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    Refuge Gallery

    Enjoy photos of the refuge's namesake bird and an iconic symbol of prairie ecosystems, the Attwater's prairie-chicken.

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    Saving the Prairie Ecosystem

    The refuge uses many different tools and strategies to maintain and restore the coastal Texas prairies.

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    Saving the Attwater's

    This excellent video tells the story of the efforts to bring back the Attwater's.

    Texas Parks & Wildlife Video


Red Imported Fire Ants


Many birds depend on insects as a food source for their chicks. Red imported fire ants decimate insect numbers on the prairie to the point that there are not enough insects for young prairie-chicken chicks to feed on when they hatch in the spring. That’s why the refuge is going after the ants.

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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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  • New Auto Tour Route

    Just in time for spring, The new Auto Tour Route is now open! An extraordinarily wet winter season delayed construction for months, but this week the refuge was finally able to open the new Refuge Auto Tour to visitors.

    Learn more about our improvements
  • Seed Bank Collection


    Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge staff are part of the Prairie Seed Council (PSC), a recently developed organization of conservation partners working to increase the native seed bank for upper Texas coastal prairie restoration. We regularly engage in native seed collection efforts and encourage volunteers to join us.

    More about the Prairie Seed Council
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Sep 29, 2015


  • Booming N Blooming Festival

    APC3_ThumbApril 08, 2017 - April 09, 2017

    An annual celebration of the Attwater’s prairie-chicken and the native coastal prairie that the iconic bird calls home.

    Attwater Prairie Chicken Festival
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