Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

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    Refuge Gallery

    Enjoy photos of the refuge's namesake bird and an iconic symbol of prairie ecosystems, the Attwater's prairie-chicken.

    See the birds

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    Saving the Prairie Ecosystem

    The refuge uses many different tools and strategies to maintain and restore the coastal Texas prairies.

    Learn more

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    Saving the Attwater's

    This excellent video tells the story of the efforts to bring back the Attwater's.

    Texas Parks & Wildlife Video

News

Attention Ranchers

The refuge is seeking a tenant for a Cooperative Grazing Program. The grazing tenant will have use of up to 6,800 acres of non-irrigated native prairie on portion of the refuge, for a period of up to five years (2018-2022) with an annual work plan review during each of those years. Grazing has played an integral role in historical prairie management, and numerous studies have documented the beneficial impacts of carefully controlled grazing on APC habitat.

Learn more and apply

Seed Bank Collection

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Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge staff are part of the Prairie Seed Council (PSC), a recently developed organization of conservation partners working to increase the native seed bank for upper Texas coastal prairie restoration. We regularly engage in native seed collection efforts and encourage volunteers to join us.

More about the Prairie Seed Council
Featured Stories

Red Imported Fire Ants

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Many birds depend on insects as a food source for their chicks. Red imported fire ants decimate insect numbers on the prairie to the point that there are not enough insects for young prairie-chicken chicks to feed on when they hatch in the spring. That’s why the refuge is going after the ants.

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS