Please help us improve our online customer experience by taking a five-minute survey. We appreciate your participation.
+-------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | TPWD News Releases Dated 2004-05-24 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | This page contains only plain text, no HTML formatting codes. | | It is not designed for display in a browser but for copying | | and editing in whatever software you use to lay out pages. | | To copy the text into an editing program: | | --Display this page in your browser. | | --Select all. | | --Copy. | | --Paste in a document in your editing program. | | If you have any suggestions for improving these pages, send | | an e-mail to email@example.com and mention Plain Text Pages. | +-------------------------------------------------------------------------+ [ Note: This item is more than nine years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references. ] [ ] [TH] May 24, 2004 Co-op Grants Funded Across Texas AUSTIN, Texas -- High school students developing a computer mapping system to help four state parks with search-and-rescue is one example of 14 projects across the state recently awarded grant funding through the Community Outdoor Outreach Program of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The CO-OP program enables tax-exempt organizations to introduce participants to outdoor recreation, environmental education and conservation programs statewide. This spring, 14 programs out of 74 applicants have been awarded funding. "Competition for these dollars is fierce," said Darlene Lewis of TPWD state parks division. "There were still so many more great programs, just not enough dollars to go around." The CO-OP program has two funding cycles per year. Currently, $800,000 per year is available for this program, down from the $1.25 million previously available. Below is a list of programs to be funded, listed alphabetically by the name of their home city. --(Abilene) -- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Abilene -- 250 kids and their mentors will be introduced to the Outdoors Kids program and have planned visits to more than six state parks. ($30,000) --(Athens) -- Kidfish Foundation -- 21 communities around Texas as well as six Corpus Christi elementary schools will benefit from this program to encourage responsible stewardship while fishing and learning about the natural resources. ($30,000) --(Austin) -- Travis County 4H & Youth Development -- Participants from Austin and Del Valle will participate in the Wild Over Texas which includes hands-on, learn-by doing activities. ($30,000) --(Brenham) -- Boys and Girls Club of Washington County -- 300 area youth will be introduced to nature and learn the importance of protecting the environment. Trips to state parks, fishing and camping are part of the activities planned for this project. ($19,210) --(Brenham) -- Brenham ISD -- 120 kids will experience a one-week day camp called Camp YES where activities planned will help prepare students for Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) test while encouraging stewardship of natural resources. ($20,613) --(Brownsville)- Texas Southmost College -- Nearly 500 students will experience environmental science, geology, ecology and cultural history activities. ($30,000) --(Dallas) -- Bishop Dunne High School- These funds will be used to help establish the GeoSMART unit which will directly benefit search and rescue for missing persons at four Texas State Parks. Students will go into state parks with GPS units and help create mapping systems to help state park personnel find people in trouble quicker. ($29,800) --(Dallas) -- West Dallas Community Center -- Camping, hiking, and fishing for more than 400 urban inner-city youth in West Dallas. ($29,750) --(Denton) -- Changing Course Foundation -- Funding will help provide more activities for Project H.O.P.E., which will teach 250 juvenile probationers leadership skills, social responsibility and teamwork. Camping, canoeing, rock climbing and more. ($15,797) --(Galveston) -- Friends of Galveston Island State Park -- More than 500 students and their teachers will take part in a year-long hands-on environmental education program to help them gain understanding and appreciation of the natural environments of the Galveston Bay area. ($19,367) --(Glen Rose) -- Fossil Rim Wildlife Center -- Overnight camping activities will allow 250 youth to be exposed to a new program called "Endangered Birds of Texas." The youth will study rare birds and examine the role of youth in conservation of natural resources in Texas. ($29,750) --(Houston) -- Texas Buddhist Association, Inc. -- Outdoor educational field trips, overnight camping and a family gear loaner program are all part of this program targeting 1,000 participants in the Houston area. ($29,989) --(Houston) Youth Educational Support Services -- Students from community organizations, home school organizations and alternative schools will learn more about marine habitats, natural resources through offshore fishing and wilderness camping in state parks. ($30,000) --(Three Rivers) -- Three Rivers ISD -- Funding will help provide hunting and fishing trips, conservation education for students