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 Sonja Sommerfeld | TPWD


Estero Llano Grande State Park

ESTERO LLANO GRANDE State Park is a can’t-miss birding destination, containing South Texas specialties such as green jays and Altamira orioles. Visit in late summer for a glimpse of waders and shorebirds such as the wood stork and the roseate spoonbill. The park’s lush wetland environments are teeming with other life too — listen for the buzzing of crickets, the peeping of frogs and the splashes of fish as they swim.

Brazos Bend State Park

This park is famous for its alligators, but those toothy bathing beauties aren’t the only wildlife in the park. Well over 300 species of birds live here, along with 20 species of reptiles and amphibians and 25 types of mammals.

Old Tunnel State Park

Three million Mexican free-tailed bats reside inside the old railroad tunnel from May to October. Observe their evening flight from two different viewing areas (call for emergence times).

Caprock Canyons State Park

This park famously hosts the Texas State Bison Herd, but that’s not all there is to see — visit for a glimpse of prairie dogs, foxes, rabbits, 14 types of lizards and 175 species of birds.

South Llano River State Park

The South Llano River has never run dry in recorded history; the river provides a drink to armadillos, porcupines and ringtails. In winter, see one of the lar­gest wild turkey roosts in Central Texas.

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