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PBS SHOW Kangaroo Rats, Outdoor Writer, Saving Bats, #2709

Program 2709. Air dates December 9-15, 2018 & June 9-15, 2019 Kangaroo Rats, an Outdoor Writer & Saving Bats Hop for the Future, Keeping the Texas Kangaroo Rat on the Map The range of a unique hopping rodent has dwindled to just a few areas near the Red River. Researchers are in a race to learn more about it before it disappears into the night. Parks & Wildlife People: Ronald Day, Jr. Not even a hurricane can stop Ron Day from keeping the Texas Parks & Wildlife phone and computer systems from working. Fishing Hall of Fame: Shannon Tompkins Meet Shannon Tompkins, outdoor writer, expert angler, and now a Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame member. Shannon is being honored for his long career covering the outdoor life in Texas, and for his passion for the environment. Watching for White Nose A deadly fungal disease killing millions of hibernating bats is spreading through North America, with Texas in its path. Learn what biologists and conservationists are doing to prevent the deadly White Nose Syndrome from affecting Texas bats. Postcard From Texas Start a Gulf of Mexico day the Galveston way, with a soothing sunrise scene from the seawall.

PBS SHOW Blue Suckers, Buffalo Soldiers, Lake Wichita, #2708

Program 2708. Air dates December 2-8, 2018 & June 2-8, 2019 Blue Suckers, Buffalo Soldiers & Lake Wichita In Search of the Blue Sucker Biologists on the Colorado River are searching for a rare fish. It’s called a Blue Sucker, and not much is known about this Texas native. We follow along as a research team searches rapids and riffles on the Colorado, hoping to find, and learn more about this elusive fish. Buffalo Soldiers: Making the Connections When an aspiring nature photographer joins a group of Buffalo Soldier re-enactors, he discovers history's ultimate outdoorsmen. Port O’Connor Paddling Trail If you love to paddle and you want to get away there is no better paddling trail than the one in Port O’Connor. From paddling the bays, to sliding through a saltwater marsh, this one of the best coastal paddling trails in the state. Parks & Wildlife People: Tom Lang Meet the courageous visionary and driving force behind the Lake Wichita Revitalization Project. Postcard From Texas Winter winds blow and fall leaves fall as the seasons change.

PBS SHOW Reading Green, Oyster Industry, Quality Water, #2707

Program 2707. Air dates November 25-December 1, 2018 & May 26-June 1, 2019 Reading Green, Oyster Industry & Quality Water Growing Green Building materials, natural lighting, and solar panels make Austin’s new central library a very green building.  But the library’s greenest feature may be up on top.  The rooftop garden, landscaped with native plants, is a rest stop for library patrons and urban pollinators alike. The Grind Over the past decade, Texas oysters have endured everything from hurricanes to floods to drought. And that’s got Oystermen feeling the pinch of less profits. Now work is underway to help strengthen Texas bays and the oyster industry. Lone Star Land Steward: Couch Mountain Nelson Roach embodies the tenets of land stewardship through his holistic approach to managing this Camp County property near Daingerfield. Through creek-side improvements, Roach is improving instream flows and the quality of water flowing from his property into Lake O’ The Pines Reservoir. He has worked tirelessly to establish quality habitat for wildlife, particularly toward reintroduction of Eastern wild turkey. 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. Old Tunnel State Park Abandoned by train traffic long ago, a century-old tunnel near Fredericksburg has become a seasonal home for millions of bats. Now this small state park provides a grand wildlife viewing opportunity on summer evenings. Postcard From Texas Enjoy an early morning on the Chihuahuan desert grasslands.

PBS SHOW - Turkey Work, Turkey Calls, Turkey Talk, #2706

Program 2706. Air dates November 18-24, 2018 & May 19-25, 2019 Turkey Work, Turkey Calls & Turkey Talk Turkey Work On a ranch in South Texas, biologists are tapping the latest technology, and fitting turkey with tiny backpacks, to learn where the turkey lurk. With this data, scientists are gaining a better understanding of the habitat needs and preferences of Rio Grande turkey populations. See how these findings may benefit turkey and all who enjoy them. Turkey Calls Calling turkeys is an art. Here’s some tips on painting just the right sound. Playing the Turkey Game Hunting turkey in Texas can be like a game of chess; it’s all about making the right moves. Follow along as a group of hunters gets out-smarted by these elusive gobblers again and again. Talking Turkeys Meet the wild Texas turkey as it gobbles, struts and tantalizes turkey fans. Learn where turkeys live in Texas and how to "talk" turkey. 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. Postcard From Texas If you haven’t seen enough turkeys by now, here’s some more.

