Goliad Chamber of Commerce

Birthplace of Texas Ranching

Birding

THE NATURE OF GOLIAD

Although best known for events important to Texas History, Goliad is poised to take its place as one of Texas' best spots for bird and wildlife watching.   Whether the nature tourist is at Goliad State Park and Historic Site, Coleto Creek Reservoir or the back-roads of Berclair they are in for a bird watching treat.   The areas are abundant with noteworthy and colorful birds, including Southern Bald Eagles, Painted Buntings, Roseate Spoonbills, Cardinals and Fulvous Whistling Ducks.

The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail includes both the Goliad State Park and Historic Site and Coleto Creek Reservoir.   Facilities are available at both sites for recreational vehicles and overnight camping.   Birding checklists are usually available at Ranger Headquarters as well as information on where to do the best spotting.

Deer and other wildlife are plentiful throughout the County.   Visitors can expect to see Bobcats, turkey, fox, raccoons and occasionally even a stray emu.   Some of the more exotic animals one is likely to see are Jaguarundi, Ocelot and Ringtail Cats.

Besides the wildlife, it is difficult not to appreciate the beauty of the wildflowers that abound in the area during April and early May.   Patches of these indigenous plants grow along the roads and highways, filling the countryside with color.

For the serious nature lover and outdoorsman, the City of Goliad constructed a "Hike and Bike Nature Trail" starting at the foot of Market Street and ending at the Fannin Memorial.   The City named the trail after the "Angel of Goliad", in honor of the young woman who saved the lives of numerous Texicans during the Goliad Massacre.   The Trail meanders along the San Antonio River connecting the town to the historic sites of Mission Espiritu Santo and the Presidio La Bahia.

The Chamber staff welcomes visitors throughout the week and is eager to help direct parties to the various sites best suiting their individual needs.

Birds of Goliad Texas

Chachalaca    
Chachalaca
Green Jay
Green Jay
Least Bittern    
Least Bittern
Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill
Tri-colored Heron
Tri-colored Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Night Heron
Night Heron
Pelican
Pelican
Photo courtesy Texas Parks & Wildlife (c) 2003, Earl Nottingham
Texas Parks & Wildlife retains ownership and copyrights to all images