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The introductory text should contain general information about the site, which may include for instance:
• geographic/ biogeographic location
• habitat and vegetation
• typical bird species/bird communities
• protection status
• land use and history
• importance for birdwatching

Coordinates were set by Mathias Ritschard (Admin) : 30.7118/-96.4657 (2021-02-17 16:39:12 )

Site name was set by Mathias Ritschard (Admin) as "Lake Bryan" (2021-02-17 16:39:12 )

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List up to ca. 25 species that:
• have a limited distribution range and/or are rare on a global level
• are most sought-after by birdwatchers at this site
• and are relatively easy to see at this site (year-round or seasonally)

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)
Redhead (Aythya americana)
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Common Loon (Gavia immer)
Neotropic Cormorant (Nannopterum brasilianum)
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

Neotropic Cormorant (Nannopterum brasilianum) was added by Rhett Raibley (2021-09-03 20:35:29)

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) was added by Rhett Raibley (2021-09-03 20:32:30)

Redhead (Aythya americana) was added by Rhett Raibley (2021-09-03 20:32:19)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) was added by Rhett Raibley (2021-09-03 20:32:06)

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) was added by Rhett Raibley (2021-09-03 20:31:50)

Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) was added by Rhett Raibley (2021-09-03 20:31:26)

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) was added by Rhett Raibley (2021-09-03 20:31:11)

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) was added by Rhett Raibley (2021-09-03 20:30:53)

Common Loon (Gavia immer) was added by Rhett Raibley (2021-09-03 20:30:39)

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) was added by Rhett Raibley (2021-09-03 20:30:29)

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) was added by Rhett Raibley (2021-09-03 20:29:56)

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) was added by Rhett Raibley (2021-09-03 20:29:32)

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) was added by Rhett Raibley (2021-09-03 20:29:21)

Fall and winter are the most productive here, with the best times of day being early in the morning and in the evening.  The park is paved and easily accessible.  There are trails that go around the lake if desired. Be sure to check both lakes. I recommend a spotting scope, as birds can be very distant. This lake is fantastic for ducks in the winter, with rarities such as Black Scoter and Surf Scoter being seen.  Tropical systems may also push birds in, such as Royal Tern or Magnificent Frigatebird. Sabine's Gull has been recorded here as well.

Give recommendations for making your visit as productive as possible.
This may include for instance:
• best season
• best time of the day
• how much time to spend at the site
• best means of locomotion within the site
• recommended routes / areas within the site
• guiding

Edited by Rhett Raibley on 2021-09-03 20:35
Fall and winter are the most productive here, with the best times of day being early in the morning and in the evening.  The park is paved and easily accessible.  There are trails that go around the lake if desired. Be sure to check both lakes. I recommend a spotting scope, as birds can be very distant. This lake is fantastic for ducks in the winter, with rarities such as Black Scoter and Surf Scoter being seen.  Tropical systems may also push birds in, such as Royal Tern or Tern or Magnificent Frigatebird.  Sabine's Gull has been recorded here as well.
Edited by Rhett Raibley on 2021-09-03 20:34
Fall and winter are the most productive here, with the best times of day being early in the morning and in the evening.  The park is paved and easily accessible.  There are trails that go around the lake if desired. Be sure to check both lakes. I recommend a spotting scope, as birds can be very distant. This lake is fantastic for ducks in the winter, with rarities such as Black Scoter and Surf Scoter being seen.  Tropical systems may also push birds in, such as Royal Tern or Magnificent Frigatebird.  
Edited by Rhett Raibley on 2021-09-03 20:17
Fall and winter are the most productive here, with the best times of day being early in the morning and in the evening.  The park is paved and easily accessible.  There are trails that go around the lake if desired. Be sure to check both lakes. I recommend a spotting scope, as birds can be very distant.

Lake Bryan is easily accessed from Sandy Point Road, in Bryan, TX.  There are no other entrances, and you cannot park outside the gate on Rye School Road.

Explain from where and how to get to this site with private and public transport.

Edited by Rhett Raibley on 2021-09-03 20:19
Lake Bryan is easily accessed from Sandy Point Road, in Bryan, TX.  There are no other entrances, and you cannot park outside the gate on Rye School Road.

Lake Bryan is only accessible from Sandy Point Road, where you will see a large sign near the entry.  It is open all year. Regular Hours are 9am - 8pm for Dec-Feb and 9am - 10pm for Mar-Nov. Entry is $5/car or buy an annual pass for $75/car.  Camping and boating available. Those holding annual passes can enter at any time, using their key card at the gate.  

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• entry points
• entry permits / entry tickets and fees
• opening hours / opening season
• other restrictions

Note that this section should only contain information on how to ACCESS (= enter) a site. Info on how to REACH a site should be added to "How to get there" section.

Edited by Rhett Raibley on 2021-09-03 20:23
Lake Bryan is only accessible from Sandy Point Road, where you will see a large sign near the entry.  It is open all year. Regular Hours are 9am - 8pm for Dec-Feb and 9am - 10pm for Mar-Nov. Entry is $5/car or buy an annual pass for $75/car.  Camping and boating available. Those holding annual passes can enter at any time, using their key card at the gate.  

Camping, fishing, and boating are available, and there is a swim beach.

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• wildlife (apart from birds)
• sights (natural, cultural, archaeological, etc.)
• activities (e.g. for non-birding companions)

Edited by Rhett Raibley on 2021-09-03 20:24
Camping and boating Camping, fishing, and boating are available, and there is a swim beach.
Edited by Rhett Raibley on 2021-09-03 20:24
Camping and boating are available, and there is a swim beach.

Information can be obtained at the entry gate.  There are bathrooms at the park, but not widespread.  

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or near this site, including:
• information centers / information points
• catering
• accommodation
• hides and watchtowers
• restrooms / toilets

Edited by Rhett Raibley on 2021-09-03 20:26
Information can be obtained at the entry gate.  There are bathrooms at the park, but not widespread.  

Best avoided in the summer due to loud boaters scaring off wildlife.  You're in Texas, so expect mosquitoes in spring/summer/fall. General caution should be used to avoid snakes and poison ivy.  

Are there any security issues or other annoyances at this site? For
instance, these may include:
• offenses like robbery or theft
• natural hazards
• dangerous or annoying animals or plants (mosquitoes, leaches, thorn bushes, etc.)
• noise pollution

Edited by Rhett Raibley on 2021-09-03 20:28
Best avoided in the summer due to loud boaters scaring off wildlife.  You're in Texas, so expect mosquitoes in spring/summer/fall. General caution should be used to avoid snakes and poison ivy.  
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