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    Black-capped Vireo

    Look for this small 'spectacled' bird on the refuge. It can be found hanging upside down to feed on insects, insect larva and spiders.

    Vireo atricapilla

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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

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    Golden-cheeked Warbler

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

    Setophaga chrysoparia

Public Use Areas

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


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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What's Happening at the Refuge

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Golden-cheeked warbler / Greg Lasley ©, Black-capped vireo / Greg Lasley ©
Last Updated: Dec 09, 2016


  • Sparrowfest 2017

    February 04, 2017

    Last year's event found 21 species of sparrow.

    Sparrow Fest 2017
  • Songbird Festival 2017

    Featured Event FE 119 H GCWApril 21, 2017 - April 23, 2017

    This premier birding event gives birders access to refuge tracts not open to the public areas.

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