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The Texas Parks & Wildlife series on PBS is made possible in part by a grant from the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

Texas Parks & Wildlife on PBS and Cable

2012–2013 Season


October 21–27, 2012

Watch OnlineProgram 2101 — Repeats April 21–27, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineHueco Tanks, Rock Art Reborn

When it comes to rock art, Hueco Tanks, east of El Paso is in a class by itself. Unfortunately over the years, some of the pictographs have been damaged by graffiti. But now a new type of laser technology is about to turn back time. It’s a laser light show that wipes away the graffiti but doesn’t affect the pictograph underneath. Tune in to see as Hueco Tanks rock art is reborn.

Watch OnlineLone Star Land Steward: Cook’s Branch Conservancy

Nearly half a century ago, George and Cynthia Mitchell set aside 5,600 acres for a family gathering place. Over time, the family took more of an interest in the land, largely because of one small bird, the endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker. The Cook’s Branch Conservancy is the 2012 winner of the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award for Texas, the state’s top honor recognizing wildlife conservation on private land as part of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Lone Star Land Stewards.

Watch OnlineWild Game Cooking: Grilled Venison

Take the gamey flavor out of wild game. Wild game cooking expert Jesse Griffiths shows how to grill venison to tender perfection and then dress it up with a tasty cream sauce.

Watch OnlineOasis of the Kingfisher

If you’ve ever been out in the woods and you’re dive bombed by a brightly colored bird, you may have encountered the elusive kingfisher. Texas is the only place where all three variations of this bird can be found.

Postcard From Texas

Matador Wildlife Management Area is a sprawling area of red dirt hills and lots of wildflowers. It’s also pretty windy much of the time.


October 28–November 3, 2012

Watch OnlineProgram 2102 — Repeats April 28–May 4, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineThe Gulf Wardens

For the folks tasked with enforcing fish and game laws along 350 miles of coastline, going to the office can mean heading out to sea. Climb aboard with the Texas Game Wardens who patrol offshore to protect the state’s precious Gulf resources.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Wildland Fire Team

2011 was as bad as it can get when it comes to wildfires in Texas. From Bastrop to Possum Kingdom, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Wildland Fire team answered the call. We hear from the firefighters themselves on how the team handled one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in the state’s history.

Watch OnlineLone Star Land Steward: Gibson Ranches

55,000 acres is a lot of land, especially when you are trying to get rid of entrenched cedar and restore native grasses. For ranch owners Mike & Shonda Gibson, this never-ending endeavor ‘gives them something to do.’

Watch OnlineI Love a Mystery

Kids at Texas A&M's SeaCamp solve mysteries using biology, chemistry, and physics. Their lab experiences are paralleled with the work done in the "real world" by TPWD's Forensics group in San Marcos.

Postcard From Texas

Despite getting hammered in recent years by a couple of hurricanes, Martin Dies Jr. State Park is full of wildlife.


November 4–10, 2012

Program 2103 — Repeats May 5–11, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineFinal Port of Call

The ship was christened the Queens and was built to invade Japan during WWII. Then she became one of the world’s first air conditioned cruise liners. Then Texas A&M University acquired her and she became the training vessel the Aggie Clipper. Now she rests on the ocean floor off the Texas coast as an artificial reef and as a scuba divers adventure destination.

Watch OnlineRafinesque’s Big-eared Bats

Get an up close look at a bat few folks ever get to see. We travel to east Texas and visit the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, to catch a glimpse of the rare Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat.

Watch OnlineLone Star Land Steward: Wexford Ranches

This 30,000 acre ranch complex has been managed by the O’Connor family for 136 years, with one constant management goal, to enhance and maintain the land, wildlife and livestock for the benefit of future generations.

Watch OnlineTracing a Texas River

The Guadalupe River travels from the Hill Country to the coast. This river has everything from trout to tubers. See how land managers, park rangers, research teams and game wardens help define one of Texas’ most popular rivers.

Postcard From Texas

Wildflowers on a windy day at the Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area.


November 11–17, 2012

Program 2104 — Repeats May 12–18, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineA 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.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Stephanie Rubio

At Indian Lodge in Davis Mountains State Park, Stephanie Rubio often works behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. But on one particular spring day, Stephanie is called to the front lines and proves she is cool under fire.

Watch OnlineLake Arrowhead State Park

Close to the Red River in both location and hue, this North Texas park offers family fun and fine fishing.

Watch OnlineAn Ocean Oasis

When the Aggie Clipper sunk off the Texas coast in 2007, Texas Parks & Wildlife hoped they would be creating a new home for lots of sea life. What they didn’t know was just how fast the sea life would take to this artificial reef. And more than the ecology of Texas is benefiting from this sunken ship, the economy in South Texas is being helped as well.

Postcard From Texas

Discover ancient dinosaur tracks at, you guessed it, Dinosaur Valley State Park.


November 18–24, 2012

Program 2105 — Repeats May 19–25, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineNative Texan Duck

Most ducks migrate through Texas, but the Mottled Duck stays here all of its life. That makes it a good indicator species for the health of wetlands. Follow a graduate student as he follows the movements of these ducks utilizing banding and radio transmitters.

Watch OnlineLone Star Land Steward: Colonel Burns Ranch

Restored native grasses once again cover the Colonel Burns Ranch near Brownwood. Paul Burns, a retired doctor, cares for the land as he would a patient, and he has orchestrated a landscape recovery now seen in the thriving plant and animal life and in the springs that flow again across the ranch.

Wild Things: Black Capped Vireos

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.

Watch OnlineA Day at Pedernales

Pedernales State Park is no different than any other park – too much stuff to do and not enough people to do it. But thanks to a group of volunteers, the work gets done and park visitors are the ones who benefit. You’ll meet some of these “park helpers”, and find out why they are so incredibly enthusiastic about doing work that can at times be a little mundane.

Postcard From Texas

Bison roaming Caprock Canyons State Park at sunset.


November 25–December 1, 2012

Program 2106 — Repeats May 26–June 1, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineHunting Dogs 101

Dogs may be ‘man’s best friend’ but it’s certainly a bird hunter’s most essential ally. We see how different breeds accomplish various tasks to help hunters find their quarry and insure that little is wasted in the field.

Watch OnlineDavis Mountains State Park

This park sits atop the most extensive mountain range in Texas. At six thousand feet, it offers a one of a kind experience. And when your day is done, there’s no need to leave the park--stay at the recently refurbished Indian Lodge.

Watch OnlineLone Star Land Steward: Double H Ranch

East of El Paso, on the edge of the Chihuahuan dessert, sits a ranch that had been prickly, pointy, and plum tuckered out. But for the Horak family things are a changing on this ranch that’s a labor of love.

Watch OnlineCrazy About Birds

Meet the birding Brothertons of Daingerfield, Texas. Birding is more than just a hobby for this family, it’s a passion. Follow along as they look, listen, and laugh together at the Great Texas Birding Classic.

