Wildflowers Are Upon Us

Wildflower enthusiasts are making their way all over the state, as the bluebonnets are in full bloom. Texas boasts more than 300 varieties of wildflowers.

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State Parks

Uncover Hidden Treasure


The weather is finally warming up and it's time to get outdoors! There are a million ways to enjoy the nice weather with family and friends, but if you've never tried geocaching, you're missing out. You can participate in a modern day treasure hunt in many state parks and TPWD offers a workshop on Geocaching 101.

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Texas Fishing 2014

Texas Fishing 2014

How's the fishing? Our experts give the outlook for freshwater and saltwater angling in this Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine digital extra: Texas Fishing 2014.


Clean. Drain. Dry.

Zebra Mussels

As the weather warms up, it's time to remind boaters the importance of cleaning and draining boats to avoid the spread of zebra mussels, an invasive species that's making its way into more and more Texas lakes. In the state's ongoing effort to combat the spread of zebra mussels, new rules have gone into effect requiring that all boats operating on public water in 17 Northeast Texas counties be drained after use.

Learn Proper Cleaning Technique

See List of Impacted Counties »

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine This Month

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Discover Birding

Birding in Texas State Park

Did you know that “birding” is the most popular sport in America - with over 51 million participants? April is a great time to take your family to a state park and go bird-watching - even while hiking, biking or picnicking. A few resources to check out:

Introduction to Birding PDF

Texas Birds: Introducing Texans to Common Birds PDF

Video on “Bird Migration”

From Carter P. Smith

TPWD Celebrates its Many Volunteers


April is National Volunteer Month and we're fortunate enough to call hundreds of volunteers across the state honorary members of the TPWD family. As agency Executive Director Carter Smith notes, “Their talents are many. Their time is a godsend. And, if they were an army, they would be a formidable one.” More »

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Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day

Although environmental awareness is a 365-day initiative, Earth Day is celebrated worldwide every April 22 to demonstrate an appreciation for protecting the earth's most precious resources. There are countless ways to celebrate your own Earth Day, but a few ideas might be to organize a neighborhood cleanup or devise a new recycling system or even create a wildscape in your yard to conserve water and attract wildlife.

Learn More About Water Conservation »

Learn to Create Wildscapes »


Colorado River Guadalupe Bass Sets State, World Record

Colorado River Guadalupe Bass Sets State, World Record

Dr. Bryan Townsend of Austin was fly-fishing with guide Shea McClanahan on Saturday, February 1, when he landed the largest specimen of the state fish of Texas. The A 3.71-pound, 17-inch Guadalupe bass caught from the Colorado River below Austin appears to qualify as a new state and world record in several categories. More »


Outdoor Annual iPad Edition App

Outdoor Annual iPad Edition

Take the Outdoor Annual with you. Once downloaded, no internet connection is needed to view the Texas hunting and fishing regulations on your iPad.

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