LANWRLaguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge (Texas)
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Steve Labuda, the manager of LANWR, provided helpful direction.
It has been a pleasure watching Friends of LANWR become a show place organization that has helped spread a deep sense of pride and respect for the animal throughout South Texas.
A number of fellow ranchers are now working with Swarts and her colleagues at LANWR to help re-establish and connect habitat for the species.
In an attempt to curb roadside mortality, significant effort has gone into an improved partnership between Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), LANWR, Friends of LANWR, and local ranchers.
Curlews foraged in loose flocks of 10-50 or in small groups of 2-3 birds, and were often observed flying between the intertidal flats and inland areas of LANWR. They foraged by probing into the exposed mud and into mud or seagrass below shallow water.
For example, on the 1993 Laguna Atascosa Christmas Bird Count, >20,000 shorebirds (mainly Western Sandpipers and dowitchers) were recorded on the Buena Vista Ranch, located adjacent to LANWR. Mitchell (1992) noted similar shifts in Redheads (Aythya americana) in the Lower Laguna Madre, due to changing water levels.