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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Stephanie Salinas 512-389-8756 or Stephanie.salinas@tpwd.texas.gov ]
March 6, 2014
Twitter Live-Feed Added to State Parks Webpages
AUSTIN-- Social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook allow people to find breaking news about closures for business and schools, weather and more from portable devices.
Eight state parks webpages will begin carrying live Twitter feeds that will inform visitors of real-time updates at parks.
Parks that will include the Twitter feeds on the TPWD website are:
--San Angelo State Park
--Seminole Canyon State Park
--Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
--Inks Lake State Park
--McKinney Falls State Park
--Dinosaur Valley State Park
--Ray Roberts Lake State Park (Isle du Bois Unit)
--Cedar Hill State Park.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department uses these tools to inform park goers of closures and events at parks around the state.
For a list of all of TPWDs social media sites, visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/socialmedia/
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Annie Kooy, Marketing & Communications, (479) 715-6100 or Annie.Kooy@octagon.com; Lenny Francoeur, Tournament Director, (479) 715-6103 or Lenny.Francoeur@octagon.com ]
March 6, 2014
Toyota Texas Bass Classic Brings Texas Sized Entertainment to Lake Fork May 9-11, 2014
Limited tickets available at your local Toyota dealers, Academy Sports +Outdoors, Brookshire's and www.ToyotaTexasBassClassic.com
QUITMAN--The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) is returning to Lake Fork in a big way. The Sabine River Authority in Quitman will again host this world-class bass fishing tournament and outdoor country music festival. We are proud to announce our exceptional entertainment this year, featuring country super stars, Pat Green, Little Big Town, and Justin Moore.
"The anticipation and excitement for the Toyota Texas Bass Classic is off the charts this year. TTBC will be bringing premiere country music artists, as well as the world's best anglers to Lake Fork. We hope to break records on and off the water" said Tournament Director Lenny Francoeur. "Not only do we have family friendly ticket prices, but the sale of tickets will help us in our ongoing effort to support the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department."
Single day, general admission tickets are available for $15 in advance (or $25 at the gate). That ticket includes parking and kids 17 and under get in free with a ticketed adult. Pat Green will be kicking off Friday's country music concert and Little Big Town will take the stage on Saturday, May 10. Rounding out the event's entertainment will be Justin Moore, Sunday, May 11. In addition to the headlining entertainment artists, the TTBC will also feature a variety of regional bands including Tyler and the Tribe, Southern Slang, Backroad Anthem, and Sister C. Tickets are available now at www.ToyotaTexasBassClassic.com, your local Toyota dealerships, Academy Sports + Outdoors, and Brookshire's.
A three-time Grammy nominee, Pat Green has become a cultural force across the country selling out venues from Nokia Theater in Times Square to the Houston Astrodome in Texas. Green's explosive live shows have made him a fan favorite and a hot ticket, landing tours with the likes of Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews Band. Named "the Springsteen of the South West" in People Magazine, Green has sold over 2 million albums, released a collection of hits at country radio and has been praised in Esquire, Blender, Billboard and USA Today.
Critically acclaimed country group, Little Big Town -- consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook -- first entered the music scene over 13 years ago with hits such as "Boondocks," "Bring It On Home," "Good As Gone" and Grammy-nominated single "Little White Church." The quartet's fifth studio album Tornado was released on September 11, 2012 and debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Chart where it stayed in the #1 position for five consecutive weeks. The album recently received platinum certification with sales of over 1 million copies. Tornado, produced by Jay Joyce, includes 2x platinum-selling #1 hit single "Pontoon" and follow-up single and title-track "Tornado" which also peaked in the #1 position. The Grammy-nominated track, "Your Side of the Bed" and current single "Sober" are also featured on the album. Collectively, the group has earned over 25 award show nominations and has taken home the award for ACM Top New Vocal Group, CMA Single of the Year ("Pontoon"), CMA Vocal Group of the Year (2012 and 2013), ACM Vocal Group of the Year, ACM Video of the Year ("Tornado"), a Grammy Award for Best Country Group/Duo Performance ("Pontoon") and an Emmy award (Outstanding Original Song-"Good Afternoon"). The foursome recently wrapped up their sold-out headlining tour and is also a tour with Keith Urban.
