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Southwest Region, July 7, 2006
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Corpus Christi Ecological Service Field Office Coastal program biologist and Texas General Land Office (GLO) staff repaired bollards and cables (vehicle barriers) protecting Mollie Beattie Habitat Community.  Mollie Beattie Habitat Community is located on Mustang Island off of highway TX 361.  The tidal flats and adjacent habitats within this area were set aside for the conservation of piping plovers and other shorebirds through the Texas General Land Office Adopt-a-Habitat Program in October, 1996, and is currently managed through a management plan cooperatively developed by the Service, GLO, Texas Parks and Wildlife and National Audubon Society.  The area was named in honor of the late Mollie Beattie, former director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  This preserve encompasses approximately 1,000 acres and contains extensive areas of intertidal habitat used by a variety of shorebirds, wading birds and other species.  It is part of the Service‚Äôs designated critical habitat for piping plover Piping Plover.  The vehicle barrier system is beginning to deteriorate and fail.  Coastal program staff will assist in a future effort to completely replace the vehicle barrier system.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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