(A) identify the basic ecological concepts of game management;
(C) describe the management of wildlife populations.
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
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
Russ Clapper (speaking of whooping cranes), San Antonio
Bebe Fenstermaker (black-capped vireos and
golden-cheeked warblers), Austin advocate
Mary Arnold (Barton Springs salamander), Rockport
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
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
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.