Anahuac Anhinga 3 LbNA # 55024
|Placed Date||Jul 31 2010|
|Found By||NLW (Attempted)|
|Last Update||Jul 10 2011|
*** Part of my TX Birding Trail Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 200 yards RT)
SPECIAL THANKS TO Melissa 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 previous Anhinga boxes, so should be considered a new Find.
From Houston, take I10 east to exit #812. Head south on TX 61 for about 4 miles to stop sign. Continue straight, where the road becomes Hwy 562, for about 8.5 miles to the fork in the road. Turn left onto FM 1985 and continue straight for an additional four miles to the main refuge entrance on the right. Drive down the gravel road 3 miles to the Visitor Center and park.
From the visitor's center parking lot, enter the Butterfly and Hummingbird Area. Staying on the stone walkway, bear left. Continue until you reach the wooden foot bridge. Cross over the bridge and continue on the path, bearing left until you reach another stone walkway that turns sharply to the left. Continue down the stone path until the path transitions to an elevated wooden walkway. Once there, look immediately to your left, there is a smallish oak tree. Look for the microbox hidden amongst the lower branches. Please replace as described.