Texas Parks & Wildlife Videos
A January cold snap impacted record numbers of green sea turtles along the Texas coast. State and federal agencies, along with a network of volunteers, recovered over 425 turtles, of which 153 were rescued alive. The live turtles were taken to various facilities for observation and care. For more on the threatened green sea turtle, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/greentur/
Dry berth of the Battleship TEXAS State Historic Site
[cc] Sudden cold snaps can have devastating effects on sea turtles in the Gulf. This story from Jan. 2007 explores the rescue efforts, similar to what's happening in the record sea turtle devastation of Jan. 2010. For more info., see http://tinyurl.com/y86rwmm
[cc] A pair of Harris' Hawks, unlawfully captured in Texas and transported to North Carolina, are returned to their home in south Texas thanks to Operation Game Thief. Learn about Operation Game Thief, Texas' "crime stoppers" for wildlife, at http://www.ogttx.com/
[cc] Until recently, the Texas Game Warden Academy was headquartered in a converted warehouse in downtown Austin. Cadets had to travel offsite for specialized training. But now, thanks to a public-private partnership, Texas Parks and Wildlife has broken ground on a new state-of-the-art training center in rural Hamilton County. For more information on Texas game wardens, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
[cc] A story from 1/08 about The Kayak Anglers Society of America, an organization that provides free fishing trips to wounded veterans. These vets take a break from their stay at the Brooke Army Medical Center to enjoy an outing at Blanco State Park. For more information, visit www.KayakAnglersSA.org.
Texas Parks and Wildlife hosts an all women's goose hunt near Bay City, Texas. For information on hunting, including how to get started, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/. Also check out our Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/bow/
Texas Parks and Wildlife is looking for public input on one of its latest land acquisitions. The Devils River State Natural Area south unit won't be open for at least another year, but park officials are taking comments now on a proposed public use plan. The 18-thousand acre property, with miles of prime river frontage, was purchased last year thanks to millions in private donations. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bastrop woman helps landowners and an endangered species. Roxanne Hernandez received Special Recognition in the 2012 Lone Star Land Steward awards.
He may not sound like he's from around here, but Chris Holmes couldn't be more proud of Texas State Parks than any native born resident. As the Director of Interpretations for Texas State Parks at Texas Parks and Wildlife, Chris aims to get every person he meets outside. To find out more about Texas Outdoor Family Workshops or other interesting careers at Texas Parks and Wildlife, visit the website at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/
The historic Texas Clipper ship rests on the ocean floor as an artificial reef and scuba adventure destination. This story explores her rich lineage: she was christened the Queens and built to invade Japan during WWII. Then she became one of the world's first air conditioned cruise liners. Texas A&M University acquired her for use as a training vessel named the Texas Clipper. For more information on the artificial reef program, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/overview.phtml
The Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most elaborate centers of its kind in the world. This story shows what goes on at the center, which is home to some 2,000 butterflies. We go behind the scenes to see where butterflies are raised and meet the people who raise them. We also take a step-by-step look at the four-stage life cycle of the butterfly, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.
If you're looking for a unique Mother's Day experience, consider an outing to a Texas state park. State parks across Texas are encouraging families to visit this weekend. According to one group of moms, it's a great way to bond with your kids. You can find a nearby park on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website www.TexasStateParks.org/MothersDay
Catching a fish is fun for kids, but many families have questions about how to get started. That's why some state parks are offering free fishing classes. They'll teach you the basics through fun, hands-on activities. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report on a program called "Go Fish" as the June Outdoor Activity of the Month. To find places to fish and events near you, visit texasstateparks.org/fishing
It's hot in Texas but while the heat wave is sending most of us indoors, state parks are offering a cool incentive to lure us out again. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. For more information on swimming holes in state parks, check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at http://texasstateparks.org/swimming
The hunting season is almost here and there's a way hunters can win the chance of a lifetime all while helping wildlife conservation and public hunting programs. Texas Parks and Wildlife has the story of one lucky winner from San Antonio. For more information on Big Time Texas Hunts, check the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at tpwd.texas.gov/bigtimehunts or call 1-800-895-4248. Entries can be bought for $10 each at retailers that sell hunting licenses or by phone. On-line entries are only $9.
