by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)
The more than 34,000-acre Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 to provide habitat for wintering waterfowl along the Central Flyway. Between October and March, 32 species of waterfowl utilize the refuge; concentrations of Snow Geese sometimes exceed 80,000. The refuge ponds and prairie habitats are readily accessible by a series of graveled roads with occasional pullouts; trails are at a minimum. Restroom facilities are available at the entrance area; there is no drinking water available in the refuge.
Key birds: Least Grebe, Brown Pelican, White and White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Wood and Mottled Ducks, Clapper and King Rails, Seaside Sparrow, and Boat-tailed Grackle are present year-round. Neotropic Cormorant, Least Bittern, Wood Stork, Purple Gallinule, Least Tern, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, and Dickcissel occur in summer. American White Pelican; Greater White-fronted, Snow, and Ross’s Geese; Osprey; White-tailed Kite; Yellow, Black, and Virginia Rails; Short-eared Owl; Sedge Wren; American and Sprague’s Pipits; and LeConte’s Sparrow 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.
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