Postcard From Texas

Indian Lodge is more than just a comfortable place to stay in the Davis Mountains. This pueblo-style lodge, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is also a scenic place to take a swim, or to sit and watch the birds fly and the clouds roll by.


December 2–8, 2012

Program 2107 — Repeats June 2–8, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineCaribbean Connection

It may not seem obvious, but there is a connection between the fish and coral life off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, and the coastal life along the shoreline of Texas. Follow scientists investigating the similarities between the ocean life of Texas and our neighbor to the south.

Watch OnlineLake Whitney State Park

This park is an ideal place for water enthusiasts and campers alike. With a huge 16,000 acre lake, park visitors never run out of things to do: swimming, scuba diving, fishing, water skiing, bird watching, with biking, hiking and mini-bike trails.

Watch OnlineOutdoor Info: Sighting Your Rifle

Sighting your rifle before you go out in the field can save you a lot of headaches, and help make sure you’re hunting humanely.

Watch OnlineD Day +50

D-Day marked the turning point in World War II. It was also a turning point in the lives of those who were there. Visit with some of the veterans of the Battleship TEXAS as they get together to relive old memories, and rekindle old friendships.

Postcard From Texas

A rare snowfall at Pedernales Falls State Park.


December 9–15, 2012

Program 2108 — Repeats June 9–15, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineGardens of the Gulf

There’s a ‘flower garden’ in the Gulf of Mexico, and it’s 60 feet underwater. Learn what the Flower Gardens are, what research scientists are doing at these coral reefs, and why we should be concerned about the garden’s health.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Chris Holmes

Brit Chris Holmes has found a home in Texas, and it’s usually in a state park. Don’t let the accent fool you, he’s all Texan and proud of it.

Watch OnlineAbilene State Park

Abilene State Park has a reputation as a “gathering place.” It’s where families and friends get together for reunions, holidays, and companionship. We’ll meet some of these people and find out why they come back here, season after season, year after year.

Watch OnlineFishing With Your Piers

Meet some fishing peers while fishing off of one. With piers up and down the Texas coast, you don't need to own a fancy boat or to even get your feet wet to enjoy saltwater fishing.

Postcard From Texas

Enjoy an airboat ride through the marsh at J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area.


December 16–22, 2012

Program 2109 — Repeats June 16–22, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineLion Country

Mountain Lions were once found all across the state. Today they exist only in small numbers in the desert mountain region of the Trans-Pecos. Travel with a group of biologists to Big Bend State Park as they track, tag, and study this elusive cat.

Watch OnlineAtlanta State Park

The Caddo Indians were attracted to this site because of its proximity to water. That’s true today for visitors to Atlanta State Park. Located on the shores of Wright Patman Lake, this popular camping spot is known for its rolling hills and towering trees. It’s a great place to catch some cats; catfish that is.

Watch OnlineHooked on the Coast

The Texas coast is home to some of the finest sport fishing in the country. Follow along and see why anglers from all over are hooked on the coast.

Postcard From Texas

Kids discover some interesting spiders at Lake Livingston State Park.


December 23–29, 2012

Program 2110 — Repeats June 23–29, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineYoung Guns

There’s a crisp bite in the air on a cool December morning. The mist covers the pond, as pintails fly overhead. It’s duck hunting season. Join us as we follow two boys as part of a special hunt just for youngsters.

Watch OnlineWild Game Cooking: Duck Yakitori

Wild duck is the ultimate free-range bird. Regional cooking expert Jesse Griffiths demonstrates an easy recipe for grilling teal to complement its natural flavor.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Irma Sanchez

While most folks follow game and fish laws, there’s a lady in Austin who might just hunt you down if you don’t.

Watch OnlineThe Butterfly Palace

There’s a place in Houston that recreates a tropical rain forest, not for people, but for butterflies. At the Cockrell Butterfly Center, watch as crawling caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies.

Postcard From Texas

Buffalo in the snow.


December 30, 2012–January 5, 2013

Program 2111 — Repeats June 30–July 6, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineBig Wind, Big Questions

Texas leads in the country in wind energy production, and with this new energy source there are new questions. What will wind farms do to the already fragmented habitat here in Texas, and how will they affect the birds that live and migrate through our state. We look at the Panhandle wind farms and their effects on the threatened lesser prairie chicken.

Watch OnlineLone Star Land Steward: Roxanne Hernandez

In the wake of 2011’s devastating wildfires, Roxanne Hernandez has earned the admiration and trust of local landowners and worked tirelessly on their behalf for wildlife habitat conservation and recovery of the Houston toad.

Watch OnlineMan Eats Dove

A Texas man made national news when he ate a dove that slammed into his house and blogged about it. But there's more to the story than was originally reported.

Watch OnlinePedernales Falls State Park

The crystal-clear Pedernales River winds its way through limestone hills wooded with scrub forest of oak and juniper. Pedernales Falls State Park is one of the closest hiking areas to Austin and San Antonio. And you don’t want to miss the beauty of the falls.

Watch OnlineCelebrating Conservation

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program has been funding conservation for 75 years. Find out how you contribute to these important projects.

Postcard From Texas

A summer day in Davis Mountains State Park includes a spectacular sunrise, seeing some wildlife, and watching the weather evolve above the mountains.


January 6–12, 2013

Program 2112 — Repeats July 7–13, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineCoastal Conflicts

Texas leads in the country in wind energy production, and with this new energy source there are new questions. What will wind farms do to the already fragmented habitat here in Texas, and how will they affect the birds that live and migrate through our state? Head to the coast to see how wind farms use radar technology to spot migrating birds coming their way.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Wildlife Permitting Team

From deer breeding to wildlife rehabilitation, the Wildlife Permitting Team helps Texans who work with wildlife stay on the right side of the law.

Watch OnlineThe Other Big Bend

Seems like everyone knows about Big Bend National Park, but not as many people are familiar with Big Bend Ranch State Park. If you’ve been there before, it might be time to explore the state park’s 300,000 acres again. New trails and back county campsites make it easier to discover the undiscovered.

Watch OnlineOutdoor Info: Shooters Eye & Ear Protection

Shooting sports provide great recreation but remember these simple precautions to protect your precious sight and hearing.

Watch OnlineThe 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.

Watch Online50th Film History: Time For Seafood

As the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department celebrates its 50th anniversary, we open the vaults and explore some past productions that showcase the history of the agency. We start with “Time for Seafood,” a film time capsule from the 1960s. While production values and hairstyles have changed over the years, Gulf seafood is still a treasured resource for modern Texans.

Postcard From Texas

Wildlife in the hills and mountains surrounding El Paso.


January 13–19, 2013

Program 2113 — Repeats July 14–20, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineSaving 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.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Shawn Gray

In West Texas, biologist Shawn Gray tackles a sudden problem with pronghorn populations. In doing so, he helps build a partnership with private landowners, academics, and other concerned citizens, who rally to support the cause.

Watch OnlineFranklin 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.

