Description - Brazoria NWR has been designated as an internationally significant shorebird site by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. Wading and shorebirds such as herons, ibis, gulls, terns, snipe, avocets, sandpipers, and stilts are common. Uncommon birds such as yellow rails, roseate spoonbills, reddish egrets, whitefaced ibis, double-crested cormorants, American
bitterns, wood storks, and common gallinules can be observed.
The refuge is open every day from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, September 1 through May 31. In the summer the refuge is open the first full weekend of the month and intermittently throughout the
- Brazoria NWR consists of 43,388 acres of coastal estuarine and coastal prairie habitat. It was established in 1966 as a migratory bird project for wintering waterfowl. The refuge typically winters 30-40,000 ducks and 40,000 snow geese. It also contains about 4,000 acres of native coastal bluestem prairie. It is located on the Texas gulf coast at the west end of the Galveston Bay Complex.
Refuge habitats consist of saline and non-saline prairie, salt/mud flats, fresh and salt marsh, numerous potholes, several saltwater lakes, and two intermittent freshwater streams. Over 5,000
acres of native bluestem coastal prairie are also found here.
More than 425 wildlife species use the Brazoria NWR during all or part of their life cycles. With its combination of a mild climate and diverse habitat, the refuge is a haven for more than 300
bird species. Birders often identify more than 200 species on and around the refuge during the Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count in mid-December. This count is usually
ranked number one or two in the nation in the number of species sighted.
The refuge also supports numerous alligators, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, frogs, toads, salamanders, lizards, and turtles. The upland prairies support sandhill cranes, quail, doves, hawks, and owls. Visitors can see abundant signs of coyotes, raccoons, bobcats, otters, and armadillos.
Recreation - Wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities available at the refuge include an auto tour, fishing, hunting, bird watching, photography, and general nature observation. Also, school children
can learn from hands-on experience during outdoor classrooms held at the Refuge by their teachers. Tours may be arranged for organized groups by calling the Angleton office for reservations.
Climate - Rainfall in this region varies from 20 to 50 inches per year distributed fairly uniformly throughout the year. The growing season is usually more than 300 days, with high humidity and warm temperatures.
From the intersection of State Highway 35 and FM 523 in Angleton, take FM 523 for 4 miles to Highway 2004 intersection. Continue on 523 for 5.5 miles to County Road 227. Turn left and proceed 1.7 miles to refuge entrance.