Hotspots Near You

  • 274. Trinity River Audubon Sanctuary, Dallas, Texas

    Once the site of illegal dumping, the Trinity River Audubon Sanctuary exists because the Dallas Audubon Society reclaimed 130 acres within the 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest, the largest urban hardwood forest in the United States. Only 10 miles southeast of downtown Dallas, you’ll feel like you are a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

  • 264. Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands, Beaumont, Texas

    A recent improvement to Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands is a 520-foot boardwalk with two covered viewing areas, making birdwatching and photography more comfortable. The wetlands provide habitat for a wide variety of birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and plants. The marsh is home to more than 250 bird species; the constant source of water and the positioning between two major coastal flyways attracts them.

  • 246. Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Quintana, Texas

    This green spot in the center of the Texas coastline is a haven for migratory birds. They find it as they return across the water during spring migration. The sanctuary is surrounded by white storage tanks of Dow Chemical Company, and it contains only a few acres, but all of it is critical habitat.

  • 241. Corpus Christi Hawk Watch, Corpus Christi, Texas

    The largest concentration of migrating raptors in the United States or Canada occurs each fall at the Corpus Christi Hawk Watch. In 1997, HawkWatch International began full-season counts at Hazel Bazemore County Park, which sits on the southern bank of a horseshoe bend of the Nueces River. An astounding 1,030,849 hawks flew overhead in 2004, and over the last 10 years, the site has averaged more than 525,500 birds annually.

  • 228. Port Aransas Nature Preserve, Port Aransas, Texas

    For decades, this property was a cattle pasture. Now, just seven years after restoration work began, it is one of the best birding sites on Mustang Island. The preserve’s 1,217 acres of tidal flats provide feeding areas and important habitat for shorebirds and endangered and threatened species, such as Piping Plover.

  • 223. San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, La Porte, Texas

    Within a short drive of Houston lies one of the state’s finest birding locations, where nearly 300 species have been recorded. When I wander through the park’s towering oaks and restored prairie, I frequently forget that I’m in the sixth largest metro area in the United States.

  • 197. Lake Tawakoni State Park, Wills Point, Texas

    For more than 50 years, Lake Tawakoni has been the water source for Dallas and nearby communities. It’s also a popular recreational site and great for birds. More than 340 species have been recorded on the lake and its 200 miles of shoreline; about 78 percent of the birds have been found at Lake Tawakoni State Park.

  • 195. Smith Point Hawk Watch, Smith Point, Texas

    Watching the fall migration at Smith Point is an incredible experience. I have seen the power lines along the road filled with Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and Eastern Kingbirds and the sky above the tower loaded with Mississippi Kites and Broad-winged Hawks as well as handfuls of Swallow-tailed Kites and Swainson’s Hawks.