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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.

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    Saving the Prairie Ecosystem

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

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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


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.

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Seed Bank Collection


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.

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Featured Stories

Red Imported Fire Ants


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


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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