revival & a Sinking Ship Satellite Solution Pronghorn antelope populations in west Texas have waivered in recent years. Using satellite tracking data, biologists are finding new information and solutions to help the Pronghorns. 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Lori Kreitner While most Texans are enjoying weekends and holidays, Lori Kreitner is on call to ensure Texas state parks systems are running smoothly. In her 20 years of service, Lori has mastered the art of assisting frustrated customers and resolving problems quickly. Producer’s Favorites: Sinking of the Kinta S Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, that started from a Texas bay aboard a game warden ship...Producer Kyle Banowsky has been working on the PBS show for two years. In 2014 he stepped on board a game warden patrol boat and journeyed 8 miles off shore from Corpus Christi to capture the sinking of the Kinta S. The 155-foot freighter was sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as part of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s artificial reef program. Kyle worked with a team of photographers, shooting the event from every possible angle, high in the sky, beneath the waves, and inside the sinking ship. And he did not get seasick. 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 It’s feeding time for the birds at Hugh Ramsey Park. Enjoy some South Texas avian beauties.

PBS Show March 13-19, 2016 I #2422

Cave Crawlers, Outdoor Clubbing & a Frog Pond 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Chris Davis As the leader of Special Operations, Chris Davis keeps Texas Game Wardens on the cutting edge of law enforcement. Producer’s Favorites: Outdoor Clubbing Producer Alan Fisher, has been working on the Texas Parks & Wildlife TV show since 2001. In 2009 he explored the world of outdoor social clubs, following adventurous members hiking, biking, paddling, and camping. The experience seemed to show that life is better outside, and perhaps best enjoyed with some company. Postcard From Texas If you build a nice little water structure in your yard, you might just attract some native wildlife. Like frogs. And the occasional snake.

PBS Show March 6-12, 2016 I #2421

FERAL HOGS, HISTORY KEEPER & GOING TO GARNER Hogs Wild The threat of feral hogs to Texas agriculture and ecology looms large.  Hunters and trappers have long aided landowners in keeping wild pig populations in check, but the problem may be growing too fast for traditional means to stop.  To provide another tool for farmers and ranchers, research is being conducted that could offer a new kind of protection from this feral pig plague. Parks & Wildlife People: Cynthia Brandimarte Dr. Cynthia Brandimarte helps tell the story of Texas state parks. An author of several books and Director of Texas state parks historic structures, Cynthia ensures that not only do all sides of the story get told but that these stories are accessible to all. Producer’s Favorites: A Fuentes Family Fourth Producer Don Cash has been working on the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show since 1998. In 2008 he set out to do a story on the busiest state park on the busiest weekend. He ended up at Garner State Park. There he met a group of family and friends that have been dealing with the Fourth of July crowds at Garner for 19 straight years, and loving every minute of it. Postcard From Texas Get a birds eye view of the 2015 Texas Water Safari.

PBS Show February 28-March 5, 2016 I #2420

BUTTERFLY BEAUTY, ENCHANTED ROCK & THE INSPIRING ECOLOGIST Betting on Butterflies Some fragile flying insects bring beauty and business to Texas each year. Are we being good hosts? Parks & Wildlife People: Timothy Birdsong Texas Parks and Wildlife's Chief of Habitat Conservation Timothy Birdsong applies science-based stewardship to support healthy aquatic ecosystems. By establishing partnerships with landowners, local and national organizations, Timothy has helped improve habitat conditions for fish and wildlife in over 100 miles of Texas rivers and streams. Producer’s Favorites: Epitaph Video producer Ron Kabele worked on the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show for 23 years. As part of the show’s thirtieth anniversary, Ron introduces us to an inspiring character, Geraldine Watson. As a plant ecologist and Ranger for the National Park Service, Geraldine played a pivotal role in the creation of Big Thicket National Preserve. She was feisty and combative, passionate and self-sacrificing. Even after she retired, Geraldine spent her time and energy restoring a remnant of the beautiful virgin forests of her childhood. Postcard From Texas See Enchanted Rock State Park through the use of time-lapse photography. Find out where and when to watch at

PBS Show February 21-27, 2016 I #2419

MOVING MULE DEER, SOCIAL MEDIATOR & A YOGA HIKE Moving Mule Deer In a multi-year effort to boost mule deer populations in parts of Far West Texas, biologists are capturing and relocating female deer, or does, to help replenish herds after the drought of the 1990s. Take a (Yoga) Hike Join a yoga hike at McKinney Falls State Park and get a new perspective on meditation and exercise. 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Whitney Bishop Whitney Bishop manages the social media applications for Texas Parks and Wildlife, enabling the agency to reach new audiences, many of whom have lost a connection to the outdoors. Producer’s Favorites: Chester’s Island Producer Abe Moore has worked on the show for about ten years and has covered all kinds of stories, but the ones he loves the most are about amazing people. His most memorable is about an old watcher of sorts, Chester Smith. Chester simply loves the birds of Sundown Island, a small rookery island in Matagorda Bay. He cares about this place so much he became an island warden for the National Audubon Society. Meet Chester and see what it takes to care for this special place. Postcard From Texas See the Davis Mountains in bloom. Find out where and when to watch at

