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  • Anole / Tucker Green ©

    Where Wildlife Comes First

    National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife and habitat and to ensure future generations will always have wild places to explore!

  • Big-eared bats / USFWS

    Rare Bats

    Enjoy this video by Texas Parks and Wildlife on the refuge’s efforts to learn about and protect Rafinesque’s big-eared bats.

    Rafinesque's Big-Eared Bats

  • Kayaking on Champion Lake

    Get Outside...

    Champion Lake and Pickett’s Bayou are popular places to enjoy birdwatching, canoeing, hiking, and fishing. Don't forget your camera!

    Visitor Activities

  • Swallow-tailed kite / Shannon Tompkins ©

    Look Up!

    During the summer, swallow-tailed kites can be seen soaring over the Trinity River or nesting in the refuge’s tall trees.

    Wildlife & Habitat

 

Did you know?

Ivory-billed woodpecker / Joel Sartore ©

In 1904, the last ivory-billed woodpecker collected in Texas was on land that is today part of the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge.

 

History of Conservation

Portrait of President Theodore Roosevelt

In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the Pelican Island Bird Reservation, the first of 53 federal reserves he would create during his time in office and the roots of what is today known as the National Wildlife Refuge System. The 26th president was a dedicated naturalist throughout his life and is considered by many to have been the country’s “Conservationist President.”

The Refuge System

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Firing it Up for a Bird

Henslow's Sparrow / USFWS

While fire as a management tool is not typically associated with bottomland hardwood forests, it helps shape the higher pine ridges and grasslands by keeping them from becoming overrun by woody vegetation. Many grassland birds are dependent upon the pockets of grasslands found on the refuge, including the Henslow’s sparrow. This species winters on the refuge and is a concern to biologists as its population has declined over the past few decades, largely due to habitat loss. To encourage winter forage for the Henslow’s sparrows, U.S. Fish and Wildlife wildland firefighters conducted a controlled burn on 23 acres of pasture to prevent woody encroachment in the pockets of grasslands. Refuge biologists are monitoring the area to see if the prescribed burn will benefit the migratory bird, and other wildlife.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Champion Lake / Chuck Gonzalez ©, Anole / Tucker Green ©, Swallow-tailed kite / Shannon Tompkins ©, Ivory-billed woodpecker / Joel Sartore ©, Henslow's Sparrow / USFWS, Rafinesque's big-eared bat / Merlin D. Tuttle ©
Last Updated: Oct 07, 2013
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