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Birding

One of the most beautiful and critical ecosystems of South Texas and Northern Mexico; home to many native species of plants and animals which reach the northernmost limit of their Mexican range here and do not occur elsewhere in the U.S.
Helps bird watchers discover the top birding spots around the world. Bird songs and bird photos are here. A new bird is featured every few weeks
Helps the visiting birder find the birds of the Upper Texas Coast - Harris County, Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, Galveston, Chambers County, and Jefferson County
a special project of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Nature Center, a non-profit environmental education organization serving the four southernmost counties of Texas -- offers information on education, programs, field trips, conservation, newsletter, birding hotspots, Mexico, and a bird checklist
For those interested in birds, butterflies, herps, wildflowers and/or environmental conservation in Texas, this site is compiling articles, checklists, maps and links
Magic Ridge - Indianola, Texas. This site includes a species checklist, aerial photo, map, and pertinent information about Magic Ridge birding area
Online nature and wildlife resource, Audubon Guides to plants and animals, ecards, newsletters, bird audio, Expert Naturalist, nightsky guide, species Lifelists, 4000 color photographs, nature discussions.
This link provides bird checklists for 22 Texas wildlife refuges, including the ones in this area
Birding in Refugio County, Texas. Over 400 species of birds have been sighted in and around Refugio. Has lots of info and pictures of birds
A listing of all the birding sites around Brownsville, Texas -- with an introduction by Roger Tory Peterson
Dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitat in and around the Gulf of Mexico, this organization's site has information on birding in the Lake Jackson, Texas area, bird migrations, and calendar of birding events.
This site has some really nice pictures of birding areas along the Texas Coast -- really worthwhile to browse!
Site sponsored by Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce; has listing of birds and where to find them
Your guide to Texas parks, nature, and travel opportunities -- this is a great site -- one of my favorites!

Vendors

Bat houses, bird houses, bird feeders, hummingbird feeders, squirrel-proof bird feeders, bird baths, butterfly houses, purple martin houses, bluebird houses, bee houses, outdoor furniture, ladybug houses, and decorative birdhouses. This company sells from top manufacturers but also has their own line of bat and bird houses. They also have a wildbird photo gallery and resource center. Good web site, reasonable prices.
Bird feeders and Bird houses, Bat houses, Bird Baths, Butterfly Feeders & shelters, squirrel feeders, bee shelters, ladybug boxes, Purple Martin Houses, wren , chickadee, woodpecker, owl and duck houses. oriole feeder, hummingbird feeder, finch feeder. Bird seed and feed. Squirrel Proof Feeders.
Offers a wide selection of bird feeders, bird houses, and bird baths as well as bat houses, butterfly houses, and ladybug houses.
Beautiful wooden birdhouses and birdfeeders in easy-to-assemble kits to enjoy all year. Buy one of each for family fun or buy a larger quantity for scout projects, fund-raisers, school projects, etc.
Woodside Gardens offers products of quality and distinction for the avid birder and gardener. A wonderful site with lots of info and products for bird lovers!!
Heritage Farms offers bird feeders, purple martin houses, and squirrel feeders. All products are made in the USA! Featuring the Absolute squirrel-proof bird feeder and the all new Quad Pod purple martin system

Organizations

Birding Clubs, Licensed Bird Banders & Reporting Bird Sightings
Purpose of the Society is to promote the discovery and dissemination of knowledge of birds; to encourage specifically the observation, study and conservation of birds in Texas; to encourage the formation of local birding clubs; and to stimulate cooperation among professional ornithologists.
Information about the Society's meetings, field trips, classes, travel, and the Galveston Bay Gull, a Society-sponsored newspaper devoted to the natural history of the Galveston Bay area
Information on sanctuaries, education, field trips for children, nature camps, current events, maps, etc.

Magazines

The magazine for serious birders and recreational bird watchers
Beautiful glossy magazine with pictures and articles on birds and gardening -- has something for everyone!
Small format birding magazine with lots of good articles and birding information monthly

Butterflies

Information on numerous species of butterflies occuring in Texas, including distribution maps, species accounts, and species photos of adults and some larvae
Butterfly gardening is a fun, educational way to enjoy nature's most abundant form of wildlife - insects! A basic understanding of the life history of butterflies, their food needs and the plants that provide these is all you need to plan and grow a garden suited for butterflies. Butterfly gardening requires some knowledge of local butterfly species, flowers that are attractive to nectar-feeding adults, and host plants for the developing caterpillars
A North American Butterfly Association site with pictures and related information on our South Texas butterflies
Lots of it! Presented by North American Butterfly Association South Texas Butterfly Club
A Texas Memorial Museum page with links to facts, checklists, and butterfly gardening information.

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