Watch OnlineGateway to the Desert

Witness the creation of the Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center near Terilingua. We’ll follow the creative process from beginning to end. It takes a lot more work than you’d ever imagine.

Postcard From Texas

Majestic views at Caprock Canyon State Park.


January 20–26, 2013

Program 2114 — Repeats July 21–27, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineAdventure Racing

Extreme sports fans are finding Texas state parks to be ideal settings for a new brand of outdoor athletics. And park managers have discovered many reasons to host these triathlons-with-a-twist.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Ronnie Sladek

Known as the man who turns trash into cash, Ronnie Sladek takes old game warden trucks, boats and other equipment and puts them up for auction. He’s the man who will connect you with that perfect treasure whether it be a water tower or your very own paddle boat.

Watch OnlineBig Spring State Park

Stop and see why travelers have long enjoyed this birds-eye view of Big Spring.

Watch OnlineBillion Dollar Bats

Bats are reviled by some, and treasured by others. The more we learn about bats the more we appreciate them. Follow some scientists as they study the economic impact of bats through the use of radio telemetry and thermal imaging.

Postcard From Texas

A cloud of acrobatic birds surrounds a bridge over the Trinity River, undoubtedly a colony of swallows. A closer look beneath the bridge reveals a bustling bird city of mud nests, baby birds waiting inside, and busy bird parents bringing home the bacon.


January 27–February 2, 2013

Program 2115 — Repeats July 28–August 3, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineWorking on the Mountain

Being a biologist is more than counting plants and animals, it’s a way of life. Travel to West Texas and spend a day working on the mountain with one of those dedicated and driven individuals.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: John Taylor

How do you make sense of millions and millions of pieces of data about people, wildlife, plants and places? Just ask John Taylor of the Inland Fisheries Department. He takes piles of different kinds of data, combines them, processes them, and delivers new information about the natural things and places in Texas that help TPWD better serve the hunters, anglers and boaters of Texas.

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.

Watch OnlineThe Virtual Bat

Bugs bugging your corn? Scientists in the ‘Wintergarden’ area near Uvalde are developing a sound system that mimics the calls of feeding Mexican free-tailed bats. These researchers are attempting to disrupt the infestation of valuable farm crops by hordes of insect pests.

Postcard From Texas

Artificial reefs attract a wide variety of fish and coral life just off our Texas coast.


February 3–9, 2013

Program 2116 — Repeats August 4–10, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineStewards in Waiting

The Wexford Ranches have been in the same family for 136 years. Meet the next generation as they prepare to cope with the long-term economic challenges threatening their large family ranch.

Watch OnlineBat Caves of Texas

We all know bats are good for the environment and they’re fascinating to watch. But where can you go in Texas to see these wonderful creatures? Take a tour of the Texas bat caves and see.

Watch OnlineOutdoor Info: Intro to Geocaching

Looking to get out and explore Texas? Try geocaching, a modern-day treasure hunt played by millions of fans around the world. Learn how to get in on the game. We’ll show you what you need to get started.

Watch OnlineBiking Big Bend

Carry extra water and pack some spare tubes. It’s worth the trouble to hit the trails of Texas’ mountain biking Mecca, Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Postcard From Texas

Blowing grasses at Dinosaur Valley State Park make an interesting outdoor tapestry.


February 10–16, 2013

Program 2117 — Repeats August 11–17, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineHogs 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.

Watch OnlineWild Game Cooking: Feral Hog Tacos

Wild hogs are a nuisance but they sure are tasty if cooked right. Wild game chef and cookbook author Jesse Griffiths turns these wily beasts into a melt-in-your-mouth south Texas classic.

Watch OnlineTexas Paddling Trails

There are new paddling trails popping up all over Texas. Grab your canoe and come along as we check out some of the state’s best river trips. All you need is a paddle and an excuse to get wet.

Watch OnlineOutdoor Info: Geocaching State Parks

In addition to scenic views, Texas parks have hidden caches. Take your park experience to a whole new level with geocaching. If you do it correctly, you’ll leave no trace of your search and the game plays on.

Postcard From Texas

Recently restored rock art at Hueco Tanks.


February 17–23, 2013

Program 2118 — Repeats August 18–24, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineThe Unknown Army

The Buffalo Soldiers helped settle the west, but for many years their contributions were largely overlooked. Meet one man who is determined to teach this often forgotten chapter of history to today’s eager students.

Watch OnlineSauer-Beckman Farm

Texas Parks and Wildlife Photographer Earl Nottingham takes a look at the daily life on the Sauer-Beckman Farmstead.

Watch OnlineRunning of the Bass

Freshwater anglers all across the state look forward to the annual spring run of White Bass. When the conditions are right, the fishing is easy. When the conditions aren’t right, the anglers just have to work a little bit harder.

Watch OnlineWyler Aerial Tramway State Park

Looking for an Alpine adventure but closer to home? Take a ride on a Swiss-made gondola and take in the view from atop Ranger Peak. The Wyler Aerial Tramway takes West Texas sightseeing to new heights.

Postcard From Texas

Blooming bluebonnets signal springtime on the Colonel Burns Ranch, where bunch grasses grow and clear waters flow.


February 24–March 2, 2013

Program 2119 — Repeats August 25–31, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineOffice 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.

Watch OnlineTommy Martin, Fishing Hall of Famer

Tommy Martin began guiding on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in 1968 and fished in his first tournament the following year. He turned pro in 1972 and won the prestigious Bassmaster Classic just two years later. Martin helped found Texas Black Bass Unlimited, a conservation organization that played a key role in developing the Texas bass fishery into the best in the nation.

Watch OnlineResaca de le Palma State Park

With its 1,700 semi-tropical acres, Resaca de la Palma comprises the largest tract of native habitat in the World Birding Center network. Etched by the ancient curves of the Rio Grande River, this state park is a quiet birding retreat on the outskirts of the City of Brownsville.

Watch OnlinePlaying 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.

Postcard From Texas

The colors of Copper Breaks State Park.


March 3–9, 2013

Program 2120 — Repeats September 1–7, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch Online50th Film History; Guadalupe Rainbows

Stocking rainbow trout in the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam started about 50 years ago and is still going strong. As the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department celebrates its 50th anniversary, we open the vaults to some old films that showcase the history of the agency.

Watch OnlineTexas Jellies

Most people see jellyfish as ugly blobs of goo looking for innocent swimmers to sting. But in reality, jellyfish are beautiful, delicate creatures. They also make a tasty low-calorie snack.

Watch OnlineLone Star Land Steward: Arroyo Veleno Wildlife Coop

Since 2001, the families of the Arroyo Veleño Wildlife Management COOP have been working together to manage habitat, conduct wildlife surveys, attain harvest recommendations, control exotic animals, provide hunting opportunity, and maintain a diversity of native wildlife.

