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Balcones Canyonlands
National Wildlife Refuge

This montage is of the black-capped vireo and the golden-cheeked warbler.  The refuge was established to conserve the habitat for these species.
24518 FM 1431
Marble Falls, TX   78654
E-mail: Kelly_Purkey@fws.gov
Phone Number: 512-339-9432
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Endangered black-capped vireo in nest and golden-cheeked warbler.
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Isolated communities cropped up in today's Balcones Canyonlands NWR by the end of the 1800s. These "cedar cutters" and cotton farmers earned a subsistence living until the late 1940s, when a ranching economy took hold. Paved roads soon drew visitors to the reservoirs formed by Colorado River dams.

As you drive the refuge perimeter, you'll pass by weathered, leaning homesteads. Imagine the stories of the families who cultivated the land and sent their children to one-room schoolhouses. When exploring, please leave all artifacts where you find them and help preserve a cultural legacy.

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