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Neches River National Wildlife Refuge
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Neches River National Wildlife Refuge:
This new refuge is located along both sides of a a 38 mile reach of the upper portion of the Neches River. This section of the river forms the border between Anderson and Cherokee Counties. Habitat consists of overflow bottomlands and adjacent pine and pine/hardwood forests. Future plans include acquiring up to an additional 25,281 acres. The purpose of this refuge is to protect the bottomland hardwood forests in riparian and wetland areas. This habitat provides nesting, wintering and migratory habitat for migratory birds of the Central Flyway. The refuge is currently closed to the public, but will eventually open for wildlife dependent activities. Special use permits are required for those conducting research or other activities. The refuge is located 35 miles south of Tyler, and approximately 9 miles south of Jacksonville, Texas in the East Texas Pineywoods Region. It is managed jointly with the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge. To reach the Caddo Lake NWR headquarters from Marshall, go north on SH 43 to Spur 449 at the refuge sign and a post office sign. Drive one mile to the intersection of Spur 449 and FM 134. Look for the Karnack Post Office on the right corner and the Karnack Community Center on the opposite left corner. Go straight through the intersection, cross the train tracks, and enter the Caddo Lake Refuge Headquarters.(903) 679-9144. Neches River National Wildlife Refuge Map
 
Neches River:  
The Neches River rises just east of Colfax in eastern Van Zandt County; it flows southeast for 416 miles to its mouth in Sabine Lake on the northern edge of Port Arthur, Texas. Except for a few miles near its head, the Neches serves as a boundary system for its entire length, forming the county lines between a several Texas counties. Reservoirs on the river include Lake Palestine, Lake B.A. Steinhagen near Town Bluff, and the small Rhine Lake located north of Palestine. Major tributaries include the Angelina River, which drains one-third of the basin area, Bayou La Nana, Ayish Bayou, Pine Island Bayou, Village Creek, Kickapoo Creek, and Flat Creek. Towns located along the river include Tyler, Beaumont, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Groves, Port Neches and Nederland.  Fish Stocking History    
 
Birding - TEXAS PRAIRIES AND PINEYWOODS EAST BIRDING TRAIL:
Big Woods Loop:  Palestine, Tennessee Colony, Cayuga, Kerens, Corsicana, Ennis, Bardwell, Athens, Fairfield, Mexia, Teague, Groesbeck, Marquez, Centerville, Leona
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist
 
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.