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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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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Several thousand acres of the refuge are open for white-tailed deer, feral hog and wild turkey hunting. Hunters need a special use permit and are assigned areas to hunt during the two-day seasons in November and December. The refuge provides detailed hunting regulations. Contact the refuge directly for more information.

Wildlife Observation
For a Balcones Canyonlands NWR overview, take a Hill Country tour between the town of Lago Vista at the southern edge and Liberty Hill to the north. Along FM 1431, you can hike through prime Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat at Warbler Vista and view wildlife from a photo blind overlooking Turtle Pond at refuge headquarters. Halfway through your trip, stop at Doeskin Ranch for hikes along a stream and up the hillside into Golden-cheeked Warbler country. The Shin Oak Observation Deck rests at the northern tip, about nine miles west of Liberty Hill. Drive slowly along scenic Cow Creek, enjoying views of 750-foot thick Cretaceous limestone and terraces that gave the refuge its name, translated from Spanish as "balconies".

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