Finding Wildlife In The Burbs


September 14, 2023
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Where to find wildlife in the ‘burbs

Wildlife is all around us.  Every once in a while when driving at night or going on an early morning walk its possible to see an Opossum or Raccoon running across the road.  At the other end of the spectrum a variety of birds, lizards and squirrels are often abundant and easy to see.  Here are some local places to go in Houston to see various types of wildlife predictably.

Like Forrest Gump’s box-o-chocolates (you never know whatchya gonna get!)

Waterfowl and other aquatic birds (Nov. thru March for migratory waterfowl)

Colonial aquatic bird breeding rookeries (March through June)

Free-tailed bats (best in summer and fall, check websites for emergence times)

Purple martins coming in to roost (July thru Sept, check website for best viewing times)

Chimney swifts (check website for best viewing times)

Springtime migrant songbirds (late March thru mid May)

Authored By Dan Brooks

As the HMNS Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Dr. Dan is known as ‘the guy with the most backbone’ in the museum! He curates four permanent exhibits at the museum, where he was worked as a full-time staff member since 1999. He has described 10 new species to date, and is very active in local (hmns.org/houstonwildlife) and international (Southeast Asia and Latin America) wildlife research, especially with gamebirds. Afflicted with the inability to ‘shake the nature bug’, when he’s not at work in the museum, one of his favorite things to do is scouting and exploring the great outdoors with his family.

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