The bayou is in a biological transition zone between the southern mixed hardwood forest, the coastal prairie, and the coastal salt marshes. The site contains the remnants of one of the few remaining native prairies, small areas of shallow, brackish marshlands, and bottom land hardwood or riparian woodland areas. These areas are historically and ecologically important and require constant efforts in preservation and restoration. Visit ABNC's educational resource pages listed below to learn more about these areas and how ABNC is playing an vital role int their restoration and conservation.
ABNC protects three vanishing Gulf Coast habitats, including coastal flatwood forest, coastal tall grass prairie and an unchannelized estuarine bayou with surrounding wetlands. The ABNC preserve is home to more than 370 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. More than 220 species of birds either reside at the center or use it as a safe resting place on their long migratory journeys.
ABNC is a complex of habitats, many of which stay wet through out all or part of the year. Visit our ABNC's Wetland Complex page to learn more
Wetlands are one of the most productive habitats in the world. Different kinds of wetlands play different important roles.
Wetlands and their habitats are having a hard time surviving. In Texas, we have lost more than half of the wetlands that were here 200 years ago. Additional wetlands are lost everyday. Government agencies and private organizations now have programs to restore and protect Texas endangered wetlands.
If you live in the Armand Bayou watershed or other watersheds, you and your families impact wetlands through your daily lives. Anything we put on the ground, down the drain or in the storm sewer could eventually find its way to a wetland and impact the quality of that wetland.
Successfully managing the natural and cultural resources of ABNC requires a carefully planned approach.
Once covering at least 9 million acres, today more than 99% of this important habitat has been lost to agricultural range improvement and urbanization. Armand Bayou Nature Center preserves one of the most extensive holdings of coastal tall-grass prairie in the lower Galveston Bay watershed.
Armand Bayou and Taylor Bayou lie at the heart of the Armand Bayou Nature Center. These two water bodies are estuarine streams, receiving inputs of tidal energy as well as larval and juvenile forms of marine life from Galveston Bay.
Working with partnerships, grants, mitigation projects and a dedicated group of volunteers, over 12 acres of inter-tidal marsh have been restored along the bayou.
Wetlands Educational GLoassary
Reconnect with nature through this nature discovery experiment
Discover the vital our vital prairies through this prairie discovery experiment