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

Now Accepting Spring 2018 Field Trip Requests

Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge offers free field trips to our Doeskin Ranch Unit. Contact Visitor Services Manager Jennifer Brown for more information. Email jennifer_brown@fws.gov or call 512-339-9432 ext 70.

Make A Request

Proposed Delisting of the Black-capped Vireo

In the late 1980s the future for the black-capped vireo looked bleak. Only about 350 birds were known to survive in a few locations. Following the bird’s listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1987, the Service began working with the states of Oklahoma and Texas, the U.S. Army, private landowners and non-governmental organizations to protect and recover the vireo. There are now more than 5,200 known birds and more than 14,000 estimated across their breeding range.

More about the proposal

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
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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