Texas Parks & Wildlife Videos
On the Water
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A quick lesson on how to paddle a canoe so you won't be paddling in circles. For information on Texas paddling trails and canoe rentals, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org
NOV. 2008 - The paddling trail on Lake Arlington is the first urban paddling trail in the Texas Paddling Trails program. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. For more information about Texas paddling trails, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails
JAN. 2008 - The Bastrop El Camino Real paddling trail on the Colorado River is just 30 minutes southeast of Austin. Canoe and kayak rentals are available near the trail. For more information about Texas paddling trails, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails
MARCH 2006 - The Luling Paddling trail, on the scenic San Marcos river between Austin and San Antonio, takes paddlers for a gentle ride past the historic Zedler Mill. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. For more information about Texas paddling trails, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails
MAY 2007 - The Goliad paddling trail on the San Antonio river winds through a part of Texas with a rich history. Located about 1.5 hours southeast of San Antonio, the trail ends up at Goliad State Park. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. For more information about Texas paddling trails, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails
Last year 127 children and adults drowned in Texas. This public service announcement is a reminder about water safty. For more information see http://www.nobodyswaterproof.org/
El año pasado 127 niños y adultos se ahogaron en Texas. Esta noticia es un aviso para que todos se cuiden alrededor del agua. Más detalles acerca de la seguridad alrededor del agua se encuentran disponibles en http://www.nobodyswaterproof.org
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
The Boat Builder Houston architect Skip Johnson's hobby is both a craft and an art. Skip builds wooden kayaks that would be right at home in an art gallery, but are built for the water. Follow along as Skip designs, builds, and finally paddles his latest creation, the 'Bionic Log'.
Caddo Lake Paddling Trail Straddling the Texas-Louisiana border, swampy Caddo Lake in Northeast Texas has an enduring air of mystery. And the paddling trails are the ideal way to explore this fascinating lake.
Stone Skipping Return to a simpler time as kids of all ages compete to see who's the best stone-skipper around. It's the World Stone Skipping Championship in Wimberley, Texas.
A Long Way to Seadrift The Texas Water Safari is touted as the toughest non-stop boat race in the world, starting in San Marcos and ending in Seadrift 260 miles later. Over the past thirty years, an entire subculture has developed among the participants and their families. We'll ride along with some of the contestants in the most extreme of canoe races.
Postcard From Texas Wood storks to warblers live at Caddo Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Texas.
Postcard From Texas A collection of water images in black & white.
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
Tragic but true stories told by teenagers who witnessed or survived a boating accident is the point of a YouTube video released by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The video is a compelling reminder to be safe on the water by wearing a life jacket, learning to swim and supervising children to prevent drowning. The Texas legislature mandated the new video and directed it to be shown in Driver's Education classes to reach 225,000 15- and 16-year-olds annually. View the complete video at http://youtu.be/-qZJXEPh6PA For information on boating safety, boaters education and how to choose the right life jacket, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/safety/
Beautiful But Gone: Parents Share Stories of Teen Water Accidents -Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]
As one of the busiest boating weekends approaches, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is sending out a reminder to be safe on the water. On the heels of a recently released you-tube video called “Never Happens” featuring teenagers involved in a boating or swimming accident, a new video called “Beautiful But Gone” hears from the parents of those same teenagers. The video is a compelling reminder to be safe on the water by wearing a life jacket, learning to swim and closely supervising children around water. The Texas legislature mandated the new video and directed it to be shown in Driver’s Education classes where it could reach 225,000 teens annually. The 10-minute version, “Beautiful But Gone” can be seen on you-tube at http://youtu.be/RsAKt5jcDKI Or go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife webpage at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov and click on Boating and Safety.
The Spring Trackers We know a lot about the major springs in Texas, but very little about the estimated 3500 scattered around the state. Biologists Chad Norris and Janet Nelson trek to remote spring sites gathering a variety of information that will provide a greater understanding of one of our most important sources of freshwater.
Postcard From Texas Early morning on Matagorda Bay is a magical and beautiful time.
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