PBS SHOW - Natural Connection, Room to Roam, Pocket Prairies, #2705

Program 2705. Air dates November 11-17, 2018 & May 12-18, 2019 Natural Connection, Room to Roam & Pocket Prairies A Natural Connection From the brush country of South Texas to the mountains of West Texas, two women have outdoor pursuits as different as the landscapes. These two mothers, one a hunter, and the other a hiker, meet and share their interests, growing a friendship and deepening their appreciation of the outdoors. Lone Star Land Steward: Billingsley Ranch The ultimate resource management goal of this ranch in far West Texas is to promote, restore, and maintain native natural resources and provide ample habitat for native wildlife species. Ranch operator Stuart Sasser has been a proponent of pronghorn restoration efforts, and through fencing modifications has effectively defragmented the prairie system on the property for the benefit of antelope. 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. Postcard From Texas The Mission Reach Paddling Trail is a great place to get outside and get some exercise very near to downtown San Antonio. You can float on the San Antonio River, ride a bike along the paved trails, or just watch for some wildlife.

PBS SHOW - Spicewood Ranch, ADA Hunt Help, East Texas Woods, #2704

Program 2704. Air dates November 4-10, 2018 & May 5-11, 2019 Spicewood Ranch, ADA Hunt Help & East Texas Woods Lone Star Land Steward: Spicewood Ranch By acquiring land, resting it from grazing, and reducing deer numbers, the Harte family began to restore their Hill Country ranch. Through years of prescribed burns, native plant seeding efforts, and patience, their Spicewood Ranch is now a living library of plant diversity. 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. The Climate Detective What can old Texas trees teach us about our climate? One researcher is finding out. Follow him as he taps the secrets of the trees and learns the warnings they may hold for water planners. 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. Postcard From Texas Enjoy a few moments of natural sights and sounds in the East Texas woods.

PBS SHOW - Huntsville State Park, Laqborcitis Creek, Galveston Island, #2703

Program 2703. Air dates October 28-November 3, 2018 & April 28-May 4, 2019 Huntsville State Park, Laborcitas Creek & Galveston Island Huntsville State Park Huntsville State Park opens a door to 2000 acres of outdoor adventure. You can camp, mountain bike, and of course fish the day away on Lake Raven. Your East Texas Pineywoods adventure awaits. Lone Star Land Steward: Laborcitas Creek Ranch In 1990, current owners Berdon and Rolanette Lawrence began their loving relationship with this landscape, named the Laborcitas Creek Ranch. The ranch includes 16,000 acres of mostly classic brush country but also 40 acres of valuable wetlands. Bucking the trends of fragmentation and non-native invasive grasses, the Laborcitas Creek Ranch is adding acreage and diligently restoring native habitat to benefit diverse wildlife, from game animals to waterfowl and more. Mobile Storytellers The ancient art of storytelling gets a new twist when a group of students attempt to tell the story of Garner State Park using nothing but their phones. 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. Postcard From Texas Take it slow on the beach at Galveston Island.

PBS SHOW - Hunters Welcome, Goldthwaite Goldrush, Some Deer, #2702

Program 2702. Air dates October 21-27, 2018 & April 21-27, 2019 Hunters Welcome, Goldthwaite Goldmine & Some Deer Hunters Welcome, Goldrush in Goldthwaite Hunting is not only a tradition in small towns across Texas, it’s also an important part of the local economy. The people of Goldthwaite, Texas look forward to deer season as quality time with friends and family, and as a time when hunters spend vital dollars in the town’s stores, gas stations and restaurants. Travel to Goldthwaite for the opening weekend of deer season to see how this quiet community comes alive when the hunters arrive. Outtakes With four camera crews documenting the opening weekend of deer season in Goldthwaite, there’s plenty of bumbles, bruises, and bloopers that didn’t quite make the first cut. Postcard From Texas There are a lot of deer in Mills County, Texas. Here’s a few.

