Gallery of Welder Wildlife
The Pauraque's strange "song" is part of the wonderful night sounds at Welder, along with Barred Owls, and Coyotes.
Caracaras (Mexican Eagle) soar over the Welder thorn forest, searching for small mammals and carrion.
White Ibis can often be seen foraging in the shallow marshes of Pollito and Big lakes at Welder.
Spoonbills are not present every day on Welder lakes, but when you can't find them there, a short trip to a nearby bay or estuary will usually turn one up.
Green Kingfishers formerly were rare at Welder, but now breed commonly along the banks of the Aransas River and Moody Creek where they excavate long holes in which they build their nests.
Pyrrhuloxias are dry country birds from the western part of South Texas, but they migrate eastward toward the coast to places like Welder in winter.  Climate change may change this dynamic, as it has for several other desert species that now breed far to the north and east of their former ranges.
The Black-crested Titmouse, a common Welder resident, used to reach the very northeastern tip of its range at the San Antonio River bottom, just 34 miles NE of Welder.  With climate change, the new northeastern boundary is unknown, with interesting questions concerning the genetic fate of its relative, the Tufted Titmouse.
Mexican Free-tailed Bat on a stump outside the Welder Rotunda