PBS Show February 14-20, 2016 I #2418

PURPLE PALACES, BIG BLACK BEARS & CLEANING IT UP 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Oil Spill Response Team In March 2014 approximately 168,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Houston Ship Channel. Within hours, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department joined a multi-agency effort to clean up the damages, help wildlife and provide baseline data for natural resource damage and recovery. Producer’s Favorites: Black Bears of Black Gap Producer Bruce Biermann has been with the Texas Parks & Wildlife TV series since 1994.  His most enjoyable story for the show was following a husband and wife biologist team in the desert of West Texas as they trapped, tagged and followed some of the Black Bear population along the Rio Grande River.  Bruce never thought in his life that he’d be able to touch a bear let alone smell its breath, of course while the bear was anesthetized. Postcard From Texas See some crawling creatures of west Texas. Find out where and when to watch at

PBS Show February 7-13, 2016 I #2417

DINOSAUR TRACKS, FISHING AT MUELLER & SOME SURVIVAL TIPS 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. 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. Hooked and Cooked An event at a neighborhood pond in central Austin introduces families to the sport of fishing, and a nearby cooking demonstration gives them a taste of what to do with the day’s catch. Parks & Wildlife People: Brian Van Zee Zebra mussels are an aquatic invasive species that threaten native fish, wreak havoc for boaters and clog water systems. To fight this threat, Brian Van Zee established a statewide network for research, monitoring and public outreach. Producer’s Favorites: Dave Alloway Survival Tips Mark Thurman worked as a video producer for Texas Parks and Wildlife for twenty one years. In 2002 he put together a series of outdoor survival tips for the television show with the late Dave Alloway. This is part of our look back at the show’s thirty years on the air. Postcard From Texas Sunrise sparkles on Gorman Falls in Colorado Bend State Park. Find out where and when to watch at

PBS Show January 31-February 6, 2016 I #2416

EL PASO OWLS, THREE KINGFISHERS & RICHLAND CREEK WATER 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Richland Creek Team Texans are faced with the problem of supplying water to a growing population while avoiding adverse impacts to our habitat. Texas Park and Wildlife partnered with the Tarrant County Regional Water District to provide a reliable water supply to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex while protecting the state's natural resources. Producer’s Favorites: Oasis of the Kingfisher If you been around the water in Texas you may have seen a belted kingfisher diving for small fish. The odds are long that you would see the other two kinds of kingfishers found in North America in the exact same location. But in 2001 that's what happened to video producer Lee Smith at one of his favorite places in Texas. Postcard From Texas Swim with the fishes inside the dive tank at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. Find out where and when to watch at

PBS Show January 24-30, 2016 I #2415

FRIENDLY FLOCKERS, CADDO LAKE & A RIVER RISING 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. Lone Star Land Steward: Mill Iron Ranch Comprised of 30,000 acres of native range, the land management at the Mill Iron Ranch balances a working cattle operation with natural and cultural resource conservation. Several species of wildlife are benefitting from the grassland and riparian management on the ranch, including bobwhite quail, burrowing owls, prairie dogs, Cassin’s sparrows, meadowlarks, Rio Grande wild turkeys and Texas horned lizards. Producer’s Favorites: Caddo Lake Gwen Zucker spent twelve years as a video producer for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In 2000 she traveled to Caddo Lake to do a story on the people there, who gladly shared the beauty and tranquility of one of Texas’ greatest natural treasures. Postcard From Texas Watch as the Colorado River rises through Colorado Bend State Park. Find out where and when to watch at

PBS Show January 17-23, 2016 I #2414

EL PASO TRAILS, SAVING SOME BISON & SHIFTING SANDS The Trailblazer We meet a trail building legend in El Paso. The Franklin Mountain range is the largest sustained mountain range in Texas, and it has some of the best mountain biking trails in the state. We’ll meet the man that has built many of those trails, and he’s doing it at the spry age of seventy nine. Lone Star Land Steward: H. Yturria Land & Cattle Co. Originally founded by Francisco Yturria, the 24,000-acre H. Yturria Land and Cattle Co. has been in the family for 157 years. The Butler family has worked tirelessly to develop the habitat and distribute water for all game and non-game species across the ranch. The Butlers have restored Rio Grande wild turkey populations in the area by trapping and restocking. This effort has proven successful and allowed them to provide birds for translocations to several adjacent landowners. Producer’s Favorites: Rescuing History Television news producer Karen Loke has worked at Texas Parks and Wildlife for 24 years. In 1998 she spent 10 days on the J.A. Ranch in the Texas Panhandle documenting the capture and relocation of the last of the Southern Plains Bison herd. Postcard From Texas The sands are constantly shifting at Monahans Sandhills State Park. Find out where and when to watch at

PBS Show January 10-16, 2016 I #2413

GATOR HUNT, NECHES REFUGE & THE ECO-TAINER Texas Tussle, A Gator Hunt It’s a hot muggy afternoon in an east Texas marsh, and it’s time to hunt for alligators. We tag along with some lucky hunters that get a chance of a lifetime to hunt alligators at J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area. Lone Star Land Steward: Neches Refuge The Neches Refuge in Houston County has strived to improve and enhance habitat for all native East Texas wildlife species, while managing for sustainable, healthy, profitable, and aesthetically pleasing forestland. The refuge has planted over 75 acres in longleaf pine with plans for an additional 20 acres of plantings. Numerous water control structures have also been installed to create seasonally-flooded wetlands, including a 42 acre green-tree reservoir. When Every Day is Earth Day Singer/songwriter John Stark makes his living by bringing an environmental message to city schools. His work is artistically rewarding, but financially challenging. In 1996 John was featured on the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show. This is part of our look back at the show’s thirty years on the air. Postcard From Texas Texas is blessed with four different species of quail. See them all in their natural habitats. Find out where and when to watch at