This is a look at recent efforts to save the Attwater's prairie-chicken, one of the most endangered birds in North America. We spend some time with biologists from The Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge as they work to save a bird that is on the brink of extinction.
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About 2 hrs. north of Austin, Colorado Bend State Park is known for the spectacular Gorman Falls and the white bass run each spring. It's also a great place for hiking, biking, swimming, paddling and camping. More info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/colorado_bend/
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Clear green water cascading over limestone falls is what makes this park, 35 miles west of Austin, so unique. Pedernales Falls State Park features scenic hill country terrain perfect for swimming, hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping. The park's covered bird and wildlife viewing station is another popular feature. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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[cc] So you want to be a game warden? Before you can earn that honor, you've got to spend 6 grueling months training and learning. Follow a class of cadets as they find out if they have what it takes at the Game Warden Academy. For more information on Texas game wardens, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
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North of Del Rio and miles from anywhere, Devils River State Natural Area sits along some of the cleanest water in Texas. The site offers hiking and mountain biking, primitive camping, canyon tours and a put-in point for paddlers (reservations required). NOTE: Camping and facility stays are by reservation only. Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance. See http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/devils_river/
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Davis Mountains State Park provides panoramic views of west Texas. At a mile above sea level, the park enjoys moderate temperatures with little humidity. The park's recently remodeled Indian Lodge is a pueblo style hotel built in 1937 that still retains its old world charm. Visitors to the park enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and camping under the big Texas sky. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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Tour some prime wade fishing spots along the Texas coast where the redfish, seatrout and coastal beauty are as good as it gets. See what's biting at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml
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A dutch oven makes campfire cooking easy! This video, the second of a series of 3, demonstrates some basic 1-pot meals: chicken stew, beef stew and a pot of beans. For more information about Texas state parks, including free dutch oven cooking classes, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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Spice up your next camping trip with dutch oven cooking. This video, the first of a series of 3, introduces you to dutch oven cooking and how to care for your oven. For more information about Texas state parks, including free dutch oven cooking classes, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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Flintknapping is the craft of making stone tools that dates back to early man. Flintknapper Angela Parker demonstrates this ancient technique as she describes its appeal. See our story on Flintknapping in the September 2011 issue of TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE Magazine http://www.tpwmagazine.com/
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Have you ever been harassed by birds flying into your windows? Here's a simple method for preventing these collisions that will put an end to headaches for both you and the birds. Get more tips about Texas wildlife at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/
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The crystal clear springs of Balmorhea State Park are an oasis in the west Texas desert. Located in the foothills of the Davis Mountains, Balmorhea offers visitors the unique opportunity to swim and snorkle in a natural spring-fed pool. The 1930s-era Spanish-style motel and bathhouse lend the park an old fashioned charm. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org
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Brazos Bend State Park Known as a nature-lovers paradise, the diverse ecosystems of Brazos Bend State Park attracts equally diverse people from the nearby metropolis of Houston. Learn about some of the things visitors enjoy doing at this popular state park. Find out more about Brazos Bend right here https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/brazos-bend
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Feral hogs are a nuisance but they sure are tasty if cooked right. Regional cooking expert Jesse Griffiths, author of "Afield: A Chef's Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish," turns these wild pigs into a melt-in-your-mouth southwestern classic. For recipe details, wildlife information, and places to hunt, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/exptexas/programs/wildgame/recipes/.
