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Sabine National Wildlife Refuge

Counting waterfowl at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge (a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area), a flat, 143,000-acre marsh situated at the southern terminus of the Mississippi Flyway, is more a matter of estimation than actual censusing. Wildlife managers sometimes report seeing flocks of several thousand ducks and geese in the air at once. Huge numbers of ducks and geese winter here, including Snow Geese, Blue Geese, Northern Pintails, Mallards, Gadwalls, Green-winged Teals, and American Wigeons. Among the many nesting birds are White-faced Ibises, Roseate Spoonbills, Neotropic Cormorants, and Mottled Ducks. More than 9,000 American Alligators are estimated to live on the refuge; they are easiest to find along the Marsh Trail, located about 4 miles south of the refuge headquarters. Although much of the refuge is accessible only by boat, the Marsh Trail provides excellent walking access.

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