PBS January 26-February 1, 2014, #2215 – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

PBS January 26-February 1, 2014, #2215 – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


>>COMING UP ON
TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE…>>AND WITH THE TRANSMITTERS WE
ARE ABLE TO GATHER DATA ON WHERE THE TURTLES ARE GOING
AFTER THEY ARE DONE NESTING FOR THAT SEASON.>>♪ HEAD, THORAX,
ABDOMEN, ABDOMEN… ♪>>HE’S LIKE SOMETHING
OUT OF A STORYBOOK. HE USUALLY HAS A TRAIL
OF KIDS FOLLOWING HIM. FOR A KID THAT CAN BE MAGICAL.>>IT WAS ONE OF THE IDEAS OF
LBJ, THE CONCEPT OF PEOPLE REALIZING WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE
WITHOUT ELECTRICITY AND RUNNING WATER.>>GOVERNMENT CANYON IS NICE
BECAUSE IT IS SO CLOSE TO SAN ANTONIO. (theme music) ♪>>TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE, A TELEVISION SERIES
FOR ALL OUTDOORS. THIS SERIES IS FUNDED
IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE WILDLIFE AND SPORT FISH
RESTORATION PROGRAM. THROUGH YOUR PURCHASES OF
HUNTING AND FISHING EQUIPMENT, AND MOTORBOAT FUELS,
OVER 40 MILLION DOLLARS IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS ARE
FUNDED IN TEXAS EACH YEAR.>>ADDITIONAL FUNDING
PROVIDED BY RAM TRUCKS. GUTS. GLORY. RAM. (music)>>FROM THE GULF COAST… TO THE MOUNTAINS OF WEST TEXAS,
BIOLOGIST HAVE FOLLOWED, TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITIES,
THE HABITS AND LIVES OF TEXAS’ WILDLIFE. NOW, SCIENTIST CAN BETTER
PINPOINT EXACTLY WHERE WILDLIFE TRAVELS BY USING THE
NEWEST GPS TECHNOLOGY. FROM 12,000 MILES ABOVE THE
EARTH, SATELLITES ARE HELPING US TRACK WILDLIFE WITH
DETAIL AND EASE. EACH SPRING, KEMP’S RIDLEY SEA
TURTLES COME TO THE TEXAS SHORE TO PERFORM ONE OF NATURE’S
WONDERS BY LAYING THEIR EGGS. (waves crashing) MONTHS LATER, THEIR YOUNG HATCH
AND BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE. EVERY NEW HATCHLING GIVES HOPE
THAT THIS ENDANGERED SPECIES WON’T GO EXTINCT. THE MOTHERS HAVE LONG SINCE
RETURNED TO THE SEA… BUT THEIR EXACT WHEREABOUTS,
A MYSTERY. UNTIL NOW. (wind and waves)>>WE’RE CONDUCTING THIS
TRACKING BECAUSE WE WANT TO GET AN IDEA ABOUT THE HABITAT
USAGE BY THESE ADULT FEMALES. WE WANT TO SEE WHERE THEY’RE
GOING IN THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT WHICH IS WHERE THEY SPEND THE
VAST MAJORITY OF THEIR LIFE, WHERE THEY’RE GOING FOR
MIGRATION AS WELL AS FOR FORAGING WHEN THEY
ARE DONE NESTING. WE ARE AFFIXING
SATELLITE TRANSMITTERS TO KEMP’S RIDLEY TURTLES THAT
NESTED ON THE TEXAS COAST SO WE CAN FOLLOW THEIR MIGRATORY
PATHWAYS AND LOOK FOR ANY FORAGING HOTSPOTS IN
THE GULF OF MEXICO. ONCE THE TURTLE IS IN HER TRANCE