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Goose Island State Park sits on the shores of Aransas Bay north of Rockport, Texas. Known for its excellent fishing, the park also features a 1000-year-old oak tree and endangered whooping cranes from nearby Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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Located in the Texas hill country, Lost Maples State Natural Area is famous for its brilliant fall foliage. Rare species of birds can be seen year-round. The rugged limestone canyons and clear streams offer a scenic area for hiking, swimming, picnicking, camping and enjoying nature. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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Heidi Rao demonstrates three everyday exercises to help you hit your target every time. Gil and Vicki Ash of OSP Shooting School in Houston offer these tried-and-true tips that are being adopted by hunter education programs across the country and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
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Don't be overwhelmed by fishing lures. Here are some tried-and-true bait ideas that will work with all kinds of fish. Learn how to fish with Texas Parks and Wildlife's "Take Me Fishing 101" series for beginning anglers. For more information, including free fishing events in your area, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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Meet a couple from East Texas who have combined their interest in birds and love of travel, along with a mastery of photography, to capture the fleeting flight of the hummingbird. Discover more about Texas wildlife at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/
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You'll feel you're back in prehistoric times among the cypress bayous of Caddo Lake State Park. Located near the Louisiana border on Texas' only natural lake, the park is rich in history and scenic beauty. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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Meet some Texas freshwater fish and get tips for catching them. Learn how to fish with Texas Parks and Wildlife's "Take Me Fishing 101" series for beginning anglers. For more information, including free fishing events in your area, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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The Pitchfork Ranch in west Texas is a throwback to the ranches of yesteryear, where real cowboys still tend to their cattle by horseback. See what's on our program this week: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/tv/. For a list of stations and air times: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/tv/tvwhere.phtml.
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Dinosaur Valley State Park contains some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. Two model dinosaurs help visitors envision what the site was like back when dinosaurs roamed the land. About an hour southwest of Fort Worth in Glen Rose, the park offers a limestone creek for swimming and fishing, as well as hiking and biking trails through the rocky hills. For more information, visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/dinosaur-valley
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Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway is located southeast of Amarillo, where the high plains end in the dramatic red bluffs and canyons of the Caprock escarpment. The park is home to the official Texas bison herd, direct descendants of the last free range southern plains bison. The 64-mile converted railway offers an excellent trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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From loaner tackle to free fishing spots, this video will show you how easy it is to get started fishing - no experience required! Learn how to fish with Texas Parks and Wildlife's "Take Me Fishing 101" series for beginning anglers. For more information, including free fishing events in your area, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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This isn't your same old fish fry. Regional cooking expert Jesse Griffiths, author of "Afield: A Chef's Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish,"demonstrates 3 different ways to fry redfish for a fresh twist on this crowd favorite. For recipes, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/exptexas/programs/wildgame/. To find places to fish, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/
Views: 27936 Texas Parks and Wildlife
Once widespread across the Eastern and Central U.S., bluebirds have been declining due to scarcity of natural nest cavities and competition from non-native birds like the English sparrow. This video shows you step-by-step how to install a bluebird nest box in your yard to help future generations of bluebirds. To learn more about Texas wildlife, visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/
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If you find a fallen bird nest or its inhabitants on the ground, here's a simple solution for reuniting birds with their young. To learn more about wildlife in Texas, visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/
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Texas has long been known for its robust quail populations, but habitat loss has impacted all four quail species in the state. Though their homes range from desert floodplain and brush land to prairie grasslands, these quail species need native habitat to thrive. Find out how researchers, non-profits, and landowners and managers are working together to keep quail numbers healthy statewide. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show, http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
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32 miles northeast of El Paso, Hueco Tanks is named for the large natural rock basins or "huecos" (WAY-KOES) that have furnished a supply of trapped rain water to dwellers and travelers in this arid region of west Texas for millennia. Rock paintings at the site date back thousands of years. To protect these historical resources, reservations are required to visit the park. Better yet, make a reservation for one of the park's many guided bouldering, hiking and pictograph tours. Call 1-800-792-1112 or visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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An overview of common violations that Texas Game Wardens encounter in deer season, from improperly tagged deer to no hunter education certification. For more information on hunting in Texas, including regulations and public hunting opportunities, visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/
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Martin Dies, Jr. State Park, north of Beaumont, sits on the edge of the Big Thicket National Preserve. Experience the magic of the east Texas piney woods by paddling through the cypress swamp or hiking under the tall trees. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org
Views: 59771 Texas Parks and Wildlife
On April 21, 1836, Texas won its independence when an outnumbered Texas Army defeated Mexican forces on the plains of San Jacinto. The monument built in remembrance of the battle stands on the flat Texas wetlands along the Houston ship channel. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the history of Texas, a soaring monument to commemorate a small battle with huge consequences. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/san_jacinto_battleground/
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Climb aboard with Texas game wardens who patrol offshore to protect the state's precious Gulf resources. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
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Cooper Lake, about 1.5 hours northeast of Dallas, is a 19,300 acre lake surrounded by thousands of acres devoted to parks and wildlife management. A haven for fish and wildlife, Cooper Lake State Park offers abundant opportunities for land and water recreation. Enjoy fishing, horseback riding, nature tours or relaxing in one of the park's lakeside cabins. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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Pier fishing along the Texas coast is easy and convenient. Whether you're fishing for shark, red fish, spotted sea trout, or flounder, there's a pier close by with plenty of room for everyone. Check out what's biting at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml
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Village Creek State Park, located by the Big Thicket National Preserve near Beaumont, is home to rich animal and plant life. Visitors can paddle the meandering creek, hike through the woods or enjoy camping or picnicking under the canopy of trees. See www.LifesBetterOutside.org for more information.
