Abshier Wildlife Management Area

Smith Point, Texas

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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 most important autumn hawkwatching station on the upper coast. Migrating raptors, flying generally south and west and reluctant to cross large bodies of water, are naturally funneled by the area's topography to this spot. Each fall, official observers and volunteers gather daily to count passing birds and monitor weather conditions; visitors are welcome to help scan the sky. Conducted by the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, the Smith Point hawk watch utilizes a 20-foot-high tower overlooking East Galveston Bay and covers the period from mid-August through mid-November.

Abshier Wildlife Management Area Professional Review and Guide

"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 most important autumn hawkwatching station on the upper coast. Migrating raptors, flying generally south and west and reluctant to cross large bodies of water, are naturally funneled by the area's topography to this spot.

Each fall, official observers and volunteers gather daily to count passing birds and monitor weather conditions; visitors are welcome to help scan the sky. Conducted by the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, the Smith Point hawk watch utilizes a 20-foot-high tower overlooking East Galveston Bay and covers the period from mid-August through mid-November."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Smith Point
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round; best in spring, fall also good
Local Contacts: "Candy" Cain Abshier Wildlife Management Area; Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Driving Directions: Directions to Abshier Wildlife Management Area

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May 2018