WHILE SHE’S ACTUALLY LAYING EGGS, WE WILL TAKE A
SWIPE SAMPLE FROM HER CARAPACE, AND THEN WE WILL PUT HER
IN A TRANSPORT VEHICLE AND TAKE HER A BRIEF RIDE TO
THE TURTLE LABORATORY AT PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE. WE PUT A LITTLE TOWEL OVER THE
EYES OF THE TURTLE BECAUSE SOMETIMES THIS HELPS
TO CALM THE TURTLE. SHE WILL HAVE A BLOOD SAMPLE
THAT IS WITHDRAWN AND THERE WILL BE SMALL BIOPSY TISSUE
SAMPLES TAKEN FOR USE WITH VARIOUS STUDIES. WE HAVE TO SAND THE SHELL. WE PUT DOWN THE FIRST LAYER
OF THE EPOXY WHICH IS COOL AS IT DRIES. AND THEN WE’LL AFFIX
THE TRANSMITTER. THEN WHEN IT’S ON THERE,
VERY WELL AND SOLID, WE WILL PAINT THE SURFACE TO
HELP PREVENT BARNACLES FROM ADHERING ONTO THAT AREA
WHERE IT HAS BEEN APPLIED. THE WHOLE PROCESS
TAKES ABOUT THREE HOURS. (music) EVERY TIME WE RELEASE A TURTLE,
IT IS A MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE TO US. THIS IS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS
RELEASED BACK ON THE BEACH IN VERY HEALTHY AND
VIGOROUS CONDITION. MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED
IN CONSERVATION WORK FOR KEMP’S RIDLEY TURTLES. IT’S A COOPERATIVE EFFORT,
THAT MAKES IT SPECIAL, AND IT’S ONE STEP CLOSER TOWARDS
HOPEFULLY RECOVERING THIS SPECIES SOMEDAY SO THAT IT
CAN BE ENJOYED BY FUTURE GENERATIONS. THE PUBLIC CAN ACTUALLY SEE
THE TRACKS FOR THESE NESTING TURTLES. THEY GO TO WWW.SEATURTLE.ORG AND LOOK FOR THE PADRE ISLAND
NATIONAL SEASHORE KEMP’S RIDLEY TRACKING PROJECT AND THEN
THEY WILL SEE A MAP FOR ALL OF THE TURTLES THAT WE’RE TRACKING
FOR THIS YEAR’S TRANSMITTERS DEPLOYED. AND THEN THEY WILL ACTUALLY BE
ABLE TO CLICK ON THE LINKS TO THE SPECIFIC TURTLES AND
SEE THE INDIVIDUAL MAPS.>>OVER 500 MILES AWAY IN THE
MOUNTAINS OF WEST TEXAS, ANOTHER SPECIES FIGHTS
TO SURVIVE. HISTORICALLY, THE NATIVE TEXAS
DESERT BIGHORN SHEEP OCCURRED IN ABOUT 16 MOUNTAIN RANGES. BUT BY THE EARLY 1960S THEY WERE
GONE MOSTLY DUE TO UNREGULATED HUNTING AND DISEASE. TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE AND
OTHERS HAVE WORKED TO RESTORE THE BIGHORNS TO THEIR NATIVE
TEXAS MOUNTAIN RANGES, BUT CAPTURING AND TRACKING THESE
ELUSIVE ANIMALS IS CHALLENGING IN THIS VAST WEST TEXAS DESERT. (helicopter)>>THE WAY WE CAPTURE THESE
IS THROUGH A NET GUN AND A HELICOPTER. AND WHAT THEY DO IS THEY GO OUT
AND SOMEWHAT SELECTIVELY ROUTE THEM IN A DIRECTION THAT THEY
WANT AND THEN THEY FIRE A NET GUN ON THEM. AS THEY FLY AND AND THEY
BANK AND THEY COME BACK AND TURNAROUND, IT’S ALMOST
LIKE A FAST PACED ROLLER COASTER RIDE. (gun fires) WE HAVE SOURCES, IN-STATE
SOURCES NOW THAT WE CAN GO TO AND CAPTURE FROM AND RELOCATE
TO OTHER MOUNTAIN RANGES. YOU LOOK UP AT THE MOUNTAIN AND
