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Video Documentaries - Narrator Profiles

Here is a selection of more than 180 of our shorter, 2-3 minute video pieces, excerpted from our interviews with numerous narrators, and interspliced with scenes of Texas habitat, wildlife, cities and industries.  The videos seek to give a brief introduction to the character and interests of particular conservationists, and also serve as an invitation to learn more about their life and works in our longer and more complete materials.  The videos are presented here in the Real Media format.

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Marjorie Adams, an Austin columnist and filmmaker, remembers the difficulty of publishing environmental articles in a Beaumont newspaper.

Bill Addington, a Sierra Blanca grocer and landowner, recalls the fight against a proposed local radioactive waste site.

John Ahrns, a nature guide in Round Mountain, explains the function and value of groundwater and springs.

John Ahrns tells about the rarity and importance of silence amid the din of modern life.

Richard Alles, a San Antonio activist fights to protect urban trees from development and road construction.

Susan Almanza, an Austin community organizer, promotes environmental justice.

Tony Amos, a Port Aransas  oceanographer, explains the conflicts within the Texas shrimping community over the use of Turtle Excluder Devices.

Jim Bill Anderson, a cattle grazer in Canadian, tells about his effort to operate his ranch more sustainably.

Lanell Anderson, a Channelview realtor and activist, works against petrochemical air pollution along the Houston Ship channel.

Dede Armentrout, a San Marcos zoology professor and former regional Audubon Society director, explains the biological risks of private game ranches and wildlife breeding.

Bob Armstrong, an Austin politician, recalls the effort to acquire Matagorda Island as a park.

Mary Arnold, an Austin citizen activist, explains the effort to set aside local habitat to mitigate nearby development.

Sue Bailey, the owner of Bridge City marina, describes the annual butterfly migration through her community.

J.D. Bamberger, a Johnson City rancher, explains the need to develop a conservation ethic, both in the country and city.

Malcolm Beck, a San Antonio agricultural supplier, promotes compost to improve soil.

Mavis Belisle, a peace advocate, monitors nuclear weapons and waste issues at the Amarillo-based Peace Farm.

Maria Berriozabal, San Antonio politician, explains her deep love of water, and passion for its protection.

Janice Bezanson, an Austin river advocate, recalls the political reaction to a fight against a dam.

Alan Birkenfeld raises and sells grass-fed beef, lamb and chicken from his ranch near Nazareth.

Darryl Birkenfeld, an educator in Nazareth, explains the value of local "foodsheds".

Jim Blackburn, a Houston environmental attorney, describes the often unseen value of Houston's native ecosystems.

David Blankinship, an Alamo  biologist, works to study and protect Valley wildlife refuges.

Deyaun Boudreaux, a Laguna Vista shrimper, explains the interplay of Gulf  shrimping and turtle protection.

Mike Bradshaw, a Carrizo Springs game warden recalls his early career and work against deer poaching.

Betty Brink, a Fort Worth journalist, recalls the opposition to construction of the Comanche Peak nuclear plant.

Al Brothers, a Berclair rancher,  promotes good deer herd, hunting business and habitat management together.

John Bryant, a former Congressional representative from Dallas, explained efforts to regulate clearcutting in national forests.

Winnie Burkett, a Clear Lake ornithologist, explains sanctuary plans for protecting songbirds, shorebirds, and raptors.

Bob Burleson, a Temple attorney, explorer, and prairie expert, tells of hosting Justice William O. Douglas on Texas adventures.

Bob & Mickey Burleson describe their work restoring a tallgrass native prairie near Temple.

Mickey Burleson, a journalist from Temple, explains the spiritual base for her love of nature.

Alma Burnam, a Fort Worth school teacher, brings environmental questions and lessons into the classroom.

Earl Burnam, a Fort Worth businessman and activist, shares his love for the Big Bend desert.

T.C. Calvert, a San Antonio community organizer, tackles air pollution problems.

Mary Lou Campbell, a gallery owner in Mercedes, explains the effort to protect the Laguna Madre from channel dredging and spoil disposal.

John Carpenter, a Fort Stockton oilman, recalls the old Comanche Springs when they still flowed near his hometown.

