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The Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is a wildlife conservation area along the coast of Texas (USA), west of the town of High Island, Texasmarker. It borders a bay behind Bolivar Peninsulamarker at the Gulf of Mexicomarker.

Established in 1963, this wildlife refuge is located on the upper Texas Coast in Chambers Countymarker. The refuge protects approximately of coastal marsh and prairies. The refuge offers opportunities for fishing, waterfowl hunting, paddling, and wildlife viewing. A large network of volunteers contributes thousands of hours in support of the refuge.

In the winter, the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge hosts large concentrations of waterfowl making it a popular site for public hunting.

Other signature species are American Alligator, Bobcat, Yellow Rail, and Purple Gallinule.
Snow geese flying in the refuge


Birdwatchers find the refuge an excellent place to observe neotropical migrants in the spring and the fall. Other species sought by birdwatchers include American Bittern, Seaside Sparrow, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, and Black Rail.

Volunteers have been working to compile a butterfly list for the refuge. Over sixty species have been identified, including the extremely localized Bay skipper.

Recent projects to enhance and restore the habitat at the refuge include control of invasive species like Chinese tallow, prairie restoration, creation of moist soil areas, and a colonial waterbird rookery.

Three other national wildlife refuges on the Texas coast - Brazoria, San Bernard and Big Boggy - form a vital complex of coastal wetlands harboring more than 300 bird species.

Anahuac NWR is one of more than 540 refuges that comprise the U.S. National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands and waters set aside for the benefit of wildlife.

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