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About Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

This gallery contains images from Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, located in Burnet and Travis Counties in the Balcones Canyonlands region of the Texas Hill Country. The Refuge has spared old Ashe juniper (cedar) and oak woodlands from logging and shelters some of the best golden-cheeked warbler habitat around. The Brazos tributaries to the north cut shallow canyons where the Refuge foothills ease into savannas. The open country supports oak shinneries (head-high thickets) vital to the black-capped vireo. The refuge harbors 245 bird species for part or all of the year. Almost half are neotropical migratory birds that breed in the U.S. and winter south of the border. Because of its importance to birds, this refuge has been identified as being significant for world bird conservation and officially designated a Globally Important Bird Area.

Beneath the homes of birds lie caves, rivers, and sinkholes called karst. Even deeper is the Edwards Aquifer, the source of many Central Texas springs and Texas Hill County rivers, which eventually flow into the marshes, estuaries, and bays along the Texas coast.

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