Texas Parks & Wildlife on PBS and Cable
Airing Now and Coming Soon
May 19–25, 2013
Program 2105-R — Originally Aired November 18–24, 2012
Native 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.
Lone 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.
A 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
Hunting 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.
Davis 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.
Lone 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.
Crazy 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
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.
Lake 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.
Outdoor 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.
D 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
Gardens 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.
Parks & 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.
Abilene 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.
Fishing 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.
Stations and Air Times
Times and dates are subject to change, especially during PBS membership drives.
- Amarillo, KACV-TV, Channel 2, Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
- Austin, KLRU-TV, Channel 18, Sunday, 10 a.m.; Thursday 5:30 a.m. KLRU-Q, Channel 18-3, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.
- Bryan-College Station, KAMU-TV, Channel 15, Sunday, 5 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
- Corpus Christi, KEDT-TV, Channel 16, Sunday, 12 p.m.
- Dallas-Fort Worth, KERA-TV, Channel 13, Saturday, 11 a.m. Also serving Abilene, Denton, Longview, Marshall, San Angelo, Texarkana, Tyler, Wichita Falls and Sherman.
- El Paso, KCOS-TV, Channel 13, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
- Harlingen, KMBH-TV, Channel 60, Sunday, 5 p.m. Also serving McAllen, Mission and Brownsville.
- Houston, KUHT-TV, Channel 8, Saturday, 3 p.m. Also serving Beaumont, Port Arthur, Galveston, Texas City and Victoria.
- Killeen, KNCT-TV, Channel 46, Sunday, 5 p.m. Also serving Temple, Waco.
- Lubbock, KTTZ-TV, Channel 5, Saturday, 10 a.m.
- Odessa-Midland, KPBT-TV, Channel 36, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
- San Antonio and Laredo, KLRN-TV, Channel 9, Sunday, 2 p.m.; Thursday, 12:30 p.m.
- Portales, New Mexico, KENW-TV, Channel 3, Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Texas Parks & Wildlife can also be seen on a variety of government, educational and access cable channels in the following communities: Abilene; Alamo Colleges-San Antonio; Alice; Allen; Atlanta-KAQC; Baytown; Big Spring; Boerne; Brownsville; Cedar Park; Colleyville; Coppell; Corpus Christi; Crockett-KIVY; Dallas; Deer Park; Del Mar College-Corpus Christi; Denton; El Paso; Euless; Flower Mound; Fort Stockton; Fort Worth; Fort Worth ISD-EdTV; Frisco; Garland; Haltom City; Houston; Houston Community College; Irving; Keller; Killeen; Lubbock; Lufkin; McKinney; Mesquite; Midland; Nassau Bay; North Richland Hills; Ocean TV 20, Toms River, NJ; Pasadena; Plano; Rogers State University; Round Rock; San Antonio College; Seabrook; Stephen F. Austin U.; Sugar Land; Temple; Texarkana College; The Colony; Trophy Club; Tyler; Victoria; and Waco. Check your local listings for days and times.