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Curriculum: Agriculture: Wildlife and Recreation Management [ 119.36(c)(3)]

The Texas Legacy site hosts a variety of educational curricula, lesson plans, keys and ideas, and supporting media, including video, databases, transcripts and other material.  Below you can find the TEKS Agriculture standards for Wildlife and Recreation Management, as described in section 119.36(c)(3), with relevant activities drawn from this archive.

Goal:  The student seeks to know the scientific basis for wildlife management:


Excerpts of TEKS Text

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Suggested Activities


(A)  identify the basic ecological concepts of game management;

(C)  describe the management of wildlife populations.


The TexasLegacy.org library holds materials related to interviews with wildlife managers who have experience with public and private lands, applied to mammals, birds, and fish.


Managing game and non-game wildlife requires many diverse efforts, including providing and managing habitat, stopping poaching, restoring endangered species, ensuring predation, guaranteeing access to water, promoting genetic diversity, and working to create an income stream to reward wildlife protection.

Ornithologist David Blankinship in Alamo, builder Merriwood Ferguson in Brownsville explain the critical role that having adequate, and contiguous habitat plays in wildlife management, in this case describing the effort to build the Rio Grande Valley wildlife corridor.

Al Brothers, a noted deer biologist from Berclair, lays out the key importance of habitat management in supporting good wildlife populations.

Stopping poaching and enforcement of other game regulations is a critical part of protecting and managing wildlife.  Please watch the videos drawn from interviews with the following game wardens:  Jim Stinebaugh (Austin), Mike Bradshaw (Carrizo Springs), and Rob Lee (Lubbock). A view of game law from outside the enforcement community is provided by shrimper Diane Wilson, from Seadrift.

Protecting threatened or endangered species is a particularly urgent part of wildlife management.  A number of TexasLegacy.org narrators discuss these efforts, including Anahuac biologist Russ Clapper (speaking of whooping cranes), San Antonio landowner Bebe Fenstermaker (black-capped vireos and golden-cheeked warblers),  Austin advocate Mary Arnold (Barton Springs salamander), Rockport naturalist Jesse Grantham (piping plovers), Beaumont birder Bessie Cornelius (brown pelicans), and Austin researcher Clark Hubbs (desert spring fish).

Comfort landowner and private property rights advocate David Langford shows the importance of recognizing an income stream off wildlife in order to underwrite protected habitat.

Marathon biologists, Billy Pat McKinney and Bonnie McKinney stress the role that predation plays in managing game, examining the niche that mountain lions and black bear fill.

San Marcos biologist Dede Armentrout emphasizes the importance of keeping genetic diversity within a population to keep it robust and healthy.

Daneil Lay, a biologist (the first hired by Texas Parks and Wildlife!) from Nacogdoches, explains the importance of providing water for wildlife, and not diverting it excessively for human uses.



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