Pearland covers about 50 square miles, a stretch of land that’s a microcosm of the many habitats that you’ll find in the inner Gulf Coast. Start your birdwatching adventure in the wetlands at the John Hargrove Environmental Complex & Wetlands. Stroll along the bank of a 36-acre pond and you’ll spot herons, egrets, and even Roseate Spoonbills. Visit during the summer, when these water birds nest on a protected rookery island you can see from the trail. Come at dusk or dawn to see hundreds of birds either leaving or arriving, a dramatic sight you won’t soon forget.
While you’re there, stop by the Delores Fenwick Nature Center. Admire the vibrant murals splashed across the walls (including one of a Roseate Spoonbill and check out the live animal exhibits and 720-gallon native fish aquarium. The nature center is the place to go for birding classes, which can be a great start to your own adventure in Pearland.
On a recent visit to Pearland, wildlife tour leader and writer Barrie Cooper said “I was thoroughly impressed when I visited the Delores Fenwick Nature Center and birding wetlands. As a birder, I was very excited to see a group of American Pipits that were showing well in front of the center. The lakes had White Pelicans and a variety of good water birds. The rookery provided excellent views of nesting egrets and spoonbills and, to crown my visit, a Bald Eagle sat regally in a tree – it was the only one I saw in my three weeks in Texas.”
For even more wetland wanderings, hike the Shadow Creek Ranch Nature Trail and you’ll come across herons and egrets, as well as Soras in the spring and sparrows in the winter. Not only do the trails at Shadow Creek Ranch and the John Hargrove Environmental Complex yield plenty of first-rate birding, they’re also easy to reach and traverse. To encounter species more at home in prairies and woodlands, fly on over to the nearby El Franco Lee Park. Meander along nature trails woven throughout this 80-acre oasis in the winter and spring and you just may see Green-Winged Teal, Orange-Crowned Warblers, and Vermilion Flycatchers, while the fall brings a host of warblers.
These are just a few of the places you can go birding in Pearland. Check out our birding guide to see even more locations.