Little Big Town is currently working on a new album, which is expected for release later this year. The first single off of the new record entitled "Day Drinking" should hit country radio in late spring.
For a second consecutive time, Justin Moore debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #2 on the all-genre chart with OFF THE BEATEN PATH. The project has already produced Justin's fourth #1, "Point At You," and current Top 25-and-rising single "Lettin' The Night Roll," which has sold over 120,000 downloads. Combined with his previous GOLD-certified albums - JUSTIN MOORE and OUTLAWS LIKE ME - Justin has sold over 5.3 million digital downloads. While his music has been featured on the ABC hit drama "NASHVILLE," Hannity & Colmes and NFL Rewind, he has been profiled by publications such as The Washington Post, People Country, Billboard and USA Today. Justin is currently headlining the OFF THE BEATEN PATH TOUR with special guests Randy Houser and Josh Thompson. Beginning March 24, fans can vote daily at www.voteacm.com to help Justin bring home the ACM New Artist of the Year trophy during April 2 awards show, airing on CBS. Visit www.moorejustinmusic.com for tour dates and more.
The 2014 Toyota Texas Bass Classic will host a stellar 50-angler field, assembled from the top professional leagues, including the PAA Tournament Series, Bassmaster Elite Series and the Walmart FLW Tour, creating a true bass fishing world championship. The TTBC is an outdoor festival that includes exceptional entertainment and a variety of family and industry activities.
Current sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shop, Leer Truck Caps, HOLT Cat, Ugly Stik, Republic Services, Tellespen, ATX Wheels, Geico, Yamaha, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Brookshire's, TLC Radio, KMOO Radio, KYKX 105.7, 104.1 The Ranch, the Coca-Cola Company, & the Sabine River Authority.
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On the Net:
Website - toyotatexasbassclassic.com
Facebook - Facebook.com/ToyotaTexasBassClassic
Twitter - @TxBassClassic
For additional information, visit www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com or call 1-866-907-0143.
Make sure to "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for tournament news, updates, contests, and more!
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Annie Kooy, Marketing & Communications, (479) 715-6100 or Annie.Kooy@octagon.com; Lenny Francoeur, Tournament Director, (479) 715-6103 or Lenny.Francoeur@octagon.com; Rebecca Zajac, Coordinator, (734) 717-4884 or Rebecca.Zajac@octagon.com ]
March 6, 2014
Toyota Texas Bass Classic Looking for Volunteers
Volunteer opportunities available at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic at Lake Fork
QUITMAN--The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) is seeking volunteers to help support the Texas sized outdoor music festival and world championship fishing event. The 8th annual TTBC is returning to Lake Fork, May 9-11, 2014. The event will host the world's greatest anglers as well as chart topping country music performances. Fishing knowledge is not required and those who register now will receive an unforgettable experience.
Along with the memories, volunteers will receive exclusive tournament gear; including an official TTBC t-shirt, hat, lunch, volunteer badge (serves as general admission Friday, Saturday & Sunday) and a parking pass. Below you will find a list and brief description of the TTBC Committees.
ADMISSIONS/WILL CALL: Admissions volunteers will be responsible for supporting the admissions gate and assisting security to ensure that all spectators have the proper tickets for entry. Will Call volunteers will be responsible for staffing a ticket booth at the event entrance for ticket buyers to pick up previously purchased tickets.
MEDIA/PR: Assist Tournament and PAA staff with the general operations of the Media Center and promotion of the Tournament, assist with sponsor requests and angler appearances.
TOURNAMENT OFFICE: Assists Tournament Staff with answering the phones, greeting visitors, receiving and logging deliveries along with other administrative duties as requested by Tournament Staff.
TPWD OUTDOOR ADVENTURES AREA: Assist the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) with various activities in the TP&W Outdoor Adventures Area.
VOLUNTEER SERVICES: Responsible for staffing the volunteer headquarters, handling uniform distribution and maintaining a comfortable working environment for the volunteers.
