Wildlife & Habitat

A pale yellow sun is faintly visible through layers of dense fog over shining wetland waters.

The chorus of thousands of waterfowl, wind moving through coastal prairie, the splash of an alligator going for a swim, a high-pitched call of a fulvous whistling duck. These are just some of the sounds you may hear when visiting the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Wildlife

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    Southeast Texas is one of the best places in the nation to see alligators!  During the spring, the sound of migrating songbirds is complimented by the bellow of alligators in search of a mate.  

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  • Habitat

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    The meandering bayous of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge cut through ancient flood plains, creating vast expanses of coastal marsh and prairie that borders Galveston Bay in southeast Texas.

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  • Birds

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    This area of Texas features some of the highest bird diversity in the country. Wading, perching, soaring, and diving, the birds of the coastal marsh and woodlots attract enthusiasts from near and far.

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  • Butterflies

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    From the largest to the smallest North American species, over 56 species have been documented at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. Look for the highly local Bay Skipper or the prized Monarch here on the refuge.

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  • Dragonflies and Damselflies

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    Over 34 species of dragonflies and damselflies have been documented on the refuge. Can you help us discover more?

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  • Mammals

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    From mice and rabbits to coyotes and bobcats, the refuge is home to a small variety of mammals that call the marsh their home.

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  • Mottled Ducks

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    Mottled ducks are a species of special interest because they are an indicator for coastal marsh and wetland health.

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