PBS SHOW - San Antonio Float, Green Jays, Fanthorp Inn, #2701

Program 2701, Air dates October 14-20, 2018 & April 14-20, 2019 San Antonio Float, Green Jays & Fanthorp Inn Mission Reach Paddling Trail When you think of a river adventure in San Antonio, the famous Riverwalk comes to mind. But there is a paddling trail of a different sort that’s worth checking out. A Green Jay Survey As the Rio Grande Valley becomes more urbanized, habitat for wildlife is dwindling. To find out how Green Jays are adapting to the changing environment, biologists are trapping, tagging and tracking these colorful birds. Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site Near the spot where Texas declared independence from Mexico, and back when getting places was bumpier and sleeping was lumpier, a stagecoach stop on an old Spanish road evolved into a popular place for weary travelers to rest. Today it is known as Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site. The Business of Burning Prescribed fires by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are carefully planned events conducted by a specially trained and skilled crew. From the burn boss to the grunt and the engine to the drip torch, see what and who it takes to safely put on a prescribed fire. Postcard From Texas Enjoy a day at the beach along the Colorado River.

PBS Show K-9 Wardens, the Trailer Camera & Grasslands Sunset, #2626

Program 2626. Air dates April 8-14, 2018 & October 7-13, 2018 K-9 Wardens, the Trailer Camera & Grasslands Sunset 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.  Estero Llano Grande State Park The geographic center of the World Birding Center network is Estero Llano Grande State Park. What was once farmland is now a 176-acre refuge for a spectacular array of South Texas wildlife. The mix of thorn forest and man-made wetlands make it a popular destination for birds and birders. 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 travelling trailer camera. Postcard From Texas Sit back and take in the sights and sounds of the soothing sunset at the Rita Blanca National Grassland.

PBS Program March 25-31, 2018, #2625

Program 2625. Air dates April 1-7, 2018 & September 30-October 6, 2018 Hunting Dogs, Swift Foxes & South Llano Leisure 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. South Llano River State Park This Texas hill country park, near the town of Junction, has the cure for what ails you. Tubing for the summer sizzle, biking for the weekend warrior, birding for the quiet escape, and some serious fly-fishing for those that crave a tug on the line. 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. Postcard From Texas Enjoy a misty morning along the water at The Big Woods on the Trinity.

PBS Show East Texas Turkeys, Old Tunnel Bats & Returning Bass, #2624

Program 2624. Air dates March 25-31, 2018 & September 23-29, 2018 East Texas Turkeys, Old Tunnel Bats & Returning Bass East Texas Turkeys 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. Old Tunnel State Park Abandoned by train traffic long ago, a century-old tunnel near Fredericksburg has become a seasonal home for millions of bats. Now this small state park provides a grand wildlife viewing opportunity on summer evenings. A Return Home The official state fish, the Guadalupe Bass, has been restored to the South Llano River. Threatened by loss of habitat and hybridization with non-native, introduced Smallmouth Bass, the Guadalupe Bass was close to being wiped out. We’ll learn what happened and how biologists figured out how to restore the Texas native back to the South Llano River. 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. Austin’s Warblers In the heart of the hill country is the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, and here you will find the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler. Join some biologists as they monitor these unique birds during their nesting season. Postcard From Texas Some ducks take a dip on a winter morning at Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

PBS Show Catching Crappie, Crappie Cooking & Seeing Bald Eagles, #2623

Program 2623. Air dates March 18-24, 2018 & September 16-22, 2018 Catching Crappie, Crappie Cooking & Seeing Bald Eagles The Crappie Guys Meet Tommy Tidwell, a high school science teacher and part time crappie fishing guide. Tommy spends a lot of time helping anglers learn the finer points of crappie catching. Then there’s Mr. Crappie, Wally Marshall. Everything Wally does revolves around his favorite fish. Everything. Wild Game Cooking: Cooking Crappie Ok, so now you’ve got some crappie in the boat. It’s time to make ‘em into a tasty meal, frying style. TPWD resident chef Tim Spice shows us how. Texas Eagles on the Move The Bald Eagle is now off the endangered species list, and more Eagles are calling Texas home. We visit a couple of Eagle nests, and learn that these birds now have a new challenge on the horizon. Postcard From Texas Enjoy some spectacular landscape views near Big Bend National Park.

PBS Show Goliad Experience, El Paso Owls & the Marine Identifier, #2622

Program 2622. Air dates March 11-17, 2018 & September 9-15, 2018 Goliad Experience, El Paso Owls & the Marine Identifier Goliad State Park & Historic Site If you’ve been to Goliad State Park & Historic Site, you’re probably familiar with the rich cultural history of the site. What you might not have experienced are the outdoor activities at the park; like camping, nature hikes, biking, and paddling the nearby Goliad Paddling Trail. There’s a lot to do here no matter you primary interest. 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: Brenda Bowling Brenda Bowling just can't stop herself from identifying marine animals. She collected such a large database of information that she created an interactive website called “Identification Guide to Marine Organisms of Texas” with over 2,000 photographs. 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 A small waterhole on the Santa Clara Ranch in Hidalgo County, Texas is a great place for some of the local wildlife to replenish and refresh.

