Prairies and Pineywoods Wildlife Trails
If you wish to discover more about the north and northeast Texas birding and wildlife observation opportunities, you will find it in our newest set of maps, the Prairies and Pineywoods Wildlife Trails - East and West. These will navigate you in your discovery of the wildlife and enjoyment of the beautiful forests, lakes, and prairies of Texas.
- Explore the Big Thicket forested area in search of the large Pileated Woodpecker, a great variety of colorful warblers, and raptors such as the Red-shouldered Hawk and Common Nighthawk. As you walk, hike or bike through the woods, keep an eye out for some of the interesting butterflies and mammals that call these forests their home. You are in for a visual treat!
- Spend some time at campgrounds throughout northeast Texas, taking time out to fish at one of the many lakes, rivers and streams of the area. While there, keep an eye out for River Otters, dragonflies and shorebirds such as Great Blue Herons, egrets and kingfishers.
- Visit private ranches in open grasslands and within hardwood forests to see prairie birds such as Grasshopper Sparrows, Dickcissels and Eastern Meadowlarks and woodland species such as Indigo Buntings and Summer Tanagers. For the more casual wildlife viewer, sit back and enjoy watching butterflies, Wild Turkeys, Wild Hogs and soaring Bald Eagles at your leisure. There is something for everyone to see!
The Prairies and Pineywoods Wildlife Trail maps will lead you on a memorable journey through native grasslands and into the forests of East Texas.
- View some of the few remaining expanses of native Blackland Prairie habitat in northeast Texas, filled with wildflowers, tall grasses and even grazing Bison. The open prairie is also home to Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Cooper's Hawks, Monarch butterflies and more. Experience the native habitat that once covered most of north Texas.
- You can also reconnect with nature in the city; Dallas and Fort Worth offer many places to observe wildlife and birds in their parks, zoos and nature centers. See native species of birds, lizards, snakes and mammals in both their natural habitats and in zoo exhibits. Learn more about northeast Texas on guided tours and in informative exhibits. Urban wildlife viewing is another great way to spend an afternoon or a weekend with family and friends.