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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

Attractions - 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.

Location - 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.

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The previous trip report is for Brazos Bend State Park which is a different place. The Refuge is along the Gulf Coast. The state park is also a great birding spot.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, or as we call it Brazos Bend, is an excellent place for a family camping experience. It is also ideal for weekend or day camping if you live close. I enjoy taking short day trips there to hike. There are countless trails to hike of various difficulty levels. The brid watchers will love the large number of coastal species present. My favorite part is the ever present alligators. I like to hike down some of the safer trails at night and look for alligator eyes with my flashlight! Fishing is excellent here also.

More Information

Contact Information:
Brazoria NWR, 1212 N. Velasco, Suite 200 , Angleton, TX, 77515, Phone: 409-849-7771
, r2rw_brz@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Gulf Coast - The Gulf Coast region is a nearly level, slowly drained plain less than 150 feet in elevation, dissected by streams and rivers flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. This region offers some excellent recreation attractions, most of them centered around the waters of the Gulf.
Texas' National Wildlife Refuges - Although recreation is not the primary mission of the National Wildlife Refuges, most of the refuges listed here offer atleast opportunities for birdwatching, wildlife viewing and enjoying nature.

Brazoria NWR - Official agency website


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