Gulf Coast
Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site
Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site Information:
This plantation is significant to the antebellum period of Texas and the era of Reconstruction. In 1848, Levi Jordan purchased more than 2,200 acres in Brazoria County. He commissioned the construction of the family home, a brick sugar house, brick slave cabins, a large sugar mill, and other ancillary buildings utilizing slave labor. Site amenities include the two story Greek revival style plantation house and significant archeological remains, including the slave quarters that were subsequently occupied by freedmen until the 1880s. Following the civil war, sharecropping replaced slavery as a labor source, and cotton replaced sugar cane as the cash crop. A small cemetery is located onsite. This historic site closed for renovations in 2008. On the first Saturday of each month from 10am-2pm, THC staff members meet with visitors to discuss the development plans and host tours. They also host other special events.  Volunteer positions are available. For more information call the Levi Jordan Plantation site staff at (432) 693-6951, and the Texas Historical Commission at (512) 463-7948. The house is located 4 miles southwest of Brazoria on FM 521, just past the intersection of FM 521 and FM 524 (Four Corners).
Mosquito Information for 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.The Brazoria County Mosquito Districts provides surveillance and education programs. (979) 864-1532. 1500 East Kiber Street, Angleton, Texas 77515. 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Upper Texas Gulf Coastal Region:
Coastal Plains Loop:  Clute, Richwood, Lake Jackson, Bailey’s Prairie, Oyster Creek, Brazoria NWR, Brazoria, San Bernard NWR, Chocolate Bayou
San Bernard Loop:  San Bernard NWR, Jones Creek, Freeport, Surfside, Quintana, Justin Hurst WMA
Texas Birds Checklist
Big Boggy, Brazoria & San Bernard NWRs Bird Checklist, Angleton & Brazoria-  The checklist was being revised as of August 2017. Click link for availability. 
Brazos Bend State Park Bird Checklist, Needville
Brazos Bend State Park Butterfly Checklist, Needville
The site is located 4 miles southwest of Brazoria on FM 521, just past the intersection of FM 521 and FM 524 (Four Corners).