It can be a debilitating health disorder for many people. Asperger syndrome, part of the autism spectrum, primarily affects one's social life, but one woman discovered a way to break through her disorder through Geocaching, a sort of treasure hunt in the outdoors using just a smart phone or GPS device. Texas Parks and Wildlife is offering Geocache 101 workshops in state parks across Texas. Since she got started in 2010, Toni has found more than 7,000 caches. To find Geocache 101 workshops in state parks near you, or for more information on Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge, visit http://texasstateparks.org/geocache
A decade of restocking the Eastern Wild Turkey has proven successful for some East Texas counties, but many areas still aren't seeing birds. A new research study will focus on some recently transplanted birds outfitted with GPS transmitters to find out what turkeys think is a good home. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. Eastern wild turkey stockings will take place over several weeks until there are enough birds to meet the study requirement.For more information http://www.tpwd.texas.gov
With Spring around the corner, folks are getting outside and taking their cameras! Texas Parks and Wildlife is offering a photo contest where winners of all ages, who shoot pictures in their state park, can snap up some pretty cool prizes. Photography is the Outdoor Activity of the Month in Texas state parks for March. Photos must be entered between March 1st and April 14th. To enter, visit http://www.TexasStateParks.org/photography
Galveston Oil Spill Wildlife Impacts A look at the initial impacts to wildlife along the Texas coast in the days following the March 22, 2014 oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel. People wanting to volunteer to help with clean-up are asked to visit the Central Texas Coastal Area Committee website at http://www.ctcac.us/go/mailinglist/4703
A century ago, the Battleship Texas was commissioned for duty as a battleship and served in both world wars. Today, she sits in La Porte at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and still serves her country as a living museum. A Texas size celebration honored "the Old Lady" with fireworks and music. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. A special exhibit on the Battleship Texas will be on display at the Bob Bullock Museum in Austin, Texas through April 21. For more information go to http://www.tpwd.texas.gov
They've been here for 300-million years, but you can't find them just anywhere. Paddlefish are being stocked in one of the most timeless lakes in Texas -- Caddo Lake. Implanted with radio transmitters, Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists will monitor this pre-historic species to see if water flows in the lake are suitable for its reintroduction. Special project partners are planning a Paddelfish festival in the East Texas town, Jefferson, May 8-9. For more information, go to http://www.CaddoLakeInstitute.us
If you're looking for a unique Mother's Day experience, consider an outing to a Texas state park. State parks across Texas are encouraging families to visit this weekend. According to one group of moms, it's a great way to bond with your kids. You can find a nearby park on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website www.TexasStateParks.org
A new Texas rule, just passed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, expands boat draining rules from 47 counties to statewide. The rule will go into effect in July and requires boats and other vessels operating on all public lakes, rivers and creeks to be completely drained to help combat the further spread of zebra mussels. Zebra mussels are a destructive invasive species that can damage motor boats, hurt aquatic life, hinder water recreation and even affect our water supply by clogging water intake systems. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. The new statewide rule applies to all types and sizes of boats whether powered or not, It includes personal watercraft, sailboats, kayaks, canoes, or any other vessel used on public waters. For more information on Zebra Mussels or other invasive species, go www.texasinvasives.org/zebramussels
Zebra mussels are having a devastating effect on the state's natural resources. They negatively impact native fish and mussels and foul beaches with their sharp shells. They wreak havoc for boaters by damaging boat hulls and reducing the performance of boating equipment. Zebra mussels can clog water intakes, costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Zebra mussels have already invaded Lake Texoma, and could take over all freshwater sources in Texas. Do your part to save our lakes -- clean, drain and dry your boat every time you leave a lake. Learn more at http://texasinvasives.org
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