The Fred Jones Nature Sanctuary is located near the north edge of Nueces Bay in San Patricio county, by Portland, TX. The nine acre property was the original homestead of Fred B. Jones, amateur botanist and one of the founders of the Audubon Outdoor Club. He authored "Flora of the Texas Coastal Bend," 1977, and "Flowering Plants and Ferns of the Texas Coastal Bend Counties," 1961.
Trees found within the Sanctuary include mesquite, blackbrush, acacia, agarita, Texas Olive and also a small area of Texas Ash. A creek with a wooden bridge divides the property. Many wildflowers are present in the Spring, including Basket Flower and varieties of sunflower.
Due to its strategic location along Nueces Bay, and representing the only area of native vegetation amid a sea of farmland, the Fred Jones Nature Sanctuary is a natural stopover point for both trans-gulf and circum-gulf migrants. Wintering sparrows are found here, as well as Common Nighthawk, Golden-fronted and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Groove-billed Ani, White-eyed Vireo, Long-billed Thrashers and Olive Sparrows.