Popular Birding Areas
The 1-mile Sundew Trail loops through a wetland pine savannah habitat that is regularly treated with prescribed fire. The longleaf pine forest here provides good habitat for Bachman's sparrows, brown-headed nuthatches, and several species of woodpeckers.
The Kirby Nature Trail winds through a dense beech-magnolia-loblolly pine forest, a cypress slough, and a riparian zone that provide habitat for thicket-loving birds, such as thrushes, thrashers, and Swainson's warblers.
A wetland pine savannah/longleaf pine restoration area adjacent to the preserve headquarters attracts birds that prefer open grasslands, such as Henslow's sparrows. Birders can either walk or drive to this area from the visitor center.
Canoeists and kayakers may want to explore the Cooks Lake to Scatterman Paddle Trail along the Neches River, where bird sightings include prothonotary warblers, ospreys, egrets, swallow-tailed kites, and both great and snowy egrets.