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Region 3 - Piney Woods

The Piney Woods

Shut your eyes and imagine rolling hills with different shades of majestic green trees (even in winter). With an average of 46 inches of rainfall, we’re also known fondly as the rain forest of Texas! Region 3 encompasses from Orange to Texarkana, then from the Louisiana border to Interstate 45, a total of 46 counties. 

When it comes to specialties, (not counting being in the flyway zone for northern and eastern migrating species) we have the Bachman’s Sparrow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Fish Crow, Swallow-tailed kite, Pileated Woodpecker, Swainson's Warbler, plus 12 more species of breeding warblers. And of course the Red-cockaded Woodpecker!

Popular Birding Locations:

Martin Dies State Park (kite and breeding warblers)
Boykin Springs (for the pine specialties)
Lake O' the Pines (wintering water birds)
Neches Wildlife Refuge (for woodland birds)
Tyler State Park (woodland and water birds)
Big Thicket National Preserve (migration route. Also, an abundance of carnivorous plants. Four of the five types of carnivorous plants found in North America can be found in the Big Thicket.)


REGION 3 – Piney Woods
Counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Jasper, Lamar, Liberty, Marion, Montgomery, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Walker, Wood

Region 3 Piney Woods

Regional Reports

Click on the links below to view the North American Birds report from this biological region in Texas. The TOS Region that most closely matches the biological region is noted in parentheses.
East Texas (similar to TOS Region 3 Piney Woods)

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