|Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park|
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, javel...
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Complex
|Description: 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, and harbor the same kinds of wildlife. More that 400 species of wildlife, including at least 250 birds, use these areas. As many as 100,000 or more geese and 40,000 or more ducks winter here. Ten species of wading birds nest here, thirty species of warblers migrate through, and thirteen kinds of sparrows winter here. Mammals found on these refuges include bobcat, coyote, raccoon, armadillo, and river otter. Alligators are common.|
Wildlife to Watch: Waterfowl numbers peak December through January. Wading birds are easily viewed all year. Viewing probability is moderate at night or dusk for most mammals. River otters are rare. Brazoria is open to the public only on the first full weekend of each month or, as with Big Boggy, by special arrangements for groups. San Bernard is open during daylight hours. There are no facilities at Big Boggy.
Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Size: 24,455 acres, San Bernard; 40,854 acres, Brazoria; 4127 acres, Big Boggy
Closest Town: Lake Jackson
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