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National Wildlife Refuge

When Spanish explorers first saw the layers of hills northwest of what is now Austin, Texas, they named the land Balcones. These limestone hills and spring fed canyons make up most of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, located north of Lake Travis. The primary purpose of the refuge is to conserve the nesting habitat of the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo. Both of these birds nest in Central Texas, the warbler exclusively.

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BirdLife IBA SignOur mission is to support, complete, and enhance the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and its diverse ecology and promote its use for recreational, educational, and scientific purposes. Founded in 2002, Friends of Balcones is a 501.c.3 tax-exempt corporation. Headquartered in Lago Vista, Texas, the Friends organization has about 200 members and numerous volunteer-led programs and activities. We are governed by a seven-person Board of Directors and work closely with refuge staff to accomplish our mission.

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