Passport to Texas

By Cecilia Nasti/Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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Your radio guide to the great Texas outdoors

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Mountain Biking in Texas State Parks
This is Passport to Texas With busy schedules and our increasing dependence on technology, we can become disconnected from the natural world. One way to reconnect… is on a mountain bike. Doing a little wheel true here. Somewhat of a science, somewhat of a art. Shane McAnally of Canyon Cycles has raced mountain bikes competitively. […]
Jul 18, 2019
TPW Magazine: Dancing with Dinosaurs
This is Passport to Texas Something you learn early on when you take up the sport of mountain biking is this: you’ve got to be brave…you cannot be scared…and you have to tell yourself that you can do it. In the August/September issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine, Kathryn Hunter writes about the Texas […]
Jul 17, 2019
Franklin Mountains SP New Visitor Center
This is Passport to Texas Franklin Mountains State Park is the largest metropolitan park in the United States. Its majestic peaks overlook the cities of El Paso and Cuidad Juarez. For years the park’s headquarters has been located off site, but that’s all changing with a brand-new visitor center. What we were trying are trying […]
Jul 16, 2019
TPW Magazine: Knock on Wood
This is Passport to Texas Cliff Shackelford—the nongame ornithologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife—is one of our favorite guests on Passport to Texas. He’s always upbeat and ready to share interesting birding facts. Plus, the guy’s super passionate about his subject matter. And in the August/September issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine—on newsstands now—he […]
Jul 11, 2019
Aoudad Sheep Study
This is Passport to Texas Aoudads, also known as Barbary Sheep, were originally imported to Texas from North Africa as game animal over 50 years ago. But for native species like Mule deer and Desert Bighorn Sheep, the ever-increasing Aoudad population has become a threat. They pose, not only a competition threat, as far as […]
Jul 10, 2019
Cowboy Action Shooting
This is Passport to Texas Gun smoke, six-shooters, boots and black powder. All ingredients of cowboy action shooting. We shoot with the guns of the Old West. Styles of gun that were made before 1899. Brian Curtsinger, aka Chili Petin, is president of the Green Mountain Regulators, a sport shooting club affiliated with SASS, the […]
Jul 09, 2019
Virus from Imported Bait Shrimp
This is Passport to Texas It’s tempting to use frozen shrimp from the grocery store as bait for your next fishing trip…but don’t do it. They may be imported and possibly harmful to our native crustaceans. We don’t want any kind of imported shrimp being used as bait, because the potential of diseases that could […]
Jul 04, 2019
TPW TV: Coastal “Parkitecture”
This is Passport to Texas A dozen UT Austin Architecture students and their professor spent a long, hot summer on Galveston Island SP. We’re getting a Master’s in Architecture but we’re getting a Ph.D. in craft supplies. It’s been like Santa’s little workshop in here. That’s because, as student Hugo Reynolds tells it, they spent […]
Jul 03, 2019
Picnics with Personality
This is Passport to Texas There’s nothing like a picnic in a Texas state park; and picnics—like picnickers—have personalities. There’s the Texas classic: a wicker basket on a red and white tablecloth spread on a picnic table. Think: buttermilk fried chicken, potato salad and creamy coleslaw heaped onto grandma’s fiesta ware. Fiesta? Now we’re talking. […]
Jul 02, 2019
Rebuilding Texas’ Oyster Habitat
This is Passport to Texas Texas has been one of the country’s top oyster producing states since the late 1800’s. Oysterman, Mauricio Blanco has worked the Port Lavaca region for over 30 years. It’s been a pretty good place over the years. We got so much salt in our blood. That’s what I love to […]
Jun 27, 2019