Chambers, Harris
Gulf Coast
Atkinson Island Wildlife Management Area
Atkinson Island Wildlife Management Area Information:
The Atkinson Island Wildlife Management Area land was donated by Conoco, Inc. for use as a wildlife preserve. It is located on the southern portion of Atkinson Island, a long, narrow island in the very northern tip of Galveston Bay on the edge of Harris and Chambers Counties. The island is located south of Hogg Island and runs north--south for approximately three miles. It is less than a half mile wide. The island was used as a case study for a wetland restoration project, using dredged materials. Wildlife includes shore and wading birds, raccoons, and rattlesnakes. There are 40 acres of woodlot composed of mainly hackberry and yaupon. Another 90 acre segment is brackish marsh which attracts waterfowl, rails, water birds, migrating raptors and Neotropical passerines. 20 acres of land was consists of materials from dredging the channel. Visitors are requested to not disturb nesting shorebirds during the spring and summer months. There are no restrooms. Bring your own mosquito repellant and drinking water. Visitation is restricted to boat access only. Activities include fishing and birding. The WMA is open year round. (409) 736-2551. From Houston, take IH-10 east for approximately 19 miles to Decker Drive. Turn south on Decker Drive and for drive 6 miles to Baytown. The Atkinson Island is located in Galveston Bay just east of Morgan’s Point and the Houston Ship Channel.
Mosquito Information:
Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or use Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla; some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love you when you eat bananas. 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 them in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes an 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. The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Upper Texas Gulf Coastal Region:
Anahuac Loop:  East side of Trinity Bay, north side of Galveston Bay, East Bay, Monroe City, Lake Anahuac, Anahuac, Hankamer, Anahuac NWR, west side of Winnie
San Jacinto Loop:  Baytown, Deer, Morgan’s Point, La Porte, west side of Trinity Bay
Clear Lake Loop:  Morgan’s Point, La Porte, Shoreacres, Seabrook, Clear Lake Area, Kemah, Bacliff, Dickinson, Webster, Pasadena, League City, Algoa, Alvin
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Harris County Bird Checklist with Photos
Chambers County Bird Checklist with Photos
Anahuac NWR Bird Checklist
Baytown Nature Center Bird Checklist
Candy Cain Abshier WMA Bird Checklist, Smith Point