My 5 Favorite State Parks

Every year, America’s nearly 8,000 state parks see more than 720 million visitors—more than two-and-a-half times the number of all visits to national parks, which include marquee names such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon. These state parks tend to be smaller than national parks, and relatively modest in comparison, but they form the backbone […]

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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 runs south from Corpus Christi’s south jetty to the Padre Island National Seashore. Padre Island National Seashore then […]

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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 the World Birding Center (WBC) network, the Roma Bluffs location holds another distinction: It occupies […]

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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 wife, Marcia, Quinta Mazatlan (“Quinta” roughly translates to “country estate” in Spanish, and “Mazatland”—the Mexican […]

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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 of an international urban center (Brownsville) only a few miles away. Through the cooperation of […]

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