Tag Archives: Rio Grande Valley nature hot spots

Migrating Hummingbirds Face Drought Conditions

As the ongoing drought worsens, migrating hummingbirds may find little native vegetation to sustain them as they fly south for the winter. This year, local birding experts say, it’s essential that humans feed the tiny feathered travelers. On a recent … Continue reading

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Frontera Audubon: An Urban Nature Preserve

Located four blocks from the Weslaco downtown business district, Frontera Audubon is a private non-profit nature preserve featuring mature native woodlands, thornscrub, trails, wetlands, and butterfly gardens. This 15-acre urban site provides habitat for a wide variety of birds, butterflies, … Continue reading

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Wings of Spring: South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center (SPI BNC)

Padre Island is a gorgeous island off the southern coast of Texas, the largest of the Texas barrier islands and the longest barrier island in the world. Padre Island is made up of North Padre Island, which is 26 miles long and … Continue reading

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Timeless Texas: Roma Bluffs World Birding Center

The epicenter of Starr County’s birding activity is the Roma Bluffs World Birding Center, on the scenic bluffs high above the Rio Grande in the small town of Roma, a once-thriving steamboat port. One of nine sites that make up … Continue reading

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Birding Hacienda: Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center

Quinta Mazatlan, a 1930s country estate in the heart of McAllen, is an historic Spanish Revival adobe hacienda surrounded by lush tropical landscaping and native woodland. Built on a high knoll by writer and adventurer Jason Matthews and his wealthy … Continue reading

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Beaks and Feathers: Resaca De La Palma State Park and World Birding Center

Resaca de la Palma State Park boasts the largest tract of native habitat in the World Birding Center network. Etched by ancient curves of the Rio Grande, its 1,200 semi-tropical acres provide a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle … Continue reading

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Birds of a Feather: Harlingen Arroyo Colorado World Birding Center

Gateway to the entire World Birding Center (WBC) network of nine sites, Harlingen Arroyo Colorado World Birding Center is close to the U.S. 77/U.S. 83 Expressway and the Valley International Airport, but remains a quiet wooded retreat from the hustle … Continue reading

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Flight Deck: Estero Llano Grande State Park and World Birding Center

Estero Llano Grande has a well-deserved reputation as a can’t-miss birding destination. At the geographic center of the World Birding Center (WBC) network, Estero Llano Grande in Weslaco attracts a spectacular array of South Texas wildlife with its varied landscape … Continue reading

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Taking Wing: Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center (EWBC)

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center opened in March 2003 and became the first of nine World Birding Centers. The Center sits on 40 acres within an Edinburg city park. Built on re-claimed farm fields adjacent to the city’s … Continue reading

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Birds of a Feather: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park and World Birding Center

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, just south of Mission, is not only Texas’ southernmost state park, but since October 2005, the headquarters of the new World Birding Center. The park draws visitors from as far away as Europe and Japan … Continue reading

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