PBS Show College Climbers, Sinking Trees & the Turkey Dude, #2621

Program 2621. Air dates March 4-10, 2018 & September 2-8, 2018 College Climbers, Sinking Trees & the Turkey Dude Collegiate Climbers People have been climbing rocks since rocks were invented, but college climbing teams are a new thing. Meets some of the students on the national champion University of Texas club climbing team, and see what it takes to excel at this demanding sport. Fishing for Christmas Trees Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries staff and the Still Waters Bass Club placed 150 Christmas trees into Stamford Reservoir near Abilene to enhance angling opportunities on the lake. Parks & Wildlife People: Jason Hardin In coordination with several partners, Jason Hardin is helping to successfully bring wild turkeys back to east Texas. Because of his research and coordination with other agencies and groups, the turkeys are gobbling again in the piney woods. 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. Postcard From Texas Hang out at Guadalupe River State Park on a windy day.

PBS Show Hunting as a Refuge, Recreation Outreach & Night Skies, #2620

Program 2620. Air dates February 25-March 3, 2018 & August 26-September 1, 2018 Hunting as a Refuge, Recreation Outreach & Night Skies Refuge From the Storm For Robin Bradbery the outdoors is what she calls her “happy place.” That’s no surprise, lots of folks rush to nature for the release. But for Robin, it’s more than that, it’s a chance for her to escape the challenges of living with Autism. Caprock Canyons Prairie Dogs 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Kimberly Sorensen Kim Sorensen works tirelessly to promote outdoor recreation, state park use and environmental literacy to traditionally underserved groups in the Houston area. And she does it all with a really big smile. The Night's Watch The Davis Mountains have some of the best views in the world for stargazing. Meet the astronomer working to protect the dark skies in West Texas and to keep away light pollution. Postcard From Texas At Enchanted Rock State Natural Area rock climbers get a grip in a hurry, or not so fast.

PBS Show Planting Pines, Texas Quail & Trinity Paddling, #2619

Program 2619. Air dates February 18-24, 2018 & August 19-25, 2018 Planting Pines, Texas Quail & Trinity Paddling Lone Star Land Steward: Greg Grant Deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas, you’ll meet a tree hugger that does things a bit different. Greg Grant has restored his family land, working hard to create pine savannahs, and pine forests. Now that they are established he’s been killing his pine trees ever since. The State of Quail Texas has long been known for its robust quail populations, but habitat loss has impacted all four quail species in the state. Though their homes range from desert floodplain and brush land to prairie grasslands, these quail species need native habitat to thrive. Find out how researchers, non-profits, and landowners and managers are working together to keep quail numbers healthy statewide. Lake Arrowhead State Park Close to the Red River in both location and hue, this North Texas park offers family fun and fine fishing. Traversing the Trinity Grab a paddle and hit the river, wherever you live there is a paddling trail nearby. For folks in Dallas there’s one right in the heart of the city. The Dallas Trinity Paddling Trail is 10.2 miles of unexpected fun. Postcard From Texas Enjoy a night kite flight at Bastrop State Park.

PBS Show El Camino Real, Songbird Habitat & Sand Surfing, #2618

Program 2618. Air dates February 11-17, 2018 & August 12-18, 2018 El Camino Real, Songbird Habitat & Sand Surfing Tracing a Timeless Trail New awareness is being brought to a centuries-old pathway, the Camino Real de los Tejas. Meet a man on a mission to highlight its history, and the places and cultures it connects, as we trace a National Historic Trail through Texas. Lone Star Land Steward: Brown Ranch Looking to get away from their home in the big city, Mark and Cheryl Brown bought an overgrazed piece of land an hour east of Austin. Their work in restoring native songbird habitat has grown from a hobby to a passion, and they're looking to spread the message. Surfing the Sands at Monahans Sun, sand, and surfing are not just found at the beach. Visit Monahans Sandhills State Park near Midland-Odessa and surf, slide, or tumble down the dunes for some family fun. Postcard From Texas Join a black light night hike at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin.

