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Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Balcones Canyonlands NWR is located in the Texas Hill Country, on the northern side of Lake Travis, between Marble Falls and Austin. The most important purpose of this refuge is to conserve the nesting habitat of two endangered songbird species, the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo.
NOTE: the Shin Oak Observation Deck will be closed March 18th-April 5th, 2013, in order to give the endangered Black-capped Vireos some quiet time during the beginning of their nesting period.
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Birds you can see here include:
 Other Wildlife
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Try stopping at the Doeskin Ranch for a hike along the Rimrock trail to see Golden-cheeked Warbler country.
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Content and images originally posted by charri & HelenB
Steve Gross's review I've spent quite a bit of time here, and I really enjoy the fact that it's not a "touristy" location. Golden-cheeked Warblers and Black-capped Vireos give often great views at close quarters to those willing to be persistent. The priority at this refuge is clearly the endangered species that breed here, and that's fine by me. There is a Songbird Festival that offers field trips into not-usually-public sections of the refuge with knowlegeable trip leaders. Chuck Sexton is a fantastic guy and a great biologist. It's a pleasure to bird with him.
The Doeskin Ranch offers hiking opportunities through a nice variety of habitats, including Golden-cheek territories.
Make sure to bird along the Cow Creek Road when you pass between Warbler Vista and Doeskin Ranch. Pros
ajmeyer5's review I spent several hours in the refuge one Saturday in early May 2006. I managed to find and photograph my first Golden Cheeked Warbler (very active little guy) at the Doeskin Ranch area by the creek about 100 yards from the parking lot. At the Shin Oak observation deck I heard and got a brief view of the Black-capped Vireo (very reclusive), and saw the Yellow-throated Vireo. Several other area residents and a late migrant or two made for a great outing. The temperature was still pleasant at that time of year. You can expect it to be very hot June through August in central Texas. Pros