National Wildlife Refuge
|24907 FM 2004
Angleton, TX 77515
Phone Number: 979-964-4011 (Complex Office)
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|Roseate spoonbills are a common sight at Brazoria NWR.|
Continued . . . For the best birding and nature observation, follow the 7-mile auto tour on a well-maintained, gravel road. A self-guided auto tour brochure or CD is available at the Information Center.
Visit a salt marsh observation deck at the crosstrails to investigate both birds and tiny aquatic creatures. Teal and Rogers Pond observation platforms offer panoramic views of waterfowl congregations, especially for huge flocks of lesser snow geese in December and January.
Just behind the Information Pavilion, the only significant stand of trees on the refuge attracts spring migratory warblers, vireos, and other songbirds like bees to a hive. Exhausted from a Gulf crossing, the tiny birds seek trees for shelter and for the plentiful insects living there. You can take the full 5/8-mile loop that passes by an observation platform over Big Slough, or one of the three shorter loops through the shady thickets.
Northeast of the refuge entrance road on CR 227, you can hike or bike along a 2-mile trail following the abandoned Missouri Pacific Railway line. The elevated trail starts at the Bastrop Bayou Public Fishing Area and offers views across the rare bluestem coastal prairie. White-tailed kites and white-tailed hawks hunt the prairies for mice. You might glimpse the thirteen species of sparrows that winter at the refuge.
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