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Friends of Anahuac Refuge

Jason Miles

Newsletter Spring 2023

Our Goals and History

Register & Help Make Change

Volunteer, Join, or Donate

Jr. Ranger Summer Day Camp

Nature exploration

We will have summer camp at the TCP office located at 4017 FM 563, from 9am-12pm, July 29, 30, 31 & Aug 1st. The cost of the camp is $30 for the 4 days and includes a tshirt and a snack per day. Please see application for more information. 

Tree Planting Work Day

Will it rain or will it not?  That was the question leading up to March 16.  We had a tree planting work day planned and it looked like we may be rained out.  


Thankfully we had a good turn out of volunteers willing to brave the rain, truck loads of trees to plant, a nice breeze to keep mosquitoes away, and the perfect temperature to keep us comfortable as we worked.  


We planted approximately 130 young trees that morning.  I must say that the best part was being with those who appreciate nature and want to work together to make a difference.  A big thank you to Joan Ward and David and Jan Hanson who start trees and other plants for use to enhance habitat for wildlife on Anahuac Refuge. 


When you see a young tree on the refuge with a flag on it, thank a volunteer.  Join us at our next Refuge work day, you will have fun, and you will meet terrific people.


See you on the Refuge!!!

Kay Lovelace


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Kathie Maxwell

Spring is almost here so take pictures at the refuge between March 10, 2024 and May 25, 2024 and submit your best photos to the Friends of Anahuac Refuge 2024 Photo Contest.  A “Photo of the Week” will be chosen each week, and that image will be featured on the Friends of Anahuac Refuge webpage and Facebook page.  At the conclusion of the contest, the winning image will be chosen from the 11 “Photo of the Week” winners.  The contest winner will be able to choose either a GoPro Hero 12 Black or a Vortex Spotting Scope as listed below.


  • Vortex Optics Diamondback HD 16-48x65 Angled Spotting Scope, Approximate Value $400.00

  • GoPro Hero 12 Black Action Camera, Approximate Value $400.00


The photos may be of wildlife, plants, macro, landscapes or any activity on the refuge.  Each person can submit up to 3 images per week during the contest and win up to 2 of the 11 weekly contests.  CLICK HERE for more information about the contest including how to submit photographs and to see the contest rules.

CLICK HERE to read suggestions and tips from our judges on taking the perfect picture!

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Bob McCurry

Week One winner - Vermilion Flycatcher by Bob McCurry


Mike Fahey

Week Two winner - Coyote by Mike Fahey

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Luis Algeria

Week Three winner - Crested Caracaras by Luis Algeria

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Jim Stough

Week Four winner -  Fulvous Whistling Duck by Jim Stough

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Vamshi Bantu

Week Five winner -  Red-winged Blackbird by Vamshi Bantu

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Karl Hoeffner

Week Six winner -  Great-tailed Grackles by Karl Hoeffner

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Katherine Daniels

Week Seven winner -  Golden-winged Warbler by Katherine Daniels

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Barry Hatch

Week Eight winner -  Common Yellowthroat by Barry Hatch

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Shari Lippe

Week Nine winner -  Least Bittern by Shari Lippe

Wildlife refuges are specifically created to preserve habitat for wildlife.  Anahuac NWR is no different, but remains accessible for a variety of uses.  Walking trails, driving loops, boardwalks, fishing piers, and boat ramps are available across the refuge.


Get Involved

 Loyd Dalton, Jr.

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