Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail  by Mel White

Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail Guide Book

by Mel White (Falcon Guides)
Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail  by Mel White
From the Piney Woods of eastern Texas to the Rio Grande Valley bordering Mexico - a distance of more than 400 miles—the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail links 300-plus sites and offers birdwatchers access to many avian spectacles. Expert birder Mel White profiles about the best sites along the trail, chosen for diversity of habitat, species, seasonality, and accessibility. Locations range from national wildlife refuges to small city parks to stretches of isolated road passing through avian habitat.

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Trails from the "Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 49.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 49.

Look at a map of southeastern Texas and you ’ll note a triangle of land dividing Trinity Bay on the north from East Galveston Bay on the south. At the tip is the community of Smith Point, site of the ...
Smith Point, TX - Birding
Anahuac (ANN-uh-wak) ranks with the upper coast’s mandatory stops almost any time of year. With its East Bay Bayou unit located only about 15 miles from famed High Island, it can be part of one of the ...
Anahuac, TX - Birding
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Vast park-like areas of longleaf pine once grew in the part of eastern Texas called the Piney Woods, but after decades of logging very little of this natural environment remains. The huge pines, which ...
Zavalla, TX - Birding
Anzalduas ranks with the most popular and productive birding sites in the valley, with a notable list of specialties and rarities to its credit. It’s best to visit Anzalduas on a weekday if possible, ...
Mission, TX - Birding
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For birders not just in the United States but around the world,Aransas has long been synonymous with the Whooping Crane, one of the most famous endangered species on earth. After nesting in northern ...
Lamar, TX - Birding
This active resort town sits on the north end of Mustang Island, part of the long line of barrier islands that protect most of the Texas Gulf Coast. In recent years it has begun to promote itself as a ...
Aransas Pass, TX - Birding
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Some of the best birding in the United States lies just a short drive from Houston, the fourth-largest city in the country (after New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago). Of the parks and natural areas wi ...
La Porte, TX - Birding,Hiking,Walking - Trail Length:
The bird for which this refuge was named, a subspecies of the Greater Prairie-Chicken found in the upper Midwest, once inhabited a substantial range in the coastal prairie of Texas and Louisiana. Ca ...
Sealy, TX - Birding,Hiking
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Located on the Rio Grande 5 miles southwest of Mission, Bentsen has long held a place among the top dozen (perhaps half-dozen) birding sites in the country. The majority of the regular southern Texas ...
Mission, TX - Birding
For a chance to see many of the typical birds of the eastern Texas Piney Woods/Big Thicket region, you could hardly do better than to take a short (or longer) hike along the trails at this beautiful s ...
Cleveland, TX - Birding
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Big Thicket National Preserve was established as a unit of the National Park Service in 1974, the result of a long and controversial struggle between conservationists, who wanted to save one of Texas’ ...
Silsbee, TX - Birding
Boca is Spanish for “mouth,” as in the mouth of the Rio Grande, which reaches the Gulf of Mexico about 18 miles east of Brownsville. At times, that is, the river actually reaches the Gulf. So depleted ...
Port Isabel, TX - Birding
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Though this 43,000-acre coastal refuge east of Freeport was established in 1966, only in recent years has it had general public access — thanks in part to the efforts of a local volunteer group, which ...
Angleton, TX - Birding
One of Texas’s most beautiful and rewarding state parks, Brazos Bend is worth a visit anytime — though you might want to avoid summer weekends, when its popularity and proximity to Houston can make fo ...
Richmond, TX - Birding
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Excellent concentrations of wading birds,waterfowl,and shorebirds can be seen at this wetlands complex in Beaumont, located less than five minutes from I –10. The large ponds here were built as part o ...
Beaumont, TX - Birding
Though Salineno is quite limited in area, it has been one of the traditional sites from which birders scan the river in hopes of finding some of its sought-after specialties. With lots of luck, you co ...
Salineno, TX - Birding
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These two sites about twenty minutes’ drive southeast of Kingsville offer the possibility for large numbers of waders, waterfowl, and shorebirds on Cayo del Grullo, an arm of Baffin Bay, itself a Lagu ...
Kingsville, TX - Birding
The resort city of Galveston, set on the eastern end of a 28-mile-long barrier island, makes a good base for a trip that combines birding with other activities —or for couples in which one partner is ...
Galveston, TX - Birding
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This excellent site was the first of the World Birding Center locations to open officially, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in March 2003. Located just minutes from US 281, it’s certain to become one o ...
Edinburg, TX - Birding
This site south of Weslaco, one of the “resource ” sites of the World Birding Center, is just beginning to be developed at this writing. It’s included in this guide because of its excellent potential. ...
Weslaco, TX - Birding
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