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Jinny J
College Station, TX36 contributions
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For birders, this is the place to be from late March to early May. During the spring migration, the little town of High Island is a birders paradise. Birds that migrate by flying across the Gulf of Mexico will set down here to refuel on the mulberry bushes and rest before continuing on to parts north. Many types of warblers, orioles and grossbeaks can be seen just by sitting at one of the many drips maintained by Houston Audubon Society.

Not familiar with bird species? Free guided walks and just being around a group of knowledgeable people will help you get started. Although the coast is full of shore birds at any time of the year, for the migrants, you need to be there during the month of May.

the charge is $7 per day but I suggest buying a patch ($25) to help the Society which does such a wonderful job working with land owners and its own properties to maintain habitat for these wonderful birds.
Written May 13, 2013
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SMYDY
Sri Kembangan, Malaysia563 contributions
Me, a stranger walked in a groovy home of birds, squirrels, rabbits, reptiles, fishes and insects, fortunately they showed no rejection on me.
I soften my footsteps for trying not to disturb their fun or rest.
Sometime, I pretended I was a tree, remained still and silent to watch their recreation and relaxation.
If you are a nature lover, don't miss this marvelous spot!
Written May 11, 2016
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Claudia G
Tucson, AZ70 contributions
This is a great place to visit when in Houston, a nature walk with a river, small lake, many many trees and different birds. With their own resident armadillo, crazy squirrels, turtles, water and land snakes, rabbits and many many birds. Nice retreat from the city.
Written August 23, 2015
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TravelingMerm
Monrovia, CA2,385 contributions
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This was one of the highlights of my birding this year (2021)!! I had the pleasure of visiting for a couple of days during the spring migration and OOMMGGG did I see tons of species!! Not to mention all the different turtles, frogs, and alligators - a plethora of wildlife even for all your non-borders out there!!

The High Island "complex" consists of 4-5 different sanctuaries and you mostly have to drive to each one but not terribly far - a mile or three - so you could walk it but if you're birding, time is of the essence lol!

I spent most of my time at the Smith Oaks sanctuary and had the best birding luck along the Grackle Pond Loop. Some highlights for me were the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Hooded Warbler, and even a super colorful Common Gallinule!! I also caught a couple of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - just amazing!!

The Smith Oaks Rookery was incredible as well - hundreds of vibrant pink Roseate Spoonbills, crisp white Great Egrets, and smaller Snowy Egrets nesting for the season!! Just wow!!

I did make one visit around the Boy Scout Woods sanctuary - known for its birding bleachers at a popular drip and other ponds along the trail. I was anticipating this sanctuary being a gold mine based on all the research I did, but I didn't see much of anything there. It was a nice hike but terribly swarming with mosquitoes- even with the bug spray lol! I definitely preferred the Smith Oaks sanctuary.

All told I did about 4+ miles of easy hiking - there's no elevation gain anywhere here. The trails all around the sanctuaries I visited were a mix of well maintained board walks and nicely groomed dirt trails through the woods along swamps and ponds. The boardwalks would be handicap accessible and you'll have lots of viewpoints and options - especially at the rookery! But the dirt trails are pretty narrow and uneven in places.

There's plenty of parking at all the locations. Each individual sanctuary is $8 to enter - but if you buy a souvenir patch for $30 you get unlimited entry to all of them for the year. The small amount of staff I interacted with were very lovely! Helpful, warm, and eager to inform! I will definitely be back to visit this magnificent hotbed of wildlife activity someday! It was just awesome!
Written December 29, 2021
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TravelBugTennessee
Tennessee192 contributions
One of my fave places when visiting the area is this little-known spot.

Great for getting away for a few minutes or several hours, you can hike the trails on your own or sign up for walks with groups, etc. (I've personally not done this, only the walks with a friend or two.)

Highly recommend!!

You feel as if you're miles away when really, you're about 2 minutes if that from Beltway 8 at Memorial Dr.
Written August 19, 2015
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rob148
Houston, TX40 contributions
Family
A great little sanctuary tucked away from the hectic city life. Very well planned walk route with some great spots to sit back and watch the wildlife go by. Easy to miss but first left after turning off Memorial. Also has some other car parking spots around the park.
Written November 3, 2015
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MacJack23
New York City, New York143 contributions
Couples
This is a nice escape from the rest of Houston. Very accessible, very relaxing, easy walking on well-maintained paths, bridges, and walkways. We went in mid-January, far from an ideal time to see hoards of migrating birds that pass through this sanctuary. But we saw some local birds and turtles, good scenery, and had a very lovely relaxed walk through the well cared for 17 acre retreat.
Written January 22, 2015
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