Texas Parks & Wildlife Videos
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The largest bird watching tournament in the world is coming back this Spring and it's even bigger! For 16 years, the Great Texas Birding Classic was just a coastal competition but this year, it's gone statewide. Texas Parks and Wildlife takes us back to 1997 when a group of teenagers won their competition category the first year by looking at birds rather than picking up chicks. The Thrashers, now in their mid-30s, are still friends and avid birders. The 17th annual Great Texas Birding Classic kicks off April 15 with chances of competing in numerous categories throughout the month. Grant money raised through team registration and event sponsorship is donated back to the bird habitat conservation and nature tourism projects in Texas. Winning teams help select which projects are funded. Team registration deadline is April 1st. For more information go to www.BirdingClassic.org
State parks offer some of the best bird watching during spring migration! Find out more at http://texasparksandwildlife.org/birding
Wild Things: Bird Beaks From cracking seeds to spearing fish, birds possess an amazing variety of beaks adapted for some very unique tasks.
Natural Wasteland Birding hotspots are not always where you might expect them to be. See the sights, hear the sounds, and smell the smells of a "marginal nature" haven. What are we talking about? Places like the Hornsby Bend wastewater treatment plant in Austin, Texas.
A Man in Paradise The Rio Grande Valley is a haven for birds and birders alike. For Father Tom Pincelli, this area is an earthly paradise. Follow along as Father Tom finds beauty and inspiration in some unusual birding spots.
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.
Postcard From Texas Lesser Prairie Chickens on the Lek. That's where they strut and dance and gobble to try and claim a mate. These birds are way up in the Texas Panhandle near Canadian.
Postcard From Texas Turkeys hanging around a field, from a ranch in Donley County, Texas just south of McLean. Put a decoy or two out, do some turkey calls and before you know it here they come. Turkeys are very smart but they still occasionally fall for a decoy.
It's wintertime at The Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area. From Mallards to Wood Ducks, this WMA is the perfect refuge for all kinds of ducks. Take a look at this flooded bottomland hardwood forest all the feathered friends that call it home. For more information on this wildlife management area check out http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/wma/find_a_wma/list/?id=10
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