PBS Show A Memorable Hunt, El Carmen Conservation & Parrot People, #2617

Program 2617. Air dates February 4-10, 2018 & August 5-11, 2018 A Memorable Hunt, El Carmen Conservation & Parrot People In Memory of Jacob Krebs A young man’s dream to become a Navy Seal and serve his country ends too quickly, but his values and family and community love sparks new opportunities and even life for many others. The Harper Wildlife Association Youth Hunt in Memory of Jacob Krebs is now an annual event providing first time hunting opportunities to youth who come from a military background. Lone Star Land Steward: El Carmen Land & Cattle Co. A wildlife refuge along the Texas-Mexico border protects vital dispersal corridors for large mammals and is a major migration corridor for birds. Wildlife managers Bonnie and Billy Pat McKinney are busy restoring this precious piece of Chihuahuan Desert. Parrot People Bird-enthusiasts in the Rio Grande Valley are turning their attention to a bird with a strong personality about which researchers know very little: the Red-Crowned Parrot. Threatened by habitat loss and the pet trade, the Red-Crowned Parrot has moved to the cities of south Texas, while researchers and volunteers are just now learning the basics about this quirky bird. Postcard From Texas Observe some majestic Bighorn Sheep roaming the Trans-Pecos region of Texas.

PBS Show West Texas Wetlands, Cave People & Sharing Space, #2616

Program 2616. Air dates January 28- February 3, 2018 & July 29-August 4, 2018 West Texas Wetlands, Cave People & Sharing Space West Texas Wetlands In the driest region of Texas, meet some ingenious landowners who created their own desert oasis’. From Presidio to Balmorhea, new man made wetlands are attracting not only birds but some excited birders. And if you head to one particular oasis you’ll see one of the rarest hummingbirds found in the United States. Lone Star Land Steward: Solana Ranch Solana Ranch near Salado, Texas has been in the Michaux family since 1950. Through the family's cattle and hunting operations, they've held this special piece of property together in the face of development pressure in one of the fastest growing areas of the state. Cave People Who knows what darkness lurks deep in the heart of Texas? Cavers know! There are thousands of known caves in Texas and more yet to be discovered. Join some modern day cave explorers as they duck, climb, crawl, and squeeze their way through the dark and mysterious world that exists beneath our feet. Postcard From Texas The Rita Blanca National Grassland is 92,000 wide open acres straddling the Texas and Oklahoma border. This shortgrass prairie is home to pronghorn antelope, prairie dogs, and a variety of songbirds.

PBS Show Shrimping Life, Brazos Bend & Bathing Bobwhites, #2615

Program #2615. Air dates January 21-27, 2018 & July 22-29, 2018 Shrimping Life, Brazos Bend & Bathing Bobwhites The Last of the Stringos Shrimping is and has always been a way of life for the Stringo family. Five generations of Stringos have shrimped the Gulf and Bays of Texas. But times are tough, and while most of the family have given up, there is one Stringo still on the water. Brazos Bend State Park Known as a nature-lovers paradise, the diverse ecosystems of Brazos Bend State Park attracts equally diverse people from the nearby metropolis of Houston. Learn about some of the things visitors enjoy doing at this popular state park. Preaching Taxidermy Meet a man in Utopia who helps save souls, when he isn’t helping save lasting mementos of hunting and fishing trips. Rafinesque’s Big-eared Bats Get an up close look at a bat few folks ever get to see. Travel to east Texas and visit the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, to catch a glimpse of the rare Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat. Postcard From Texas Bobwhite Quail cool off and chow-down in a Panhandle cotton field.

PBS Show El Paso Envoy, Fighting Fires & an Aquatic Advisor, #2614

Program 2614. Air dates January 14-20, 2018 & Juley 15-21, 2018 El Paso Envoy, Fighting Fires & an Aquatic Advisor El Paso Envoy A day in El Paso might include empanadas, bouldering, ancient legends, and a happy-hour hike. Join Hueco Tanks ambassador Clara Cobb doing her favorite activities. The Firefighters Now more than ever Texans realize the importance of skilled firefighters, as 2011 was one of the worst wildfire years on record. See what it takes to be on the frontlines as part of Parks and Wildlife’s Wildland Fire Team. Parks & Wildlife People: Jackie Robinson Always wanting to teach and share her knowledge, Jackie Robinson a leader in providing expert advice for the promotion and protection of healthy aquatic ecosystems. Waiting for Winter Trout The annual winter stocking of rainbow trout in the Guadalupe River is a much anticipated event. Check out some of the best spots to go to catch these feisty freshwater fish. Pedernales Falls Bike Trails Pedernales Falls State Park is known for its falls of course. Lesser known are the 20 or so miles of hike and bike trails. Take a tour of the trails on two wheels. Postcard from Texas Enjoy sunset in the marsh of Galveston Bay.

