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!
MORE THAN 7 DAYS
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.