Wildlife Watching and Nature Trails

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best places in the United States to see alligators.  During the winter, geese arrive in the thousands to feed on the refuge and the diversity of migratory birds passing through are spectacular to see.

Shoveler Pond Auto-Tour Loop
Wildlife enthusiasts in search of purple gallinule, marsh wren, American bittern, waterfowl and a lot of alligators will most definitely enjoy the two and a half mile Shoveler Pond auto tour.  A boardwalk and overlook along this route provide excellent opportunities to enjoy the sites and appreciate the sounds.  This is a must for anyone visiting the refuge!

The Willows
This seemingly insignificant stand of willow trees provides crucial habitat for many of the migratory birds that have just flown 600 miles across the Gulf of Mexico and are exhausted.  for many of these small birds, the Willows are their first opportunity to find food and shelter.  Sit quietly and watch the amazing activity of birds as they work to regain their strength for the remainder of their migration. 

Moist Soil Units
Moist soil units are a management tool that provides a critical part of the diet of wintering and migrating waterfowl. Seeds and plant parts (leaves, roots, and tubers) found here provide energy and essential nutrients for wintering waterfowl. They also support abundant and diverse populations of invertebrates, including insects - an important protein source for waterfowl. They are important for wildlife and make for great wildlife watching. During the winter months large concentrations of waterfowl can often be found feeding here.  Look for the moist soil units along the road

Skillern Tract
This 300 acre tract runs through rice fields and moist soil units. It is located seven miles east of the main entrance on FM 1985.