Scooter Cheatham, an Austin ethnobotanist, explains the many uses of native desert plants.

Russell Clapper, a Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, remembers early efforts to protect and restore the whooping crane.

H.C. Clark, a Houston geologist and professor, merges academics and advocacy in his work.

Bessie Cornelius, a Beaumont birder, describes the effect of DDT on the Gulf of Mexico's brown pelican population.

Ernie Cortes, an organizer relates social justice theories to San Antonio.

Felix Cox, an Aransas Pass commercial fisherman, tells of the danger of a Gulf storm.

Carol Cullar, an Eagle Pass teacher uses the wonder of butterfly migrations to teach about the global web of life.

Susan Curry, an Alpine activist, lobbies to reform state environmental agencies.

Tom Curry, an Alpine graphic artist, works against a proposed NAFTA highway that would disrupt rural communities and habitat.

Fred Dahmer, a student of the Caddo Lake system, recounts the clearing of the great Red River logjam.

Walt Davis, a Red River valley rancher, shows how holistic agriculture can restore healthy soils.

Larry DeMartino, a San Antonio landscape architect, recounts the history and value of prairie grasslands.

Donnie Dendy, a Perryton farmer, explains his concern about confined feeding operations.

Alfred Dominic, a church deacon in Port Arthur, speaks of his concern about nearby PCB incinerators.

Robin Doughty, an Austin historian, shares his poems about whooping cranes.

Lou Dubose, an Austin writer and editor, talks about journalistic ethics and environmental coverage.

Helen Dutmer, a local politician, sees sprawl and downtown neglect in San Antonio.

Jim Earhart, a Laredo biologist, explains his concerns about toxic chemicals in the Rio Grande.

John Echols, a military veteran from Uncertain, recounts his work to protect the Caddo Lake area.

Bob Eckhardt, a state and federal representative for Houston, recalls how the Big Thicket National Preserve was created.

Jim Eidson, a Celeste botanist, tells of his work to restore the blackland tallgrass prairie.

Victor Emanuel, an Austin birder and nature tour guide, explains the start and ultimate success of the Freeport bird count.

Midge Erskine, a long-time operator of a Midland wildlife rehabilitation facility, tells of the effort to protect birds from drowning in waste oil pits.

Ted Eubanks, an Austin travel consultant, advocates outdoor access and recreation.

Sissy Farenthold, a former state representative from Corpus Christi, recounts the harsh reality of insider politics.

Shudde Fath, an Austin utility board member, remembers the controversy over buying into the South Texas Nuclear Project.

Bebe Fenstermaker, a Boerne rancher, shows how birds and birders  helped to protect her family lands.

Martha Fenstermaker, a Laredo artist, fights to save her family ranch from road agencies.

Sissy Fenstermaker, a neighbor, remembers the preservation of the historic military post at Fort Davis.

Merriwood Ferguson, a Brownsville builder, recalls the work to protect  wildlife corridors in the Valley.



Ben Figueroa, a Kingsville social worker, explains the politics of opposing a uranium mine.

Pliny Fisk, an Austin architect, explains the development of sustainable designs.

Hal Flanders, an Alpine naturalist, tells of the diversity and richness of a desert river.

David Freeman, a utility executive, recalls the debate over dropping plans for a proposed lignite strip mine in Fayette County.

Johnny French, a Corpus Christi biologist, discusses dredging and seagrasses in the Laguna Madre.

Carl Frentress, a wildlife biologist in Athens, remembers the clearing and impounding of Lake Athens.

Ned Fritz, a Dallas environmental attorney, reflects on his life-long love of nature.

Ned Fritz tells of the Forest Service's adoption of prescribed burning in the national forests of east Texas.

Ygnacio Garza, a former Brownsville mayor, talks about work to improve water treatment.

Beverly Gattis, an Amarillo activist, remembers her anti-nuclear efforts.

Phyllis Glazer, a Winona rancher, explains the fight for environmental justice near a hazardous waste site.

Katherine Goodbar, a Dallas teacher, believes in how field trips to the outdoors can help students.

