1 of 2
2 of 2
1. Hazel Bazemore County Park
Take advantage of living near the largest migration location for raptors in North America. Once per year, hawk watchers gather in September to view the migration of thousands of broad-winged hawks. This prime birdwatching destination features a large covered pavilion and trails, as well as picnic tables and BBQ pits.
Farm Rd. 624 and County Rd. 69
2. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
The place to tour for a glimpse of the visiting endangered whooping cranes who migrate here for the winter. The birds frequent the marshes and are also visible from one of the many boat tours available in the area. Over 400 other species can also be seen at the refuge.
3. Leonabelle Turnball Birding Center
Trek down the wooden boardwalk to the raised observation deck to view alligators, birds and fish. The wheelchair accessible viewing area has one viewing scope, with another mounted at the top of the deck. Free guided tours are available Wednesdays at 9 am.
4. Lions/Shelly Park
Nature trails, picnic tables, a playground, and a covered pavilion are all found in this park, located on the Mission River. Land birds frequent this area, attracted to the woodlands that shade the nature trails. Meander on the foot-bridge over the pond and try and spot a Hooded Warbler.
5. Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary & Wildlife Sanctuary
Home to both migratory and local birds, the waterfront Wildlife Sanctuary houses Redheads, among other waterfowl. Down the road, the Cottage Sanctuary contains a variety of habitats including an area of wetlands. The Cottage Sanctuary also features a birding trail, benches, a hawk tower and a drip bird bath.