HERE YOU SEE THE BUBBLE OF THE HELICOPTER AND THEN YOU SEE THE
THING ATTACHED AT THE BOTTOM AND YOU KNOW THEY’RE SHEEP. AND AS THEY GET CLOSER
THERE THEY ARE. ONCE AT THE PROCESSING STATION
THEY’RE AGED, YOU TAKE FECAL SAMPLES,
THEY ALSO TAKE BLOOD SAMPLES, AND THOSE RADIO COLLARS ARE THERE TO HELP US MONITOR THE BIGHORNS. THAT’S WHERE WE GET MOVEMENT AND
IDENTIFY OTHER VARIABLES SUCH AS TRAVEL CORRIDORS. (drill) THE RESTORATION EFFORT HAS BEEN
GOING ON FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS AND YOU KNOW IT’S NOW PAYING
OFF, WHERE WE HAVE SURPLUS POPULATIONS THEY’RE THRIVING. (gate opening) (music) WE’RE ALMOST HALF-WAY THERE. OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE ALL OF THE
15 OR 16 MOUNTAIN RANGES THAT HAVE CRITICAL HABITAT
FOR THEM TO HAVE BIGHORNS. (bighorn running) IT WASN’T A COUPLE OF HOURS AGO
THEY WERE AT ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN AND NOW HERE THEY ARE
IN THEIR NEW HOME. NOW THEY’LL BE HERE FOR
THE PUBLIC TO ENJOY. AND THAT TO ME IS WONDERFUL. OUR SATELLITE COLLARS THAT WE
HAVE NOW HAVE REALLY KIND OF AMPED UP OUR GAME AS FAR AS
TECHNOLOGY GOES BECAUSE THEY ALLOW US TO MONITOR BIGHORN
MOVEMENTS PRETTY MUCH REAL TIME. YOU CAN WATCH THEM PRETTY
MUCH ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. IT’S PRETTY FASCINATING HOW THEY
MOVE FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER. WE SEE THAT RAM CROSSES INTO
MEXICO, TRAVELS DOWN THE MOUNTAINTOPS A PRETTY GOOD WAYS,
AT LEAST 25 MILES FROM THE RELEASE SITE. THE EWES KIND OF DOING THEIR
THING STAYING PRETTY CLOSE TO THE RELEASE SITE WITHIN
SEVEN MILES RADIUS. IT’S REALLY, REALLY INTERESTING
HOW THEY MOVE LIKE THAT. SATELLITE COLLARS WILL PLAY
A KEY ROLE IN THE FUTURE. (ocean wave)>>BIOLOGIST NOW LEARN
MORE ABOUT OUR NATIVE AND ENDANGERED WILDLIFE FASTER
AND EASIER THAN EVER BEFORE. AND THE MORE WE KNOW, THE BETTER
AND SMARTER WE CAN WORK TO CONSERVE OUR WILDLIFE
FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.>>WE’RE AT GOVERNMENT
CANYON STATE NATURAL AREA IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. GOVERNMENT CANYON IS NICE
BECAUSE IT IS SO CLOSE TO SAN ANTONIO, IT’S YA KNOW
SEVERAL THOUSAND ACRES. YOU CAN COME OUT HERE AND GET
20 MILES OF MOUNTAIN BIKING IN, YA KNOW, AND BE 10 OR 15
MINUTES AWAY FROM YOUR HOME AND FEEL LIKE YOU’RE
IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.>>ALL LEVELS OF RIDERS WILL
ENJOY GOVERNMENT CANYON, WITH THE FRONT COUNTRY IT’S
A GOOD PLACE FOR THE BEGINNING MOUNTAIN BIKER
TO JUST LEARN CONTROL ON A LEVEL SINGLE TRACK TRAIL. AND THEN WHENEVER THEY’RE READY
TO MOVE AHEAD THEY CAN TAKE ONE OF THE EASIER BACK COUNTRY
