Texas Parks & Wildlife on PBS and Cable

| June 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

This information is provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

June 27–July 4, 2010

Program 1810-R — Originally Aired December 27, 2009–January 3, 2010

Featured Segments

Lifeline of the Bays — New legislation directs local stakeholders to cooperatively determine how much fresh water needs to be reserved for each of the Texas river and bay systems. This process has never been attempted on this scale and the results could influence how other states forge future Environmental Flows policy. Part 4 of a 6 part series.

Wyler 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.

Running 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.

Lone Star Land Steward: Round Bottom Ranch — The endangered Houston Toad makes its home in the Lost Pines region of Texas. The Long family is heavily involved in protection and studies of this little amphibian, while still operating a successful livestock operation.

Postcard From Texas — Coastal birds on display.

July 4–11, 2010

Program 1811-R — Feeds July 4, 2010 — Originally Aired January 3–10, 2010

Featured Segments

Water Futures — The State Water Plan is revised every five years to insure our water supply keeps pace with the rapidly growing Texas population. Conventional supply and conservation strategies may have to change as some debate how climate change will alter rainfall patterns in Texas. Part 5 of a 6 part series.

Outdoor Info: Picking a Tent — Tents come in all shapes and sizes, for all kinds of camping conditions. Get some tips on finding a tent that’s right for you.

Building the Canyon — Government Canyon State Natural Area has grown out of an unprecedented partnership of groups rallying to preserve a unique resource. Its pristine Hill Country land helps protect the aquifer below it, making it all the more important to nearby San Antonio.

Atlanta 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 it’s rolling hills and towering trees. It’s a great place to catch some cats; catfish that is.

Postcard From Texas — Enchanting scenery in the Hill Country at Enchanted Rock.

July 11–18, 2010

Program 1812-R — Feeds July 11, 2010 — Originally Aired January 10–17, 2010

Featured Segments

Living in the Balance — Awareness of the link between energy use and water supplies and how sustainable building practices can reduce water and energy needs in the future. These concepts are demonstrated at Government Canyon State Natural Area near San Antonio and a residential housing development near Austin. Part 6 of a 6 part series.

Wild Things: The Invaders — Non-native plants are choking Texas waterways, while other exotic species are impacting endangered songbirds. We’ll look at how these strange invaders can upset the ecological balance.

Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site — It was once the northernmost of a line of Federal Forts established after the Civil War. Today Fort Richardson is a place where you can discover history, camp among the wildlife, and get some exercise.

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 — Relax and enjoy a Texas coastal sunrise.

July 18–25, 2010

Program 1813-R — Feeds July 18, 2010 — Originally Aired January 17–24, 2010

Featured Segments

Fishing the Late Shift — Whether in saltwater or fresh, Texas has many great spots to spend a day fishing. But for a special breed of angler the best days of fishing are always nights.

Lone Star Land Steward: Wells Ranch — Water conservation and habitat preservation go hand-in-hand with the cow-calf operation on this ranch near San Antonio. The Williamsons operate the ranch under a TPWD management plan with the goals of maintaining a healthy deer herd in cooperation with existing ranching practices.

Mustang Island State Park — If you’re looking for the best place to camp right on the beach Mustang Island is the spot. With fishing, birding, and ocean fun just a few steps from your tent Mustang Island State Park is sure to cure that Island fever.

The Oyster King — Meet a scientist of a different sort, Dr. Sammy Ray, or to his close friends Poppa Smurf. His expertise; Crassostrea virginica. For 60 years Sammy Ray has studied oysters and the Texas bays in which they live. From the knowledge he passes on to the commercial oyster industry, to his outreach with curious kids, Poppa Smurf is the ultimate oyster educator.

Postcard From Texas — Scenes from Austin’s Blunn Creek Preserve.

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