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Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2215 January 26-February 1, 2014 Eye in the Sky Technology just keeps getting better, and as a result so does our knowledge of wildlife. With the use of satellite transmitters placed on wildlife we are learning more and new things about the lives and habits of Texas' wildlife. See how biologists gather information about the lives of desert bighorn sheep as they move the through the mountains of west Texas and Mexico, and the endangered Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle as they travel the Gulf of Mexico. Parks & Wildlife People: Craig Hensley He's been described as something out of a storybook. See Guadalupe River State Park Ranger Craig Hensley in action as he finds creative ways to connect folks with nature. Government Canyon Bike Trails When it comes to mountain biking in Texas one of the best spots is Government Canyon State Natural area. Grab your bike and helmet as we hit the park for some single track fun! LBJ's Hill Country Legacy When Lyndon Baines Johnson helped create the Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm, he wanted to give visitors an appreciation for the hard work and ingenuity of the pioneers and farmers from long ago. Costumed interpreters and volunteers show life as it really was, complete with all the sights, sounds, and (for better or worse) smells of a turn-of-the-century Hill Country farmstead. Postcard From Texas Reflections in the water at Blanco State Park. For stations and air times: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2214 January 19-25, 2014 Above Texas: 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. Parks & Wildlife People: Kerr Swine Research Team Feral swine wreak havoc on native habitat, but a team at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area is testing innovative ways to keep this multiplying menace in check. Caddo Lake Paddling Trail Straddling the Texas-Louisiana border, swampy Caddo Lake in Northeast Texas has an enduring air of mystery. And the paddling trails is the ideal way to explore this fascinating lake. Student Parking From West Texas to the Gulf Coast, teachers and students are discovering that state parks offer unique ways to bring learning alive. Put on some old clothes and tag along for a hands-on look at science class Parks and Wildlife-style. Postcard From Texas Spectacular views from the mountains of West Texas with the clouds below. For stations and air times: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2213 January 12-18, 2014 The Rio Grande, Down But Not Out Join a group of students from Corpus Christi as they head up to Big Bend to float the Rio Grande. This is much more than a fun field trip; it's a chance to learn. The students discover the many challenges faced by the Rio Grande. From human demand for its water, to non-native water sucking trees, to a decline in fish species, the many pressures on the river continue. But as the students find out, work is being done to help the restore the once mighty Rio Grande. Parks & Wildlife People: Cecilia Nasti She is often heard but seldom seen. Cecilia Nasti is the host and producer of the Passport to Texas radio show belting out 20 shows a month on every topic under the Texas Parks and Wildlife sun. Recently she has taken on one of her favorite subjects, organic food, and promoted wild game cooking segments to PBS and YouTube. The Boat Builder Houston architect Skip Johnson's hobby is both a craft and an art. Skip builds wooden kayaks that would be right at home in an art gallery, but are built for the water. Follow along as Skip designs, builds, and finally paddles his latest creation, the 'Bionic Log'. Postcard From Texas Look up, in the sky, it's many moons, passing by. For stations and air times: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2212 January 5-11, 2014 Tent Revival Many families in cities have lost touch with the great outdoors and all it has to offer, but the Texas Outdoor Family program is here to help, getting folks with little camping experience outside for some weekend fun. Lone Star Land Steward: South Llano River Watershed Alliance The South Llano Watershed Alliance is a group of landowners and stakeholders who have come together to preserve and enhance one of the state's most pristine rivers, the South Llano. Texas Parks and Wildlife has honored the alliance for their collaboration to support a major water source to the Colorado River which also supports the water supply of Austin. Action for the Oceans How will climate change affect the Texas Gulf Coast? Hear predictions on how the coast will be impacted over the next century. In part five of a six part series on the state of the gulf, scientists and biologists discuss how the documented rise in sea level is ongoing and what it will mean in the future for coastal communities in Texas. We will also look at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's long documentation of warming water temperature and how some species like flounder have declined, while other species like the gray snapper have increased. We will also look at the spread of black mangroves and the newly detected red mangrove, as another indication of a warming climate. Postcard From Texas Thousands of purple martins converge on a few trees in an Austin parking lot each summer, creating a bird tornado of sorts that captivates onlookers. For stations and air times: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2211 December 29, 2013 - January 4, 2014 Above Texas: 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. Lone Star Land Steward: JA Ranch Andrew Bivins is a fifth generation landowner of the massive, historic JA Ranch. He is among a new breed of ranch manager revolutionizing the use of GPS technology in the day-to-day