TRAILS AND YOU CAN JUST CONTINUALLY BUILD, YOU’RE
ALWAYS GOING TO FIND A CHALLENGE OUT HERE.>>WE CAN GET OUT HERE, GET OUT
IN NATURE, GET SOME GOOD AIR, AND FORGET ALL YOUR
TROUBLES BASICALLY. (music)>>WHERE DID HE GO?>>HE’S LIKE SOMETHING
OUT OF A STORYBOOK.>>COOL!>>HE USUALLY HAS A TRAIL
OF KIDS FOLLOWING HIM.>>HERE HE IS! HERE HE IS!>>HE KNOWS EVERYTHING.>>THIS IS A BOY BECAUSE
THE BOYS ARE BLUE.>>FOR A KID THAT
CAN BE MAGICAL.>>I GOT ONE!>>AWESOME!>>♪ HEAD, THORAX,
ABDOMEN, ABDOMEN… ♪>>MEET CRAIG HENSLEY.>>…ABDOMEN. ♪ HEAD, THORAX,
ABDOMEN, ABDOMEN… ♪>>THIS IS HIS OFFICE.>>WHAT’S ONE OF
THE 3 BODY PARTS?>>A KIND OF WIZARD
OF WILD THINGS.>>HAS ANYBODY EVER
EATEN BEE SPIT?>>HE HELPS CONNECT
PEOPLE WITH NATURE.>>NOW WHO CAUGHT THIS ONE? WE HAVE TOO MANY CHILDREN TODAY
THAT NEVER SPEND TIME OUTSIDE AND FOR A LOT OF THESE CHILDREN
THAT DON’T GET TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME OUTSIDE, THEY REALLY ARE
HUGE MOMENTS IN THEIR LIVES. SO FOR ME IT’S JUST ABOUT
ENGAGING THEM OUTDOORS PLUS IT’S NOT BAD, YOU KNOW, TO
HAVE LITTLE KIDS COME UP AND TELL YOU THEY THINK
YOU’RE AWESOME.>>I GOT SOMETHING!>>WE GET A LOT OF VISITORS
JUST FOR THE PROGRAMS THAT CRAIG OFFERS.>>OH, LOOKY THERE!>>HE’S AN ATTRACTION
IN AND OF HIMSELF.>>WHAT DID YOU GET?>>WE LOVE CRAIG! OH MY GOSH, HE’S SO FULL OF
KNOWLEDGE AND BRINGS NATURE TO LIFE AND MAKES
IT INTERESTING FOR KIDS.>>SEE THIS TUBE RIGHT HERE? THEY ACTUALLY BREATHE
THROUGH THAT TUBE.>>WE’VE TAKEN NIGHT TOURS WITH
HIM AND LEARNED ALL ABOUT THE SPIDERS AT NIGHT AND THE
CRAWDADS IN THE RIVER AND HOW THEY GLOW AND CAUGHT
ALL KINDS OF INSECTS. AND MY DAUGHTER SAID IT
WAS THE BEST DAY SO FAR OF HER SUMMER VACATION.>>FEELS LIKE JELLY.>>HE ENCOURAGES US TO PICK
STUFF UP THAT WE NEVER…>>…EXPECTED TO TOUCH.>>…REALIZED EXISTED!>>OH MY GOSH! I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW
I HAD THIS IN HERE! OH MY GOSH!>>ONCE THEY GET EXCITED,
ALL OF THE SUDDEN THEIR PARENTS GET ENGAGED AND THEY BECOME
LIKE A SUPER HERO TO THEIR KID BECAUSE THEY’VE NEVER SEEN
THEM AROUND A BUTTERFLY NET. OH, WOW, THAT’S AWESOME! THOSE KIND OF INTERACTIONS TO ME
ARE VERY POWERFUL AND GIVE ME A GREAT DEAL OF SATISFACTION THAT
PERHAPS WHAT I’M DOING IS THE RIGHT THING.>>COOL! (music)>>IF I EVER HAVE A JOB
AND I’M NOT AS PASSIONATE AS CRAIG IS, I’LL DEFINITELY
FEEL LIKE I’M MISSING OUT ON SOMETHING.>>AH, HE GOT YOU! YOU’RE A MEMBER OF THE CLUB! THE HIGHEST COMPLIMENT I CAN
GET IS FOR A CHILD TO HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME AND BE ABLE
TO SHARE IT WITH ME, THOSE LITTLE TINY MOMENTS.>>A DINOSAUR!>>NICELY DONE! THAT’S BEAUTIFUL!>>I CAUGHT A GRASSHOPPER! (birds chirping, rooster crows) (music) (music)>>IT WAS ALL VERY BASIC. NO RUNNING WATER. NO ELECTRICITY. SAUER BECKMANN DEPICTS LIFE
