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Rancho Sienna News

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10 May . 2017

Get Outside Series: Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

Only about 26 miles from Rancho Sienna via FM 1431, the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1992 to preserve the primary habitat of the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo. Overall, it hosts 245 species of birds throughout the year.

This approximate 27,500-acre refuge is also a prime spot to view the twice-a-year spectacle of Monarch butterflies as they travel an incredible 3,000-mile journey between their principal breeding grounds in the north to their winter home in southern Mexico.

Because of its environmental significance, only about 3,000 acres of the refuge is open to the public, but there are miles of trails to enjoy, including the 2.2-mile Rimrock Trail and the 1.25-mile Cactus Rocks Trail. There’s also an observation deck, a birding blind, and activities including guided nature walks, workshops and festivals.

Read and explore more on the official Balcones Canyonlands website!