Archive for February 1st, 2010

TPW-TV: Birding

Monday, February 1st, 2010

This is Passport to Texas

This month the Texas parks and Wildlife Television series puts the spotlight on our fine feathered friends. Series producer, Don Cash.

A couple of things we’re going to look at early in the month of February…we’re going to look at the current situation with bobwhite quail—which is a very popular bird and a very good sporting bird. And we’re going to look at ways that landowners working with our department to manage their land for better quail populations.

We’re trying to create a situation where there’re more native grasses, and less of your introduced coastal type grasses.

We’re also going to take a look at the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trails. The department has three brochures: upper coast, central coast, lower coast… And these are really handy brochures that birders can use to decide what they want to see, where they want to see it, and when they want to go see it.

Later in the month, we’re going to take a look at the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, which was extinct, but in 2005 may have been found again in Arkansas. One of our producers followed a group of researchers in East Texas—in the Big Thicket—for six months as they looked for any signs of the extinct Ivory Billed Woodpecker.

If there was a bird out there, it would have to rely on a whole lotta luck if it happened to be where we were.

So, the television show in February has lots of birds, and maybe it will help our viewers get ready for that spring birding season.

Thanks, Don.

Find a list of stations airing the series on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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