enrolled in Wildlife Management and Recreation courses in the district. ($24,629) The next available CO-OP grant deadline is Oct. 1. To find out more about upcoming workshops or download an application, visit the Web site (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/grants/). -30- [ Note: This item is more than nine years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references. ] [ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, firstname.lastname@example.org ] [SA] May 24, 2004 Free Family Fishing Continues in Texas With Special Events in State Parks June 5 AUSTIN, Texas -- Today's tech-savvy kids may know how to tie up the line between cell phones and Instant Messenger, but can they cast a line? A fishing line, that is. As part of National Fishing and Boating Week June 5 -13, the Texas Parks and Wildlife department is gearing up for family fishing events across Texas. This year, the annual free fishing day and national weekly observance coincide with TPWD's Family Fishing Celebration, designed to encourage folks to try out fishing. Several State Parks will offer fishing tournaments, contests and prizes for children and adults. Many events are free, and no fishing license is required within more than 70 Texas State Parks as part of the Family Fishing Celebration, which lasts all summer long. June 5 is also Free Fishing Day in Texas, when anyone can fish with no fishing license required anywhere in Texas, not just in state parks. Free Fishing Day falls within the national weeklong family celebration of fishing and boating observed by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, a non-profit organization to increase awareness about recreational boating and angling as well as protect water resources to make these activities available in the future. Even though a fishing license is not required, state park entrance and camping fees still apply at each of the state parks listed below which events are being held. --Inks Lake State Park -- Go Fishing with a Ranger -- May 22, 29; June 5, 12, 19, 26 -- After a brief safety and basic skills instruction, children will get a chance to go fishing with park rangers and camp hosts. A limited amount of fishing equipment is provided, or you can bring your own. Adults are requested to attend with small children or with large groups. Space is limited; meet at the park store. 6-7 p.m. (512) 793-2223. --Cooper Lake State Park/South Sulphur Unit -- Kids Fishing Day -- June 5 -- Bring your fishing equipment and join in the fun. Open to kids 12 and younger. There will be drawings for prizes. 9-11 a.m. (903) 395-3100. (903) 945-5256. --Fairfield Lake State Park -- Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby -- June 5 -- Open to kids 15 and younger with prizes and awards given. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the day-use/swimming area; derby from 8 a.m.-noon. (903) 389-4514. --Lake Arrowhead State Park -- 12th Annual Kids Fishing Tournament -- June 5 -- Kids ages 3-16 are eligible to enter. Bring your own fishing pole. A limited number of fishing poles will be available to those who do not have one. Bait will also be available while supplies last. Prizes, donated by local businesses, awarded in different age groups. Sign up at the Group Dining Hall; 2-4 p.m. (940) 528-2211. --Lake Arrowhead State Park -- Annual Rough Fish Contest -- June 5 -- Prizes, donated by local businesses, will be awarded for the biggest fish caught in this event. Fees collected will benefit our Lone Star Legacy Endowment. For ages 17 and older; sign up at the Group Dining Hall; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; fee $2 per person. (940) 528-2211. --Lake Livingston State Park -- Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby -- June 5 -- This is a fishing event for children up to age 16 featuring a fishing contest with prizes for the biggest fish and a casting contest for the best and most accurate cast. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (936) 365-2201. --Martin Dies, Jr. State Park -- 14th Annual Kids Fish Flop Tournament -- June 5 -- Open to kids 16 years and younger. Prizes in three age categories: 6 and younger, 7-11, and 12-16. Tournament desk located at the Walnut ridge boat ramp. 8 a.m.-noon; reservations required (409) 384-5231. --McKinney Falls State Park -- TPWD Kids Fishing Derby -- June 5 -- Bring your kids to learn new fishing skills. Earn a Junior Angler pin and compete for prizes. Bait and some loaner equipment provided. Park entrance fee waived for adults bringing children to event. 8 a.m.-noon (512) 243-1643. --Ray Roberts Lake State Park/Isle du Bois Unit -- Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby -- June 5 -- Open to kids 15 and younger with goodie bags, door prizes, casting contest, and "Big Fish" Contest. Participants should bring their own fishing gear. Event is free; park entry fees apply. 9 a.m.-noon (940) 686-2148. --Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center -- Junior Angler Adventure -- June 5 -- In celebration of National Fishing Week, urban kids are invited to a fun-filled day of fishing and learning about the wonders of aquatic habitat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; children's admission fee waived for this event (903) 676-BASS. --Sea Center Texas -- Free Fishing Day Youth Fishing -- June 5 -- This event is open to guests 16 years old and younger accompanied by an adult. Pack your sunscreen, hat, lawn chair and fishing gear for a morning of catch and release fishing at our marine fish hatchery and visitor education center on Free Fishing Day. Anglers must bring their own gear and bait with barb-less hooks. No artificial bait or treble hooks. Volunteers and staff will be on-hand to assist first-time anglers. 8 a.m. -- 10 a.m. (979) 292-0100. --Landmark Inn State Historic Site -- 2nd Annual Catfish Kid Fish -- July 17 -- A free fishing event for children ages 4-16, with all tackle supplied by park staff. Adults must accompany children; no license required but catch limits enforced. 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m.; fee $2 adults, children free; reservations for optional fishing sessions to guarantee entry may be made by calling before 5 p.m. July 15. (830) 931-2133. -30- [ Note: This item is more than nine years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references. ] [ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, email@example.com ] [TH] May 24, 2004 Birding Classic Winners Award Conservation Prizes AUSTIN, Texas -- A total of $51,000 in 2004 Great Texas Birding Classic prize money has been awarded to seven bird habitat conservation projects on the Texas coast. As in the past, winning teams got the honor of deciding how prize dollars will be spent, choosing from a menu of possible projects. Funds will help acquire, restore or enhance wetlands and other critical habitat to provide islands of green for neotropical migrant songbirds and other wildlife. The world's longest birding competition took place from April 17-25 along the entire Texas coast. Prize money for conservation work is donated by corporate sponsors such as Reliant Energy, ConocoPhillips, Swarovski, Eagle Optics, Leica, and Bushnell. Since the Birding Classic started eight years ago, the event has funneled $402,000 to conservation projects on the Texas coast. This benefits other states and nations, because the Texas coast is critical migratory stopover habitat for birds that migrate between North, Central and South America. --$20,000 will be donated to the Packery Channel Sanctuary Acquisition project, submitted by Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi, Inc. The ConocoPhillips Cranes sponsored by ConocoPhillips (Tom Collins, Sherry Collins, Tony Frank and Richard Peake) and The Swift WildBirders sponsored by WildBird Magazine and Swift Instruments (Michael Retter, Matt Hafner, Pete Hosner and Michael Anderson), selected this project. --$12,000 will be donated to the Dickinson Bay Bird Island Restoration project, submitted by the Galveston Bay Foundation. The Environmental Partners sponsored by Reliant Energy (Bill Baker, Breck Sacra and Tom Roberts) selected this project. --$9,000 will be donated to the Quintana Island Habitat Enhancement project, submitted by the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. The Butcherbirds sponsored by Birder's World Magazine and Bushnell Performance Optics (David Womer, David Dendler and Don Freiday) selected this project. --$3,000 Lower Coast Prize will be donated to the Photogenic Water Features enhancement project submitted by Estero Llano Grande State Park and the World Birding Center. The Swarovski Optik/World Birding Center Roadside Hawks sponsored by Swarovski Optik and the World Birding Center (Clay Taylor, Father Tom Pincelli, John Arvin and Sean Smith) selected this project. --$3,000 Central Coast Prize will be donated to the Blucher Audubon Center Migrant Songbird Habitat Restoration and Enhancement project submitted by Audubon Texas (in partnership with Coastal Bend Audubon Society). Team Audubon sponsored by ConocoPhillips (Steve Gast, Jeff Mundy and Greg Butcher) selected this project. --$3,000 Upper Coast Prize will be donated to the Texas Point NWR Woodlot Restoration project submitted by Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge. The Loonatics, an independent team, (Cin-Ty Lee, Tim Perkins, John O'Brien and Nicholas Block) selected this project. --$1,000 Lone Star Bird Award (Big Sit! Tournament) will be donated to the South Padre Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary restoration project submitted by the Valley Land Fund. The Swarovski Sitting Hawks sponsored by Swarovski Optik (Clay Taylor, Joel Simon, Vicki Simon, Scarlet Colley, George Colley and Roy Halpin), whose circle location was on South Padre Island, selected this project. The complete list of winners in all categories is on the TPWD Web site (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/gtbc/). Next year, the Great Texas Birding Classic will take place April 16-25. -30- [ Note: This item is more than nine years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references. ] [ Media Contact: Larry Hodge, 903-676-2277, firstname.lastname@example.org ] [LH] May 24, 2004 This Big Fish Story Is For Real ATHENS, Texas -- Call something a "big fish story" and everyone knows immediately it's a tall tale. Not in this case. "Splash," the new world-record blue catfish (who weighed in