Patsy Glenn Refuge

History & Patsy Glenn

Patsy Glenn of Wimberley was the prime force behind the creation of this birding/nature sanctuary. With great vision and gentle persistence, she worked to create a wonderful Nature Refuge and Bird Sanctuary in the heart of Wimberley. Patsy was tireless in establishing this refuge. Through her efforts, an unused portion of land next to the proposed community center was turned over to the Wimberley Birding Society for development as a bird sanctuary. In October 2001, she enlisted over 60 volunteers to clear the land, create the nature trails, wildflower areas, and feeders to attract birds. She guided numerous improvements since that time, including a chimney swift tower, viewing platform, rainwater collection system, and butterfly garden.

The Patsy Glenn Refuge encourages and protects birds and all wildlife. It has also served to inform and educate visitors, including area school children, and to improve the Cypress Creek watershed.

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Patsy Glenn was that rare individual who took a dream, and with extensive communication and sensitivity, inspired others to join her to preserve a delightful environment where birds, flowers, fauna and people flourish. A former co-president of the Wimberley Birding Society, in 2002, Patsy was the first winner of the Golden Eagle Award, an annual award presented by WBS to the person who does the most for birds and birding in Hays County.

  1. For People, Wildlife & the Environment
  2. Nature Education
  3. Responsible Land Stewardship
  4. Future Plans
  5. Visiting

For People, Wildlife & the Environment

The Patsy Glenn Refuge was established as a 1.8-acre haven for local and migrating birds, other wildlife, insects, and native plants of the Wimberley area. It was also established as a refuge for the people of Wimberley-both visitors and residents to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the Hill Country in the heart of the village, immediately adjacent to the new Wimberley Community Center.

As the restoration of the Patsy Glenn Refuge has begun, we have seen birds such as:

  • American Kestrel
  • Black-crested Titmouse
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Painted Bunting
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • Western Scrub-Jay

Eastern Bluebirds have nested in boxes that were built for their specific nesting needs. Butterflies such as Red Admiral Butterfly, Monarch Butterfly, and Tiger Swallowtail have begun visiting the nectaring plants. Other animals, insects, and invertebrates have also been seen. As the habitat restoration continues, we expect to see increases in all types of animals and insects using the Patsy Glenn Refuge.

Native Plants & Trees

There are a variety of native plants and trees already growing in the Patsy Glenn Refuge, including wildflowers such as Prairie Verbena, Texas Bluebonnet, and Blue Sage; shrubs such as Agarita and Possumhaw; and trees such as Wild Persimmon and Red Oak. We have planted other native plants chosen for their ability to attract birds, butterflies, and wildlife.

In October 2008, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center established an online Special Collections Database with all of the native plants that have been identified on The Patsy Glenn Refuge. This valuable resource makes available the common and scientific names, complete information, and color photographs of each plant.