Anahuac Anhinga 2 LbNA # 42814 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Aug 10 2008|
*** Part of my TX Birding Trail Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 20 yards RT)
Status: assumed destroyed by Hurricane Ike (09/05/08)
SPECIAL THANKS TO TEJAS ANGEL FOR HELPING PLACE THIS BOX!
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is one of the premier waterfowl refuges on the Texas coast and is part of the Anahuac Loop described on the Upper Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail map. Roseate spoonbill, great egrets, snowy egrets and white ibis are just some of the long-legged waterbirds that can be seen on ponds, rice fields and moist soil units throughout the refuge. Between October and March, visitors to Anahuac NWR are likely to see as many as 27 species of ducks, including green-winged teal, gadwall, shoveler, ruddy duck and northern pintail, and huge groups of snow geese can be found near Shoveler Pond. During spring migration, warblers and other songbirds can be seen or heard in small wooded areas throughout the refuge. American alligators are also an abundant resident of the refuge. So bring your binoculars and insect repellent and come look at all the wildlife in the refuge while looking for this microbox. You might even see a live anhinga! This is a new stamp and box from the original Anhinga box, so should be considered a new Find.
From Houston, take I10 east and exit at the Anahuac/Hankamer exit, then go south 2 miles to FM 562. Continue south for 8.3 miles to FM 1985, then 4 miles east to the refuge entrance on the right. Drive down the gravel road 3 miles to the information station and get a map.
From the information station continue driving south for about 50 yards, then turn right at the sign pointing towards Shoveler Pond. You will pass The Willows viewing area and then bear right on the 2.5 mile loop drive going counter-clockwise around Shoveler Pond. Soon you will make a sharp turn left (south) and there will be an observation platform on your left overlooking Shoveler Pond. Walk under the right (south) side of the platform and look up at the underside of the platform. Where the 4th crossbeam meets the south edge of the platform is the microbox, hidden behind a rock. Please be discreet and replace the rock.