Jeanne Gramstorff, a Farnsworth banker, discusses the flaws in intensive hog-farming operations.

Jesse Grantham, a Rockport botanist and ornithologist, explains his concern about rare shorebirds.

John Graves, a Glen Rose author, muses on the relationship between humans and the land.

John Graves explains his view about the difference between literature and propaganda, and then reads a passage from his work.

J.D. Green, a retired ranch foreman, helps direct a community garden in Houston's inner city.

Meg Guerra, a Laredo rancher and publisher, discusses public health in the colonias.

Pete Gunter, a Denton philosophy professor, explains how private timber firms are gradually improving the sustainability of their lumber  operations.

Pete Gunter sings a song lampooning the grandiose early proposals to transport water from the Mississippi to the High Plains.

Ann Hamilton, a Houston philanthropist, advocates for increased open space.

Grover Hankins, a civil rights attorney and professor in Houston, discusses cases of environmental pollution and justice.

Richard Harrel, a biology professor in Beaumont, explains the biodiversity of the Big Thicket National Preserve.

Adlene Harrison, a former Dallas EPA Administrator, confronts politics and air pollution.

Ed Harte, a Corpus Christi newspaper publisher, describes the fight to establish the Padre Island National Seashore.

Stuart Henry, an Austin attorney, fights against the damming of Texas rivers.

Tootsie Herndon, the Spofford mayor, recounts her small community's lopsided battle against a waste site.

Sylvia Herrera, an Austin activist, explains the health effects that stem from a local power plant.

Terry Hershey, a philanthropist, works to prevent flood damage along Houston bayous.

Jim Hightower, the Austin populist, critiques the use of chemicals in agriculture.

Henry Hildebrand, a Corpus Christi marine biologist, tells of politics and shrimping.

Tim Hixon, a San Antonio builder, recalls the creation of Government Canyon park.

Dennis Holbrook, a Mission citrus farmer, describes his switch from conventional to organic agriculture.

Clark Hubbs, an Austin icthyologist and professor, seeks appreciation and protection for fish.

Susan Hughes, a San Antonio birder, explains the value of urban wildscape to people and animals.

Reggie James, an Austin advocate, questions the safety of genetically engineered products.

Maxine Johnston, a Batson librarian, recalls the effort to create the Big Thicket National Preserve.

Don Kennard, a former state senator from Fort Worth, recalls  introducing legislation to regulate DDT.

Marie Killebrew, a rancher from Canadian, recalls pioneering days in the Panhandle.

Michael King, an editor in Austin, discusses the role of an independent press in environmental reporting.

Walt Kittelberger, a Port Mansfield fishing guide, reports on the thrills of sportfishing in the Laguna Madre.

Tonya Kleuskens, a Dawn farmer explains work to stop a Panhandle nuclear waste disposal site.

Stephen Klineberg, a Houston sociology professor, studies the balance between economic development and environment protection.

Ken Kramer, a non-profit leader in Austin, recalls the Sierra Club's work to protect the Edwards Aquifer from overpumping.

Frank Kurzaj, a San Antonio priest, supports environmental dialogue in the Church.

David Langford, a Boerne photographer, explains the value of hunting to the rural economy and habitat.

Dan Lay, an early Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist from Nacogdoches, explains how dams hurt fisheries and waterfowl.

Rob Lee, an Amarillo game warden, recalls undercover poaching  investigations.

Marvin Legator, a Galveston toxicologist, points out the gaps in chemical risk assessments.

Richard LeTourneau, a Longview machinist, remembers a childhood encounter that forged a life of conservation.

Ruth Lofgren, a San Antonio microbiologist, talks about the beauty and essential role of microbial decomposers.

Rick Lowerre, an Austin attorney, explains the power of organized landowners in challenging hazardous waste sites and facilities.

Lynn Lowrey, a Houston plantsman, is remembered by his fellow plant explorers, collectors, and propagators, including Scooter Cheatham, David Creech, John Fairey, Mary Anne Pickens, Carl Schoenfeld, and Mike Shoup.

Kamlesh Lulla, a NASA geologist, uses space imagery for a big view of Texas and the global environment.

