From the Piney Woods of eastern Texas to the Rio Grande Valley bordering Mexico – a distance of more than 400 miles#the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail links 300-plus sites and offers birdwatchers access to such avian spectacles as red-cockaded woodpeckers, black-chinned hummingbirds, whooping cranes, painted buntings, and roseate spoonbills as well as countless migrating songbirds, raptors, and waterbirds.
Expert birder Mel White profiles about one hundred of the best sites along the trail, chosen for diversity of habitat, species, seasonality, and accessibility. Locations range from national wildlife refuges to small city parks to stretches of isolated road passing through avian habitat. Inside you'll find: advice about when and how to bird the location; driving directions and contact information, including web sites; listings of notable species to look for; accommodations of particular interest to the visiting birder; nearby museums, nature centers, and festivals.
Whether you are a dedicated birder or simply wish to visit nature sites along the Texas coast, use Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail as your guide.
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Contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler and Living Bird magazines, author Mel White specializes in nature and travel writing. In addition to winning the 2002 Lowell Thomas Award for best environmental journalism article, he authored the National Geographic Guide to Birdwatching Sites and A Birder's Guide to Arkansas, among other titles.