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About an hour northwest of Austin, the undulating walls of Longhorn Cavern State Park offer an almost other-worldly experience. The cavern has been used as a prehistoric shelter, a hiding place for stolen loot, and a Confederate stronghold. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org and www.LonghornCaverns.com.
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Catfish are the largest freshwater sportfish in Texas and are second only to bass in popularity among anglers. They are also quite popular on the dinner table, but for many the fun is in getting them there.
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Take the gamey flavor out of wild game. Regional cooking expert Jesse Griffiths, author of "Afield: A Chef's Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish," shows how to grill venison to tender perfection and then dress it up with a tasty cream sauce. For recipe details, wildlife information, and places to hunt, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/exptexas/programs/wildgame/recipes/.
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Copperhead Country A slithery copperhead sliding around your backyard is just about the last thing you would want to run into. Well imagine hundreds of them coming out, as you have a copperhead honey hole of sorts. That’s exactly what’s happening to one Texas landowner. He used to eliminate them, now he saves the snakes for science.
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Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited, or GRTU, is the largest trout unlimited chapter in the world, primarily because of its work in developing a year-around trophy trout fishery in the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam. GRTU worked to ensure adequate instream flows in the river to support aquatic life, supported restrictive harvest regulations to protect the fishery and annually purchases large rainbow trout for stocking into the river. It also leases access points from private landowners to enable the public, for payment of a fee, to access the best fishing spots. GRTU also provides classroom materials for schools to grow trout fry for stocking into the river and holds a Trout Camp on the river each summer to introduce youth to fly-fishing and conservation. For more information, visit https://www.grtu.org/
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Outdoor Info: Get Started Camping Headed out for a camping trip in a Texas State Park? Lindsey Davis is here with some tips to help you get set up quickly and comfortably. Watch Texas Parks & Wildlife television on the Texas PBS stations. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv
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Galveston Island State Park, near Houston, spans from the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico to Galveston Bay. The natural coastal setting is a great spot for swimming, fishing, camping, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org for more information.
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About an hour from San Antonio and Austin, Palmetto State Park is an unusual slice of the tropics in central Texas. With its lush forest floor and swampy marshes, the park supports an astounding diversity of plant and animal life, including abundant bird and butterfly species. Take advantage of the park's boat rentals for a unique journey through the marshes. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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Fishing the Late Shift Well-lit piers and cooler temps make nighttime the right time to enjoy a little fishing. The camaraderie is fun, too. Find a nearby fishing spot at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/wheretofish/
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Bastrop State Park, about 30 minutes southeast of Austin, is located in the famous "Lost Pines" area of central Texas. The park offers plenty of shaded hiking trails, a golf course and a paved cycling road that adjoins nearby Buescher State Park. The area is also home to the largest population of the federally endangered Houston Toad. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Views: 58386 Texas Parks and Wildlife