Papalote Escondido Wildlife Photography and Birding Blind

Located 3 miles west of the Sauceda Headquarters/Bob Armstrong Visitor Center and Bunkhouse, the new blind provides visitors to the park’s interior with a shaded and screened viewing area from which to photograph and view numerous species of wildlife, birds and pollinators. An existing hand-dug well fitted with a solar pump supplies water, making an ideal installation for attracting wildlife, birds and pollinators in the desert landscape. A stone “pila” or tank, an intriguing arroyo and dramatic topography shaped by the region's geologic history contribute to the location's scenic quality.

Volunteers gather for work. Photo by Lora Reynolds, San Antonio, Texas

Volunteers Charlie Angell and Chris Childs break ground. Photo by Lora Reynolds, San Antonio, Texas

Sparks flew! Volunteer Chris Childs welds the blind's structure.  Photo by Sara Guidetti, Alpine, Texas

Volunteer Chris Childs drives the PunJar, a specialty jack hammer designed for excavating rock at recalcitrant job sites. Volunteers Chris Carlin, Charlie Angell and TPWD Staff took punishing turns on the device. Photo by Sara Guidetti, Alpine, Texas

Persistence paid off at the predominantly volcanic bedrock work site: The pictured posthole took 6 people two hours in alternating shifts to achieve required depth. Photo by Lora Render, San Antonio, Texas

All work and no lunch make grumpy volunteers! Compadres del Rancho Grande's Bibiana Gutierrez, Robyn Gold, and Sara Guidetti take a brief break from the work. Photo by Susan Cochran, San Antonio, Texas

The frame nears completion! Photo by Susan Cochran, San Antonio, Texas. Photo by Leslie Hopper.