El Paso Valley Feather Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, Tornillo Lakes, Fort Hancock Reservoir, and McNary Reservoir

El Paso, Texas

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Spring, fall, and winter are the busiest seasons in this area. Midsummer is quieter and can be very hot and dry, but it also produces its share of avian surprises. Feather Lake is managed as an environmental education and nature preserve by the El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society and has been leased (since 1976) from the city of El Paso. A nature trail, with a 20-stop brochure, is available on-site. The sanctuary is open to the public at various times throughout the week; as of July 1997 hours are in flux. Key Birds: “Mexican Duck” (Mallard), Harris’s Hawk, Scaled and Gambel’s Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Burrowing Owl, Black and Say’s Phoebes, Chihuahuan Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed and Crissal Thrashers, Phainopepla, Pyrrhuloxia, and Black-throated and Cassin’s Sparrows are present year-round. Swainson’s Hawk, Lesser Nighthawk, Common Poorwill, Cave Swallow, Bell’s Vireo, and Painted Bunting occur in summer. Western Grebe, American White Pelican, Least Bittern, Snow and Ross’s Geese, Hooded and Common Mergansers, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brewer’s Sparrow, and Chestnut-collared Longspur can usually be found in winter.

El Paso Valley: Feather Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, Tornillo Lakes, Fort Hancock Reservoir, & McNary Reservoir Professional Review and Guide

"Spring, fall, and winter are the busiest seasons in this area. Midsummer is quieter and can be very hot and dry, but it also produces its share of avian surprises. Feather Lake is managed as an environmental education and nature preserve by the El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society and has been leased (since 1976) from the city of El Paso. A nature trail, with a 20-stop brochure, is available on-site. The sanctuary is open to the public at various times throughout the week; as of July 1997 hours are in flux.

Key Birds: “Mexican Duck” (Mallard), Harris’s Hawk, Scaled and Gambel’s Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Burrowing Owl, Black and Say’s Phoebes, Chihuahuan Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed and Crissal Thrashers, Phainopepla, Pyrrhuloxia, and Black-throated and Cassin’s Sparrows are present year-round. Swainson’s Hawk, Lesser Nighthawk, Common Poorwill, Cave Swallow, Bell’s Vireo, and Painted Bunting occur in summer. Western Grebe, American White Pelican, Least Bittern, Snow and Ross’s Geese, Hooded and Common Mergansers, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brewer’s Sparrow, and Chestnut-collared Longspur can usually be found in winter."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: El Paso
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities; November to March for winter birds
Local Contacts: El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to El Paso Valley: Feather Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, Tornillo Lakes, Fort Hancock Reservoir, & McNary Reservoir

Recent Trail Reviews

4/25/2008
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There is no lake at Feather Lake Wildlife Sanctuary. There is a dry lake, and there is a trail around it but it doesn't make a complete circle and half the trail is in terrible condition with cactus sticking out in the trail. Its actually only open on Saturday and Sunday and there is a barbed wire fence around the whole enclosure. I didn't check out Tornillo Lake or the other location which are also on the Trail Guide



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May 2018