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Bird and Butterfly Watching in the Rio Grande Valley


BIRD THE Rio Grande Valley!


 Hello!  Whether you have a short stopover time in the Rio Grande Valley or a nice long week or an entire winter, and whether you’re here in Spring or Fall or whenever, here are some suggested itineraries to get you started.  A few assumptions are made:  That you have not birded the Valley before and have access to a rental car. The sites listed will maximize both migratory and resident species. If you find you are near other birding sites, parks, or refuges not listed, visit them with confidence! The birding up and down the Valley is consistently terrific.



Estero Llano Grande State Park

If on west end of Lower Rio Grande Valley:  Bentsen State Park

If on SPI:  Convention Centre / Birding & Nature Center boardwalks

Laguna Atascosa NWR



Day 1:  SPI / Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)

Day 2:  Estero Llano Grande / Santa Ana NWR

Day 3:  Bentsen State Park / National Butterfly Center / Quinta Mazatlan

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands (choose two)



Day 1:  SPI

Day 2:  Laguna Atascosa NWR / Sabal Palm Sanctuary

(via Old Port Isabel Rd)

Day 3:  Estero Llano Grande / Frontera Audubon

Day 4:  Santa Ana NWR

Day 5:  Bentsen State Park



Day 1:  SPI / Laguna Atascosa NWR

Day 2:  Sabal Palm Sanctuary / Resaca de la Palma State Park

Day 3:  Ranch Country / El Sal del Rey

Day 4:  Estero Llano Grande / Santa Ana NWR

Day 5:  Roma Bluffs / Salineno / Upper Rio Grande / Falcon Dam

Day 6:  Bentsen State Park / NABA

Day 7:  Mop up!  Return to your favorite park for missed species!




Suggestions:  move slower, spending an entire day in the larger parks or add in the north of South Texas – the Coastal Bend area of Corpus Christi and Port Aransas.  Highly recommended if you are here from October to March, when the wintering Whooping Cranes are in residence at Aransas NWR.