The landscape supplies important feeding and resting habitat for
migrating and wintering populations of waterfowl, as well as other wildlife. From October to March, thousands
of geese feeding and resting in the marsh can be heard, if not actually seen. Ducks on the refuge can number up to one
hundred thousand, with more than two dozen species. This includes the mottled duck, a year-round
resident and recognized as an important indicator
species to coastal marsh health and function.
During the spring, large concentrations of migrating songbirds fly
through the upper Texas coast, with peak migration occurring in April. In addition to all of the amazing birds,
McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge is home to the largest concentration of
American alligators in the State of Texas.
in 1980, the refuge was purchased under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation
Commission. Open to the public, visitors
can enjoy wildlife watching, hunting, fishing, wildlife photography, and
special wildlife-related events. It
is one of the more than 550 refuges that comprise the National Wildlife Refuge
System, a national network of lands and waters set aside for the benefit of
wildlife and you!
For hundreds of years, many of these sights and sounds within this
dynamic eco-system have gone untouched. Under
the protective umbrella of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the hope and
expectation is that they will continue for hundreds more.