A combination of freshwater and saline environments, Brazoria is home to a diversity of coastal wildlife, including more than 320 species of birds, 95 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 130 species of butterflies and dragonflies. The estuary provides ample food resources for large populations of wintering waterfowl, shore and wading birds that are easily seen from the auto tour at Big Slough. The newly opened Cannan Bend Recreation Area provides additional wildlife viewing opportunities on a freshwater lake and near coastal forest.
Location and Contact Information
Incoming tides of the costal refuge combine life-giving nourishment from the Gulf with fresh river waters to create one of the most biologically rich environments in Texas. Brazoria provides thousands of acres of coastal estuary that support nursery grounds for fish, shellfish and insects. This in turn provides habitat for large populations of wintering waterfowl, wading and shorebirds. Brazoria also manages more than 10,000 acres of coastal prairie that once dominated the landscape across Louisiana and Texas.
What We Do
Refuges use a wide range of land management tools based on the best science available. The management tools used are aimed at ensuring a balanced conservation approach where both wildlife and people will benefit.
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge reflects the ebb and flow of life in one of the richest environments on earth. The refuge is part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and lies in the Central Flyway which includes both coastal and trans-oceanic bird migration paths. This makes the year round birding great!