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Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary2020-09-24T09:00:45-05:00
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Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary

Great Texas Birding Trail - UTC 052

2205 Old Mexico Road, High Island, TX (Directions)

Take TX 124 south to High Island then turn south on Weeks Ave. then turn east on Winnie St. to the sanctuary. A second entrance on Old Mexico Rd. is open February 15 to June 15 and weekends in September and October.

Day passes are $8 and payable to roving admissions volunteer or at red honor boxes located at the entrance. Annual passes are available for $30.

During spring migration, this is a must see location.  Vireos, warblers, tanagers, orioles, buntings, and other migrants land here after their journey across the Gulf of Mexico. Their is also a heron rookery in Claybottom Pond on the north side of the sanctuary.

Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary - Winnie Street Entrance

The Winnie Street entrance has interpretive signage and a turnstile for entering.

Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary - Old Mexico Road Entrance

The Old Mexico Road entrance is open daily February 15 to June 15 and weekends in September and October.

Recent Photos

Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary

‘Statuesque Great Egret’ won Honorable Mention in the 2021 Week 1 FeatherFest Photo Contest.

Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary

‘Roseate Spoonbill’ won 3rd Place in the 2021 Week 2 FeatherFest Photo Contest.

Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary

‘Colorful Pair’ won 3rd Place in the 2018 Week 3 FeatherFest Photo Contest.

Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary

‘Mating Spoonbills’ won 1st Place in the 2019 Week 1 Featherfest Photo Contest

Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary

‘Nesting Egrets’ won Honorable Mention in the 2019 Week 3 Featherfest Photo Contest

Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary

‘Displaying Great Egret’ won 2nd Place in the 2018 Week 3 FeatherFest Photo Contest.

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