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Artificial Reefs, The Kraken


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. Find out more at https://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/ Additional photography courtesy of: Wilson Barbee Jake Emmert Chris Ledford Jacob Morales Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission NOAA Fisheries

True Stories About Water Safety


While it's easy to think it will never happen to us, these are real stories from survivors of accidents on the water. For information on boating safety, boaters education and how to choose the right life jacket, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/safety/

Texas Clipper Artificial Reef


[cc] Texas Parks and Wildlife sank a 7000-ton ship 17 nautical miles off the coast of South Padre Island to create an artificial reef on the barren sandy bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. It has become a haven for marine life, anglers and divers. For more information on the artificial reef program, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/overview.phtml

The Red River, Texas


The River Runs Red The Red River is a dividing line full of interesting people and tales. Travel this historic corridor along the Texas - Oklahoma border. This segment airs on the Texas Parks and Wildlife television show the week of December 25-31, 2012, and repeats the week of June 24-30, 2012, on the Texas PBS stations. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv

Progress for Paddlefish


Progress for Paddlefish When paddlefish were stocked in Caddo Lake in 2014, it was truly an experiment. No one could be certain the fish would survive or stay put, but years later it seems they have done both. A new update on the progress of a very old fish.  Find out more at https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/species/pad/

Texas Above & Below: Rivers & Lakes


Texas Above & Below: Rivers & Lakes The first in a four part series that highlights The Lone Star State in a way we don't normally get to see ... from high above and down below. First up, we fly over our rivers and lakes, hearing from some of Texas' greatest thinkers about how our stewardship of these resources are so vital to the economic and cultural future of our state. From Show #2211.

Paddling Trails of Texas


Paddle along as we explore some of the state's best paddling trips. Details, including rental info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/

How to Paddle a Canoe


A quick lesson on how to paddle a canoe so you won't be paddling in circles. For information on Texas paddling trails and canoe rentals, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org

The Guadalupe, Tracing a Texas River


This story traces the Guadalupe River from its headwaters all the way down to the Gulf, highlighting some of the things you see and can do along the way. For more on Texas rivers, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/

Last of the Bayous in Houston, Texas


Clear Creek is one of the last untouched, pristine bayous in Harris County. For a city like Houston known as Bayou City, it's ironic that so few of these waterways remain intact. This story chronicles the natural beauty of the Clear Creek area, along with its ecological significance. Learn more about water issues in Texas at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/ See what's on our program this week: ‪http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/tv/‬. For a list of stations and air times: ‪http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/tv/tvwhere.phtml‬.

Texas Above & Below: The Coast


Texas Above & Below: The Coast The second in a four part series that highlights The Lone Star State in a way we don't normally get to see ... from high above and down below. In this segment, we fly over the Gulf of Mexico and our coastlines, where you'll get a different view of the wildlife, the habitat, and man's impacts. From Show #2214.

Enjoy Public Paddling Trails in Texas


Texas has a network of paddling trails that are free and open to the public. They're a great way to explore the outdoors. Visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org for information on trails and boat rentals.

Invasive Species in Texas Lakes


Here's how you can help prevent invasive species such as Giant Salvinia and Zebra Mussels from harming Texas lakes. More info. at http://www.texasinvasives.org/

The Rio Grande River, Down But Not Out


Join a group of 8th graders as they raft down the Rio Grande. This 2005 outdoor adventure is more of an outdoor classroom, as the children learn all about the pressures on this once mighty river. From the fight for its precious water, to the invasive trees and shrubs that threaten to take over the river. This is a tale of a river thats down but not out...just yet.

The Devils River Advocates


The Devils Advocates From landowners, to conservationists, and other folks in between, there is a love affair with the Devils River. This remote river valley is about as wild as you can get in Texas. But there are threats to this natural place, and that’s got those passionate admirers a bit worried.

Texas Clipper Sunk for Artificial Reef (Reef Site PS-1122)


Watch the sinking of the historic WWII ship, the Texas Clipper, to create an artificial reef for marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/overview.phtml

Giant Salvinia PSA


Giant salvinia is an invasive plant that suffocates fish, chokes lakes and can double in size every 7 days. The giant salvinia monster stars in this public service announcement about how to stop it from spreading. Learn more at http://www.texasinvasives.org/. Go behind the scenes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cgiJuoM4Jo

Caddo Lake Paddling Trails


Caddo Lake State Park Paddling Trail Straddling the Texas-Louisiana border, swampy Caddo Lake in Northeast Texas has an enduring air of mystery. And the paddling trails are the ideal way to explore this fascinating lake.

How to put a life jacket on a kid


Make sure your child's life jacket fits safely by following these easy steps. Texas law requires that children under 13 years of age in or on vessels under 26 feet must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved wearable PFD while underway. Learn more ways to stay safe on the water at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/watersafe

Fishing Laguna Madre


Join the Islander Anglers, a saltwater and freshwater fishing club at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, as they go after black drum in the shallow waters of the upper Laguna Madre. Full Episode: https://youtu.be/ZP7XcS0b2_Q Texas Parks and Wildlife Episode 26, Season 39, Program 3226 When to watch on Texas PBS stations: https://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/tv/tvwhere.phtml #texasfishing #texasoutdoors #outdoors #texas #fishing #lagunamadre

Remembering Bois D'Arc Creek


In a few years, the Bois d'Arc Creek in Fannin County will be replaced by the Lower Bois d'Arc Reservoir. What was once bottomland hardwood forest will become a 17,000 acre water supply project. Brothers Russell and William Graves are teaming up to produce a film about growing up along the Bois d'Arc and what the loss of this valuable habitat means to those that have a history with the land. For more on the documentary, see http://www.russellgraves.com/

Oil Rigs Recycled as Artificial Reefs in the Gulf (Reef Site HI-A-298)


Obsolete petroleum platforms are recycled into artificial reefs that provide habitat for marine life http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/rigs_to_reefs.phtml

Texas Water Safari 2015, A Race to Remember


Texas Water Safari, A Race to Remember The Texas Water Safari is the World’s Toughest Canoe Race, and 2015 was no exception. Historic flooding threatened to cancel the race, logjams made the San Marcos River extremely dangerous, but the race went on! We follow two teams to see if they can complete the 260 mile race from San Marcos to Seadrift.

Fun Ways to Cool Off This Summer


Don't let the hot Texas summers keep you trapped indoors. Here are ways you can have fun outside and stay cool at the same time. It'll cost a lot less than running your air conditioner full blast! For more information on outdoor fun, visit http://lifesbetteroutside.tpwd.state.tx.us/

Village Creek Paddling Trail, Texas


Village Creek State Park near Beaumont is the site of the latest Texas paddling trail. This 21 mile trail meanders through towering pines with multiple access points. Boat rentals available. Info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/