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YouTube & Texas Parks and Wildlife

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

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Even people without a computer know about YouTube, the online video sharing website where you can view videos of practically anything.

03—Our YouTube channel has almost 200 videos on it.

Whitney Bishop is a video and web producer who helps oversee Texas Parks and Wildlife’s social media efforts, including its YouTube channel.

08—We have videos on almost all of our state parks, so it you’re thinking of going to a state park in Texas, it’s a great place to go and check it out and see what the park looks like and what it has to offer.

The parks videos give visitors a sense of being there. And with 200 videos and growing, there’s bound to be something for every outdoor enthusiast.

08—We also have stories about hunting and fishing. We have breaking news stories. Like, we’ve been posting recently stories about the oil spill and what Texas parks and Wildlife is doing about it.

In addition to YouTube, you can keep up with Texas Parks and Wildlife via its Facebook fan page, and Twitter feeds.

13—If you’re on Twitter, then you do these 140 character tweets. And Texas Parks and Wildlife also has some Twitter feeds people can follow. And Twitter is kind of like just late breaking news as it’s happening. So, it’s a good way to keep up with what’s going on right at the moment.

Find links to all Texas Parks and Wildlife social media on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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

Facebook & Texas Parks and Wildlife

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

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Social networking sites such as Facebook allow people to connect with not only one another, but also with agencies like Texas Parks and Wildlife via fan pages.

09—We have almost 30-thousand Facebook fans; and Facebook is really easy to use. And the neat thing about it is that we’re able to have real conversations with people who are interested in Texas outdoor news.

Whitney Bishop is a video and web producer who helps oversee the agency’s social media efforts. She calls Texas Parks and Wildlife fans engaged and helpful.

16—We’ll post a topic on Facebook, and then people will start talking to each other; it’s like we’re sitting in a big living room together and there’s conversations going back and forth between people. Sometimes they’ll recommend places to go—recently we had a post about good swimming holes in Texas, and a lot of people gave their ideas of great places to go.

A real bonus, says Bishop, is the fans’ ability and willingness to post their images to the site.

14—Our fans have posted almost 2 thousand fan photos. And they’re posting things like wildlife, outdoor scenes from all around Texas. We’ve gotten really neat pictures, like baby bluebirds, and bobcats and owls—you name it. I mean, it’s kind of like the National Geographic of Texas.

Become a fan of Texas Parks and Wildlife when you log on to Tomorrow, other ways the agency uses technology to connect with you.

02—Our YouTube channel has almost 200 videos on it.

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

Social Media and Texas Parks and Wildlife

Monday, August 16th, 2010

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For the past year, Texas Parks and Wildlife has been reaching out to the public via social media. Social media allows people to connect with one another using Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Blogs, and various apps.

Whitney Bishop is a Texas Parks and Wildlife video and web producer who helps oversee the agency’s social media efforts, and who spoke with me about the value of social media to the agency.

I think the value of social media is, it give s our agency a human face. We’re not just a big anonymous agency. We’re letting people know what we do, and we having conversations with people, interacting with them. So, it helps us talk to people out there, Texans, and people who are interested in the Texas outdoors.

Conversations are two-way. Have we learned anything from people?

Yeah, we have. I mean it’s really interesting. For example, awhile back we posted something about geocaching. And we got a lot of responses; some people weren’t so sure that geocaching was a good thing and could it be harmful to parks if people don’t do it correctly. So, we’ve learned from that we need to educate people on geocaching and how to do it right.

Are we doing that?

Yes, in fact, we are going to produce some how-to videos about how to Geocache to help people understand what geocaching is all about, and the correct way to do it, so you don’t damage the environment.

So be on the look out for those videos on YouTube. Also we encourage you to join or start a conversation with Parks and Wildlife on our Facebook fan page.

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

Early Texas: How to Make Sausage

Friday, August 13th, 2010

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Buying ready to cook food wasn’t an option for early Texans. The majority grew vegetables and raised animals to feed their families. Timing was everything when processing certain foodstuffs.

05—Things like this butchering that we’re doing today, or making sausage, has to be done in the wintertime.

Summer heat would spoil fresh meat, says Stephen Baethge, Sauer-Beckmann Living History farm park ranger and interpreter. The farm, at the LBJ State Park and Historic site, interprets early Texas life.

05—What we’re doing on a daily basis down here is just trying to show you how people would have lived a hundred years ago.

Which means this early 1900s farmstead did not have the benefit of refrigeration. If families wanted bacon or sausage in summer, for example, they had to plan ahead and make it during the cooler months of the year.

05—Because a lot of the meats we prepare, they take about ten days to cure.

Taking 10 days in Texas’ summer heat to cure meat would raise a stink. Staff uses 60 % beef to 40% pork when making sausage, a favorite of the German families that settled Texas Hill Country communities.

10—You know, these people ate a lot of lard, they ate a lot of fat. But they were working so hard that it really didn’t make them fat, because they burned it all off. They worked their way through all those calories.

Something to consider next time you’re in air conditioned comfort, eating a BBQ sandwich, needing to unbutton the top button of your jeans. That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

SP Improvements: Garner State Park

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

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Garner State Park, which may be our most popular park, seems to have it all, including access to water, beautiful scenery, cabins and campsites, and even a nightly dance during the summer. And now it has one more thing—money for much-needed repairs. Our state park guide, Bryan Frazier, explains.

Garner State Park is one of those iconic natural resource wonders that we have in Texas. So many people have visited Garner State Park and love it and enjoy the Frio River, and the cabins.

But it’s been around since the 1930’s and so, we’re able to put a lot of money into Garner, and make some renovations and some improvements to the cabins and the roofs and things like that, so when people go there to stay it is the nostalgia, and it is all of what they’ve liked. And it’s got the dance and things like that, but it’s in a nicer facility…and its in structures that people will see those improvements and really appreciate it.

We’ve been able to spend a couple of million dollars toward those renovations. Toward those projects, and those are all due to voter approved, legislative approved increases in the previous two biennium. And I think people are going to see that in the next several months.

Go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife YouTube channel where you’ll find a video of Garner State Park…it’s like being there.

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