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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Armand Bayou Nature Center Part 2

I ended my last post about The Armand Bayou Nature Center at the Interpretive Building. Entering this building you will find various reptiles and amphibians on display. On the outside you can choose from several  paths to other areas of the nature center, that branch out from this central location. Next to the Interpretive Building is a bird blind, with feeders, fountain and bath. The trail heads for the three main hiking trails is located here also.

Bird Blind 


Viewing wall of bird blind.

Bird blind interior viewing area.

Fountain and pond, viewed from bird blind.

Trail heads.

Armand Bayou Nature Center trail map.
Armand Bayou Nature Center trail map.
The three main trails are the 1.32 mile Martyn Trail, the 1.38 mile Karankawa Trail and the 1.5 mile Lady Bird Trail. On this visit I walked the Martyn and Lady Bird trails. Even though I am a novice hiker, I found both of these trails easy. On both the trail I walked were many downed and broken trees, that provide evidence of the damage done by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Martyn Trail
  • Martyn Trail is 1.32 miles in length
  • Loop Trail
  • Has a Scenic Bayou Overlook
  • Wildlife Viewing Platform
  • Access to the Boat House 



Uprooted tree at  Armand Bayou Nature Center.
Tree uprooted by Hurricane Ike

Fallen trees at  Armand Bayou Nature Center.
Fallen trees provide hiding places and homes for wildlife.

 Armand Bayou Nature Center.
Decomposers like worm, bacteria and fungi will gradually break down these tree, where they will add important nutrients the the soil.

Martyn Trail at Armand Bayou Nature Center.
View along Martyn Trail.

Martyn Trail at Armand Bayou Nature Center.
Martyn Trail

Martyn Trail at Armand Bayou Nature Center.
Martin Trail


Overlook sign at Armand Bayou Nature Center.
Trail Sign

Overlook at Armand Bayou Nature Center.
View from the Bayou Overlook

Armand Bayou Nature Center
Cormorant seen from the Bayou Overlook

Trail sign, Armand Bayou Nature Center
There is a Wildlife Observation Platform along the Martyn Trail.

Armand Bayou Nature Center wildlife observation platform.
Wildlife Observation Platform, Martyn Trail.

Armand Bayou Nature Center
View from observation plantform.



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