Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Freeport

Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge is a 44,414-acre (179.74 km2) wildlife conservation area along the coast of Texas (USA), east of the towns of Angleton and Lake Jackson, Texas. It borders Christmas Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway, separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Follet's Island.

Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1969 and provides quality habitat for wintering migratory waterfowl and other bird life. The refuge contains a freshwater slough which winds through salt marshes.
In winter, more than 100,000 snow geese, Canada geese, pintail, northern shoveler, teal, gadwall, American wigeon, mottled ducks, and sandhill cranes fill the numerous ponds and sloughs to capacity.
In summer, birds which nest on the refuge include 10 species of herons and egrets, white ibis, roseate spoonbill, mottled duck, white-tailed kite, clapper rail, horned lark, seaside sparrow, black skimmer, and scissor-tailed flycatcher.
Three national wildlife refuges on the Texas coast - Brazoria, San Bernard and Big Boggy - form a vital complex of coastal wetlands harboring more than 300 bird species.
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  • Good places to view birds and there was also plenty of dragonflies. During the summer, there are lots of biting flies that can make a visit more challenging. There is a good driving route that allows....  more »
  • Thus us really a beautiful natural area with tons of wildlife. While not a birder it’s hard to not fall in love with the variety of wildlife. I was told that earlier in the tear it’s even more...  more »
  • In all honesty this place is just somewhere to escape and enjoy wildlife in the quietness of the south eastern Texas coast. It's very nice out here, I do wish the trails wore more trail like rather than walking in high grass. But regardless this place is perfect to come out, sit, and enjoy.. lots of water fowl flying around
  • It was a nice place to kill time. They have a CD tour of the refuge but sadly we weren't able to borrow a CD as our rental didn't have a CD player. But it was a nice to drive around and look at

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