This planet we call home has a plethora of natural gems that we admire. Included in these are the many species of wildlife animals that share the planet with us. Unfortunately, we also misunderstand too many of these animals and treat them in manners that put their survival at risk. If we spend more time discovering how these wildlife animals behave in their natural settings and why it is so important to use humane wildlife control measures to keep them off our properties.
Houston’s parks and wildlife reserves offer perfect opportunities for residents to embark on journeys of discovery that lead to a clearer understanding of the wildlife animal’s ‘perspective on life’. The impression you get of an animal that you consider a nuisance in your private space is totally different from the one you develop when you get to see that animal in action in its natural home environment.
Houston Arboretum and Ravine Trail
This is a new trail located in the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, near Memorial Park. This wildlife haven invites you to trek through its pathways and revel in the bliss of sightings such as bats flying above your head while the water gurgles along. The location offers ADA (American Disabilities Act) accessibility through a concrete area that leads to the Northbridge, allowing visitors to explore the other side of the ravine. It is important to keep in mind that if you take your dog with you for a walk to be aware of ectoparasites, ticks, fleas etc. You don’t want to bring them back home with you.
Brazos Bend State Park
Nature comes alive in this idyllic natural setting, located to the southwest of Houston. It is a state park and has 37 miles of trails, a number of lakes, campsites and observation decks from which visitors can view native alligators. Be sure to check their website or call before visiting though as flooding sometimes happens after heavy rains.
George Mitchell Nature Preserve, The Woodlands
Located in the woodlands, this preserve comprises a combined ten miles of trails, facilitating bike, foot and vehicle access. Three of those ten miles of trail offer single-track bike access while hikers are offered two miles that wind through the wetlands, bottomland, and forest. The remaining five miles is a driving trail which is best described as rustic as it has some obstacles.
Lone Star Hiking Trail
This is a trail that snakes through the Sam Houston National Forest. It stretches from the eastern edge located near Cleveland to the western Edge which is near Richards. Visitors can choose to take on less arduous journeys as the trails branch off to alternate routes that make the hikes shorter. You can camp anywhere along the route as long as hunting season (September 15- February 1) is closed.
Humane wildlife control experts promote the preservation of these natural spaces that house wildlife animals because they are aware of the significant contribution they make to keeping planet earth balanced. Going for hikes is a wonderful activity to partake in, but always remember to check pets, children and yourself for any ticks, fleas or bugs that may have joined along the way. Once you spend some time in these natural settings, you too are bound to recognize their value and join the efforts to maintain them so that our planet’s most prized possessions, its wildlife inhabitants, can continue to thrive.