Converging in Eagle Lake, which is located in Colorado County, Texas major vegetation zones and three subzones bring an abundance of wildlife not found elsewhere in Texas. Hundreds of species of birds inhabit the lake and its outlying areas. Among Audubon Societies followers through out the United States, Eagle Lake is known as a bird watcher's paradise.
In the 1960s Eagle Lake became a recreational center for hunting geese and ducks that wintered on the prairies in the rice stubble and around the lake. In the 1980s the planting and harvesting of hundreds of acres of wildflowers brought new interest to Eagle Lake.
The Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge, located approximately 60 miles west of Houston, Texas, is home to one of the last populations of the critically endangered Attwater's prairie-chicken, a ground-dwelling grouse of the coastal prairie ecosystem.
The refuge is one of a handful of national wildlife refuges managed specifically for an endangered species; however, many recovery activities for this imperiled bird and management of its declining ecosystem go beyond the Refuge's boundaries.
Birding and bird-watching—what's the diff?
Birding and bird-watching mean the same thing. The activity of observing wild birds. (Birds in cages or any form of captivity don't count.)
What do people do when they go birding?
Birdwatchers observe wild birds in their natural habitat. Bird-watching means learning to identify the birds and understand what they are doing. In North America, there are over 800 species of birds. Wherever you live, you'll probably find at least 100 species that are easy to find in your area. Life suddenly gets more interesting when you become aware of the varied bird life all around you.
Every winter Eagle Lake's year-round wildlife inhabitants take a back seat to millions of invaders from the north. During those months Eagle Lake becomes the home of the largest concentration of migratory waterfowl in North America. Known internationally as "The Goose Hunting Capital of the World," Eagle Lake is the wintering site for all species of geese and ducks that migrate the great Central Flyway. They feed on grain stubble in the surrounding rice and corn fields. The geese provide one of Eagle Lake's largest industries - goose hunting.
Each year thousands of hunters pour into Eagle Lake for the finest waterfowl hunting to "be had anywhere." Hunters come from all parts of the U.S., Mexico, Europe and the Far East. They seldom go away empty handed.
View the "Hunting" Page for more Information
Take a nice nature walk along the creek to admire beautiful wildlife from the viewing platform overlooking the lake. See many species of birds, alligators and much more!
The Wintermann's maintained a home called Wingswept on Eagle Lake. The homes on Wingswept held much art and other collectibles. The Wintermann's had no children. Wingswept passed through several institutions before being liquidated in 2007 and the property sold to Trent Kelley its current owner. Kelley is currently restoring the grounds and buildings.