Welcome!
Welcome to Utopia!


Utopia, of course, is in TEXAS! It lies in the Sabinal River Valley, near the southern edge of the Edwards Plateau and the Balcones Escarpment. It was named for its climate in the late-1800's. Elevation is 1350' and the population in town and surrounding area is about 200 and change, except on weekends in summer.

To navigate this site, there is a link bar at the top of most of the pages and link boxes at the bottom of the pages ... scrolling over the subjects in the link bar will provide a dropdown box giving you the selections. Click one and you're off!

Over time, our site will grow so please bookmark it now before you lose it. :-) We hope you enjoy this window into Utopia's nature.

Here we have collection of pages about the incredible natural history of the Utopia area. The pages feature the local fauna ... birds, butterflies, dragonflies, "critters, bugs and stuff," and more. It will start small, but we hope grow with time and can give you a good idea of the fauna present. The idea being to educate others, share, and document the incredible diversity of wildlife in this area.

Most of the photos are simple "snapshots" and not high quality photos, but are generally enough for you to make an identification of a bird, butterfly, dragonfly, or other animal you may have seen. Probably 95% of the butterflies you see locally could be identified from the butterfly photo pages, and most of the common local dragonflies and damselflies are on our dragonfly or damselfly photo pages. A large percentage of the local birds species are on the bird photos pages now too.

In now over 11 years bumbling around the area I have seen over 340 species of birds, 140 species of butterflies, and 75 or so species of dragonflies and damselflies. It is world class bio-diversity for a small area.

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting, adult male, which are common late April to early August locally.

Painted Bunting


Most of the current action is at the "Bird News" page, which should really be called "Nature News," since butterfly and dragonfly (Odes) news is there too. Current updates of local bird and other sightings are there. Directions to some local spots to see all of this interesting stuff, as well as some local business information is also shared on various pages.

We hope you enjoy the pages and view into Utopia nature.


And if you come out and visit, we hope you have a good time, just remember to go home!


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Current Weather Conditions

Click for Utopia, Texas Forecast


Click for Utopia, Texas Forecast



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Edwards Aquifer Authority - Historical Data

On the link page above, click on the links shown below the
colored map to see current status vs. historical average for each of the four sites.



Edwards Aquifer Map Page





Keep Utopia Beautiful



Don't Litter!

Please help keep Utopia safe & beautiful!
DON'T LITTER!



Utopia Recycles
Crimson Patch

Crimson Patch
(with smaller Bordered Patch above)



Texas Coral Snake

Texas Coral Snake ~ Do not handle!
Thanks to Nancy Walling for her photo.
Red next to black is a friend of Jack,
Red next to yellow will kill a poor fellow.



Roseate Skimmer

Roseate Skimmer
We have pink dragonflies.



Barred Owl

Barred Owl



Utopia Park

On the Sabinal River at Utopia Park



Hummingbird & Dragonfly

Black-chinned Hummingbird
and Female Roseate Skimmer discussing
perch arrangements



Zebra Longwing

Zebra Longwing
These staged a major invasion into Utopia fall '04,
but I couldn't get the yellow stripes on the wings to
show well on film.

Wild Turkey Hen

Wild Turkey Hen


Black Vulture

Black Vulture: The Utopia Air Force


Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher



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