The Texas High School Coastal Monitoring Program Field Guides
Mustang Island Field Guide - Field Stop 5

The fresh-water to brackish-water marsh at the Leona Belle Turnbull Birding Center (fig. 1) is created by the waste water treatment plant. This is a popular site for birding enthusiasts. As we make you way out to the observation platform, please stay very quiet. You don't want to disturb the birds or alligators. That's right, be on the lookout for 'gators. Once on the boardwalk you will see a cattail marsh surrounding a large body of water. Look closely in the areas where the cattails look like they have been mowed down. This has been done by the alligators. They like to hide among the cattails and are very good at camouflaging themselves. For more information, please visit http://www.cityofportaransas.org/Leonabelle_Turnbull_Birding_Center.cfm.

Boardwalk at the Leona Belle Turnbull Birding Center on Mustang Island.
Figure 1. Boardwalk at the Leona Belle Turnbull Birding Center on Mustang Island.