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Wharton
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Gulf Coast
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D.R. Wintermann Wildlife Management Area
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D.R. Wintermann Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 246 acre Wildlife Management Area was a former rice farm. A section of the WMA was used to develop a wetlands area using water from the Colorado River. The land is flat coastal prairie and is used as a laboratory for students and land owners to observe wetlands management. Wildlife consists of winter migratory waterfowl including bald eagles, sandhill cranes, a variety of geese, teal, doves, ducks, and a variety of ibis, Neotropical migrants and many other birds. The site is good for viewing these birds and for viewing alligators. Amenities include a creek, a hiking trail, and a viewing platform overlooking the lake. Access is limited; contact the WMA for details. The WMA is located 15 miles northwest of Wharton off FM 102 near Egypt and has limited access. Contact Area manager for additional information.
 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Rio Colorado Loop:  Eagle Lake, Bay City, Wadsworth, Matagorda, Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR, El Campo, Pierce, Glen Flora, Egypt, Buckeye, Markham, Wharton
Texas Birds Checklist
West Gulf Coastal Plain (Upper Coast) Bird Checklist
Brazos Bend State Park Bird Checklist, Needville
Brazos Bend State Park Butterfly Checklist, Needville 

Mosquito Informationfor Texas:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love standing water and love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. Some that work include Off! Deep Woods, Off! Family Care Unscented with Aloe Vera, Cutter Unscented, Maggie’s Farm Natural, EcoSmart, All terrain Herbal Armor, Off Clip On, and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E (expensive). The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.