AS A WORKING FARM IN 1915. (rooster crows, cow moos) (pigs grunt) (iron door opens)>>HERE, CHICK, CHICK, CHICK.>>WE DON’T RECREATE. WE JUST CONTINUE THE
TRADITIONS AND THE LIFESTYLE OF THAT PERIOD OF TIME.>>OH, THE CAT’S GOING
TO TRY TO MOVE IN. HE’S THINKING ABOUT IT.>>IT WAS ONE OF THE IDEAS OF
LBJ TO ACTUALLY HAVE THIS HAPPEN, THE CONCEPT OF PEOPLE
REALIZING WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY
AND RUNNING WATER. AND HE SAID, PEOPLE AREN’T
GOING TO KNOW THAT IF WE DON’T SOMEHOW PRESERVE THAT.>>THESE FOLKS DIDN’T HAVE
ELECTRICITY SO WE CAN’T HAVE AN ELECTRIC MOTOR ON OUR MILL. WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO BE
PURE TO OUR FORM DOWN HERE. WE CAN’T CHEAT OUR GRANDPARENTS,
CAN WE?>>YOU KNOW, THESE PEOPLE THEY
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, DIDN’T THEY. THEY WORKED THEIR WAY THROUGH
ALL THOSE CALORIES. IS THAT EASY WORK THERE, BUD?>>NO.>>NO? (crowd laughs)>>I THINK THAT’S PROBABLY ONE
OF THE BIG THINGS THAT NOW’S REALLY COMING AROUND, ESPECIALLY
THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. JUST, WHAT LIFE WAS. WHAT ARE THOSE BASICS OF
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LIVE. DO YOU NEED ALL THE STUFF. I HAD A LITTLE BOY, HE WAS,
HE CAME WITH HIS GRANDMOTHER. AND HE WAS WHISPERING SOMETHING
TO HER AND SO SHE GOES, WELL ASK HER. AND FINALLY HE DID. HE GOES DO YOU HAVE A TV? AND I SAID A TV? I SAID WHAT’S THAT? AND HE SAID, WELL, IT HAS
CARTOONS ON IT AND HE GOES, AND IT HAS A REMOTE. THAT’S LIFE. ♪ GET AWAY FROM THE GALS
AND THOSE GOOD-FELLOW PALS. ♪ ♪ AS LONG AS YOU’VE GOT MONEY
THEY’LL BE TRUE. ♪ ♪ TREAT EVERYONE FAIR.
ALWAYS BE ON THE SQUARE. ♪ ♪ AND EVERYBODY EVERYWHERE
WILL WELCOME YOU. ♪ ♪ SETTLE DOWN FOR LIFE WITH
A GOOD LITTLE WIFE. ♪ ♪ REMEMBER THAT’S THE DAY
YOU’LL ALWAYS BLESS. ♪ ♪ YOU’LL FIND SUNSHINE AND
FLOWERS AND MANY HAPPY HOURS ♪ ♪ ON THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS. ♪>>MOST OF THE DAY WAS SPENT
JUST COOKING MEALS. OR WORKING ON A MEAL
FOR ANOTHER DAY. NOW LOOK HERE, I’LL SHOW YOU
WHAT’S MAKING THIS STOVE WORK.>>OHHH!>>IS THAT HOT? AND WHO DO YOU THINKS JOB MIGHT
BE TO KEEP THAT WOODBOX FILLED?>>THAT WOULD BE YOURS.>>YOUR JOB, YEAH. WELL, THE IMPORTANT RULE ON THE
FARM HERE WAS IF YOU DON’T WORK, YOU DON’T EAT. (music) (film projector starts)>>CHICKIE, CHICKIE, CHICKIE. (chickens squack)>>IT’S AMAZING, THE REACTION
THAT PEOPLE, WHEN THEY WATCH US FEED THE PIGS OR FEED
THE CHICKENS … (bucket clangs)>>THEY WATCH US MILK THE COW,
THEY’RE IN AWE THAT THEY’VE NEVER SEEN THAT HAPPEN. THE CLOSEST THEY’VE EVER COME
