Texas Parks & Wildlife on PBS and Cable
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December 1–7, 2013
Program 2207 — Repeats June 1–7, 2014
Fitting In, Standing Out
Today’s Texas game wardens have dual roles as enforcement officers and educators. Meet one East Texas warden whose involvement with the kids in her community not only helps change their lives, but enriches her as well.
Wild Things: Venomous Snakes
What’s that hissing sound from behind that tree? If it’s a snake, chances are it’s a harmless one. But there are venomous ones are out there, and that means you’d better be careful. We’ll show you how to identify four species of venomous snakes found here in Texas.
The Burden of Bounty
The Gulf of Mexico is known to some as “America’s Sea.” In the first segment of a six part series on the state of the gulf, we’ll explore the rich diversity of habitats and creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and the economic benefits they provide to the nation as a whole. We’ll visit the beautiful coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, shallow meadows of seagrass in Redfish Bay and the longest undeveloped barrier island, Padre Island National Seashore, one of the homes of the endangered Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle. Last we will consider how the BP oil spill illustrates the inseparable dynamics of economic and environmental interests.
Outdoor Info: Safe Firearm Transportation
Get some advice on how to transport your firearms safely to and from the field.
Postcard From Texas
Enjoy a time lapse view of sunrise to sunset at Caprock Canyons State Park.
December 8–14, 2013
Program 2208 — Repeats June 8–14, 2014
Calling All Pintails
The population of Pintail ducks has been declining over the past decade, and wildlife biologists are trying to figure out why. Watch as captured hens are fitted with transmitters, and tracked as they winter on the coast and migrate north.
Hurricanes: A Force of Nature
Examine how hurricanes have impacted Texas; past, present and future. In part two of a six part series on the state of the gulf, we’ll see how a century ago a hurricane determined the future of Indianola and Galveston. Then take a look at how recent hurricanes, Rita and Ike, devastated Sea Rim and Galveston Island State Parks, and the progress of their recovery. We will reiterate the benefits of healthy marshland to diminish the force of hurricanes. Then visit oyster reef restoration sites in Galveston Bay and see how new technology is being used to map the bottom of Texas bays so that future damage from hurricanes can be more accurately assessed.
Wild Things: Bird Migration
How do some birds manage to migrate thousands of miles and return to the same area each year? We’ll examine some of the mysteries of avian navigation.
Parks & Wildlife People: Danny Lewis
Using his affinity for computer programming, Danny Lewis has become an invaluable asset to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He developed and now maintains the massive Kills and Spills database, along with writing numerous other specialized computer applications that support his Inland Fisheries Division.
Postcard From Texas
Wood storks to warblers live at Caddo Lake, the only naturally occurring lake in Texas.
December 15–21, 2013
Program 2209 — Repeats June 15–21, 2014
Texas Game Wardens don’t normally work outside their home state, but the creation of a new law enforcement unit has taken five wardens to Utah for some specialized training.
Fisheries for the Future
In the third of six stories examining the state of the gulf, this episode looks at the challenge of managing fisheries resources for sustainability. We will look at redfish as an example and show how the tools of research, regulation, enforcement and fish stockings have protected and elevated redfish to almost cult status with anglers. We’ll look at efforts to monitor and protect sea grass beds from scarring by boat props. Finally we recognize how private groups like the Coastal Conservation Association have supported the management of redfish and changed the way anglers approach their sport.
Wild Things: Nature’s Clean Up Crew
It’s the ultimate recycling project. Vultures, coyotes and even beetles are hard at work keeping the Texas landscape clean.
“Buck Fever” is a condition afflicting both deer hunters and wildlife biologists. And after 25 years of studies, we have learned so much more about how habitat and diet contribute to a healthy herd.
Postcard From Texas
A dog’s nose can be a powerful tool for law enforcement, but only if the dog is ready to go to work. A game warden explains what they look for in a canine companion.
December 22–28, 2013
Program 2210 — Repeats June 22–28, 2014
Caddo Lake in East Texas is just one example of how invasive plants are taking Texas by land and water. Are you unknowingly aiding the attack? Find out from the folks who are fighting to save aquatic habitats from this growing problem.
Wild Things: Bird Beaks
From cracking seeds to spearing fish, birds possess an amazing variety of beaks adapted for some very unique tasks.
What’s in the Water
Take a look at conditions, both natural and man-made, that impact water quality along the Gulf. We will examine the infamous “Dead Zone,” off Louisiana, how it occurs and what its effects are. Learn about harmful algal blooms, such as red tide, where and when they occur and what the public needs to know when they happen. We’ll also look at how water pollution has led to fish consumption advisories for many coastal waters and the trends in coastal water quality. Part four of a six part series.
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
How can a mother tarantula not be proud of her babies, all 500 of them, as they emerge from their egg sack.
Stations and Air Times
Times and dates are subject to change, especially during PBS membership drives.
- Amarillo, KACV-TV, Channel 2, Sunday 12:30 p.m.
- Austin, KLRU-TV, Channel 18, Sunday 10 a.m.; Thursday 5:30 a.m. KLRU-Q, Channel 18-3, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.
- Bryan-College Station, KAMU-TV, Channel 15, Sunday 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
- Corpus Christi, KEDT-TV, Channel 16, Sunday 12 p.m.
- Dallas-Fort Worth, KERA-TV, Channel 13, Saturday 11 a.m. Also serving Abilene, Denton, Longview, Marshall, San Angelo, Texarkana, Tyler, Wichita Falls and Sherman.
- El Paso, KCOS-TV, Channel 13, Saturday 4:30 p.m.
- Harlingen, KMBH-TV, Channel 60, Sunday 5 p.m. Also serving McAllen, Mission and Brownsville.
- Houston, KUHT-TV, Channel 8, Saturday 3 p.m. Also serving Beaumont, Port Arthur, Galveston, Texas City and Victoria.
- Killeen, KNCT-TV, Channel 46, Sunday 5 p.m. Also serving Temple, Waco.
- Lubbock, KTTZ-TV, Channel 5, Saturday 10 a.m.
- Odessa-Midland, KPBT-TV, Channel 36, Saturday 4:30 p.m.
- San Antonio and Laredo, KLRN-TV, Channel 9, Sunday 11 a.m, Thursday 11:30 a.m.
- Portales, New Mexico, KENW-TV, Channel 3, Sunday 2:30 p.m.
Texas Parks & Wildlife can also be seen on a variety of government, educational and access cable channels in the following communities: Abilene; Alamo Colleges-San Antonio; Alice; Allen; Atlanta-KAQC; Baytown; Big Spring; Boerne; Brownsville; Cedar Park; Colleyville; Coppell; Corpus Christi; Crockett-KIVY; Dallas; Deer Park; Del Mar College-Corpus Christi; Denton; El Paso; Euless; Flower Mound; Fort Stockton; Fort Worth; Fort Worth ISD-EdTV; Frisco; Garland; Haltom City; Houston; Houston Community College; Irving; Keller; Killeen; Lubbock; Lufkin; McKinney; Mesquite; Midland; Nassau Bay; North Richland Hills; Ocean TV 20, Toms River, NJ; Pasadena; Plano; Rogers State University; Round Rock; San Antonio College; Seabrook; Stephen F. Austin U.; Sugar Land; Temple; Texarkana College; The Colony; Trophy Club; Tyler; Victoria; and Waco. Check your local listings for days and times.