Features

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    Golden-cheeked Warbler

    Golden-cheeked warblers are the only bird species that nests exclusively in Texas, including the refuge.

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    Amazing Views

    Miles of trails lead you through old growth cedar forests, meadows and along rocky creeks. Come enjoy the beauty of the Hill Country!

    Wildlife Watching and Nature Trails

News

Delisting the Black-capped Vireo

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Not so long ago the black-capped vireo nearly went extinct. Goats ate their way through this songbird’s habitat and brown-headed cowbirds commandeered their nests. In the late 1980s there were only about 350 birds known to exist, leading to its listing as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). There are now more than 14,000 birds estimated across the vireo’s breeding range of Oklahoma, Texas and Mexico. Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the delisting of the black-capped vireo at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. The delisting of the black-capped vireo would not have been possible without the efforts of our partners including the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Fort Hood, Fort Sill Army Base, Mexico, The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, private landowners and others.

Additional information and final rule

Internationally Important for Birds

The refuge has been identified as an internationally Important Bird Area, an official designation indicating its unique importance to birds, specifically the golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo.

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Internationally Important for Birds

The refuge has been identified as an internationally Important Bird Area, an official designation indicating its unique importance to birds, specifically the golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo.

IBA Designation

Recreation

Trails: Where to Find Them

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Balcones Canyonlands is not a continuous piece of land. It is actually fragmented with only 3000 of its 27,500 acres open to the public.

Trails and Where to Find Them

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