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Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Complex
With beautiful marshland scenery and huge populations of geese, ducks, wading birds, and marsh mammals, these three refuges offer a bright future for wildlife as well as exceptional viewing. Brazoria, San Bernard, and Big Boggy refuges are reasonably close together, sharing diverse habitat types...
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Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park
Description: Protecting wildlife found in no other region of the United States, this park is one of the most outstanding viewing areas in the country. It also protects a part of the subtropical woodlands and shrublands that once covered much of the lower Rio Grande. Ocelot, jaguarundi, bobcat, coyote, javelina, Texas indigo snake, Texas tortoise, and giant toad are viewable. Exceptional birds are the green jay, numerous owls including the tiny elf owl, groove-billed ani, the plains chachalaca, two woodpeckers, six doves including the red-billed pigeon, common pauraque and two species of nighthawks, and altamira oriole. Butterfly watching is good to great all year.

Wildlife to Watch: The probability of viewing cats is low but their tracks and scat can be seen on the trails. It also is low for the snake and elf owl. Chances are high for the other species. Camping provides an opportunity to ride the roads at night looking for pauraque, owls, javelina, coyote, and others.

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Ownership: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 
Size: 578 acres 
Closest Town: Mission

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Jaguarundi - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Mission, west of McAllen, drive west for five miles on U.S. 83. Go west on Loop 374 for 1.5 miles to FM 2062, then south to the park.

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Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area