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If you're an avid birder, or simply a beginner looking to get started, you've come to the right place! Beaumont, Texas is located near the Gulf of Mexico, known for its globally unique ecosystem with a diversity of habitats, fish and wildlife. Gulf habitats are essential to the annual cycles of many species of breeding, wintering and migrating waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds and songbirds. In addition, Beaumont is bordered by the Pineywoods of East Texas where over 350 species of birds are spotted annually.

Beaumont is on two migratory flyways: Central and Mississippi Flyways. Nearly 30 species of ducks and flocks of snow geese migrate to Beaumont between October and March while roseate spoonbills, great and white snowy egrets, white-faced ibis and mottled ducks are year-round fixtures. 

Local birding hotspots include Cattail Marsh, which comprises 900 acres of wetlands and a new boardwalk, and High Island, known for its unique habitat for migrating birds. Located inside Tyrrell Park, Cattail Marsh is a wildlife refuge for more than 250 species of birds annually. A current checklist of birds at Cattail Marsh is available on eBird.

High Island draws thousands of enthusiastic visitors from all over the world each year to enjoy the huge numbers of migrating birds that pass through on their way north to their breeding grounds. A complete list of birding locations in southeast Texas can be found on our website.

The Beaumont CVB has also worked with several ornithologists to create birding trails maps. The PDF versions of these maps can be downloaded and printed via the left-hand navigation links. Additional birding resources can be found by visiting Golden Triangle Audubon Soceity and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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5 Things to Do at Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands

Now that the temperature is starting to cool down and the new Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands Boardwalk is officially open, it's time to visit! We've put together this list to help you discover just a few of the ways we recommend you explore this nature oasis. 5 Things to Do at Cattail Marsh: Check off one of 250 bird species from your birding bucket list. Due to the constant water…Continue Reading

Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands Boardwalk Now Open

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands boardwalk and viewing platforms. The new boardwalk features two covered platforms providing access to incredible views of the wetlands’ abundant wildlife. The boardwalk stretches 520 feet across the most active habitat within Cattail Marsh; it is eight-feet wide to…Continue Reading

Beaumont Breaks Ground on Cattail Marsh Boardwalk

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the City is breaking ground on construction of the Cattail Marsh boardwalk and viewing platforms. The new boardwalk features two covered platforms providing access to incredible views of the wetlands’ abundant wildlife. The boardwalk will stretch 520 feet across the most active habitat within Cattail Marsh, it will be…Continue Reading

Victor Emanuel Nature Tours Celebrates 40th Anniversary in Beaumont

Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) will commemorate 40 years in business at an exciting event to be held April 17-22 in Beaumont. The event brings together 112 participants from 24 states, as well as Canada and Panama; 17 VENT tour leaders; and special guests including Dr. John Fitzpatrick of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology ; Kenn Kaufman, Kaufman Field Guides; Denver Holt of the Owl Research…Continue Reading

Kayak the Big Thicket on the Cook’s Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail

Visitors who come to Beaumont for the city’s museums , historical attractions and nightlife may not realize they’re cradled in one of the most biodiverse parts of the world, but a peek into the woods and waterways of Big Thicket National Preserve reveals a surprising side of east Texas that’s easy to overlook. This federally protected area stretches north and west of Beaumont…Continue Reading

Get Outdoors in Beaumont this Spring

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Spring in Beaumont! Let’s be honest, some days it feels more like summer. Either way, there is plenty to do outdoors so you can soak up the sun and all the fun times Beaumont has to offer. From bike riding to boating we’ve got the five B’s of a great time in the Beaumont outdoors.  1) Biking (& Running) Trails Gulf Terrace Hike…Continue Reading

Coming Soon! Cattail Marsh Boardwalk & Viewing Platforms

Beaumont is for the birds…and that is a good thing. The Beaumont CVB is proud to announce that birders, photographers and nature enthusiasts will soon have a new way to enjoy Cattail Marsh , located inside Tyrrell Park in Beaumont, Texas. Cattail Marsh has a long, respected history with birders as a prime site to find resident and migrating birds. The City of Beaumont…Continue Reading

12 of Beaumont’s Best Press Mentions in 2015

12 of Beaumont’s Best Press Mentions in 2015 We know Beaumont is a special place to live and visit, but it’s nice when others recognize it, too. In 2015, Beaumont appeared in a number of articles in magazines, newspapers and on the Web. Here are 12 of the best press mentions for Beaumont in 2015.  1. 10 Things to Do: Beaumont In October, Texas Highways highlighted the top 10…Continue Reading

Beaumont's Big Sit

Did you know that 240 of the 596 native bird species in Texas call Beaumont home? It’s true, you can even spot a family of Bald Eagles! For the second year, the Beaumont CVB participated in the 19 th Annual Great Texas Birding Classic by hosting a BIG SIT team on May 8, 2015 at Cattail Marsh . The Big Sit is a 12 hour competition where shifts of birders select a 17-foot diameter circle and…Continue Reading

A Perfect Saturday Morning in Beaumont

Saturday mornings are often for sleeping in, but on at least one Saturday, roll out of bed and head out to enjoy a perfect start to a Beaumont weekend. Here's how: Catch the sunrise and early morning at  Cattail Marsh  in Tyrrell Park.  Did you know that this hidden Beaumont wetlands area along Hillebrandt and Willow Marsh Bayous is part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding…Continue Reading