Your Online Guide to the South Texas Nature, Birds, Butterflies and the Outdoor Experience!



The Rio Grande Valley is recognized as an international birding destination and is one of the most critical areas for migrating birds in North America. Visitors can expect to see a wide variety of birds and can chance a peak at some of the more uncommon species including Green Jays, Great Kiskadees, Buff-Bellied Hummingbirds and the Altamira Oriole.

Harlingen is home of the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. The RGVBF is celebrating its 20th year and would be happy for you to join them! For more information please visit their website at

Through the middle of Harlingen runs the Arroyo Colorado, one of the few fresh water sources in this stretch of the migration and along its banks rests the World Birding Center where vistors can setup to view the birds.

Below is a listing of birding hotspots in and around the Harlingen area.


Ramsey Nature Park

Located in Harlingen off of South Loop 499 is the Ramsey Nature Park. This 40 acre wooded parkland includes six wildlife observation posts, 1 restroom facility, 1.5 miles of Hike/Bike trails and a medium pavilion.


Thicket Nature Park

Harlingen’s Thicket Nature Park is over 3 acres and consists of a 1.5 mile Hike/Bike Trail, medium pavilion, and two wildlife observation posts.


National Wildlife Refuges

Harlingen is situated between two spectacular national wildlife refuges that boast the most bird sightings in the nation. Laguna Atascosa NWR stretches 45,000 acres along the beautiful Laguna Madre. At Santa Ana NWR, you can stroll or take a tram tour through a moss-draped woodland of Texas Ebony and Cedar Elm.


Download the Harlingen Bird Checklist from their site.