Jim Lynch, a Dell City farmer, expresses his concern about possible  radioactive waste contamination of the local aquifer and the farming community it supports.

Mary Lynch, a Dell City publisher, helps expose flaws in plans for a radioactive waste site.

Susan Lynch, a Rio Frio landowner, tracks the effort to clean up and protect the Frio River.

Roy Malveaux, a Beaumont minister, rallies his congregation for cleaner air and water.

Brandt Mannchen, a Houston air pollution investigator, explains the value of traditional command-and-control regulation.

David Marrack, a Houston physician, reflects on the politics of epidemiological research.

Leroy Matthiesen, emeritus Bishop for Amarillo, reflects on the simple pleasures and connections with the Earth.

James Matz, a former Calhoun County Commissioner, explains his concerns about canal dredging through the Laguna Madre.

Bob McFarlane, a Houston ecological consultant, contrasts the approaches of scientists and engineers to environmental problems.

Terry McIntire, an Arlington businessman, defends his family homestead near the Paluxy River from a proposed dam.

Billy Pat McKinney, a Marathon biologist, tells of his work to restore mountain lions.

Bonnie McKinney, a Marathon biologist, explains her efforts for black bear recovery.

Pleas McNeel, a San Antonio media activist, connects consumer and TV culture.



Ike McWhorter, a Silsbee forest steward, reinstates fire to restore east Texas woodlands.

Susan Mika, a San Antonio nun, investigates health problems on the border.

Char Miller, a San Antonio historian, shows how the city grew and evolved with its paths, streets and highways.

Char Miller tracks the history of U.S. public forests in a half-hour segment.

Joe Moore, Jr., a former agency official, talks in San Marcos about early efforts to maintain estuarine inflows.

Jim Neal, a Nacogdoches wildlife biologist, explains the important habitat found in bottomland hardwood forests.

Bill Neiman, a Junction farmer, provides native seeds for prairie restoration.

Clarence Ogle, a self-sufficient Fredericksburg farmer, explains how he raises and harvests tank-raised tilapia.

Gary Oldham, a Samnorwood cotton farmer, produces organic  textiles.

Bill Oliver, an Austin musician, shares a witty song about Barton Springs.

Gary Oliver, a Marfa musician concerned about radioactive material in west Texas, sings a parody about the perils of nuclear waste.

Gary Oliver remembers drawing cartoons that lampooned nuclear energy bureaucrats and industrialists.

Terry O'Rourke, a former state and Harris county attorney, recalls the prosecution of industrial polluters.

Terry O'Rourke laments the lack of appreciation for the diversity and vulnerability of the native Texas landscape.

Keith Ozmore, a former staffer for Rep. Bob Eckhardt, recalls the pollution cleanup of the Houston Ship Channel.

Marcos Paredes, a Lajitas ranger, describes the protection of the Rio Grande's Wild and Scenic reaches.

Larhea Pepper grows and markets organic cotton for an O'Donnell co-op.

Ellis Pickett, a Liberty surfer and coastal activist, laments the health risk, secrecy and lack of testing for water quality.

Tom Pincelli, a Harlingen priest, talks about the value of birds and ecotourism in the Valley.

Sue Pope, a Midlothian landowner and mother works to improve health and air quality near a cement kiln.

John Prager, a Smithville veteran, describes the effects of modern lignite strip mining.

Daniel Quinn, a Houston author, reflects on the fate of a human society divorced from the broader community of life.

Armando Quintanilla, a San Antonio mechanic, fights groundwater pollution.

Bob Randall, a community gardener in Houston, adapts his lawn to the native plants, soil and climate.

Campbell Read, a professor in Dallas, examines the theological basis of stewardship.

George Rice, a San Antonio hydrologist, explains the need to protect the Edwards Aquifer and its recharge zone.

Chester Rowell, a Marfa botanist, explains the delicate and diverse adaptations of desert plants to their harsh environment.

George Russell, a Huntsville video producer, presses for the protection of east Texas forestland.

Fran Sage, an Alpine educator, discusses the effects and mitigation of light pollution near the McDonald Observatory.

