Published on Dec 9, 2013
Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS Show #2108
December 8-14, 2013
Calling All Pintails
The population of Pintail ducks has been declining over the past decade, and wildlife biologists are trying to figure out why. Watch as captured hens are fitted with transmitters, and tracked as they winter on the coast and migrate north.
Hurricanes: A Force of Nature
Examine how hurricanes have impacted Texas; past, present and future. In part two of a six part series on the state of the gulf, we'll see how a century ago a hurricane determined the future of Indianola and Galveston. Then take a look at how recent hurricanes, Rita and Ike, devastated Sea Rim and Galveston Island State Parks, and the progress of their recovery. We will reiterate the benefits of healthy marshland to diminish the force of hurricanes. Then visit oyster reef restoration sites in Galveston Bay and see how new technology is being used to map the bottom of Texas bays so that future damage from hurricanes can be more accurately assessed.
Wild Things: Bird Migration
How do some birds manage to migrate thousands of miles and return to the same area each year? We'll examine some of the mysteries of avian navigation.
Parks & Wildlife People: Danny Lewis
Using his affinity for computer programming, Danny Lewis has become an invaluable asset to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He developed and now maintains the massive Kills and Spills database, along with writing numerous other specialized computer applications that support his Inland Fisheries Division.
Postcard From Texas
Wood storks to warblers live at Caddo Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in Texas.
For stations and air times: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv