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Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
by Mel White (Falcon Guides)
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Only certain tracts of the refuge are open to the public. These include Boca Chica Beach in Cameron County; the La Sal del Rey, Monte Cristo, and Yturria Brush Tracts in Hidalgo County, the Teniente and East Lake Tracts in Willacy County; and the La Puerta and Salineño Tracts in Starr County. Interpretive and educational programs are managed in conjunction with staff at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Fishing is allowed on Boca Chica Beach. Hunting, by permit only, is allowed on Teniente and East Lake Tracts. Historical sites include La Sal del Rey, natural salt lakes where Native Americans, Spanish explorers, and area settlers came to mine salt; and the Palmito Ranch Battlefield, the site of the last battle of the Civil War.
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