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Celebrating 75 Years of Stories of the Outdoors

Monday, January 9th, 2017
Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine Celebrates 75 Years if Bringing the Texas Outdoors to you.

TPW Magazine celebrates 75 years if bringing the Texas outdoors to you.

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When it went to press 75 years ago, Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine had a different name.

It started out as Texas Game and Fish, and then when the agency changed, the name of the magazine changed as well to reflect the addition of more state park content.

For the past 10 years, Louie Bond has been the editor of this outdoor magazine of Texas.

We’re so lucky to be at the helm of this magazine. Here we just walk in, and we’re just the current custodians. But it feels great to be part of such a longstanding, excellent tradition.

Originally, Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine was more of a hook and bullet publication.

We were more traditionally hunting and fishing at the beginning, and now have added in through the years: hiking and biking and visiting state parks…bird watching and photography, and all those wonderful pursuits that our readers have.

Louie says the magazine experienced “pop culture” shifts over the years as well, such as not publishing recipes for certain critters.

Um, perhaps large rats, and things like that. Back in the day, people cooked whatever game was in their yard. You can think of those folks as locavores as we have locavores today.

The magazine celebrates its 75th anniversary all year long, and we tell you how they plan to do that tomorrow.

That’s our show for today… Funding provided in part by Ram Trucks. Guts. Glory. Ram

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

TPW Magazine: Venom Lab

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Snake venom extraction.

Extracting venom at the John C. Perez Serpentarium at Texas A&M- Kingsville, TX

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Venomous snakes demand our respect — not because they can hurt us — but because they can help us.

Venom from snakes is used to treat heart attacks, treat strokes. It has paralyzing properties, so it’s used to prevent the metastasizing of tumors….

Reeve Hamilton, wrote about the National Natural Toxins Research Center in Kingsville, part of the Texas A & M system –which studies uses for venom – for the April issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine.

There’s really a variety of health issues that the venom in snakes is actually used for once researchers at the Natural Toxins Research Center and other places can isolate the properties and put them to use in medicine.

The center is the only federally funded facility of its kind, and Hamilton says its Serpentarium is home to 450 venomous snakes from around the world. Researchers are attempting to develop a universal anti-venom.

Right now, anti-venom is snake specific. So, for people who are in far flung areas, where snake bites are a bigger concern than they are here; if you can’t access the right anti-venom, then you’re going to be in serious trouble. So, they’re trying to come up with an anti-venom that can be administered by anyone, and used in response to any snake, which would really – I think – be a really big discovery.

Read more in Reeve Hamilton’s article in the April issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti

Park and Bark: A Canine Hiking Buddy

Thursday, January 14th, 2016
Hiling at Caprock Canyon State Park

Dale Blasingame with Lucy at Caprock Canyon State Park. Photo credit: Dale Blasingame

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Texas State University lecturer, Dale Blasingame visited all 95 Texas state parks in just one year; he wrote about it for the January/February issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine.

I got the essence of the parks, even though there were some of them that I didn’t spend a ton of time at.

Dale spent most of his time in parks with diverse hiking opportunities, and preferred going solo.

I like to travel alone. I’m kind of weird like that. I like being on my own schedule and not having to worry about if other people are having fun. I realize I’m kind of a pain in the “you know what” to travel with because I’m always going off path to try and go see something.

One day, while hiking at Buescher State Park he met a man hiking with his dog.

And we didn’t really talk much, but just silently hiked together. And I was watching his dog the whole time, and when we got to the end of the trail where he was heading out, I turned and I said: Do you like hiking with that thing? And he goes, Aw man. You will never regret it.

On the way home, Dale noticed a rescue dog adoption day at his neighborhood pet store, which is where he met and adopted 1-year-old Lucy.

She’s been to about 50 parks with me. So, one of my goals is I want to take her to the rest of the parks that she hasn’t been to. I don’t think she’ll care, but it would matter to me. I’ve only had her for about a year. But, I cannot think of what life was like without her.

Read Dale Blasingame’s article One is Not Enough in Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Eating Bugs for a Better World

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
Soldier fly granola

Soldier fly granola


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Experts predict the world’s population will increase to nine billion people by 2050. That’s two billion more mouths to feed. And Robert Nathan Allen, or RNA, says insects provide eco-friendly protein to keep us fed.

07— Compared to say a cow, where we can only really eat about forty percent of the cow, with insects we can eat most if not all of them.

Allen founded the nonprofit Little Herds to educate the public about insects as a nutritious alternative food source. Insects are high in protein, fiber and micro-nutrients. 70% of agricultural land supports meat production, which limits the industry’s future growth.

15—So, with insects, we can raise them in a modular fashion vertically on a fraction of the land as traditional livestock, with a fraction of the water, with a fraction of the feed, and end up with more nutritionally valuable protein.

Since founding Little Herds, RNA took a job with Aspire Foods Group; it farms edible insects in Ghana, Mexico and Austin, Texas. Forage for your own bugs in the wild, if you like, but RNA recommends eating farm raised bugs.

11—That way we can assure that they’re raised in a hygienic, safe, clean environment. We can make sure that there’s no risk of diseases and parasites, and we can make sure that they’re eating a clean, wholesome diet.

Learn more about edible insects in the December issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

TPW Magazine: Six-legged Nutrition

Monday, December 7th, 2015
Toasted crickets

Robert Nathan Allen at McKinney Falls State Park with a container of toasted crickets. Lunch, anyone?


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When certain insects show up at your picnic, don’t shoo them away. Chew them away.

04— They really do have a crunch [crunches]; really similar to roasted nuts.

That’s Robert Nathan Allen, crunching a toasted cricket. He’s quoted in an article about edible insects in the December issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine. RNA as he’s known, is founder of the Austin, Texas nonprofit Little Herds

08—And we focus primarily educating the public and particularly children about edible insects and why and how we can adopt them into our diet.

We call eating insects as food Entomophagy; it’s commonplace among 80% of the world’s population, and he’s trying to convince the other 20% to take the leap.

19—Once western societies started becoming very agriculturally based, particularly in northern climates, it just became ingrained in our society that insects are dirty. And so, that idea has continued to be passed down generation to generation in these western cultures. Whereas in the tropical environments where the habit has continued, it’s just another food source.

We eat more than 400 insects a year without knowing it. RNA says by intentionally substituting insect protein for animal protein, we can improve the environment and our nutrition. Learn more in the December issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine.

That’s our show for today… Funding provided in part by Ram Trucks. Guts. Glory. Ram

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.