Tours & Publicity
The Brackenridge Field Lab has been the site of numerous workshops for science teachers and other educators. Lectures, tours and other programs are held for groups ranging from grade school children to visiting researchers and professors. Outreach programs such as these are instrumental in promoting ecological awareness and ensuring lasting and meaningful relationships with individuals that are not directly linked to BFL. By opening up Brackenridge Field Lab to national organizations such as the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, its importance is broadcast far beyond the property boundaries.
National Geographic Explorer films
Fire Ants: Texas Border Massacre
National Geographic Explorer spent several weeks at BFL in 2005 and early 2006 filming the story of the Red Imported Fire Ant in Texas. Covering everything from the fire ants’ march across Texas and status as a most hated pest insect to cutting edge biological control work being done at the Brackenridge Field Lab by Dr. Lawrence Gilbert and his crew, Fire Ants: Texas Border Massacre gives us a view of fire ants that most of us never consider.
By using state of the art equipment and photographic techniques, producer Jeff Morales, cinematographer Alastair MacEwen, together with interns from the University of Texas, were able to capture the essence of Texas’ nemesis, the Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta).
The film continues to air on the National Geographic Channel.