Watch OnlineBentsen-Rio Grande State Park

One of the newer additions to the Texas State Park System is the World Birding Center at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. This park is among the premiere birding destinations in South Texas, where visitors get the chance to see some of the 500 different bird species found throughout the Lower Rio Grande Valley. From the guided tram tour, to remote bird blinds, to the new hawk tower, this park offers excitement for the first time birder all the way to the skilled pro.

Postcard From Texas

Flying high above the Texas coast.


March 10–16, 2013

Program 2121 — Repeats September 8–14, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineSecrets of a Barrier Island

Take a trip across Matagorda Island, and learn all about barrier islands, their geology, ecology, and how they protect the Texas coast.

Watch OnlineMonument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site

On a bluff overlooking the Colorado River near LaGrange sits a monument to the fallen heroes of the Republic of Texas, and the remains of one of the first commercial breweries in the state. A short nature trail connects these two historic sites that explore equally interesting aspects of Texas history and culture.

Watch OnlineThe 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.

Watch Online50th Film History

As the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department celebrates its 50th anniversary, we open the vaults to some old films that showcase the history of the agency.

Postcard From Texas

Rolling on the rivers.


March 17–23, 2013

Watch OnlineProgram 2122 — Repeats September 15–21, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineRestoring the Forest

Hurricanes have taken a heavy toll on several East Texas state parks. We’ll visit Martin Dies, Jr. and Village Creek State Parks to see how they are coming back from the loss of native trees.

Watch OnlineLonnie Stanley, Fishing Hall of Famer

Lonnie Stanley, owner of Stanley Baits, Inc., started building jigs in 1979 after winning a tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir with one he’d made. In 1980 he founded Stanley Lures, manufacturing jigs, spinner baits and other products. While continuing to build jigs in his garage in College Station, he won six more tournaments in 1980 and 1981. Stanley also co-hosted ESPN’s “Sportsman’s Challenge” television series for 18 years.

Watch Online50th Film History

As the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department celebrates its 50th anniversary, we open the vaults to some old films that showcase the history of the agency. This week, sit around the campfire with some longtime game wardens, and hear some tall tales.

Watch OnlineStephen F. Austin State Park

Nestled on the banks of the Brazos River, Stephen F. Austin State Park provides the opportunity to get up close to nature. Located just 30 minutes from the outskirts of Houston, this quiet and peaceful park is a nice escape from the busy city life with activities including picnicking, camping, fishing, hiking and nature and historical tours.

Watch OnlineFound Flycatcher

A rare bird sighting in Austin has birders flocking to McKinney Falls State Park. The Fork-tailed Flycatcher usually camps out in Central and South America in the winter, but biologists think the state’s unusual weather patterns are bringing the guest here.

Postcard From Texas

Feeding time for the snakes at the Lake Houston Wilderness Park


March 24–30, 2013

Watch OnlineProgram 2123 — Repeats September 22–28, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch Online112 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.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Jeff Sparks

2011 was as bad as it gets when it comes to wildfires in Texas. From Bastrop to Possum Kingdom, the Parks and Wildlife Wildland Fire team answered the call. Meet the man who helped manage the team.

Watch Online50th Film History

As the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department celebrates its 50th anniversary, we open the vaults to some old films that showcase the history of the agency.

Watch OnlineCleburne State Park

White limestone bluffs and dense trees surround Cedar Lake, the centerpiece of Cleburne State Park. The small lake is just right for canoeing, swimming and fishing. Located southwest of Fort Worth, Cleburne is an ideal retreat from city life.

Watch OnlineA Fading Heritage

There are lots of ways to introduce your kids to the outdoors. Taking them hunting is one option. Join a father and daughter as they go squirrel hunting at the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area, and discover that time spent together in the woods is time well spent.

Postcard From Texas

Natural abstracts in nature.


March 31–April 6, 2013

Watch OnlineProgram 2124 — Repeats September 29–October 5, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineBastrop, Back to Its Roots

The restoration of Bastrop State Park after it was devastated by fire has the park returning to its very roots. In the 1930’s, the Civilian Conservation Corps restored the forest and built the roads, trails and buildings that made up the park. Now a new crew is helping with restoration and erosion control, supplying the park with the kind of labor and energy that only a corps of young people can.

Wyman Meinzer’s West Texas

Texas State Photographer Wyman Menizer shares his photographs of West Texas.

Watch OnlineCasting Call

How do you get kids out of the house, and away from the television? It is a concern for all parents. Texas Parks & Wildlife has a new neighborhood fishing program that may help. In cities throughout Texas local lakes and ponds are stocked with fish so the kids are sure to get a bite, and hopefully they’ll get hooked on the outdoors.

Postcard From Texas

Big mountains and flat plains come to life.


April 7–13, 2013

Watch OnlineProgram 2125 — Repeats October 6–12, 2013

Featured Segments
Watch OnlineThe 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 a on the frontlines as part of Parks and Wildlife’s Wildland Fire Team.

Watch OnlineWild Game Cooking: Redfish Three Ways

This isn’t your same old fish fry. Regional cooking expert Jesse Griffiths demonstrates 3 different ways to fry redfish for a fresh twist on this crowd favorite.

Watch OnlineBastrop Tree Planting

Join park staff and volunteers as they begin replanting pine seedlings at Bastrop State Park. This is just one step in helping the area recover from devastating wildfires.

Watch OnlineThe Guide

Ever hear an angler say ‘Man, I’d love to be a fishing guide’? It may sound like a lot of fun, but it’s really a lot of work. Brian Duplechain spends over 300 days a year on Lake Fork trying to hook his clients up with some of the lake’s famous lunkers. Spend a day with Brian and see just what it takes to be a successful fishing guide.

Postcard From Texas

Nature looks a little different when viewed up-close. Another kind of beauty is revealed in the smaller details so easily overlooked.


April 14–20, 2013

Watch OnlineProgram 2126 — Repeats October 13–19, 2013

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Watch OnlineGargantuan Gar

Alligator gar are among the largest freshwater fish lurking in Texas lakes and rivers. But because gar have not traditionally been seen as sport fish, much about them has remained a mystery. That is beginning to change, however, as anglers seek them out. New research is revealing more information about the gargantuan gar, and these misunderstood monsters of the deep are starting to get some respect.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Cherie O’Brien

Coastal ecologist Cherie O’Brien has been working for years to restore marshes in Galveston Bay. But she hasn’t done this alone. Meet Cherie and some of the people that have been helping her on these long term projects.

Watch OnlineBlack Bears of Black Gap

A husband and wife research team from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department conducted a 3-year study of Black Bears in the desert of West Texas. Follow along as the encounter bears in some unusual places.

Postcard From Texas

Biking the Franklin Mountains can be tough, but the view is worth the work.


April 21–27, 2013

Watch OnlineProgram 2101-R — Originally Aired October 21–27, 2012

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Watch OnlineHueco Tanks, Rock Art Reborn

When it comes to rock art, Hueco Tanks, east of El Paso is in a class by itself. Unfortunately over the years, some of the pictographs have been damaged by graffiti. But now a new type of laser technology is about to turn back time. It’s a laser light show that wipes away the graffiti but doesn’t affect the pictograph underneath. Tune in to see as Hueco Tanks rock art is reborn.

