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Texas' Top Birding Locations


Texas has a wide variety of geographic regions in which visitors can bird. Each of these regions has its own unique "list" of species, many of which can be found nowhere else. When taken together, Texas offers visitors an opportunity to spot literally hundreds of bird species.

1. World Birding Center

Located in the bird-rich Rio Grande Valley, the World Birding Center is comprised of nine sites from South Padre Island to Roma. Besides offering visitors a variety of species in various settings, the WBC has a wealth of information for birders visiting Texas.

2. Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

Masked Booby on SPI Jetty
Danno Wise
Developed by Texas Parks and Wildlife, this unique birding trail takes birders from the Rio Grande to Sabine Pass, crossing through 43 counties along the way. Broken into three sections (Upper, Middle, and Lower Coast) this trail boasts over 300 viewing sites and hundreds of avian species.

3. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Famous as a winter home for whooping cranes, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge also is home to over 390 other bird species, as well as deer, bobcats, javelinas, alligators and more.

4. Matagorda Island WMA

The Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area/State Park is a joint effort between USFWS and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Matagorda Island Wildife Management Area/State Park is accessible by boat - either private or via the state park ferry.

5. Big Thicket National Preserve

Covering nearly 100,000 acres, Big Thicket National Preserve was the first such preserve in the United States. The Big Thicket NP is home to a diverse group of plants and animals and plays host to thousands of nature enthusiasts annually.

6. Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge

Danno Wise
Located a short drive from South Padre Island, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge boasts half a dozen trails on which visitors can view an amazing variety of bird and animal life. As the seasons change, so do the birds which can be found passing through Laguna Atascosa.
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