at 121.5 pounds upon being caught) now resides at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. On Jan. 16, 2004, dedicated big blue catfish angler Cody Mullennix of Howe was fishing alone from the bank of the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge on Lake Texoma. Mullennix loves and respects big fish, and when he caught a 56-pounder, he released it and continued fishing. That's when the big fish now known as Splash took the bait, a three-inch shad. After a half-hour battle using a 14-foot surf rod spooled with 20-pound line, Mullennix wrestled the big fish onto a shallow ledge. He knew immediately the fish was not only his biggest catch ever but something special as well. "There was something about it that grabbed hold of me," Mullennix said. "I gave it everything I could to get it over the ledge. I kept it out there in 10-12 inches of water and kept pouring water over it. I was too scared to put it on a stringer, or back out in deeper water." Mullennix called a friend on his cell phone and asked him to bring a 100-pound-capacity scale. The fish bottomed it out, and Mullennix realized he probably had a new state record, so they loaded the fish into a pickup truck and took it to a bait shop that had a certified scale. The big blue weighed in at 121.5 pounds, not just a new state record but a new world record as well. (After reviewing x-rays of the fish to be sure it held no foreign objects, the International Game Fish Association certified Splash in May as the new world record blue catfish). Word had spread quickly as the fish was being held in a minnow tank at the store, and a local game warden came by and suggested that Mullennix donate the fish to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. One phone call later, Lisa Griggs from TFFC was headed north with a fish-hauling truck, and a few hours later, the fish that was soon to be known as Splash had a new home. After being held in an isolation tank for a few weeks, Splash was put on public display during a press conference attended by Mullennix, his family and friends, members of the press and many of her new fans. The 26,000-gallon aquarium where she now lives holds a number of fish of various species, but there's no doubt that Splash is the "Big Fish" in this tank. That fact is never more obvious than during the daily dive show, when a diver goes into the tank and hand-feeds the fish. Splash eats when she wants to, delicately taking a frozen smelt from the diver's hand. When Splash approaches the diver, other fish make themselves scarce. In the three months Splash has been in the tank, she has progressed from being a recluse hiding out in the back of the tank to a "curious cat" that likes to cruise close to the glass and check out visitors who've come to see her. She will actually swim up to the glass and look you in the eye. When a Fort Worth newspaper reporter visited recently, Splash appeared to belly up to the glass for an interview. The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is an innovative aquatic nature center and hatchery complex operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is located 75 miles SE of Dallas on FM 2495 four miles east of Athens. Attractions include 300,000 gallons of aquariums, daily dive show and on-site fishing. Hours are Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.. Rates are: adults, $5.50, seniors $4.50, and children 4-12 are admitted for $3.50. For more information go on-line (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/) and click on fishing or call the Center at (903) 676-2277. -30- [ Note: This item is more than nine years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references. ] [ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, email@example.com ] [SL] May 24, 2004 New State Record Bighorn Shows Conservation Success AUSTIN, Texas -- In just six years, Texas' desert bighorn sheep population has doubled in size to about 600 animals, surpassing historic numbers from the early 1900s. This successful conservation initiative is also paying dividends for those who've paid to make it happen. Glenn Thurman, an avid hunter and conservationist from Mesquite, set a Texas record when he purchased the rights to hunt a bighorn ram for $102,000 at a Texas Bighorn Society fundraiser auction last year. On March 2, he set another state record, harvesting a ram on Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area with an official Boone and Crockett Club score of 180 0/8 points. The new record bighorn surpasses Dan Boone's previous high score of 176 1/8 for a ram taken in the Baylor Mountains in 1997. The highest priced permit prior to Thurman's sold for $85,000 at a Foundation for North American Wild Sheep auction. To anyone unfamiliar with the Texas bighorn sheep restoration program and big game hunting, the price tag for the right to hunt these magnificent animals may seem inflated. Clay Brewer, who coordinates the bighorn program for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department would agree, but is quick to point out it's the cause that fuels the bidding. "These guys could buy a sheep permit for less and maybe have a chance at taking a bigger ram, but they're investing in the Texas