Armand Bayou

LaPorte, Texas

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The 1,900-acre Armand Bayou Nature Center is one of the few remaining wild tracts left in the Greater Houston area. Environmental education programs, including bird walks and owl prowls, are scheduled. The center is open daily from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. The bayou and center are named for naturalist Armand Yramatequi, who dreamed about preserving this area, but was killed in 1970. The adjacent Bay Area Park contains 65 acres along Armand Bayou, offering trails and canoe access (no motorized boats are permitted on Armand Bayou). The picnic areas and jogging trails can be crowded in warm weather. Key birds: Mottled Duck, Wild Turkey, and Pileated Woodpecker are present year-round. Neotropic Cormorant, White Ibis, Kentucky and Hooded Warblers, and Indigo and Painted Buntings occur in summer. American White Pelican; Osprey; Clapper Rail; Sandhill Crane; LeConte’s and Fox Sparrows; and Rusty Blackbird can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

Armand Bayou Professional Review and Guide

"The 1,900-acre Armand Bayou Nature Center is one of the few remaining wild tracts left in the Greater Houston area. Environmental education programs, including bird walks and owl prowls, are scheduled. The center is open daily from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. The bayou and center are named for naturalist Armand Yramatequi, who dreamed about preserving this area, but was killed in 1970. The adjacent Bay Area Park contains 65 acres along Armand Bayou, offering trails and canoe access (no motorized boats are permitted on Armand Bayou). The picnic areas and jogging trails can be crowded in warm weather.

Key birds: Mottled Duck, Wild Turkey, and Pileated Woodpecker are present year-round. Neotropic Cormorant, White Ibis, Kentucky and Hooded Warblers, and Indigo and Painted Buntings occur in summer. American White Pelican; Osprey; Clapper Rail; Sandhill Crane; LeConte’s and Fox Sparrows; and Rusty Blackbird can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: LaPorte
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities; November to March for winter birds
Local Contacts: Harris County Parks
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Armand Bayou

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May 2018