Watch OnlineLone Star Land Steward: Cook’s Branch Conservancy

Nearly half a century ago, George and Cynthia Mitchell set aside 5,600 acres for a family gathering place. Over time, the family took more of an interest in the land, largely because of one small bird, the endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker. The Cook’s Branch Conservancy is the 2012 winner of the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award for Texas, the state’s top honor recognizing wildlife conservation on private land as part of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Lone Star Land Stewards.

Watch OnlineWild Game Cooking: Grilled Venison

Take the gamey flavor out of wild game. Wild game cooking expert Jesse Griffiths shows how to grill venison to tender perfection and then dress it up with a tasty cream sauce.

Watch OnlineOasis of the Kingfisher

If you’ve ever been out in the woods and you’re dive bombed by a brightly colored bird, you may have encountered the elusive kingfisher. Texas is the only place where all three variations of this bird can be found.

Postcard From Texas

Matador Wildlife Management Area is a sprawling area of red dirt hills and lots of wildflowers. It’s also pretty windy much of the time.


April 28–May 4, 2013

Watch OnlineProgram 2102-R — Originally Aired October 28–November 3, 2012

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Watch OnlineThe Gulf Wardens

For the folks tasked with enforcing fish and game laws along 350 miles of coastline, going to the office can mean heading out to sea. Climb aboard with the Texas Game Wardens who patrol offshore to protect the state’s precious Gulf resources.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Wildland Fire Team

2011 was as bad as it can get when it comes to wildfires in Texas. From Bastrop to Possum Kingdom, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Wildland Fire team answered the call. We hear from the firefighters themselves on how the team handled one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in the state’s history.

Watch OnlineLone Star Land Steward: Gibson Ranches

55,000 acres is a lot of land, especially when you are trying to get rid of entrenched cedar and restore native grasses. For ranch owners Mike & Shonda Gibson, this never-ending endeavor ‘gives them something to do.’

Watch OnlineI Love a Mystery

Kids at Texas A&M's SeaCamp solve mysteries using biology, chemistry, and physics. Their lab experiences are paralleled with the work done in the "real world" by TPWD's Forensics group in San Marcos.

Postcard From Texas

Despite getting hammered in recent years by a couple of hurricanes, Martin Dies Jr. State Park is full of wildlife.


May 5–11, 2013

Program 2103-R — Originally Aired November 4–10, 2012

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Watch OnlineFinal Port of Call

The ship was christened the Queens and was built to invade Japan during WWII. Then she became one of the world’s first air conditioned cruise liners. Then Texas A&M University acquired her and she became the training vessel the Aggie Clipper. Now she rests on the ocean floor off the Texas coast as an artificial reef and as a scuba divers adventure destination.

Watch OnlineRafinesque’s Big-eared Bats

Get an up close look at a bat few folks ever get to see. We travel to east Texas and visit the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, to catch a glimpse of the rare Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat.

Watch OnlineLone Star Land Steward: Wexford Ranches

This 30,000 acre ranch complex has been managed by the O’Connor family for 136 years, with one constant management goal, to enhance and maintain the land, wildlife and livestock for the benefit of future generations.

Watch OnlineTracing a Texas River

The Guadalupe River travels from the Hill Country to the coast. This river has everything from trout to tubers. See how land managers, park rangers, research teams and game wardens help define one of Texas’ most popular rivers.

Postcard From Texas

Wildflowers on a windy day at the Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area.


May 12–18, 2013

Program 2104-R — Originally Aired November 11–17, 2012

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Watch OnlineA 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.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Stephanie Rubio

At Indian Lodge in Davis Mountains State Park, Stephanie Rubio often works behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. But on one particular spring day, Stephanie is called to the front lines and proves she is cool under fire.

Watch OnlineLake Arrowhead State Park

Close to the Red River in both location and hue, this North Texas park offers family fun and fine fishing.

Watch OnlineAn Ocean Oasis

When the Aggie Clipper sunk off the Texas coast in 2007, Texas Parks & Wildlife hoped they would be creating a new home for lots of sea life. What they didn’t know was just how fast the sea life would take to this artificial reef. And more than the ecology of Texas is benefiting from this sunken ship, the economy in South Texas is being helped as well.

Postcard From Texas

Discover ancient dinosaur tracks at, you guessed it, Dinosaur Valley State Park.


May 19–25, 2013

Program 2105-R — Originally Aired November 18–24, 2012

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Watch OnlineNative Texan Duck

Most ducks migrate through Texas, but the Mottled Duck stays here all of its life. That makes it a good indicator species for the health of wetlands. Follow a graduate student as he follows the movements of these ducks utilizing banding and radio transmitters.

Watch OnlineLone Star Land Steward: Colonel Burns Ranch

Restored native grasses once again cover the Colonel Burns Ranch near Brownwood. Paul Burns, a retired doctor, cares for the land as he would a patient, and he has orchestrated a landscape recovery now seen in the thriving plant and animal life and in the springs that flow again across the ranch.

Wild Things: Black Capped Vireos

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.

Watch OnlineA Day at Pedernales

Pedernales State Park is no different than any other park – too much stuff to do and not enough people to do it. But thanks to a group of volunteers, the work gets done and park visitors are the ones who benefit. You’ll meet some of these “park helpers”, and find out why they are so incredibly enthusiastic about doing work that can at times be a little mundane.

Postcard From Texas

Bison roaming Caprock Canyons State Park at sunset.


May 26–June 1, 2013

Program 2106-R — Originally Aired November 25–December 1, 2012

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Watch OnlineHunting Dogs 101

Dogs may be ‘man’s best friend’ but it’s certainly a bird hunter’s most essential ally. We see how different breeds accomplish various tasks to help hunters find their quarry and insure that little is wasted in the field.

Watch OnlineDavis Mountains State Park

This park sits atop the most extensive mountain range in Texas. At six thousand feet, it offers a one of a kind experience. And when your day is done, there’s no need to leave the park--stay at the recently refurbished Indian Lodge.

Watch OnlineLone Star Land Steward: Double H Ranch

East of El Paso, on the edge of the Chihuahuan dessert, sits a ranch that had been prickly, pointy, and plum tuckered out. But for the Horak family things are a changing on this ranch that’s a labor of love.

Watch OnlineCrazy About Birds

Meet the birding Brothertons of Daingerfield, Texas. Birding is more than just a hobby for this family, it’s a passion. Follow along as they look, listen, and laugh together at the Great Texas Birding Classic.

Postcard From Texas

Indian Lodge is more than just a comfortable place to stay in the Davis Mountains. This pueblo-style lodge, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is also a scenic place to take a swim, or to sit and watch the birds fly and the clouds roll by.


