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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ] [AR]
[ Additional Contacts: Maj. Butch Shoop, (817) 831-3128, butch.shoop@tpwd.texas.gov; Jana A. Jones, (940)627-5257, jjones@co.wise.tx.us ]
Feb. 26, 2007
Stolen Night-Vision Goggles Recovered in Poaching Investigation
DECATUR, Texas -- Wise County District Attorney Jana A. Jones announced Tues. the arrest of six men suspected of stealing military night vision equipment and using it to illegally hunt.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens and special operations investigators, in cooperation with the Wise County Sheriff's Office, arrested the men, from Wise and Parker Counties, Feb. 15 and 16.
The arrests came after a four-month investigation into illegal hunting activity in Wise, Montague, Jack, Parker and Tarrant Counties. In early January, additional information about the use of the stolen night vision goggles was discovered.
Each of the suspects has been charged with Theft over $1,500, a State Jail Felony.
All four night vision devices -- valued at $4,200 each -- reported missing from Texas Army National Guard supplies in the Laredo area were recovered. A separate, internal National Guard investigation after the equipment was discovered missing also identified one of the suspects arrested last week.
"This was a great team effort," said Jones. "TPWD, our local law enforcement and the National Guard cooperated very well in this investigation, identified the alleged culprits and recovered every single missing item of military hardware."
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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ] [TH]
Feb. 26, 2007
Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Return to Wild
AUSTIN, Texas -- About 90 green sea turtles that washed up on South Texas beaches stunned by cold weather in January were transported Feb. 20-21 by truck from fish hatchery and aquarium facilities in Corpus Christi to the Port Isabel area and released back into the wild in the Lower Laguna Madre.
On Jan. 23, about 50 sea turtles arrived at the CCA/CPL Marine Development Center fish hatchery operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Flour Bluff just outside Corpus Christi on the way to Padre Island. The following day, about 40 more turtles were taken to the Texas State Aquarium near downtown Corpus Christi.
A sudden drop in water temperature caused by an arctic cold front had stunned the turtles. Scientists and volunteers with Sea Turtle, Inc. in South Padre Island rescued turtles that began washing up on area beaches, but the numbers quickly overflowed STI's facility.
Biologists with TPWD, Padre Island National Seashore and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helped transport many of the turtles to larger facilities in the Corpus Christi. The team used fish hatchery trucks hauling trailers with water live wells typically used for stocking redfish and trout into coastal bays, as well as SUVs carrying turtles wrapped in blankets.
In the weeks since their rescue, the turtles were cared for and fed in warmer indoor tanks and aquarium facilities and were finally ready to return to the wild.
Early Feb. 20, TPWD biologists and technicians loaded about 50 turtles into live well trailers at the CCA/CPL Marine Development Center in Flour Bluff near Corpus Christi. The next day, staff and volunteers transported turtles from the Texas State Aquarium to Port Isabel.
Both days, the turtles were transferred to TPWD's research vessel Trinity Bay, taken out in the afternoon and released in the Intracoastal Waterway a few miles north of the Queen Isabella causeway, an area from which the turtles could readily access intracoastal bay seagrass habitat. Colley's Fins to Feathers tour boat service volunteered to take news reporters and photographers out to see the turtle release.
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On the Net:
News Photos: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/news_images
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/management/hatcheries/ccacpl.phtml
http://www.texasstateaquarium.org
http://www.seaturtleinc.com
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ] [RMM]
[ Additional Contacts: Rob McCorkle, (830) 866-3533, robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov; Rod Trevizo, (432) 424-3327, rod.trevizo@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Feb. 26, 2007
Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center Announces Longer Operating Hours for Spring Break
LAJITAS, Texas -- Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center, which serves as the eastern entrance to Big Bend Ranch State Park, will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from March 13 through March 22.
"Spring break is one of the busiest seasons for travel to the Big Bend region," said Rod Trevizo, the center's superintendent. "We would like to invite everyone to come out for Spring Break and enjoy the state parks in the Big Bend."
Trevizo said the Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center serves as an introduction to the natural and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert and border region. The 99-acre facility tells the story of 600-million years of geological history, as well as the Big Bend's biological and cultural diversity, through compelling, bilingual interpretive exhibits, photographs and a topographic map of the region.
Visitors can pick up maps, receive information about camping, kayaking and hiking, learn about Big Bend Ranch State Park and Fort Leaton State Historic Site in Presidio and discover other interesting things to see and do within a 100-mile radius. A botanical garden behind the center serves as a living exhibit of Chihuahuan Desert flora.
The center is located on State Highway 70, one mile east of Lajitas in Brewster County. For more information, contact the park at (432) 424-3327.
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ] [JC]
[ Media Contact: Janice Campbell, (936) 878-2213, Janice.campbell@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Feb. 26, 2007
Learn About True Texas Women March 24-25 at Washington-on-the-Brazos
WASHINGTON-ON-THE-BRAZOS, Texas -- Visit Barrington Living History Farm March 24 and 25 to learn about the "True Texas Women" who helped tame the wild Texas frontier. The special program commemorates Texas History Month and Women's History Month.
Explore the lives of the "gentle tamers and sunbonneted helpmates" such as Republic of Texas First Lady Mary Jones and businesswoman and sometime criminal Pamelia Mann, who refused to live in anyone's shadow.
Find out, too, about the lives of enslaved women and hundreds of other unknown and unsung ladies whose days were filled with loneliness, fear and uncertainty. Costumed interpreters, using letters and diaries, help tell the fascinating stories of early Texas women.
Discover that fashion, jewelry and cosmetics were important to 19th century women on the Texas frontier. Learn appropriate tea etiquette, and for those special occasions, the language of the fan.
Visit the living history farmstead's garden to see what spring vegetables are growing. Scrub clothes on a washboard, while aromas waft from the kitchen's open hearth. Or try your hand at crafting items that Victorian ladies would have been proud to display in their homes.
Barrington Living History Farm replicates the Washington County plantation of the Republic of Texas' last president, Anson Jones. Costumed re-enactors depict the daily life of Washington County farm families in the 1850s at the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site attraction. The original dog-trot style Anson Jones Home and other hand-built log structures lend an air of authenticity to the surroundings.
Admission for the True Texas Women program is $4 for adults and $2 for students. Children 6 years of age and younger get in free. Discount tickets will be available for tours of Independence Hall and the Star of the Republic Museum. The historic site is located in Washington, Texas, off State Highway 105 between Brenham and Navasota on FM 1155.
For additional details, call (936) 878-2213 or (936) 878-2214.
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