San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

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San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Brazoria County, Texas, USA (12 December 2016).jpg
Map showing the location of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
Map of the United States
LocationBrazoria, Matagorda counties, Texas, United States
Nearest cityFreeport, Texas
Coordinates28°52′00″N 95°32′00″W / 28.86667°N 95.53333°W / 28.86667; -95.53333Coordinates: 28°52′00″N 95°32′00″W / 28.86667°N 95.53333°W / 28.86667; -95.53333
Area45,730 acres (185.1 km2)
Governing bodyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WebsiteSan Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

The San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge is a 45,730-acre (185.1 km2)[1] wildlife conservation area along the coast of Texas (USA), south of the towns of Sweeny and Brazoria, Texas. It encloses a bay behind a barrier island at the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is located in southern Brazoria and eastern Matagorda counties.

San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1969 and provides quality habitat for wintering migratory waterfowl and other bird life. Viewing the rippling marshes and ponds of the refuge gives an image of Texas as it was before settlement.[2]

Three national wildlife refuges on the Texas coast - Brazoria, San Bernard and Big Boggy - form a vital complex of coastal wetlands harboring more than 300 bird species.[3]


  1. ^ "Annual Report of Lands Under Control of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service" (PDF). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. September 30, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  2. ^ FWS (September 2008). "SanBernard Refuge". Retrieved 2008-09-20.
  3. ^ FWS (September 2008). "San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge". Retrieved 2008-09-20.


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