TP&W TV May Highlights

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Abilene State Park is an oasis in the desert, and writer/producer Ron Kabele talks about the park and its pool this month on the Texas Parks and Wildlife TV series.

In Abilene State Park, they have one of the largest pools in our system. It was built by the CCC, and it’s a beautiful, big pool. It’s really the heartbeat of the park.

I’m Oakley, and I’m Chancy, and we pretty much come every weekend (giggles).

Another story this month is Oasis of the King Fishers; it’s a personal story from TV producer, Lee Smith, about his uncle’s southwest Texas ranch, and the day he saw three species of kingfisher.

One December morning, I was shooting video at one of my favorite tanks. A snipe and a greater yellow legs were keeping me company when a belted kingfisher arrived and began to hunt breakfast.

Finally, members of the American Hiking Society volunteered to build a trail at a state park…as part of a volunteer vacation.

We’re talking a trail, you know, like wheelbarrows full of gravel. Really hard work. And this is during the summer. You know, they’d take time off from their jobs, or if they’re retired, they come out. And, the park will feed them. In exchange, they get all of this manual labor. And the people love to do this.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife series airs on PBS stations statewide. Find a list at

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

CLICK HERE to find a station near you that airs the show.

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