June 2–8, 2013

Program 2107-R — Originally Aired December 2–8, 2012

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Watch OnlineCaribbean Connection

It may not seem obvious, but there is a connection between the fish and coral life off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, and the coastal life along the shoreline of Texas. Follow scientists investigating the similarities between the ocean life of Texas and our neighbor to the south.

Watch OnlineLake Whitney State Park

This park is an ideal place for water enthusiasts and campers alike. With a huge 16,000 acre lake, park visitors never run out of things to do: swimming, scuba diving, fishing, water skiing, bird watching, with biking, hiking and mini-bike trails.

Watch OnlineOutdoor Info: Sighting Your Rifle

Sighting your rifle before you go out in the field can save you a lot of headaches, and help make sure you’re hunting humanely.

Watch OnlineD Day +50

D-Day marked the turning point in World War II. It was also a turning point in the lives of those who were there. Visit with some of the veterans of the Battleship TEXAS as they get together to relive old memories, and rekindle old friendships.

Postcard From Texas

A rare snowfall at Pedernales Falls State Park.


June 9–15, 2013

Program 2108-R — Originally Aired December 9–15, 2012

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Watch OnlineGardens of the Gulf

There’s a ‘flower garden’ in the Gulf of Mexico, and it’s 60 feet underwater. Learn what the Flower Gardens are, what research scientists are doing at these coral reefs, and why we should be concerned about the garden’s health.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Chris Holmes

Brit Chris Holmes has found a home in Texas, and it’s usually in a state park. Don’t let the accent fool you, he’s all Texan and proud of it.

Watch OnlineAbilene State Park

Abilene State Park has a reputation as a “gathering place.” It’s where families and friends get together for reunions, holidays, and companionship. We’ll meet some of these people and find out why they come back here, season after season, year after year.

Watch OnlineFishing With Your Piers

Meet some fishing peers while fishing off of one. With piers up and down the Texas coast, you don't need to own a fancy boat or to even get your feet wet to enjoy saltwater fishing.

Postcard From Texas

Enjoy an airboat ride through the marsh at J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area.


June 16–22, 2013

Program 2109-R — Originally Aired December 16–22, 2012

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Watch OnlineLion Country

Mountain Lions were once found all across the state. Today they exist only in small numbers in the desert mountain region of the Trans-Pecos. Travel with a group of biologists to Big Bend State Park as they track, tag, and study this elusive cat.

Watch OnlineAtlanta State Park

The Caddo Indians were attracted to this site because of its proximity to water. That’s true today for visitors to Atlanta State Park. Located on the shores of Wright Patman Lake, this popular camping spot is known for its rolling hills and towering trees. It’s a great place to catch some cats; catfish that is.

Watch OnlineHooked on the Coast

The Texas coast is home to some of the finest sport fishing in the country. Follow along and see why anglers from all over are hooked on the coast.

Postcard From Texas

Kids discover some interesting spiders at Lake Livingston State Park.


June 23–29, 2013

Program 2110-R — Originally Aired December 23–29, 2012

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Watch OnlineYoung Guns

There’s a crisp bite in the air on a cool December morning. The mist covers the pond, as pintails fly overhead. It’s duck hunting season. Join us as we follow two boys as part of a special hunt just for youngsters.

Watch OnlineWild Game Cooking: Duck Yakitori

Wild duck is the ultimate free-range bird. Regional cooking expert Jesse Griffiths demonstrates an easy recipe for grilling teal to complement its natural flavor.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Irma Sanchez

While most folks follow game and fish laws, there’s a lady in Austin who might just hunt you down if you don’t.

Watch OnlineThe Butterfly Palace

There’s a place in Houston that recreates a tropical rain forest, not for people, but for butterflies. At the Cockrell Butterfly Center, watch as crawling caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies.

Postcard From Texas

Buffalo in the snow.


June 30–July 6, 2013

Program 2111-R — Originally Aired December 30, 2012–January 5, 2013

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Watch OnlineBig Wind, Big Questions

Texas leads in the country in wind energy production, and with this new energy source there are new questions. What will wind farms do to the already fragmented habitat here in Texas, and how will they affect the birds that live and migrate through our state. We look at the Panhandle wind farms and their effects on the threatened lesser prairie chicken.

Watch OnlineLone Star Land Steward: Roxanne Hernandez

In the wake of 2011’s devastating wildfires, Roxanne Hernandez has earned the admiration and trust of local landowners and worked tirelessly on their behalf for wildlife habitat conservation and recovery of the Houston toad.

Watch OnlineMan Eats Dove

A Texas man made national news when he ate a dove that slammed into his house and blogged about it. But there's more to the story than was originally reported.

Watch OnlinePedernales Falls State Park

The crystal-clear Pedernales River winds its way through limestone hills wooded with scrub forest of oak and juniper. Pedernales Falls State Park is one of the closest hiking areas to Austin and San Antonio. And you don’t want to miss the beauty of the falls.

Watch OnlineCelebrating Conservation

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program has been funding conservation for 75 years. Find out how you contribute to these important projects.

Postcard From Texas

A summer day in Davis Mountains State Park includes a spectacular sunrise, seeing some wildlife, and watching the weather evolve above the mountains.


July 7–13, 2013

Program 2112-R — Originally Aired January 6–12, 2013

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Watch OnlineCoastal Conflicts

Texas leads in the country in wind energy production, and with this new energy source there are new questions. What will wind farms do to the already fragmented habitat here in Texas, and how will they affect the birds that live and migrate through our state? Head to the coast to see how wind farms use radar technology to spot migrating birds coming their way.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Wildlife Permitting Team

From deer breeding to wildlife rehabilitation, the Wildlife Permitting Team helps Texans who work with wildlife stay on the right side of the law.

Watch OnlineThe Other Big Bend

Seems like everyone knows about Big Bend National Park, but not as many people are familiar with Big Bend Ranch State Park. If you’ve been there before, it might be time to explore the state park’s 300,000 acres again. New trails and back county campsites make it easier to discover the undiscovered.

Watch OnlineOutdoor Info: Shooters Eye & Ear Protection

Shooting sports provide great recreation but remember these simple precautions to protect your precious sight and hearing.

Watch OnlineThe 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.

Watch Online50th Film History: Time For Seafood

As the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department celebrates its 50th anniversary, we open the vaults and explore some past productions that showcase the history of the agency. We start with “Time for Seafood,” a film time capsule from the 1960s. While production values and hairstyles have changed over the years, Gulf seafood is still a treasured resource for modern Texans.

Postcard From Texas

Wildlife in the hills and mountains surrounding El Paso.


July 14–20, 2013

Program 2113-R — Originally Aired January 13–19, 2013

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Watch OnlineSaving 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.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Shawn Gray

In West Texas, biologist Shawn Gray tackles a sudden problem with pronghorn populations. In doing so, he helps build a partnership with private landowners, academics, and other concerned citizens, who rally to support the cause.

Watch OnlineFranklin 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.

