Archive for June, 2013

TPW TV: Duck Yakitori

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Jesse Griffiths makes duck yakitori.

Jesse Griffiths makes duck yakitori.

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This week the TPW PBS TV series has a segment to inspire everyone to get grilling. Producer, Whitney Bishop.

59 – What we have coming up is Austin chef and butcher, Jesse Griffiths, and he’s going to be grilling some teal for us.

I’ve got two whole teal here, and I’ve also got a couple breasts from a couple teal. Teal are really nice little ducks; I’m always happy to see them coming into my decoy spread. They grill nicely and they also roast nicely.

You know, June is when everybody’s out grilling; a lot of hunters probably have ducks in their freezer. And Jesse shows us kind of a different than normal way of making it.

Now I’m going to baste these with a traditional Japanese yakitori sauce. It’s really nice – especially with wild duck. It’s made with soy, honey, a little bit of fresh, chopped garlic, and a Japanese rice wine.

This is a very simple recipe. There aren’t a lot of ingredients; it’s all simple things you can find at the grocery store. We’ve had a real interest from people who want to prepare local foods, and we’ve gotten a good response on the cooking segments we’ve done, and we hope to do more of them.

This makes all those mornings in a freezing duck blind seem a lot more worth it.

This show airs on PBS stations the week of June 23; check local listings.

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

State Parks: Bryan Frazier Says “Good-Bye”

Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Bryan Frazier hikes off into the sunset.

Bryan Frazier hikes off into the sunset.

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We say good-bye today to our State Park Guide, Bryan Frazier, who accepted a new job as Travel Director with the Texas Department of Transportation. If ever you thought Bryan’s love of parks was for the radio only, you didn’t know Bryan.

56 –Being outdoors has always been, since childhood, a meaningful experience. No building or structure can rival what nature has. And, the things that we have in nature are not only unique, they’re irreplaceable. And the time spent outdoors is time well spent. I love hiking, wildlife watching, and I especially love fishing. So, it’s all of those things, and then I have a reference point that it was done with my family when I was a child. So, the time is not only something I enjoy doing, but it’s nostalgic, too, I think of times with my dad and my brother when I was a small child, and how much fun it was, and the lessons learned, and the conversations had — all while outdoors. So, you take that whole package; it does something to the human soul…being outdoors… like nothing else can.

Thanks, for everything, Bryan. And good luck!

That’s our show for today…with funding provided by Chevrolet, supporting outdoor recreation in Texas; because there’s life to be done.

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

Conservation: New Conservation License Plate

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Vote on Your Favorite Conservation Plate Design

Vote on Your Favorite Conservation Plate Design

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Twelve years ago a bluebonnet showed up on a conservation license plate; money raised from the sale of these plates support state parks.

04— The bluebonnet plate has been wildly successful for us, and it’s something we’re going to continue.

Thomas Wilhelm, with State Parks, says 22-dollars of the 30-dollar cost of the plates go back to parks. Since two plates to support state parks are better than one, a new conservation plate is in the works.

13— Well, right now we have three designs that we’re looking at: one is a campfire scene, one is a nighttime tent scene, and then one is a hiking scene.

The new plate is intended to appeal to people who may like to support parks with images related to camping or hiking.

09— The goal was: how can we bring new people in that may want to support state parks, but may not be comfortable putting a wildflower on their 3/4 ton pickup truck.

You can go online and vote for your favorite.

11— Voting is running from now through August 31st. Go to, or just visit the TPWD website and we’ll have links to a place where they can place their vote.

The winning design will become the new conservation license plate.

10— We’re hoping to have the plates available for purchase starting Spring of 2014. They’ll be available to purchase either online, or at the local DMV when they register their vehicles.

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

50 Years and 50 Milestones

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

50 Years: Bighorn Sheep Restoration

A Milestone in Texas Parks and Wildlife’s History: Bighorn Sheep Restoration

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Looking for an informative summer read? Mike Cox, discusses an article that details Texas Parks and Wildlife’s fifty most significant milestones for the July issue of TPW magazine.

04 – I think we could have done probably 25 more, maybe a hundred more.

Cox, a TPW spokesman, says milestones range from creation of the department in 1963… to the Connally Bonds that allowed the purchase of land for parks… to desert bighorn sheep restoration… to creation of the great coastal birding trail… to the Lone Star Land Stewards Awards Program and more.

16 – The department has really done a lot of good things, and I think everyone is looking forward to what the department can do in the next half century for the people of Texas.

And what might the next fifty years bring?

18 – Hopefully we’ll have a big impact on water… not only quality, but the availability of water… especially as we’re in the middle of a horrible drought. I think that’s something that we’ll look back on 50 years from now and say: ‘Whew – it’s a good thing that agencies like Texas Parks and Wildlife were involved in programs like that to help try to turn things around.’

The July issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine with Mix Cox article on TPW’s 50 Milestones is on newsstands now.

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

50 Year Anniversary of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Monday, June 17th, 2013
50 Years

Vintage image of kids fishing in State Park

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A legislative act in 1963 merged the Texas State Parks Board and the Texas Game and Fish Commission, creating a new agency…

03 — …called Texas Parks and Wildlife; and now we’re fifty years old.

Mike Cox is a spokesman for the department. We’re observing TPW’s fifty year anniversary throughout 2013, highlighting milestones from the past five decades.

16- A personal favorite of mine is the stocking of rainbow trout in Texas. They’re not native to the state, but they’re pretty tasty and they’re fun to catch. And so, starting in 1965, shortly after the merger, the department started stocking rainbow trout in urban areas, and of course in the Guadalupe River.

Trout stocking, the legislature’s ruling that made redfish and sea trout game fish, as well as giving game wardens full law enforcement authority are a few of the agency’s tangible achievements. There are intangibles, too.

23- The department is always working to improve the environment. The game wardens enforce the anti-pollution laws – that often doesn’t get a lot of publicity – but they’re working toward keeping our water safer and cleaner. We do work to encourage people to practice water conservation; if somebody hears our message that it’s better to rip out your St. Augustine and put in rocks, that saves the whole system.

Mike Cox says while those efforts transpire with little fanfare, they have a long-lasting impact on the well-being of every citizen of the state.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration project supports our series…. For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.