Texas Parks & Wildlife Film Bayou City has been nominated for the 2021 Jackson Wild Media Award in the Ecosystem – Short Film category. The film explores 22 diverse bayou systems across Houston.
The film is produced by Olivia Haun (Schmidt), an Information Specialist with The Texas Park and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Wildlife Diversity Program. It focuses on the unique bayou habitats within Houston’s city limits.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Film – Bayou City
Houston has a long and tumultuous relationship with its bayous. Many of them have been steadily stripped, straightened, and lined with concrete under flood control and citywide growth and development.
The film follows individuals who’ve been working passionately and dedicatedly within Houston’s conservation community to change the relationship between Houston, its bayous, and the diverse wildlife habitat and ecosystem services they provide. The research for the film began in 2018. Haun commenced shooting the film but then applied for the Wild Texas Short Film Grant to complete production in 2019. The film was the first to receive a $10,000 film grant presented by Explore Ranches and Fin & Fur Films.
To watch the trailer, click here.
About the Jackson Hole Wild Media Awards
The 2021 Jackson Wild Media Awards submissions include more than 750 category entries from around 30 nations. The award finalists were selected by over 150 international judges. A distinguished judge panel across the globe will select the 2021 Jackson Wild Media Award Winners in the coming weeks. The announcement of the winners will happen during the Jackson Wild Media Awards Ceremony on September 30.
About Houston’s Buffalo Bayou
Houston’s Buffalo Bayou hosts a multitude of sensitive wildlife that includes the largest urban population of Alligator Snapping Turtles. These turtles, along with 12,000 species of concern, will benefit from the funding proposed under the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) bill, H.R. 2773 in the U.S. Congress. The bill would provide $1.4 billion to state and tribal wildlife conservation initiatives to support wildlife populations at risk and their habitats. The funds would come from existing revenues with no new taxes.
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