Little Sandy National Wildlife Refuge
Little Sandy National Wildlife Refuge, 3,802 Acres, Mineola:
Habitat at this 3,802 acre NWA consists of two shallow lakes, several oxbow lakes with shrub swamps, and old growth bottomland hardwood forest. This is probably the last substantial block of this habitat left in Texas. This bottomland forest was managed by the Little Sandy Hunting and Fishing Club since 1902. It was added to the national Wildlife Refuge system in 1886. The land is privately owned but the habitat is protected by the U.S. Fish & wildlife Service. The refuge is managed in conjunction with the Caddo Lake NWR. There is no public access. The NWR is bounded on the south by the Sabine River, on the north by U.S. 80, and on the east and west by adjacent private property. It is located on the eastern edge of the Old Sabine Bottom Wildlife Management Area, near Mineola in the Texas Pineywoods Region. From the intersection of U.S. 69 and U.S. 80 East in Mineola, go east on U.S. 80 approximately 12.6 miles.
Birding Wood County:
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Deep East Texas Birding Sites Guide
Northeast Texas Bird Checklist
Caddo Lake Bird Checklists
Caddo Lake Bird Checklist, Geese & Ducks through Flycatchers
Caddo Lake Bird Checklist, Shrike, Vireos through Finches and House Sparrows
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.