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    Waterfowl Hunt Scouting

    Scouting for all hunt units on Anahuac NWR, begins Oct 19th, 0730. Scouting is 0730-1830, October 19-25.

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    2018-2019 Waterfowl Hunt

    Waterfowl Hunting Regulations for the 2018/19 season are now available. UPDATE: $40 East Unit Permits available for purchase.

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    Monarch Butterfly

    Coastal refuges like Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge provide crucial habitat for migrating monarch butterflies.

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    Fall Fishing Day

    Join us on October 27th, 2018 from 9am-1pm for Fall Fishing Day on Anahuac NWR

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    Fishing Fun

    Come out and enjoy some of the best wade fishing on the Texas Coast. The speckled trout, flounder and redfish are waiting!

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2018 Jr. Ranger Summer Camp

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Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will be hosting our annual Jr. Ranger Summer Day Camp July 23 - 26, 2018. The purpose of the camp is to expose participants to a variety of wildlife and habitats through exciting hands-on experiences. Topics covered will be insects, birds, reptiles and amphibians, and wetlands. Applicants must be 6-11 years old to participate. Applicants will be entered into a random drawing which will take place at 4:00 pm on May 25th, 2018. Selected applicants will be notified. You do not have to be present to be selected. Once selected, payment and registration is due by 4:00 pm on June 8th, 2018, or your child will be disqualified and replaced by another applicant. Cost is $25 for the four day camp. Register by turning in this form to the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Visitor Center: In person: 4017 FM 563, Anahuac, TX 77514 By mail: Anahuac NWR, PO Box 278, Anahuac, TX 77514 Fax: 409-267-4314, Attn: Stephanie Martinez For more information, please contact Stephanie Martinez by emailing stephanie_martinez@fws.gov or calling 409-267-3337.


Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge Awarded Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund

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Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge was recently selected to receive funding for conservation of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). The Refuge was selected along with several other regional partners to receive a portion of the $3.77 million in funding awards, which is expected to total $9 million including grant matching contributions.

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Eagle Scout Candidate Leads Hackberry Trail Improvement

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Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge recently partnered with local boy scouts to improve a trail on the refuge that was damaged several years ago by Hurricane Ike. In 2008, Hurricane Ike hit Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and caused unprecedented damage due to the storm surge. Besides damage to buildings and equipment, natural resources were impacted by the astounding amount of saltwater that entered the refuge from the Gulf of Mexico. Many of the refuge’s trees were washed away by the storm surge. Those that were left standing were weakened or killed by the residual saltwater. Daniel Maggio, Eagle Scout candidate with Boy Scout Troup 239 out of Beaumont, TX, helped improve Hackberry Trail on Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge by replanting some of the lost trees. Daniel planned and led the trail improvement as part of his Eagle Scout service project that resulted in approximately 50 native trees being planted. The planted trees ranged from live oak to bald cypress and are expected to benefit wildlife by providing perching habitat, nesting habitat, and food sources. The trail improvement also resulted in tree identification tags being placed on some of the trees to assist in identification by visitors. Over 25 participants came out to assist with the trail improvement including Boy Scout Troup 239, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Friends of Anahuac Refuge, and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge staff.

Wildlife in the Marsh


Looking for any of the six rail species of North America? These elusive birds can be found in the marshes of this important coastal refuge, as can many other migratory and resident species.

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Student Employment Opportunity

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Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is offering summer employment for students 15-18 years old. Positions are available through the Youth Conservation Corps program. No prior experience is necessary, but participants must be citizens of the United States. Students will work as part of a four person crew for approximately eight weeks. Students will work 40 hours per week for $7.25 an hour from June 4th through July 27th, 2018. Work will be conducted outside and can be physically demanding. Typical duties will include trail/butterfly garden maintenance, erosion control, wood sanding/staining, office work, and various restoration and maintenance projects. Educational field trips and training sessions will be included. Selection will be on a random basis from the list of qualified applicants. Young adults interested in wildlife careers, summer employment, or job experience are encouraged to apply. Applications are available at the refuge office located at 4017 FM 563, Anahuac, TX 77514. Applications must be received by 4:00 pm on May 4, 2018, and can be mailed, faxed, or hand-carried to the office. The fax number is 409-267-4314. For more information, contact Colt Sanspree at 409-267-3337.

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TPWD Assists in Providing Extended Fishing Opportunities on Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

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Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is an extremely popular location for people coming to enjoy the birds, alligators, and a bit of peace and quiet along the trails throughout the Refuge. However, many do not realize that the Refuge provides excellent fishing and crabbing opportunities as well. The Refuge property is located along East Galveston Bay, which is bordered by marsh habitat; the perfect home for the blue crab, shrimp and numerous species of fish. The Refuge supports saltwater and freshwater fishing opportunities by providing boat ramps, roads and parking areas for fishing along East Galveston Bay and various Bayous. Historically, the Refuge has provided “Free Fishing Day” in conjunction with the State of Texas’s Free Fishing Day, held annually during the National Fishing and Boating Week in June. This year, the Refuge worked with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to host an additional day, entitled “Fall Fishing Day”, to provide yet another fishing opportunity for the public. The event was held on Saturday, October 28th, 2017, and provided the public an additional opportunity to fish without a license. The Refuge and TPWD provided poles, bait, crabbing supplies, staff and volunteers to work with the public for an enjoyable day along beautiful East Galveston Bay. Look for one of these opportunities for you and your family to join the Refuge. For more information, please call Stephanie Martinez at 409-267-3337.

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Making a Difference


The refuge's volunteers make many wonderful things happen for wildlife and people! They construct boardwalks and cabinets; teach outdoor education classes and lead nature walks; band geese and help restore native prairie; run the Visitor Information Station and maintain trails; and many other valuable efforts that make the refuge a better place wildlife and you.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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