Watch OnlineGateway to the Desert

Witness the creation of the Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center near Terilingua. We’ll follow the creative process from beginning to end. It takes a lot more work than you’d ever imagine.

Postcard From Texas

Majestic views at Caprock Canyon State Park.


July 21–27, 2013

Program 2114-R — Originally Aired January 20–26, 2013

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Watch OnlineAdventure Racing

Extreme sports fans are finding Texas state parks to be ideal settings for a new brand of outdoor athletics. And park managers have discovered many reasons to host these triathlons-with-a-twist.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Ronnie Sladek

Known as the man who turns trash into cash, Ronnie Sladek takes old game warden trucks, boats and other equipment and puts them up for auction. He’s the man who will connect you with that perfect treasure whether it be a water tower or your very own paddle boat.

Watch OnlineBig Spring State Park

Stop and see why travelers have long enjoyed this birds-eye view of Big Spring.

Watch OnlineBillion Dollar Bats

Bats are reviled by some, and treasured by others. The more we learn about bats the more we appreciate them. Follow some scientists as they study the economic impact of bats through the use of radio telemetry and thermal imaging.

Postcard From Texas

A cloud of acrobatic birds surrounds a bridge over the Trinity River, undoubtedly a colony of swallows. A closer look beneath the bridge reveals a bustling bird city of mud nests, baby birds waiting inside, and busy bird parents bringing home the bacon.


July 28–August 3, 2013

Program 2115-R — Originally Aired January 27–February 2, 2013

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Watch OnlineWorking on the Mountain

Being a biologist is more than counting plants and animals, it’s a way of life. Travel to West Texas and spend a day working on the mountain with one of those dedicated and driven individuals.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: John Taylor

How do you make sense of millions and millions of pieces of data about people, wildlife, plants and places? Just ask John Taylor of the Inland Fisheries Department. He takes piles of different kinds of data, combines them, processes them, and delivers new information about the natural things and places in Texas that help TPWD better serve the hunters, anglers and boaters of Texas.

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.

Watch OnlineThe Virtual Bat

Bugs bugging your corn? Scientists in the ‘Wintergarden’ area near Uvalde are developing a sound system that mimics the calls of feeding Mexican free-tailed bats. These researchers are attempting to disrupt the infestation of valuable farm crops by hordes of insect pests.

Postcard From Texas

Artificial reefs attract a wide variety of fish and coral life just off our Texas coast.


August 4–10, 2013

Program 2116-R — Originally Aired February 3–9, 2013

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Watch OnlineStewards in Waiting

The Wexford Ranches have been in the same family for 136 years. Meet the next generation as they prepare to cope with the long-term economic challenges threatening their large family ranch.

Watch OnlineBat Caves of Texas

We all know bats are good for the environment and they’re fascinating to watch. But where can you go in Texas to see these wonderful creatures? Take a tour of the Texas bat caves and see.

Watch OnlineOutdoor Info: Intro to Geocaching

Looking to get out and explore Texas? Try geocaching, a modern-day treasure hunt played by millions of fans around the world. Learn how to get in on the game. We’ll show you what you need to get started.

Watch OnlineBiking Big Bend

Carry extra water and pack some spare tubes. It’s worth the trouble to hit the trails of Texas’ mountain biking Mecca, Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Postcard From Texas

Blowing grasses at Dinosaur Valley State Park make an interesting outdoor tapestry.


August 11–17, 2013

Program 2117-R — Originally Aired February 10–16, 2013

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Watch OnlineHogs 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.

Watch OnlineWild Game Cooking: Feral Hog Tacos

Wild hogs are a nuisance but they sure are tasty if cooked right. Wild game chef and cookbook author Jesse Griffiths turns these wily beasts into a melt-in-your-mouth south Texas classic.

Watch OnlineTexas Paddling Trails

There are new paddling trails popping up all over Texas. Grab your canoe and come along as we check out some of the state’s best river trips. All you need is a paddle and an excuse to get wet.

Watch OnlineOutdoor Info: Geocaching State Parks

In addition to scenic views, Texas parks have hidden caches. Take your park experience to a whole new level with geocaching. If you do it correctly, you’ll leave no trace of your search and the game plays on.

Postcard From Texas

Recently restored rock art at Hueco Tanks.


August 18–24, 2013

Program 2118-R — Originally Aired February 17–23, 2013

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Watch OnlineThe Unknown Army

The Buffalo Soldiers helped settle the west, but for many years their contributions were largely overlooked. Meet one man who is determined to teach this often forgotten chapter of history to today’s eager students.

Watch OnlineSauer-Beckman Farm

Texas Parks and Wildlife Photographer Earl Nottingham takes a look at the daily life on the Sauer-Beckman Farmstead.

Watch OnlineRunning of the Bass

Freshwater anglers all across the state look forward to the annual spring run of White Bass. When the conditions are right, the fishing is easy. When the conditions aren’t right, the anglers just have to work a little bit harder.

Watch OnlineWyler Aerial Tramway State Park

Looking for an Alpine adventure but closer to home? Take a ride on a Swiss-made gondola and take in the view from atop Ranger Peak. The Wyler Aerial Tramway takes West Texas sightseeing to new heights.

Postcard From Texas

Blooming bluebonnets signal springtime on the Colonel Burns Ranch, where bunch grasses grow and clear waters flow.


August 25–31, 2013

Program 2119-R — Originally Aired February 24–March 2, 2013

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Watch OnlineOffice 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.

Watch OnlineTommy Martin, Fishing Hall of Famer

Tommy Martin began guiding on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in 1968 and fished in his first tournament the following year. He turned pro in 1972 and won the prestigious Bassmaster Classic just two years later. Martin helped found Texas Black Bass Unlimited, a conservation organization that played a key role in developing the Texas bass fishery into the best in the nation.

Watch OnlineResaca de le Palma State Park

With its 1,700 semi-tropical acres, Resaca de la Palma comprises the largest tract of native habitat in the World Birding Center network. Etched by the ancient curves of the Rio Grande River, this state park is a quiet birding retreat on the outskirts of the City of Brownsville.

Watch OnlinePlaying 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.

Postcard From Texas

The colors of Copper Breaks State Park.


September 1–7, 2013

Program 2120-R — Originally Aired March 3–9, 2013

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Watch Online50th Film History; Guadalupe Rainbows

Stocking rainbow trout in the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam started about 50 years ago and is still going strong. As the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department celebrates its 50th anniversary, we open the vaults to some old films that showcase the history of the agency.

Watch OnlineTexas Jellies

Most people see jellyfish as ugly blobs of goo looking for innocent swimmers to sting. But in reality, jellyfish are beautiful, delicate creatures. They also make a tasty low-calorie snack.

Watch OnlineLone Star Land Steward: Arroyo Veleno Wildlife Coop

Since 2001, the families of the Arroyo Veleño Wildlife Management COOP have been working together to manage habitat, conduct wildlife surveys, attain harvest recommendations, control exotic animals, provide hunting opportunity, and maintain a diversity of native wildlife.