Fran Sage, reads her poem about the bittersweet experience of living in the high West Texas desert.

Andy Sansom, an Austin journalist, exposes construction flaws at a nuclear plant.

Ben Sargent, an Austin editorial cartoonist, addresses mass transit issues.

Carol Ann Sayle, an Austin organic farmer, encourages sustainable agriculture and soil health.

John Scanlan, an Austin attorney, discusses the gap between planned and actual urban growth.

Ed Scharf, a businessman from Helotes, tells about his efforts to protect the rural Hill Country.

Irene Scharf, a Helotes librarian, recounts her political campaign as a Green Party candidate.

Jim Schermbeck, a Slaton organizer and video producer, recalls anti-nuclear civil disobedience.

David Schmidly, a Lubbock biologist, accounts for the need to acquire more public land.

Babe Schwartz, the former Galveston state senator, explains the need to keep Texas beaches clear and open to the public.

Peggy Sechrist, a Fredericksburg educator, explains the idea of solar dollars.

Richard Sechrist, a Fredericksburg rancher, raises grass-fed beef to lower E.coli risk.

Ken Seyffert, an Amarillo birdwatcher, enjoys prairie chicken antics.

Dwight Shellman, an attorney in Karnak, describes the history and biology of Caddo Lake.

Larry Shelton, a Nacogdoches cabinetmaker, describes how the boom-and-bust nature of the early timber industry harmed east Texas' ecology and economy.

Ted Siff, an Austin open-space advocate, tells the history of parks in the capitol city.

Fay Sinkin, a member of the Edwards Underground Water District, explains how xeriscape was introduced to San Antonio's residents.

George Smith, a Houston dentist, reports on newly recognized sources of air pollution.

Russel Smith, an Austin trade representative, touts the value of alternative energy.

Tom "Smitty" Smith, an Austin lobbyist, uses witty tactics for lobbying and media outreach.

Tom "Smitty" Smith, an Austin lobbyist, tells how wind energy has revitalized west Texas communities. [captioned version requiring PC Internet Explorer use]

Steve Smith, a Deer Park petrochemical worker, explains some of the dangers of working in and living near the industry facilities.

Carmine Stahl, a Houston naturalist and teacher, reads his poetry about Texas rainstorms.

Sharron Stewart, a Lake Jackson activist, explains the risks of coastal litter.

Jim Stinebaugh, an Austin game warden, recounts a trial for eagle killing.

Pat Suter, a Corpus Christi chemistry professor, recalls the lack of local safeguards over the risky handling of uranium ore.

Benito Trevino, a Rio Grande City native plant raiser, shares traditional wisdom on the uses of mesquite.

Benito Trevino explains how the native yucca plant can be used for food, fiber, soap or shelter.

Carlos Truan, a former Texas State Senator from Corpus Christi, remembers the struggle to protect public health from environmental risks.

Nancy Umphres, a Zapata wildlife rehabilitator, remembers saving an injured bobcat to later release it into the wild.

Genevieve Vaughan, an Austin donor and philosopher, decries the market's harm to communities and nature.

Tom Vaughan, a Laredo biologist, explains the source of toxics in the Rio Grande.

George Veni, a San Antonio hydrogeologist, explains the vulnerability of the Hill Country aquifers.

Gail Vittori, an Austin educator, promotes rainwater harvesting methods.

Geraldine Watson, a botanist near Silsbee, remembers efforts to create the Big Thicket National Preserve.

Andy Wilkinson, a Lubbock singer-songwriter, recalls dust storms of the 1950s.

Andy Wilkinson sings about the Ogallala groundwater, so precious to the dry Panhandle.

Fred Wills, a San Antonio biologist, tells about ash juniper facts and myths, and the risk of over-clearing.

Diane Wilson, a Seadrift shrimper, remembers conflicts with game wardens.

Billie Woods, an Elgin musician, organizes neighbors against industrial air pollution in their rural community.

Ken Zarker, a state agency official from Austin, explains how recycling can bring new value to used goods.

Barrie Zimmelman, an urban planner and community activist, remembers the effort to revitalize Houston's downtown.


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