Four shorts spotlight the state’s flora and fauna on Wednesday
By Miranda Garza, 2:00PM, Tue. Jan. 30, 2024
PBS stations across Texas have teamed up with H-E-B to showcase Texas Wildlife: Our Future, a 60-minute program exploring efforts to protect the state’s fauna and outdoor spaces. The film collection highlights research of devout Texans to preserve species and their habitats, and to reverse the effects of practices like overfishing.
Broadcasting on January 31 at 9pm, the program showcases four documentaries that delve into the state’s habitat preservation of endangered species: “Batsies,” “Redfish Revival,” “Second Chance,” and “Ranching With Ocelots.” Available in the streaming version of the program is a fifth film, “Texas State Parks Centennial,” which expands on the landscape and diversity of nearly 90 Texas State Parks. The films were produced by H-E-B in conjunction with Austin production company Fin & Fur Films. The Emmy award-winning team is spearheaded by filmmaker Ben Masters, who also directed Deep in the Heart, a celebration of Texas wildlife and scenery that aired on PBS stations across Texas last April.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Elizabeth Unger, “Batsies” was recently named Best Short Film in Conservation at the Jackson Wild Media Awards, which is considered one of the highest achievements in natural history filmmaking. The 15-minute short follows Texas State University wildlife biologists and the measures they’ve taken to protect Texas’ bat population against wind turbines.
Texas Wildlife: Our Future is a part of H-E-B’s ongoing pledge to practice sustainability and minimize its impact on the environment. The partnership the company has with Texas PBS has helped bring awareness to longstanding environmental issues and encourage eco-conscious practices within the Lone Star State.
“H-E-B has a deep commitment to support all Texans, and that includes helping to protect, conserve, and beautify our great state for people to enjoy now and for generations to come,” said Leslie Sweet, managing director of sustainability and environmental affairs for H-E-B. “We’re excited to support these passionate filmmakers and their mission to tell important stories that we hope will inspire people to celebrate and protect the diverse habitats, unique wildlife, and beautiful landscapes across Texas.”
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