Texas Parks & Wildlife on PBS and Cable
Airing Now and Coming Soon
March 2–8, 2014
Program 2220 — Repeats August 31–September 6, 2014
In 2005 news of the extinct Ivory Billed Woodpecker being found in the woods of Arkansas electrified the birding community. Now a team is searching for the elusive Ivory Billed here in Texas. We followed the Texas team for six months as they explore the bird’s historic range, The Big Thicket National Preserve in East Texas. From using state of the art technology to good ole foot power, see what it takes to try and find a bird that hasn’t been seen in 60 years.
A 50-year old family photo taken at Inks Lake State Park leads to an interesting reunion and a renewed interest in getting outside.
Finding a place to hunt is getting more difficult by the season for many Texas hunters. A family from Houston who hunt doves has found the perfect solution: the Annual Public Hunting Permit. This permit allows hunters access to over 1 million acres of land all across the state.
Get some quick tips on how to successfully navigate the shallow flats of the coast without harming the sensitive seagrasses.
Postcard from Texas
Chase Fountain is a photographer for Texas Parks and Wildlife. We’ll showcase some of his favorite shots, along with some of his thoughts and behind-the-scenes comments.
March 9–15, 2014
Program 2221 — Repeats September 7–13, 2014
The title “Texas Game Warden” evokes an iconic image of selfless peace officers protecting our natural resources. But few of us are aware of their wide range of responsibilities. We’ll follow some of these men and women, from the rutted dirt tracks of the High Plains Canyon Country, to the storm-crossed waters of the Gulf Coast.
Steve Hall shows you how to make some basic turkey calls, and when to use each one.
It was the first state park in Texas, and it remains as peaceful a spot today as when it was first set aside. Reunite with the family, take a hike, ride a bike, or pitch a tent and stay awhile.
Follow the life cycle of striped bass. From fertilization to hatching, to stocking and finally catching, this popular game fish is getting a helping hand from Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists.
Postcard From Texas
Fiddler crabs are pretty busy looking for food on the Texas coast.
March 16–22, 2014
Program 2222 — Repeats September 14–20, 2014
The Guadalupe Bass lives in the cool running waters of the Texas Hill Country. But over the last few decades, competition from the popular small-mouth bass population has reduced the Guadalupe Bass to near extinction. Discover what fisheries biologists at the Heart of the Hills Fisheries Science Center are doing to bring back the official state fish of Texas.
For folks in and around Laredo a great place to cool off is Lake Casa Blanca International State Park. From the fishing to the camping Lake Casa Blanca is perfect place for a good ole’ South Texas siesta.
Wild Things: Texas Symbols
Everybody knows the bluebonnet is the state flower, but what is the state sea shell? The state reptile? The state flying mammal?
As more anglers discover the shallow waters of the Texas Gulf Coast, there is growing concern about what this increased traffic is doing to the fragile sea grasses. Learn how to get to where the fish are without damaging this vital habitat.
Postcard From Texas
The South Llano River is home to the native Guadalupe Bass and it’s a major attraction to the hill country town of Junction. Now this nearly constant water level river is one of the latest additions to the Texas Paddling Trails network.
March 23–29, 2014
Program 2223 — Repeats September 21–27, 2014
Historically there used to be one million Attwater’s prairie-chickens throughout the coastal prairies of Texas and Louisiana, now less than one percent remain. We follow along as biologists deal with one of the toughest breeding seasons on record, as they struggle to save one of the most endangered birds in all of Texas.
Bats, birds and caverns are what you’ll find at this secluded state park. Located north of Del Rio, you can experience the flight of the Mexican free-tailed bat, have a guided cavern tour to see the largest column formation in Texas, and possibly see the endangered golden-cheeked warbler while exploring the park.
What do you do when the Federal Communication Commission mandates that all U.S. 2-way radio systems be converted to narrowband frequencies, in a short time and with limited dollars? If you’re part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s fleet and radio team, you get to work, and get it done. On time, and under budget.
Heralded for their awe-inspiring jumps and tenacious power, tarpon are the stuff from which fish tales are spun. But over the last couple decades, their populations have taken a serious dive. Today, a group of scientists are trying to learn about the biology of this.
Postcard from Texas
Lots of folks enjoy at day at the beach.
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. and 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 11 a.m, Thursday 11:30 a.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.