Gulf Coast
Welder Flats Wildlife Management Area
Welder Flats Wildlife Management Area Information:
This Wildlife Management Areais a wintering ground for the endangered whooping crane and has been designated as a critical habitat by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whooping Cranes are most likely to be present during late December through January. Fishing for red drum (redfish), black drum, spotted sea trout, and flounder are permitted with a fishing license and a saltwater stamp. Welder Flats can only be reached by boat as the land is totally submerged in the San Antonio Bay, between the mainland and Matagorda Island, just south of Seadrift. The boundaries extend approximately 1.5 miles along the Victoria Barge Canal and 4.5 miles along the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Canal. Tour boats from Seadrift will take you to the viewing area, or drive a boat from Seadrift and travel the Victoria Barge Canal to its intersection with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. From Victoria take U.S. 87 south for 28 miles to Port Lavaca. At Port Lavaca take SH 238 approximately 20 miles southwest to Seadrift. Tour boats depart from Seadrift to the viewing area which is approximately 17 miles out in the bay. (979) 323-9553.
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Calhoun Loop:  Port Lavaca, Point Comfort, Magnolia Beach, Indianola, Port O’Connor, Seadrift, Longmont, to Austwell
Texas Birds Checklist
Southeast Texas Bird Checklist
Aransas NWR Bird Checklist, Austwell
Matagorda County Bird Checklist, Port O’Connor Area
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.