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Smith Point Hawk Watch

August 15 - November 30


One of the great spectacles in nature is a sky full of swirling raptors soaring their way to central and South America for winter. Smith Point on the eastern shore of Galveston Bay is a natural concentration point for southwardly moving raptors in fall migration. At the peak of fall migration, it’s not unusual to see thousands of Broad-winged Hawks, the most numerous species that migrates through Smith Point, on a single day. The Hawk Watch is held daily at the Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area where GCBO has a 30-foot observation tower. The hawk watch is staffed daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 PM CDT. You are invited to come out any day during the season. We are in need of volunteers to help with data collection, greeting visitors, selling T-shirts, and giving out general information. If you could volunteer one day a week, or even one day a month, it would be a great help!

To volunteer, please contact Susan Heath at 979-480-0999, sheath@gcbo.org.


Candby Abshier Wildlife Management Area at Smith Point in Chambers County, Texas
Anahuac, TX 77541 United States + Google Map
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