Archive for August 6th, 2007

TPWD TV – Taking to the Sky

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas Parks and Wildlife television series brings the outdoors in. Series producer Don Cash says one segment on Wyler Aerial Tramway and will take viewers to new heights.

It’s really kind of an unusual state park because it’s a tramway, and not your typical, “I’m gong camping” kind of place. The history of the tramway is really interesting; it was originally there to service the television towers on the top of the mountain.

The main purpose of the tramway being built was to get his engineers up to the transmitter site to do maintenance. When they saw that the ride beautiful, they decided to open it up to the public. And it ran until 1986 when it was shut down.

And the view is just…

Breathtaking, huh? Yeah (laughter).

We’re also going to go way down in the valley to the Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park, which is also part of the World Birding Center.

[bird chirps] This is one of the best places in the country to see birds. We have over five hundred species just in the Lower Rio Grande Valley alone [bird chirps] Which is more than what some states have.

All year round at Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park, you’re going to see lots of birds… you’re going to hear lots of birds. It seems to be pretty constant down there, no matter what time of the year you’re there.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Television series airs on PBS stations. Check your local listings.

That’s our show for today… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti