Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge


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Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge

Address:PO Box 519
Eagle Lake, TX 77434

Phone:979-234-3021
Fax:979-234-3278
Web: www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/attwater
Established: 1972.
Location:About 60 miles west of Houston, Texas.
Facilities:Visitor center, auto tour route (5 miles), trails, picnic area.
Activities:Hiking, educational programs.
Special Features:Refuge offers the last hope for survival for the endangered Attwater's prairie chicken, which once numbered over a million on the Texas and Louisiana gulf coastal prairies. Today, less than one percent of coastal prairies remain and in 1996, scientists estimated only about four dozen birds remained in the wild. Today a captive breeding program involving Texas A&M University, the Houston Zoo, the San Antonio Zoo, Sea World of Texas, Caldwell Zoo, and the Abilene Zoo is aimed at species repopulation on the prairie.
Habitats: 10,528 acres of native prairie grasses bordered on the east by the San Bernard River.
Access: Open sunrise to sunset.
Wild life: Endangered Attwater's prairie chicken and nearly 250 other species of birds; also bison, raccoons, bobcat, coyote, armadillo, alligator, and snakes.

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We thank Rebecca Chester, Mike Morrow, and Terry Rossignol for allowing property access to Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge and Whitni Davidson for processing samples.
The initiative is jointly sponsored by the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), the Sam Houston Resource Conservation and Development Board, and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
According to the official recovery plan for Attwater's prairie chicken, a 30,000 acre preserve of coastal prairie grasslands is critical for the grouse's long-term survival.(97) Attwater's prairie chicken has long enjoyed one of the few wildlife refuges in the United States created explicitly to protect endangered species--the 8000-acre Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge.(98) But efforts to obtain the appropriations necessary to expand the refuge substantially have proven largely unsuccessful to date.
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Rosignol is Manager of the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge.