Chester Smith devoted his life to protecting birds along the Gulf Coast of Texas. He has a man-made island named for him where several species of birds reside. Colonial Water birds like the Brown Pelican, Great Egret, and Black Crowned Heron have grown in numbers over the past 20 years, thanks to Chester and Chester's Island.
Researchers and Texas landowners are teaming up to study turkeys, using state of the art equipment.
The Texas Horned Lizard is a creature of contrasts - fierce in appearance, yet harmless to all but insects. The species may be threatned today, but in legend and lore, it has always been a survivor.
To ensure that the endangered turtle's population continues to rebound, volunters lend a helping hand, or in this case, a paw, to find the eggs and protect them until the hatchlings are read for release back into the Gulf.
Texas Parks and Wildlife recently produced a TV ad that may make you laugh, but has a serious message.
Whether it's Spring Break or just a good day to hit the beach, Mustang Island State Park near Corpus Christi has plenty ot offer its visitors.
Since the ban of the pesticide, DDT in 1972, Bald Eagle numbers have been soaring with nearly 200 pairs nesting in Texas.
Last summer, during the Little League World Series all eyes were on San Antonio's McAllister team, but for a group of law enforcement officers, their radar was tuned into just one boy.
Thanks to a tip to Operation Game thief, two Harris' hawks that were unlawfully captured and taken to North Carolina were treated to a plane ride back to their south Texas home recently.
An oil tanker collision on January 23 spilled 462,000 of crude oil in the Sabine Neches Waterway near Port Arthur.
A group of enthusiastic bikers accomplished some dramatic goals recently during a 24-hours bike ride through Palo Duro Canyon State Park to raise money to help fight cancer.
There are few places left that have not been largely touched by our culture. But at Kickapoo Cavern State Park near Del Rio, nature is almost untouched, the way it used to be.
Throughout the winter months, Texas Parks and Wildlife will stock more than 200,000 rainbow trout at 100 sites across the state.
The program hopes to hook new anglers into the sport by making fishing more accessible at urban lakes, state parks, and rivers.
If you still haven't recovered from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there's a state park near the Metroplex that provide you with a restful escape.
Throughout December, state parks all over Texas are celebrating Christmas in special ways. Many historical parks allow visitors to step back in time and take part in holiday traditions of days gone by.
One of the most unique celebrations takes p[lace at Bastrop State Park, hosted by the Friends of the Lost Pines.
Each year the battleship Texas has it's annual Sailor's Christmas Celebration to help Texans get a sense of how an earlier generation of American fighters kept their holiday spirits up while far away from home and family.
In years past, roaming the woods hunting squirrels was a rite of passage for many Texas youngsters. Today, there are fewer squirrel hunters, and with them has dwindled what was once a main gateway into the outdoors.
Texas Parks and Wildlife is testing a pilot project to remove the Salt Cedar trees from the Rio Grande banks with the help of a tiny beetle.
Nearly 400,000 people visit Big Bend National Park every year, but comparatively few know about Big Bend Ranch State Park about two hours down the road.
This week, all across the state, Texans have been making plans to go away this weekend to take advantage of the nice warm weather we have had.
Keep your eyes peeled and your wits about you this Halloween season, because a horde of intruders are already among us.
Some call it the original mobile home, but at Abilene State Park, the Mongolian yurt has replaced a few screened shelters.
For many people, fishing can be just a lazy afternoon throwing a line in the water. However, it can also be big business.
For a group of jazz lovers in the Texas hill country the best place to hear music is 40 feet below the surface of the earth.
Drop a fishing line in Texas, and chances are you will come up with a catfish on your hook at some point.
The economic challenges of this past year have not only affected the business community, but also Texas cattle ranchers.
One of the great traditions of the West Texas Fair and Rodeo is going to the Griffin Arena and seeing prize steers, heifers, and other traditional farm animals competing.
Hunter education became mandatory in Texas in 1987, and since then hunting accidents have declined.
This weekend marks the first full weekend of dove hunting in Texas.
From dreams of the NFL, one Abilene man finds himself turning a hobby into a way to help the community
A cool way to keep cool in the summer heat without wasting cash
Lake Colorado City State Park is a place that provides a great boating and camping experience for the whole family
Foreign aquatic plants are overtaking some Texas lakes, hurting the local economy
Sam Nichols tells about a unique water safety program aimed at younger Texas boaters
Ranch Preserve owner Dave Bamberger, has turned overused land into a thriving ranch preserve
If you plan on fishing this summer, make sure your well versed in Texas fishing regulations before you go
Sam Nichols takes a look inside the Texas Game Warden Academy and what it takes to be a Game Warden
Cadets at the Texas Game Warden Academy now have a new place to train
With so many people planning to go on the lake this weekend, a boating safety reminder mind be prudent
Its an old idea catching on once again: growing your own fresh fruits and vegietables in your own back yeard
In this weeks on the range, we meet Bud, one of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales
One of the most fascinating group of animals is the Budweiser Clydesdales. They are in Abilene this weekend in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of the Western Heritage Classic.
An Eastland man nearly loses his booming business to a wildfire
An Eastland man nearly loses his booming business to a wildfire
Taylor Yates is a Big Country rancher with some innovative methods for managing his land and cattle.
Championship Bass Fisherman Brian Schmidt discusses some basic artificial lures that are good to have in your tackle box. These are common baits that have proven successful when fishing for black bass.
A small town man gets to live a big dream after
Each year at the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup, the cooking team from the Sweetwater Jaycees gets the grease ready, and fries over one thousand pounds of rattlesnake meat.
Many of us remember seeing our mothers and grandmothers crocheting items from yarn, or making homemade jelly and jam in the kitchen.
Naoma Lake is a lady from Buffalo Gap who enjoys both of these country hobbies.
Just south of Abilene resides an award winning singer / song writer known as the "Songbird of the Prairie."
Jean Prescott is an award-winning singer and songwriter who lives on a ranch with her husband just south of Abilene.
She is best known for songs that tell the stories of the women of the West. Jean has recorded eleven CD's, and is much in demand as an entertainer.
More information on Jean Prescott's music and her appearance schedule is available on her website: