Balcones National Wildlife Refuge


Balcones National Wildlife Refuge, Texas
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Eric Swanson

The Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge in Travis County provides nesting habitat for the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo. These songbirds have become endangered over the past decade as their habitat in the ravines, canyons, and grasslands of central Texas have been lost to development. To date, The Trust for Public Land has completed seven projects in the Preserve, conserving more than 2,500 acres of dense woodlands, protecting essential wildlife habitat, and providing trail access for hiking, biking and birdwatching.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3 million acres and completed more than 5,200 park and conservation projects.