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The Path of Destruction...

It was a cool morning as I drove up interstate 37, across the rising waters of the Nueces River to take the Houston Texas exit and continue along interstate 69/state hwy 77. My destination was Refugio, Texas. Now Refugio was also hit by the storm, hurricane Harvey, back in August. Refugio [rah FEAR ee oh] is a small town [population of maybe 3000] with a big heart and wonderful, heavily wooded park with the Mission River meandering through the parkland. During the local news and online news sites for the Corpus area, I've heard and read stories of the destruction in this little town. I have noticed on my birding sites that I frequent that Refugio's bird listings haven't been reported in months! I figured that the park was no longer accessible because of the storm damage. I wanted to see with my own eyes...

First, here is a link to the photos I've taken long ago when I went birding at different times in the past.  I want to share some of the previous beauty in photos.

BEFORE





Then, the sights I saw on October 10th, 2017

AFTER

Most of the pathways were either covered by fallen trees, knee high grass, or park debris! The paths were completely hidden at quite a few areas, some sections, with uprooted tree roots, the paved walkways were bubbled and broken. It was like a ghost town...dark, dreary, and way too silent. The bird song that used to be heard all the time...eerie, dead silence!!






Once I got out of the wooded areas, climbing over fallen trees and branches, back at the parking lot, I must mention I saw THREE birds the whole time! A Phoebe, an American Kestrel...and yep....not surprisingly...a VULTURE. I got back in the car and headed home. Once back on interstate 37 driving to Corpus Christi, I stopped at Labonte Park along the Nueces River. There, I saw some bird activity and enjoyed this short stop much better than what I saw at Refugio.



28 comments :

  1. Hello Anni, it is sad to see our favorite birding places destroyed by the recent storms. I had a few places in Florida, that had a lot of tree damage to the boardwalk and trails. Thankfully with volunteers it seem the places are being cleaned up. I hope your spot returns to normal soon. The before and after photos are amazing. Have a happy day and weekend.

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    1. It'll never be the same...but someday, I hope, it will be cleared and pretty again.

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  2. this is heartbreaking, and this is all over about 6 states from the three stormes, Harvey, Irma and Maria. I assume this park is on the back burner while they clean up human populated spaces first. it will take years go get back where it was. the link at the top to see birds you found there links back to this post.... I talk to bob all the time about the birds and bees and wild life that suffered and died from these storms. the cattle and sheep and critters in Puerto rico have no water or food, not just the people

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    1. Well, the link I had when you visited was a "label" link....taking you to ALL the posts I've done on Refugio park. Several posts. You needed to scroll down to see all of the posts. But, I changed it for you to only ONE post.

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    2. Sabrina said that in Puerto Rico, they are leaving sugar water out for the bees so they will survive. They will be needed to pollinate things again.

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    3. Linda..
      I am surprised they have sugar AND water.

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  3. Awful change. Sad to see all of that destruction of your previous birding sites and it will take years to recover the area IF it ever does.

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    1. The area will never be the same as it was...which I'm sure when I saw it before Harvey it was different than other previous storms going through.

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  4. Oops I need to scroll down and I should have so change it back don't change it just for me I just spaced out and forgot about scrolling if I just rolled a little bit further I would have seen it. About all the mulch they have only done 8% of our County and it's going to take until the first of the year or longer plus it's costing 30 million dollars for our County

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  5. Oh, how devastated! But at least there is still life there! I have been waiting for you to post!! I need a bird identified, and you are the most expert that I know! I have not been able to find it in my books or on line. I could not find an e-mail on your blog. Shall I describe it, or can a send you a couple pictures? They are blurry, but I think you could identify it!

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  6. Oh my! That destruction looks sad.

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  7. Hi Anni
    We venture back in time via your link. We did so enjoy the photos from years gone and before Harvey. Love the little turtles all lined up.
    So many birds lost their homes in the fallen trees. I guess the good news is that when Harvey struck most of the babies had hopefully fledged.
    You had a workout traipsing over trees. Surely you made way over 10,000 steps
    Hugs madi and mom

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    1. It was a challenge walking in some areas.

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  8. Wow - that is a lot of damage! It's amazing to see the before and after shots like that.
    Glad you saw some birds at the next stop.

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  9. So sorry to see the destruction, which is easy to see with your before and after shots. Very sad. :-(

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  10. Oh, so sad to see all the destruction. Mother Nature can be so harsh. Poor old trees.

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  11. It actual looks scarey
    Coffee is on

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  12. Oh my, that is so sad. It's like a totally different place. Hopefully some day it can return to looking like it did in your before pictures. I imagine with all the other cleanup they have from the hurricane that the parks are at the bottom of their list of priorities

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    1. Yep...human life takes precedence.

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  13. The same here in Florida... the world moves on.... people here still in shelters, food distribution still going on. All of it so sad.

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    1. ...I read you're moving away from it all. Safe move!

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