"Volunteering is a great way to get in on all the action at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. There's a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make an event of this size work, and the volunteers are a major part of making it a success," said Lenny Francoeur, Tournament Director. "Volunteering also provides an excellent opportunity to connect within your community and join in on the support of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department."
About The Tournament: The Toyota Texas Bass Classic is a world-class bass fishing tournament, featuring the top 50 bass anglers in the world, along with a festival to include exceptional entertainment and a variety of family and industry activities. This three day event will take place May 9-11, 2014 at Lake Fork, Quitman, Texas.
Events / Entertainment: Extraordinary live music and events that will appeal to the whole family. This will include a variety of games and activities at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Outdoor Adventures Area, incredible food and a fishing industry expo featuring seminars and the latest in fishing equipment, gear and accessories. Merchandise will be available for purchase at the Tournament venue.
Charity: Proceeds benefit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. For more information on TPWD click here www.tpwd.state.tx.us
Current sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Leer Truck Caps, HOLT CAT, Ugly Stik, Republic Services, Tellespen, ATX Wheels, Geico, Yamaha, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Brookshire's, TLC Radio, KYKX 105.7, 104.1 The Ranch & the Coca-Cola Company.
For additional information, visit www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com or call 1-866-907-0143.
For volunteer application, visit http://www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/2014-TTBC-Volunteer-Application.pdf
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[ Additional Contacts: Mark Klym, 512-389-4644, mark.klym@tpwd.texas.gov ]
March 6, 2014
Whooping Cranes Beginning Their Spring Journey to Canada
AUSTIN -- Endangered whooping cranes will soon begin their annual 2,400-mile spring migration from Aransas to Canada. As the rare birds leave the Lone Star State, Texas residents and visitors are invited to report whooper sightings.
Texas Whooper Watch (http://tpwd.texas.gov/whoopingcranes/) is a volunteer monitoring program that is a part of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Texas Nature Trackers program. The program was developed as a citizen science initiative to help the agency learn more about whooping cranes and their winter habitats in Texas.
Since beginning their slow recovery from a low of 16 birds in the 1940s, whoopers have wintered on the Texas coast on and near Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Recently though, several groups of whooping cranes expanded their wintering areas to include other coastal areas and some inland sites in Central Texas. Last year, whooping cranes from an experimental flock in Louisiana spent most of their summer months in Texas, and the Whooper Watch volunteers were able to provide valuable information to TPWD, Louisiana Game and Fish and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service about these birds.
This year, biologists expect whooping cranes to start moving north in mid-March or early April. Reports to Texas Whooper Watch will also help improve the accuracy of surveys on the wintering grounds, as the growth of the flock has made traditional census methods more difficult.
Whoopers usually follow a migratory path through north and central Texas, including Wichita Falls, Fort Worth, Waco, Austin, and Victoria. During the migration they often pause overnight to use wetlands for roosting and agricultural fields for feeding, but seldom remain more than one night. The typical sighting (71 percent of all observations) is fewer than three birds, although the fall migration this year produced some groups of more than 10 birds. They may also be seen roosting and feeding with large flocks of the smaller sandhill crane. Whoopers are the tallest birds in North America, measuring nearly five feet tall. The cranes are solid white in color except for black wing-tips that are visible only in flight, red crown and black mustache. They fly with necks and legs outstretched.
Citizens can help by reporting sightings of whooping cranes and by preventing disturbance of cranes when they remain overnight at roosting and feeding locations. Sightings can be reported to whoopingcranes@tpwd.texas.gov or (512) 389-TXWW (8999). Observers are asked especially to note whether the cranes have colored bands on their legs. Volunteers interested in attending training sessions to become "Whooper Watchers" in order to collect more detailed data may also contact TPWD at whoopingcranes@tpwd.texas.gov or 512-389-TXWW (8999).
Additional information, including photos of whooping crane look-alike species, can be found at http://tpwd.texas.gov/whoopingcranes/ and at http://www.whoopingcrane.com/report-a-sighting/.
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