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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


Land Management Research & Demonstration Area


Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge is one of 14 designated refuges where professional land managers and others come to learn about cutting-edge habitat management techniques and technology.

Institutions of investigation, innovation and instruction

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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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
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Golden-cheeked warbler / Greg Lasley ©, Black-capped vireo / Greg Lasley ©
Last Updated: Jun 17, 2016


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