Watch OnlineBentsen-Rio Grande State Park

One of the newer additions to the Texas State Park System is the World Birding Center at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. This park is among the premiere birding destinations in South Texas, where visitors get the chance to see some of the 500 different bird species found throughout the Lower Rio Grande Valley. From the guided tram tour, to remote bird blinds, to the new hawk tower, this park offers excitement for the first time birder all the way to the skilled pro.

Postcard From Texas

Flying high above the Texas coast.


September 8–14, 2013

Program 2121-R — Originally Aired March 10–16, 2013

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Watch OnlineSecrets of a Barrier Island

Take a trip across Matagorda Island, and learn all about barrier islands, their geology, ecology, and how they protect the Texas coast.

Watch OnlineMonument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site

On a bluff overlooking the Colorado River near LaGrange sits a monument to the fallen heroes of the Republic of Texas, and the remains of one of the first commercial breweries in the state. A short nature trail connects these two historic sites that explore equally interesting aspects of Texas history and culture.

Watch OnlineThe 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.

Watch Online50th Film History

As the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department celebrates its 50th anniversary, we open the vaults to some old films that showcase the history of the agency.

Postcard From Texas

Rolling on the rivers.


September 15–21, 2013

Watch OnlineProgram 2122-R — Originally Aired March 17–23, 2013

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Watch OnlineRestoring the Forest

Hurricanes have taken a heavy toll on several East Texas state parks. We’ll visit Martin Dies, Jr. and Village Creek State Parks to see how they are coming back from the loss of native trees.

Watch OnlineLonnie Stanley, Fishing Hall of Famer

Lonnie Stanley, owner of Stanley Baits, Inc., started building jigs in 1979 after winning a tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir with one he’d made. In 1980 he founded Stanley Lures, manufacturing jigs, spinner baits and other products. While continuing to build jigs in his garage in College Station, he won six more tournaments in 1980 and 1981. Stanley also co-hosted ESPN’s “Sportsman’s Challenge” television series for 18 years.

Watch Online50th Film History

As the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department celebrates its 50th anniversary, we open the vaults to some old films that showcase the history of the agency. This week, sit around the campfire with some longtime game wardens, and hear some tall tales.

Watch OnlineStephen F. Austin State Park

Nestled on the banks of the Brazos River, Stephen F. Austin State Park provides the opportunity to get up close to nature. Located just 30 minutes from the outskirts of Houston, this quiet and peaceful park is a nice escape from the busy city life with activities including picnicking, camping, fishing, hiking and nature and historical tours.

Watch OnlineFound Flycatcher

A rare bird sighting in Austin has birders flocking to McKinney Falls State Park. The Fork-tailed Flycatcher usually camps out in Central and South America in the winter, but biologists think the state’s unusual weather patterns are bringing the guest here.

Postcard From Texas

Feeding time for the snakes at the Lake Houston Wilderness Park


September 22–28, 2013

Watch OnlineProgram 2123-R — Originally Aired March 24–30, 2013

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Watch Online112 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.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Jeff Sparks

2011 was as bad as it gets when it comes to wildfires in Texas. From Bastrop to Possum Kingdom, the Parks and Wildlife Wildland Fire team answered the call. Meet the man who helped manage the team.

Watch Online50th Film History

As the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department celebrates its 50th anniversary, we open the vaults to some old films that showcase the history of the agency.

Watch OnlineCleburne State Park

White limestone bluffs and dense trees surround Cedar Lake, the centerpiece of Cleburne State Park. The small lake is just right for canoeing, swimming and fishing. Located southwest of Fort Worth, Cleburne is an ideal retreat from city life.

Watch OnlineA Fading Heritage

There are lots of ways to introduce your kids to the outdoors. Taking them hunting is one option. Join a father and daughter as they go squirrel hunting at the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area, and discover that time spent together in the woods is time well spent.

Postcard From Texas

Natural abstracts in nature.


September 29–October 5, 2013

Watch OnlineProgram 2124-R — Originally Aired March 31–April 6, 2013

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Watch OnlineBastrop, Back to Its Roots

The restoration of Bastrop State Park after it was devastated by fire has the park returning to its very roots. In the 1930’s, the Civilian Conservation Corps restored the forest and built the roads, trails and buildings that made up the park. Now a new crew is helping with restoration and erosion control, supplying the park with the kind of labor and energy that only a corps of young people can.

Wyman Meinzer’s West Texas

Texas State Photographer Wyman Menizer shares his photographs of West Texas.

Watch OnlineCasting Call

How do you get kids out of the house, and away from the television? It is a concern for all parents. Texas Parks & Wildlife has a new neighborhood fishing program that may help. In cities throughout Texas local lakes and ponds are stocked with fish so the kids are sure to get a bite, and hopefully they’ll get hooked on the outdoors.

Postcard From Texas

Big mountains and flat plains come to life.


October 6–12, 2013

Watch OnlineProgram 2125-R — Originally Aired April 7–13, 2013

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Watch OnlineThe 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 a on the frontlines as part of Parks and Wildlife’s Wildland Fire Team.

Watch OnlineWild Game Cooking: Redfish Three Ways

This isn’t your same old fish fry. Regional cooking expert Jesse Griffiths demonstrates 3 different ways to fry redfish for a fresh twist on this crowd favorite.

Watch OnlineBastrop Tree Planting

Join park staff and volunteers as they begin replanting pine seedlings at Bastrop State Park. This is just one step in helping the area recover from devastating wildfires.

Watch OnlineThe Guide

Ever hear an angler say ‘Man, I’d love to be a fishing guide’? It may sound like a lot of fun, but it’s really a lot of work. Brian Duplechain spends over 300 days a year on Lake Fork trying to hook his clients up with some of the lake’s famous lunkers. Spend a day with Brian and see just what it takes to be a successful fishing guide.

Postcard From Texas

Nature looks a little different when viewed up-close. Another kind of beauty is revealed in the smaller details so easily overlooked.


October 13–19, 2013

Watch OnlineProgram 2126-R — Originally Aired April 14–20, 2013

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Watch OnlineGargantuan Gar

Alligator gar are among the largest freshwater fish lurking in Texas lakes and rivers. But because gar have not traditionally been seen as sport fish, much about them has remained a mystery. That is beginning to change, however, as anglers seek them out. New research is revealing more information about the gargantuan gar, and these misunderstood monsters of the deep are starting to get some respect.

Watch OnlineParks & Wildlife People: Cherie O’Brien

Coastal ecologist Cherie O’Brien has been working for years to restore marshes in Galveston Bay. But she hasn’t done this alone. Meet Cherie and some of the people that have been helping her on these long term projects.

Watch OnlineBlack Bears of Black Gap

A husband and wife research team from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department conducted a 3-year study of Black Bears in the desert of West Texas. Follow along as the encounter bears in some unusual places.

Postcard From Texas

Biking the Franklin Mountains can be tough, but the view is worth the work.


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