Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.

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.

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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

Attwater's Prairie Chicken Festival

In keeping with guidance from the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending the annual Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Festival this year. We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you--our friends and neighbors. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you next year!

Breeding Season Management

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Spring brings the start of the breeding season for the Attwater’s prairie-chicken, and refuge staff invest countless hours monitoring the birds during this time. Management activities include conducting population surveys, protecting nests, and tracking daily movements of hens and their broods of chicks. All this work brings the Attwater’s closer towards recovery and eventual de-listing from the Endangered Species List.

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Wild Texas Film Tour

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The Friends of the Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge funded a new short film about the refuge entitled “Little Grouse on the Prairie.” The film was accepted into the Wild Texas Film Tour, and it was shown in 14 Texas cities from January through March 2019.

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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.

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