TO MOST OF THIS STUFF IS IN THEIR SUPERMARKET, WHEN THEY
GET A CARTON OF EGGS OR A BOX OF BUTTER. AND THIS OPENS THEIR EYES TO
WHERE IT REALLY COMES FROM. (pigs grunt) (film projector stops) THOSE FOLKS, YOU GAIN A BIG
APPRECIATION FOR THE WORK THAT THE PEOPLE THAT SETTLED THIS
AREA, HOW THEY HAD TO, JUST TO SURVIVE IN THIS ENVIRONMENT.>>YOU HAVE A GREAT LITTLE
PAIR OF MULES FOR THIS UP HERE. GOOD GIRL. WHEN YOU ASK THEM TO TROT, JUST
POP THEM GENTLY WITH THE REIN. YOU WITH ME?>>UM HMM.>>THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS
TEACH THE MULE TO GO FORWARD. STEP IN THERE. WALK INTO THE SHOULDER. STAY UP, SHIFT, COME RIGHT BACK
AROUND, AND JUST STEP INTO HIM. STEP RIGHT IN BEHIND THE
SHOULDER AND LOOK AT HIM. GOT IT? LOOKS EASY, DOESN’T IT. NOW, WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
IS PRACTICE IT. (clucks at horse) CLUCK TO HIM. CLUCK. CLUCK. HE’S NOT PAYING ANY
ATTENTION TO YOU. (laughter)>>LET ME TRY THIS AGAIN.>>STEP BEHIND THE SHOULDER. THAT’S GOOD. QUIT CLUCKING.>>(more clucking) IT’S EASY WHEN HE DOES IT.>>I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS
THAT PRESIDENT JOHNSON WANTED THE PUBLIC TO SEE HERE WAS HOW
LIFE WAS LIKE WHEN HE GREW UP. AND WHAT MADE HIM DO MANY OF THE
LEGISLATIVE ACTS THAT HE DID.>>THE FOUNDING FATHERS DREAMED
AMERICA BEFORE IT WAS. THE PIONEERS DREAMED OF GREAT
CITIES ON THE WILDERNESS THAT THEY HAD CROSSED. FOR IT WILL BE THE DREAM
THAT WE DARE TO DREAM. (applause) (music)>>YOU REALLY CAN SEE WHY HE
FELT THE PUBLIC WOULD GAIN THE SENSE OF COMPASSION FOR HISTORY. AND HOW IT CAN SHAPE A PERSON
AND HOW YOU CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN LIFE IF
YOU REALLY CHOOSE TO. YOU DON’T HAVE TO START OUT
BEING WEALTHY OR ANYONE IN PARTICULAR. YOU CAN MOLD YOUR LIFE
TO BE WHATEVER YOU WANT. AND HE HAPPENED TO GROW UP
TO BE A PRESIDENT. AND HAS MADE A BIG IMPACT
ON AMERICA, AND TEXAS, AND THIS COMMUNITY OF THE
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY.>>WE SEEK A NATION WHERE
EVERY MAN CAN SEEK KNOWLEDGE.>>HI!>>AND TOUCH BEAUTY. AND REJOICE IN THE CLOSENESS
OF FAMILY AND COMMUNITY.>>WHEN YOU GO TO THE SAUER
BECKMANN FARM AND YOU TAKE ELECTRICITY AND RUNNING WATER
OUT OF YOUR LIFESTYLE, AND SEE HOW PEOPLE SURVIVED,
AND THEN HOW CREATIVE AND INVENTIVE AND THEY ARE,
AND THEN ALL OUR BENEFITS THAT WE HAVE TODAY THAT
CAME FROM ALL OF THAT. IT JUST AWES ME WHEN I THINK
BACK AT HOW FAR BACK WE’VE COME AS A SOCIETY. BUT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO THANK
OUR GRANDPARENTS, AND ALL THOSE AUNTS AND UNCLES AND PEOPLE
THAT BROUGHT US TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY IN LIFE. (music)>>THANKS TO THE MOVIES,
BATS HAVE AN UNDESERVED REPUTATION AS BEING
DANGEROUS CREATURES THAT CAN GET CAUGHT IN YOUR HAIR,
OR EVEN WORSE. OF COURSE WE NOW KNOW THAT
BATS ARE HIGHLY BENEFICIAL. BUT THIS CHANGE IN PUBLIC
PERCEPTION HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. FIRST IMPRESSIONS
ARE OFTEN HARD TO OVERCOME. (squealing bats)>>VAMPIRE MOVIES
HAVE DONE FOR BATS WHAT “JAWS” DID FOR SHARKS. THAT IS, CAUSE A LOT OF
UNNECESSARY FEAR AND MISUNDERSTANDING. VAMPIRE BATS ARE REAL CREATURES,
ALTHOUGH THEY DON’T PREY ON PEOPLE,
PREFERRING LIVESTOCK OR POULTRY. AND ONLY ONE SPECIMEN OF
A VAMPIRE BAT HAS EVER BEEN RECORDED IN TEXAS. IT WAS FOUND IN AN
OLD RAILROAD TUNNEL NEAR THE TEXAS-MEXICO BORDER. BATS ARE NOT LIKELY TO FLY
INTO YOUR HAIR OR ANY OTHER PART OF YOU,
SINCE THEY POSSESS A UNIQUE ABILITY TO NAVIGATE EVEN IN
THE DARK, USING SOUND WAVES. KNOWN AS ECHOLOCATION,
THIS IS THE SAME METHOD SOME MARINE MAMMALS USE
TO NAVIGATE THE SEAS. BATS ARE NOT ONLY ADEPT AT
AVOIDING OBSTACLES, THEY ARE JUST AS SKILLED AT
CATCHING SMALL FLYING INSECTS, AS BAT COLONIES PROWL
THE NIGHT SKIES FOR THEIR NEXT MEAL. BRACKEN CAVE NEAR SAN ANTONIO
IS BELIEVED TO BE THE LARGEST BAT COLONY IN THE WORLD. ESTIMATED AT 20 MILLION BATS,
THIS COLONY CONSUMES 200 TONS OF INSECTS EVERY NIGHT. MANY OF THESE INSECTS
ARE AGRICULTURAL PESTS. SOME BAT COLONIES,
LIKE THIS ONE AT OLD TUNNEL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
NEAR FREDERICKSBURG, HAVE BECOME POPULAR DESTINATIONS
FOR WILDLIFE WATCHERS, WHO COME TO ENJOY A
SPECTACULAR SUNDOWN SHOW. AS BENEFICIAL AS BATS ARE,
YOU SHOULD NEVER TO TOUCH A BAT, ESPECIALLY IF YOU FIND ONE
LYING ON THE GROUND. THEY CAN CARRY RABIES. SO LIKE WITH ANY WILD THING,
BATS SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE TO CONTINUE THEIR NIGHTTIME
FLIGHTS ACROSS OUR TEXAS SKIES. (music) THIS SERIES IS FUNDED
IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE WILDLIFE AND SPORT FISH
RESTORATION PROGRAM. THROUGH YOUR PURCHASES OF
HUNTING AND FISHING EQUIPMENT, AND MOTORBOAT FUELS,
OVER 40 MILLION DOLLARS IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS ARE
FUNDED IN TEXAS EACH YEAR.>>ADDITIONAL FUNDING
PROVIDED BY RAM TRUCKS. GUTS. GLORY. RAM.

7 thoughts on “PBS January 26-February 1, 2014, #2215 – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

  1. Totally enjoyed this video. You guys are awesome. Texas Parks & Wildlife videos on YouTube have cause me to make it a goal to visit and camp out at at least 4 parks in 2014, more if I can afford to. I bookmarked the Turtle web-site and I am going to explore that as well. Super job folks!

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