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Brazoria
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Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
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Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Information:
The Brazoria, San Bernard and Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuges are part of the Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, a vital coastal wetlands complex which is located at the end point of the Central Flyway for waterfowl in winter, and an entry point for neo-tropical migratory songbirds from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.Located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the salt and fresh water marshes, coastal prairies, and bottomland forests provide abundant habitat for fish, birds, alligators and other wildlife. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the Complex.The 43,388 acre Brazoria NWR was established in 1966. It is partially located on Chocolate Bay and is #108 on the Coastal Plains Birding Loop. Its proximity to Freeport helps Freeport have one of the highest Audubon Christmas bird counts in the nation. The 3 mile CR 227 entrance road passes through bluestem prairie terrain and offers opportunities for roadside viewing of wildflowers, birds and other wildlife. Please do not access the private land on either side of the road. In winter more than 100,000 snow geese, Canadian geese, pintails, northern shovelers, teal, gadwall, American wigeon and mottled ducks fill the ponds and sloughs. Sandhill cranes also winter here. During the summer, white ibis, roseate spoonbill, mottled duck, white-tailed kite, clapper rail, horned lark, seaside sparrow, black skimmer, scissor-tailed flycatchers, ten species of herons and egrets nest at the refuge. Alligators can be viewed on Big Slough and in refuge ponds. The Christmas Point and the Middle Bayou Waterfowl Hunting Areas are available for use during waterfowl hunting season. These two sites offer good duck and goose hunting. The 4,000 acre Christmas Point Area is located southeast of the Intracoastal Waterway and is accessible is by boat only. The 1,500 acre Middle Bayou Hunting Area has boat and walk in access. The regular waterfowl season runs from late October through mid-January. The NWR is located near Angleton, Texas.  Facilities Map 
 
Brazoria NWR Facilities & Amenities Overview:
The Refuge Headquarters is located off FM 2004 at the refuge entrance on the west side of the refuge. The Discovery Center complex, home for the Discovery Environmental Education Program, is located within the refuge’s Big Slough Recreation Area. The nearby Information Pavilion offers interpretive panels, information on the 7.5 mile self-guided auto tour, and restrooms. Brochures, and cassettes or compact discs are available at the pavilion. The complex consists of a Discovery Pavilion, an Information Pavilion with interpretive panels, restrooms, and the Discovery Center.  Facilities Map
 
Trails:
The 0.6 mile Big Slough Boardwalk winds through low forests and clearings, and leads to an observation platform; loop trails branch off and then reconnect to this trail; watch for passerines. The main trailhead is located at the visitor information complex. The 2 mile Middle Bayou Trail follows along an abandoned railroad right-of-way running parallel to CR 227; the trailhead is located at the Bastrop Bayou fishing pier. The trail provides good viewing access to the birds that favor grasslands and prairies, including Sandhill Cranes, Bobwhite Quail, and four species of Dove. The Mottled Duck Marsh, located off CR 208 on the refuge’s northern border, offers viewings of waterfowl and shorebirds. Wandering off trails in not advised because of the presence of alligators and poisonous snakes. Alligators can also be found on the banks of the Big Slough near Cox Lake.  Big Slough Trail Map  Cox Lake Trail 
 
Directions:  
From Angleton: from the intersection of SH 288 and FM 523, take FM 523 to the FM 2004 intersection. Continue on 523 for 5.5 miles to CR 227. Turn left on 227, and proceed to the refuge entrance; the refuge office is located in a Demi-john about 3 miles east of the entrance.