PBS Show Eye in the Sky, Saving Prairies & Sheldon Lake, #2613

Program 2613. Air dates January 7-13, 2018 & July 8-14, 2018 Eye in the Sky, Saving Prairies & Sheldon Lake Eye in the Sky Technology just keeps getting better, and as a result so does our knowledge of wildlife. With the use of satellite transmitters placed on wildlife we are learning more and new things about the lives and habits of Texas’ wildlife. See how biologists gather information about the lives of desert bighorn sheep as they move the through the mountains of west Texas and Mexico, and the endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle as they travel the Gulf of Mexico. Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center is a 2,800 acre park that has been surrounded by development over the past fifty years. Today, the park boasts a diverse habitat, including prairie, marsh, and woods. It’s an oasis for both wildlife and people, just minutes from Downtown Houston. The Last Stand The pristine coastal prairie landscape is disappearing at a rapid rate in Texas. Once covering millions of acres, less than a tenth of a percent of the original prairie remains. But there is a movement underway to turn things around. Meet some of these prairie patriots who are working to restore coastal prairies back to Texas. Guarding the Nest Boaters are asked to stay clear of rookery islands during water-birds nesting season along the coast. Biologists say it only takes two minutes for an abandoned egg to cook in the Texas sun or a newborn chick to parish in the heat or be left to predation. Boaters and anglers can help out by being aware of their actions and allowing plenty of space for the birds. Postcard From Texas Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the west Texas sky.

PBS Show Nesting Shrikes, Beautiful Butterflies & Outdoor Families, #2612

Program 2612. Air dates December 31, 2017-January 6, 2018 & July 1-7, 2018 Nesting Shrikes, Beautiful Butterflies & Outdoor Families Settled In at Old Settlers The Loggerhead Shrike is a songbird with a raptor’s habits. They skewer their meals on barbed wire or thorns for easy eating. Some Shrikes have also found a nice nesting place in a busy Round Rock, Texas park. San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site On April 21, 1836, Texas won its independence when an outnumbered Texan Army defeated Mexican forces on the plains of San Jacinto. The Monument built in remembrance of the battle stands on the flat Texas wetlands along the Houston ship channel. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the history of Texas – a soaring monument to commemorate a small battle with huge consequences.  Betting on Butterflies Some fragile flying insects bring beauty and business to Texas each year. Are we being good hosts? Parks & Wildlife People: Texas Outdoor Family Team Texas Outdoor Family was created to help those with very little experience in the outdoors or in state parks, to find the joys of the outdoors "with no experience necessary". Postcard From Texas Stephen Ramirez is a San Marcos based photographer who, during his travels and work with the Texas Land Conservancy, focuses on landscape photography of natural areas in the state.

PBS Show Mule Deer, Game Warden Aid & Wild Wing, #2611

Program 2611. Air dates December 24-30, 2017 & June 24-30, 2018 Mule Deer, Game Warden Aid & Wild Wings Mulies of the Plains A large scale research project is taking a closer look at mule deer in the Texas Panhandle. Three Texas universities have teamed up with the Parks and Wildlife Department to determine how agriculture may affect mule deer movements and survival in this region. Parks & Wildlife People: Game Warden Critical Incident Response Team Referred to as the peer support team, the Texas Game Warden Critical Incident Response Team gives support to law enforcement officers, first responders and others in need of emotional support. The team provides "crisis first aid" to those in need from officers trained to provide counseling and support. Lone Star Land Steward: Wild Wings Ranch When Rod and Mary Hench bought a ranch in Scurry County, Texas, they envisioned a place to go quail hunting. It’s taken a few years to turn the overgrazed scrub land into a haven for all kinds of wildlife, but they’ve done it bit by bit. Today the Wild Wings Ranch has quail, dove, white tail deer, mule deer and turkey. Franklin Mountains Bike Trails Get ready to actually ride your bike in the mountains, the largest sustained mountain range in Texas, in fact! From downright nasty single track to some easy open riding, Franklin Mountains State Park has some of the best mountain biking trails in the state. Postcard From Texas The South Llano River is a great place to swim, or just relax.