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Thousands of birds flock to Cattail Marsh
BEAUMONT - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
The Director of Tourism for Beaumonts Convention and Visitors Bureau is letting people know Cattail Marsh is open and ready to receive visitors, especially bird watchers.
Elizabeth Eddins says the marsh is an area that not a lot of people know about.
People out of the area know about it. Some of the biggest birding communities are from the U.K. Eddins said.
Eddins says 240 of the 520 species of birds native to Texas can be found in the marsh, meaning returning guests will likely see a different species of bird each time they visit.
It's one of those places where you're going to see a bird in the spring that you're not going to see in the winter, so we're going to have repeat visitors and they're going to get used to coming out here at any time, she said.
The marsh also serves as the citys natural wetland and water treatment facility. As a result, migratory birds have made it their temporary home.
I think it's beautiful. I wish I would have brought my cameras, said Rick Lanning.
The photographer saw a sign and decided to make a pit stop on his way from Maryland to South Texas.
It's just a way to unwind, switch off. Get back to something a little more peaceful, a little more quiet, he said.
Eddins is hopeful that others will see the benefit of the marsh and bring money to the city.
The fact that we've got so much retail and everything here is going to make it easier for them to bird here, eat here, stay in a hotel here, Eddins said.
The marsh is located at the back of Tyrrell Park. Its open throughout the holiday season whenever the park is open, and a number of upgrades are planned in the near future.