To christen the maiden post of "Hotspot Highlight," I am highlighting a birding hotspot from my previous home state of Texas. I truly love this location, and I am very proud of what it has become! It truly captures the mantra "Turning turds into birds." You will see why as you read on. Register for the 'flock' to get notified of future hotspots!
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Hotspot Name: Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands and Boardwalk
Location: Beaumont, TX
Managing Organization: City of Beaumont
Facilities: Public Restrooms, Trails, Boardwalk, Wetlands Education Center, Handicap Accessible
Ebird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1076700
When to Bird: Spring | Summer | Fall | Winter
Number of Potential Species: 275
Notable Birds: Mottled Duck, Least Grebe, King Rail, Purple Gallinule, White-rumped Sandpiper, Black Tern, Wood Stork, American Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Bald Eagle (nesting), Loggerhead Shrike, Fish Crow, Purple Martin, Cave Swallow, Sedge Wren, LeConte's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Boat-tailed Grackle, Palm Warbler, Painted Bunting, & Dickcissel
Other Wildlife: American Alligator, mink
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Description: Listen up. If you're going to visit southeast Texas at any time of year, Cattail Marsh and Tyrrell Park are a MUST BIRD. The waterfowl at the marsh are spectacular year-round, though wintertime provides a higher overall diversity for our webbed friends. There are multiple water "cells" throughout the wetland with varying depths and vegetation. With 12 miles of trail, you can spend a full day exploring this wetland that has turned "Turds to Birds." What do I mean by that? Unlike many cities, which utilize less-than-natural processes, the City of Beaumont created Cattail Marsh as part of the wastewater treatment process. That's right. You're walking around environmentally-friendly innovation. And it doesn't even smell. Now go get some Whistling-Ducks on your bird list.
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