Southwest Region Emphasis Areas
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Sunset on the Texas coast. Credit: USFWS.
Sunset on the Texas coast. Credit: USFWS.
Gulf Coast Emphasis Area

The Gulf Coast Region of Texas includes some of the most productive marshes and estuaries in North America. It encompasses near-coastal bottomland hardwood forests and oak mottes important to millions of migrating songbirds, shorebirds, wading birds and other wetland dependent species; the Service has a large conservation presence (about 450,000 acres) along the Texas Gulf Coast which protects many of the best wildlife habitats in Texas.

Blue heron snags a fish. Credit: USFWS.
Blue heron snags a fish. Credit: USFWS.

The priorities established by the Gulf Coast Emphasis Area Team include 1) coastal prairie and the Attwater’s prairie chicken, 2) ocelot recovery, 3) a work plan for whooping cranes and other associated species, ​4) ​restore coastal marsh and adjacent wet prairie habitats, and ​5​) make community connections.

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Stories, News and Updates

Epseranza's kitten ocelot. Credit: USFWS.
Epseranza's kitten ocelot. Credit: USFWS.

New Female Ocelot Discovered

 

Whooping crane searches for crab. Credit: Kevin Simms.
Whooping crane searches for crab. Credit: Kevin Simms.

Aerial Surveys of Whooping Cranes

 


Team surveys restoration at McFaddin Beach. Credit: TPWD.

McFaddin Beach Restoration

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Last updated: January 16, 2018