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Santa Ana
National Wildlife Refuge

3325 Green Jay Road
Alamo, TX   78516
E-mail: christine_donald@fws.gov
Phone Number: 956-784-7500
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  Wildlife Observation and Photography
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Chachalaca Trail:

One of the most popular trails on the Refuge, the half-mile trail leads visitors to Willow Lake. Here, cedar, elms, and Rio Grande ash trees extend pleasant shade by the resacas. Look for Least Grebes, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, American Avocets, and any of the three kingfishers - the ringed, green, and belted. The woodlands along the way shelter many of the common inhabitants, including Chachalacas and Green Jays.

Cattail Lakes Trail:

Meander through four distinct plant and animal communities along this 1.6-mile trail and discover the amazing biodiversity of the lower Rio Grande delta. Look for Cactus Wrens nesting in the prickly pear. Watch the Great Kiskadee pluck insects from the air above Willow Lake. Stop off at the photo blind and observe nature at work.

Pintail Lakes Trail:

This trail has it all: great birding, resacas, and the Rio Grande itself. As the trail winds around Pintail Lake, check the cattails for elusive king rails camouflaged in the marshes. It takes a topnotch and patient birder to spot all five rail species recorded here. In winter, look for Vermilion Flycatchers illuminating the treetops and White Pelicans on the water. Listen for the bouncing ball call of the Olive Sparrow year round. Reflect by the Rio Grande, both international border and lifeblood of Santa Ana NWR.

Canopy Trail

Climb 25’ into the canopy and watch wildlife as you cross the 100' rope bridge. Situated between two towers the rope bridge safely hangs among the ebony and anaqua trees and provides an exciting opportunity for watching wildlife.

Tower Overlook

Get above the canopy on this 40 foot open-air fire tower! It offers a rewarding view to those willing to make the climb. During hawk migration, watch thousands of blanket the sky as they migrate north. Look down and watch Mexican bluewing butterflies among the deep green of the ebony forest

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