program," said Brewer. "The Texas Bighorn Society has generated over a million dollars toward this program and we wouldn't be where we are today without their support." Brewer points to the impressive increase in population as well as the record-book quality of Texas' bighorns as indicators of the success the restoration effort is having. "We issued seven hunting permits this year, more than any other year," he added. In addition to the permits at auction, Texas offers the chance to hunt a bighorn through TPWD's Big Time Texas Hunts Grand Slam hunting package. For a $10 fee, hunters can enter in a drawing for the opportunity to hunt all four of Texas prized big game animals: the desert bighorn, white-tailed deer, mule deer and pronghorn antelope. Permit applications are available wherever hunting licenses are sold. Permits may also be purchased using a major credit card by calling (800) 895-4248. Details and entry forms are available online (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/) or by calling (800) 792-1112. -30- [ Note: This item is more than nine years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references. ] [ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, firstname.lastname@example.org ] [SL] May 24, 2004 Saltwater Anglers Asked To Share Attitudes About Fishing AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is responsible for understanding not only the biology of coastal fisheries systems, but also the social and economic impacts on the resource as well. Texas' saltwater angling community has been booming in recent years to the tune of about 2,000 new anglers a month. TPWD regularly conducts surveys to get a feel for the pulse of the Texas saltwater angler. The information not only provides a snapshot of the Texas fisherman, which is useful in developing fisheries management strategies and regulations, but is also factored into a nationwide overview. Every five years, state survey findings are included in the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U. S. Bureau of the Census publication The Economic Importance of Hunting, Fishing, and Other Outdoor Activities. In cooperation with Texas A&M University, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, TPWD's Coastal Fisheries Division is currently doing a Web-based survey to update its assessment and to gauge the opinions of Texas recreational fishermen about regulations and to estimate the economic benefits of recreational fishing to the Texas economy. -30- [ Note: This item is more than nine years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references. ] [ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, email@example.com ] [SA] May 24, 2004 Aquatic Life on the Line With Monofilament Recycling AUSTIN, Texas -- Snagging that monofilament fishing line on the submerged tire or seaweed is annoying at the very least, but it can also be deadly to the birds and aquatic animals that might get entangled in the line. A new recycling program aims to help clean up Texas shores of unsightly fishing line snarls and everyone can help. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is supporting the new Texas Sea Grant's program calling for volunteers to set up and periodically clean out collection bins where people can recycle used fishing line. Fishing line from a single, all-nylon filament can be recycled as long as it is not too contaminated with growth or plant material. Volunteers sort trash, hooks, leaders and weights from the line and send it to the Berkley Pure Fishing Company in Iowa, which melts down the line into plastic pellets that can be made into products from toys to tackle boxes. "We are asking that our volunteers monitor the bins at least once or twice a month, weigh the monofilament and send that data to the Sea Grant office," said Ann Miller, TPWD Aquatic Education Coordinator. "When they collect 3-4 pounds of monofilament, they can send it off to Pure Fishing to be recycled." Sea Grant's John O'Connell is working to push the program from the coast to inland rivers and lakes. "I think what's really interesting is that everyone I've come in contact with has really been supportive," O'Connell said. He has seen more than a dozen collection sites go up in one weekend. Anglers who throw fishing line in the trash are encouraged to cut it down into lengths less than a foot each to shorten the chance of an animal becoming entangled in the line. The line can't be recycled with normal plastics at home through city curbside recycling programs, but several drop-off boxes are being placed outdoors and in tackle shops around Texas. "If people don't see a recycling bin and would like to establish one, we can help them get one set up," Miller said. "Some tackle shops would be happy to set up a bin if they knew about the program. If people will help spread the word, then we can get more bins set up around the state." To send cleaned monofilament line directly to the Pure Fishing Company (1900 18th St., Spirit Lake, IA 51360-1041), visit the Web (http://www.berkley-fishing.com/home.cfm) or call (800) Berkley for more information. Those interested in volunteering to host collection bins or clean out collection bins should visit the Web (http://mrrp.tamu.edu) or