operation of the JA Ranch's land and cattle business. Wild Things: Animal Coloration From brightly colored feathers that make a bird stand out, to mottled camouflage to help an animal hide, different colors serve different purposes throughout the animal kingdom. Climate of Changes How will climate change affect the Texas Gulf Coast? Hear predictions on how the coast will be impacted over the next century. In part five of a six part series on the state of the gulf, scientists and biologists discuss how the documented rise in sea level is ongoing and what it will mean in the future for coastal communities in Texas. We will also look at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's long documentation of warming water temperature and how some species like flounder have declined, while other species like the gray snapper have increased. We will also look at the spread of black mangroves and the newly detected red mangrove, as another indication of a warming climate. Outdoor Info: Public Hunts Each year the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department offers a variety of public hunts throughout the state. Here's how to take advantage of these affordable opportunities. Postcard From Texas Nesting Golden-cheeked Warblers. Check out an endangered bird that nests only in the hill country of Central Texas. For stations and air times: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2210 December 22-28, 2013 The Invaders 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. For stations and air times: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2209 December 15-21, 2013 K9 Wardens 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 "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. For stations and air times: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2108 December 8-14, 2013 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 largest natural freshwater lake in Texas. For stations and air times: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2207 December 1-7, 2013 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. For stations and air times go to http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2206 November 24-30, 2013 The Inspired Artist From a migrant worker as a youth to an artist that discovers he has an amazing talent. Meet Clemente Guzman who is an inspiration for all of us. Lone Star Land Steward: Thomsen Foundation Among the woods and prairies of the Western Cross Timbers, the Thomsen Foundation teaches guests of all ages about the beauty and complexity of native habitat. Geocaching Changed My Life A woman with Asperger Syndrome sees her social life blossom when she takes up geocaching. Fishing the Late Shift Whether in saltwater or fresh, Texas has many great spots to spend aday fishing. But for a special breed of angler the best days of fishing are always nights. Postcard From Texas A brood of Panhandle turkeys strut and gobble and compete for attention. For stations and air times go to: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2205 November 17-23, 2013 Flocking with Friends A Classic Competition from the Coast is now statewide and open to all. How many different birds can be seen in a day, a morning, or from just one spot? Follow some folks who decided to find out. Where to Wade Grab a pole and start wading! It's a style of fishing few try, yet some anglers say it's the only way to go. Wade fishing not only puts you right where the action is, but the experts say you can catch more and bigger fish. Parks & Wildlife People: Calvin Richardson As the Wildlife District 2 team leader, Calvin Richardson oversees 56 counties, 35 million acres, and 6 district biologists. Not to mention prairie dogs, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, sandhill cranes, and a lot of other species. But Calvin does it with concern not just for the wildlife and habitat, but for the landowners, stakeholders, and his employees as well. Postcard From Texas Watch a Longear sunfish watch the camera in the flowing waters of the Pedernales River. For stations and air times: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2204 November 10-16, 2013 Waiting for Winter Trout The annual winter stocking of rainbow trout in the Guadalupe River is a much anticipated event. Check out some of the best spots to go to catch these feisty freshwater fish. A New North Deer North Deer Island near Galveston is the largest bird rookery island on the Upper Texas Coast, and it is shrinking. Erosion from waves has pounded the island for years. See what's being done to preserve this island and protect it for the thousands of birds that nest here every year. Talking to the Animals Gerald Stewart can talk to animals. No, he doesn't have "Dr. Doolittle" magical powers. Rather, Gerald is a professional animal caller. Using mouth calls and audio cassettes, he can attract birds, owls, mountain lions, bobcats, foxes, deer and many more animals. Postcard From Texas Witness the natural phenomenon of a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. For stations and air times: http:://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2203 November 3-9, 2013 Will Hunt for Food Marshall Wright is an Austin blogger, a gourmet cook, and now a... hunter? Urbanites interested in healthy, tasty, locally-sourced foods are trying hunting for the first time. Follow Marshall as he learns about hunting from this new perspective. Lone Star Land Steward: Daphne Prairie The Daphne Prairie is one of the rarest prairies you'll ever find in Texas, as it has Mima mounds. If you've never heard or seen these Mima mounds, now is your chance to check them out. Parks and Wildlife's 50th Texas Parks and Wildlife is celebrating its 50th birthday by inviting people to share their stories and photos about memorable moments in the Texas