If you’re intrigued by the idea of goin’ crabbin’ on the Texas coast (see page 20 of the print issue for the full story), think about this: The same crabs and marshland wildlife that attract thousands of visitors to Bolivar Peninsula also lure many migratory bird species. The Houston Audubon Society recently opened the peninsula’s newest birdwatching hotspot, Horseshoe Marsh Bird Sanctuary.

A 650-acre wetland habitat near the Bolivar Ferry landing, Horseshoe Marsh offers visitors the opportunity to observe large numbers of shorebirds, waders, and ducks, including roseate spoonbills, oystercatchers, long-billed curlews, and clapper rails, among others. For information about Horseshoe Marsh and about the area’s other sanctuaries (Smith Oaks, Boy Scout Woods, High Island Nature Sanctuary, and Bolivar Flats), call 713/932-7924; www.houstonaudubon.org.

The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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