contact O'Connell at Sea Grant at (979) 245-4100. Program brochures are also available from Miller, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 912-7025. -30- [ Note: This item is more than nine years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references. ] [ Media Contact: Larry Hodge, 903-676-2277, email@example.com ] [LH] May 24, 2004 Nature Photography Exhibit, Digital Photo Workshop Featured at TFFC ATHENS, Texas -- The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will host a traveling photo exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. from June 5 through July 20. A photography workshop June 12 will complement the exhibition. Vanishing Pollinators: Photography by Carll Goodpasture consists of 34 framed, large-format color photographs with accompanying text panels. Subjects include a pollen-dusted bumblebee emerging from a hollyhock blossom, sleeping bees sheltering overnight in a poppy flower, and a brimstone butterfly probing a goldenrod flower for nectar and similar images. The exhibit is organized by the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). A biologist and photographer, Goodpasture's images portray the beauty and grace of flowering plants and their threatened insect pollinators in an attempt to unite the energy of one of nature's most important biological systems with the power of visual art. Vanishing Pollinators is an education art exhibit that alerts us to a worldwide decline in pollinator populations and the consequences of this decline. Scientists estimate that more than 60 percent of the world's species of flowering plants recruit animal pollinators to ensure their survival, reproduction and evolution. In exchange for the pollinators' role in aiding fertilization, plants provide both food and shelter to their pollinators. Without these tiny, busy creatures, not only would our world be far less lovely, but our diets would change greatly. To enjoy such things as apples, melons, coffee and chocolate, we need pollinators. The exhibition at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is the only showing in Texas in 2004. The display will hang in TFFC's exhibit hall and may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission to the exhibit is included in the TFFC's regular admission price of $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and $3.50 for children ages 4-12. This exhibition is made possible in part by the Thomas K. and Katherine Reed Charitable Fund and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Persons wishing to participate in the photography workshop on June 12 should visit (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fish/infish/hatchery/tffc/) for more information and to download a registration form. For information or to request a registration form by FAX or mail, call (903) 676-2277. The registration deadline is June 4. The workshop is scheduled to be led by TPWD photographer Earl Nottingham, whose work appears frequently in Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. Assisting will be Larry D. Hodge, former wildlife editor of that magazine, and Diane Murray, a reporter and photographer for an East Texas newspaper. Any type of camera may be used for the workshop but special focus will be on digital camera techniques and extreme close-up photography. Tips will be included for using point-and-shoot cameras for landscape and close-up work. -30- [ Note: This item is more than nine years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references. ] [ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ] [KE] May 24, 2004 Stay Tuned Information from Texas Parks and Wildlife is available on radio and television, as well as the newsstand. Radio Passport to Texas, TPWD's radio series of weekday, 90-second stories is broadcast on about 100 Texas stations. Airing the week of May 24-28, the most expensive six-pack of beer could be the one in your boat; and while children might be vocal about several things, they can't tell you when they are drowning. For more information, visit the Web (http://www.passporttotexas.org/). Video News TPWD provides video news reports that run in newscasts on numerous Texas stations, as well as on cable and satellite outlets around the nation. This month's stories include: archeologists and volunteers are finding new artifacts at San Jacinto Battleground; the third annual crab trap cleanup; nesting bald eagles who built their next to a highway are becoming a tourist attraction; and all about avoiding tick-borne diseases. Television "Texas Parks & Wildlife" is a weekly half-hour television series seen on PBS affiliates around the state. The episode that airs the week of May 23-30 includes: injured animals at a Houston mall; Goliad State Park; fly-rod casting; wardens on the water in Central Texas; and the world through a water drop. For more information about this week's programs and where they can be viewed, visit the Web (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv). Magazine Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine is always available on newsstands throughout the state and by subscription for $19.95 a year. To subscribe, call (800) 937-9393 or order online (http://www.tpwmagazine.com/). -30-