Anahuac Wildlife Refuge Boardwalk to Cypress Swamps

Anahuac Wildlife Refuge
Boardwalk to Cypress Swamps

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May 8, 2014

May 6, 2014

  • Treehouse Ranch to Host ‘Buffalo Soldiers Day’ on May 24 
    HOUSTON – Experience frontier-era baseball and learn about the history of black soldiers who helped protect settlers on the nation’s westward expansion in the late 1800s at Buffalo Soldiers Day on Saturday, May 24, at Treehouse Ranch in southeast Houston.
  • TPWD Seeking Information from Hand-fishing Anglers 
    ATHENS—Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is seeking additional information to learn more about the practice of hand fishing for catfish in the state. Also known as noodling or grabbling, hand fishing was legalized in Texas in 2011.

May 5, 2014

May 2, 2014

May 1, 2014

Video News Reports:

Mother’s Day in the Parks – Celebrate Mom at a State Park!

A Video News Report and press release is now available on our site called “Mother’s Day Picnic in the Parks.” If you’re looking for a unique Mother’s Day experience, consider an outing to a Texas state park. State parks across Texas are encouraging families to visit this weekend. According to one group of moms, it’s a great way to bond with your kids.

For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link

Look for “May VNR_Mother’s Day Picnic in the Parks” There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.

See the YouTube video at

The Big Sit – The Great Texas Birding Classic Offers Competitions at All Levels

A fresh Video News Report is now available on our website called “The Big Sit!” For the second year in a row, the state-wide Great Texas Birding Classic will allow more people to participate in the fun and those entry fees will benefit more birds. In past years, North America’s largest birding tournament was restricted to the Texas coast. But now in its 18th year, the competition has numerous categories and lasts an entire month. One of those categories is The Big Sit. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report.

See the YouTube video at

For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link

Look for “MarchVNR_Big Sit” There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.

News Briefs and Upcoming Events:

Toyota Texas Bass Classic Begins Tomorrow at Lake Fork

The Toyota Texas Bass Classic world championship bass fishing tournament returns to Lake Fork this weekend for the first time since 2008 and  will showcase one of the best trophy bass lakes in the world.

The partnership between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Toyota and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic has brought support to programs that encourage people, especially youth, to get outdoors and fish.

An Outdoor Adventures Area will feature displays and outdoor activities that give visitors an opportunity to experience fishing for catfish, archery, and kayaking. Sampling is encouraged at the barbecue cook-off, and attendees can test-drive the latest ATVs and Toyota trucks. Country music concerts by top entertainers cap each day’s events.

TTBC has raised over $1.75 million for TPWD’s fisheries programs in the past.

Information on the 2014 TTBC is posted at as it becomes available. Videos of previous tournaments can be viewed on YouTube.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park Achieves Top Rating

Fodor’s Travel has just released its “10 Best State Parks in America,” and Palo Duro Canyon State Park tops the list. The more than 26,000-acre park in the Texas Panhandle achieved the No. 1 ranking from among the nation’s more than 8,000 state parks. Palo Duro Canyon is America’s second largest canyon, measuring 20 miles wide and 120 miles long. It joined nine other popular state parks, including Slide Rock State Park in Arizona and Custer State Park in South Dakota, on the Top 10 list. The majestic, multi-hued Palo Duro Canyon was once considered a candidate for inclusion in the national park system. The Civilian Conservation Corps developed the park in the early 1930s. It is home to the outdoor musical drama, TEXAS, the official play of the state of Texas.

Government Canyon Celebrating International Migratory Bird Day

Government Canyon State Natural Area is one of five places where folks this Saturday can help San Antonio celebrate the 2nd annual International Migratory Bird Day presented by the Bexar and Audubon societies. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the natural area will host a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first sighting of the golden-cheeked warbler in Texas with a Bird Birthday Party. Golden-cheeks breed nowhere else in the world but Texas. Learn why Government Canyon and other areas in Bexar County have been recognized as part of an internationally important Bird Area. For more information about the Bird Birthday Party, contact Niki Lake, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department resource specialist, at (512) 667-0786 or

Great Texas Birding Classic Takes Flight

The Great Texas Birding Classic ends next Thursday, May 15.

Eighty-one teams have signed up to participate in the tournament in various categories, including the “Big Sit” regional tournaments, statewide week-long tournament, human-powered tournament, and state park tournament, just to name a few.

In the youth categories, there are new teams from El Paso, Laredo, San Antonio, and Dallas, as well as many places in between and throughout the state.

This year’s competition has birders representing every region of the state and even competitors from California, Wyoming, Maryland and the Cayman Islands.

A new human-powered team is competing for a national human-powered big day record, allowing them to identify birds while walking, bicycling, kayaking, or any other non-motorized transportation.

All tournaments end May 15.

For more information, contact Shelly Plante, 512-389-4500 or


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