Sheldon Lake was created in the early 1940’s as a water supply reservoir in support of war industries along the Houston Ship Channel. In 1953 TPWD acquired the reservoir and adjacent property as a waterfowl research management area. Twenty-eight islands were created along the west and south levees to prevent excessive wave erosion on the levees. Over the years the islands have become host to one of the largest inland Colonial Waterbird rookeries on the upper Texas coast. We will leave the boat ramp as a group and work our way among the islands. Some of the birds we may see: 5 species of heron, 3 species of egrets, White and Dark Ibis, Anhinga, Roseate Spoonbill, 4 species of Hawk, and migratory and nesting passerines. We might also see Nutria, Otters, and if lucky, one of the Bald Eagles that nest nearby.
One of the unique features of Sheldon Lake is its alligator population. There is a possibility that we will see some. As with any wild animal we treat them with respect and keep our distance. Participants should come prepared for any weather and dress accordingly.
Bring: water, snacks, sunscreen, hats, personal flotation device.
This is a meet at site trip, driving directions will be provided prior to the trip.
All participants will provide their own kayak.
Photos courtesy of Ken Beeny