outdoors. Here's a look back at what this means for Texans. Nicole's Big Adventure Travel to Big Bend Ranch State Parks with a group of teens from Houston as they make a spiritual connection with the West Texas landscape. For many of these kids, this is their first real experience with wide open spaces. Postcard From Texas Brazos Bend State Park is a great place to see alligators, and birds. For stations and air times go to http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2202 October 27-November 2, 2013 Recovery at Possum Kingdom Two years after wildfire roared through Possum Kingdom State Park, this popular getaway is back. Take a look at how the park has recovered. Texas Horned Lizards Learn what's causing the decline of the iconic Texas Horny Toad, and what's being done about it. Lone Star Land Steward: Texas Westmoreland Coal Company One Texas mining company is using innovative methods for restoring native habitat to its mine sites. Remembering Bois d'Arc Creek Bois d'Arc Creek and much of the land around it in Fannin County will soon be be gone, replaced by a water supply reservoir. Meet Russell and Bubba Graves, filmmakers how have made a documentary about what the loss of this bottomland hardwood forest means to those that have a history with this land. Postcard From Texas: A Speeding Snail Ok, so it's not really speeding, but watch this little creature on the move. For stations and air times: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2201 October 20-26, 2013 Austin's Warblers Join some biologists as they monitor nesting Golden-cheeked Warblers in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve near Austin. Lone Star Land Stewards: Jack & Jan Cato For their conservation work on the Buck Hollow Ranch and the Stockard-Sirianni Ranch, the Catos were awarded the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award. Pedernales Falls Bike Trails Take a tour on two wheels at this park that is known for it's glorious waterfalls, but is also a great place for mountain biking. Selling Texas Outdoor tourism contributes more than $36-million to the Texas economy, and a lot of folks find out about the state through national television shows. We'll show you how that works. Postcard From Texas Strutting, gobbling and dancing, Lesser Prairie Chickens go through some crazy gyrations to find a mate. For stations & air times: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS show # 2126. Alligator gar fishing and research; Cherie O'Brien helps restore coastal marshes; studying black bears in the Black Gap region of west Texas; biking at Franklin Mountains State Park. Original air date April 14-20, 2013. For stations and air times http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2125. April 7-13, 2013 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fire team battles blazes at Bastrop & Lake Possum Kingdom State Parks; cooking redfish three ways with chef Jessie Griffiths; replanting pines at Bastrop State Park that were lost to wildfires; a day in the life of Lake Fork fishing guide Brian Duplechain, it's a lot of work; and up close look at some of Texas' wild creatures. For stations and air times http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2124 March 31-April 6, 2013 Tracking dinosaur tracks; Texas Parks and Wildlife fire team leader Jeff Sparks; biking, hiking and fishing at Cleburne State Park; film history from the 1970s; squirrel hunting, a fading tradition; abstract patterns in water. Original air dates March 24-30, 2013. For stations and air times http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2123 March 24-30, 2013 American YouthWorks crews help restore Bastrop State Park after severe wildfires; find out about local fishing spots with the Neighborhood Fishing Program; Texas State Photographer Wyman Meinzer's photo essay on West Texas; biking at Pedernales Falls State Park. This show originally aired March 24-30, 2013. For stations and air times go to http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2122 March 17-23, 2013 Ongoing efforts to re-establish pine forests in east Texas that have been damaged by hurricanes; Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inductee Lonnie Stanley; a retired game warden reviews a film from the 1970s of wardens talking about the job; Stephen F. Austin State Park, a great place to explore between Houston and Austin; spotting a rare flycatcher near Austin; snake feeding time. This show originally aired March 17-23, 2013. For stations and air times go to http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2101 October 21-27, 2012 Hueco 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. Lone 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. Wild 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. Oasis 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.
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show #2026. Original air date April 15-21, 2012. Game Warden Jim Daniels profile; Colorado Bend State Park bike trails; birds guarding their nests; family camping at Garner State Park; rappel into the Devil's Sinkhole. Check http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv for stations and air times.
Show #2012, aired January 8-15, 2012. (testing this thing out to see if we can indeed post entire shows and to see if anybody watches an entire show on YT) -The Real Bears of East Texas -Kickapoo Cavern State Park -Parks & Wildlife People: Andee Chamberlain -Lavaca Bay, the $130,000,000 Lesson -Postcard From Texas: Life on the Farm
Return of the Battleship TEXAS From the Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television series, show #56, August 1, 1991. A look at the efforts to save the Battleship TEXAS, the only surviving warship to serve the U.S. Navy in both World Wars.
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