Chaparral Wildlife Management Area

Artesia Wells, Texas

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This area, encompassing 15,200 acres of quality South Texas brush country (Tamaulipan scrub), is managed primarily for wildlife research and management; it is enclosed by a deer-proof fence. Principal game species under study include white-tailed deer, javelina, feral hogs, Northern Bobwhite, and Scaled Quail. Nongame animals include South Texas gopher tortoise, Texas horned lizard, and western diamondback rattlesnake. Birders are welcome from April 1 through August 31, but need to report to area headquarters upon arrival. Key birds: Harris’s Hawk, Crested Caracara, Wild Turkey, Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, White-tipped Dove, Pauraque, Goldenfronted Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Green Jay, Verdin, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Cactus Wren, Long-billed Thrasher, Curvebilled Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Olive Sparrow, Cassin’s and Blackthroated Sparrows, and Audubon’s Oriole are present year-round. Lesser Nighthawk; Common Poorwill; Ash-throated, Brown-crested, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers; Cave Swallow; Bell’s Vireo; Painted Bunting; Dickcissel; Bronzed Cowbird; and Lesser Goldfinch occur in summer. Say’s Phoebe, Sage Thrasher, Green-tailed Towhee, and Clay-colored Sparrow can usually be found in winter.

Chaparral Wildlife Management Area Professional Review and Guide

"This area, encompassing 15,200 acres of quality South Texas brush country (Tamaulipan scrub), is managed primarily for wildlife research and management; it is enclosed by a deer-proof fence. Principal game species under study include white-tailed deer, javelina, feral hogs, Northern Bobwhite, and Scaled Quail. Nongame animals include South Texas gopher tortoise, Texas horned lizard, and western diamondback rattlesnake. Birders are welcome from April 1 through August 31, but need to report to area headquarters upon arrival.

Key birds: Harris’s Hawk, Crested Caracara, Wild Turkey, Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, White-tipped Dove, Pauraque, Goldenfronted Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Green Jay, Verdin, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Cactus Wren, Long-billed Thrasher, Curvebilled Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Olive Sparrow, Cassin’s and Blackthroated Sparrows, and Audubon’s Oriole are present year-round. Lesser Nighthawk; Common Poorwill; Ash-throated, Brown-crested, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers; Cave Swallow; Bell’s Vireo; Painted Bunting; Dickcissel; Bronzed Cowbird; and Lesser Goldfinch occur in summer. Say’s Phoebe, Sage Thrasher, Green-tailed Towhee, and Clay-colored Sparrow can usually be found in winter."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Artesia Wells
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities
Local Contacts: Chaparral Wildlife Management Area
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Chaparral Wildlife Management Area

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May 2018