The native prairie, tidal marsh and bottomland forests of San Jacinto Battleground are some of the last remaining examples of these habitats in the area. The trail winds through a prairie, extends to the edge of the marsh that allows visitors to experience the tidal marsh, crossing both dense marsh vegetation and the open water of the tidal channel.
$60,000 plus $60,000 in local matching funds.
The 1,200-acre site commemorates the Battle and to preserve the Battleground on which Texan troops under General Sam Houston achieved the independence of Texas by defeating a Mexican Army led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on
April 21, 1836.
San Jacinto State Park, Texas
History buffs will recognize the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site as the site where Sam Houston attained independence for Texas by defeating a Mexican army led by General Santa Ana in 1836. Birders and nature lovers now enjoy this site as one of the best remaining examples of native prairie and tidal marsh in the region.
And, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Wild Birds Unlimited Pathways To Nature Conservation Fund, visitors can enjoy these habitats and the wildlife they shelter by hiking the 1,200 foot long San Jacinto Interpretive Trail. This accessible, all-weather trail snakes through prairie and marsh, crossing salt meadows, mud flats and tidal channels, and includes a covered, elevated observation deck that gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the marsh system. Visitors on the trail commonly see such coastal specialties as the Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Mottled Duck, Osprey, White Pelican and other wetland denizens such as the river otter.
It’s not often that history and nature intersect to provide an experience as rich as that found at San Jacinto State Park, where birders and birds can bask in the habitats protected as part of our nation’s culture.
Be sure to visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/sanjac for more information on San Jacinto State Park.
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