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Indian Spring Wildlife Area - Private


Indian Spring (4 Miles SE of Moulton)(Lavaca County)


2019


The original Homestead was built in the late 1800’s. At that time, the land was an open prairie. The site was settled because of the all-weather Spring near the
top of the hill. The nickname “Indian Spring” came from the Indians knowing water was available here no matter how severe a drought was occurring.
The Spring also supplied a water source for the wildlife as it trickled down the hill. The water from the Spring continues to provide year-around water for wildlife.
A "bird" and "small animal" water fountain, protected from large predators, is maintained and feed by the Spring before it flows into the pond shown above.

Native Pecan and Bodark trees (Osage Orange) were abundant in the Dry Creek area. Indians prized the Bodark wood for bows; settlers used it for fence posts.
Restoring a representative number of both trees is planned.

The most difficult task underway is to restore the prairie grasses which have been destroyed with over grazing, invasive weeds and thorny brush.
Plant diversity and a new innovative method of seeding new plants is being used. An area for many different kinds of cactus is being developed/seeded.

The land has eroded making it difficult to reseed without building up the soil. Droughts are a "major" obstacle to sustaining new grass growth.

Deer from the adjacent Lavaca River bottom and white-wing doves are very common. Wildlife diversity including all types of birds is being encouraged through
improved habitat. Bird houses and a feeding station were installed near the Spring. Changes underway in the Wildlife Area should allow native grasses, flowering plants,
and vines to restablish. While the vegetation is being reestablished, supplemental feed is available for the deer, small animals, and birds. An automated feeded is available year-round.

The pond on the property is home to some large catfish (up to 24 lbs), sunfish, and large red crawfish.

The wildflowers in spring are sensational especially with the cattle off the property.

This property has a hill which provides a panoramic view to the West: The City of Moulton is seen in the distance.
(An enclosed "Wildlife Viewing and Photography Stand is planned for the property in 2020.) Photography opportunities include: Weather systems (view approaching storms), Sunsets,
Roving wildlife, Migrating birds, and Star-filled night skies. This makes for year-round wildlife/photography experiences.

2020 has seen white tail deer take permanent residence on the place in the reparian and on the wooded hill top area. They are now feeding in the daytime hours.

Indian Spring Pictures:


Installations: (Feed, Water, & Structures)


Animals: (Mammals, Fish, & Others)




Vegetation: (Grasses, Flowers, Cactus & Trees)


Sunsets, Weather Changes, & Night Skies


Other





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