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Texas for the Birds

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If you asked a birder to pick a place closest to heaven in the United States, they would likely choose Texas. Home to thousands of species, the Gulf Coast alone is reason to make the trip if you're a birder. But you'll also want to birding on the state’s highest mountain, Guadalupe Peak in West Texas, search for the Great Blue Heron in Piney Woods' Caddo Lake State Park, and track the elusive Montezuma Quail through Big Bend. Binoculars ready, let's go birding!
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700 Lighthouse Beach Rd, Port Lavaca, TX 77979, USA
Located in the birders' paradise of Calhoun County, southeast of Houston, the Port Lavaca Bird Sanctuary is a refuge for species like Nelson's sharp-tailed sparrow and the clapper rail (seen here). The area is blissfully undeveloped—except for...
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394 FM 1375, New Waverly, TX 77358, USA
One of four national forests in Texas, 50 miles north of Houston, the Sam Houston National Forest is 50 miles north of Houston and extends over 163,000 acres. It is a major refuge for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and amblers who walk...
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Bolivar Peninsula, TX, United States
Designated a "Globally Important Bird Area," Bolivar Flats has also been called "the crown jewel of shorebird habitats." In this area administered by Houston Audubon, a chapter of the National Audubon Society, the protected salt marshes and...
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1 Wild Life Circle, Austwell, TX 77950, USA
A key component of the Great Coastal Texas Birding Trail that runs the entire length of the Gulf Coast, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge sits on an island born about 120,000 years ago during the retreat of continental glaciers. Today, Aransas...
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Salt Flat, TX 79847, USA
Guadalupe Mountains National Park offers birders the opportunity to go on bird safari at the highest point in Texas, Guadalupe Peak (8,749 feet). The forests around the peak offer birding opportunities not found anywhere else in the state....
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20420 Park Rd 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, USA
Padre Island National Seashore, separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre—one of the few hypersaline lagoons in the world—is a haven for over 380 species of birds. The seashore is located on the Central Flyway, an important migration...
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Big Bend National Park, TX, USA
Big Bend National Park, roughly the size of Rhode Island, encompasses a vast diversity of habitats for birds. These include open desert, riparian river corridors, and natural springs; forested canyons; pinyon, oak, and juniper woodlands and the...
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37221 FM 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885, USA
Lost Maples State Natural Area's limestone canyons, plateau grasslands, and pure streams and springs are home to some of Texas most sought after "Grail" birds: the green kingfisher (which can be seen all year here) and the black-capped vireo (look...
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3325 Green Jay, Alamo, TX 78516, USA
Miles of trails on two migratory routes for a wide variety of species make the 2,088-acre Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge one of Texas's brightest "jewels in the crown" of birding sites. The refuge is located along an east-west and north-south...
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8435 Sabal Palm Grove Rd, Brownsville, TX 78521, USA
One of the last remaining Sabal palm forests in the United States, the Sabal Palm Grove Audubon Center and Sanctuary, owned by the National Audubon Society, and its 557 acres of intricate trails are home to birds like buff-bellied hummingbirds,...
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245 Park Rd 2, Karnack, TX 75661, USA
Caddo Lake State Park, a natural 26,810-acre cypress swamp is one of the few natural refuges in Texas centered on a natural rather than man-made lake. The "lake," however, is really an intricate labyrinth of bayou, sloughs, and ponds where you'll...