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.

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    Whooping Cranes
    Aransas NWR

    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. A trip to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge never disappoints, but getting a chance to view wild whopping cranes is an opportunity no serious birder should overlook. 

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    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. Throughout the trail, birders will find numerous "loops" that allow them to drive or ride through some of the best birding terrain in Texas. 

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    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. The World Birding Center sites are home to a variety of bird species throughout the year, but the greatest diversity is usually found in winter, when migratory species join the indigenous birds in Deep South Texas. 

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    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.
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    Big Thicket National Preserve
    Larry Rana
    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.
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    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.