Golden-cheeked warblers are the only bird species that nests exclusively in Texas, including the refuge.
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
Public Use Areas
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
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
What's Happening at the Refuge
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
Come join other birders at the refuge for a guided bird walk, learn about how to identify birds and get expert advice on finding elusive species. Walks held weekly on Thursdays.Morning Bird Walks through February
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.
Their songs are derived from a large syllable repertoire, an order of magnitude greater than that of other vireos.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Golden-cheeked warbler / Greg Lasley ©, Black-capped vireo / Greg Lasley ©
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2017