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                                                Local Birding and Butterfly Links
The Rio Grande Valley has a variety of habitats that support a large number of species of birds and butterflies which in turn provide great opportunities for view wildlife. The following destinations are listed in order of proximity to Trails End Park. Each is somewhat unique and provide a different nature appreciation experience. All of these locations have really great staff and programs so check them out yourself or ask me about these or other prime locations.

1) Frontera Audubon is a 15 acre sanctuary two blocks north of Trails End just off 18th Street. There are quiet trails that meander through the ponds and lush vegetation on this property.

2) Valley Nature Center at 301 Border Street here in Weslaco has a new interpretive center and many trails within this original south Texas mesquite habitat.

3) Estero Llano Grande State Park off 1015 Hwy on the East side of Weslaco is a premier wetland birding location in the RGV. Their staff have regularly scheduled bird and butterfly walks and tram rides by appointment.

Entrance Fee $ 5.00
        -Wednesday Bird Walks 8:30 to 10:30 AM
        -Night Hikes Some Fridays  8:00 to 10:00 PM ( full Moon )
        -Friday Butterfly Walk 1:30 to 4:00 PM
        -Sunday Bird Walk 8:30 to 10:30 AM
        -Tram Tours 2:00 - 4:00 PM

4) Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center in McAllen is located on a gorgeous restored property. They have regularly scheduled presentations and walks.


5) Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge on military hwy to McAllen has trails and ponds for walking or taking a tram ride with interpretive staff.'

6) Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife on the gulf coast provides tram rides and walking trails that cover a very large tract of coastal habitat.


For more information, contact Lewis Cocks
Last updated Jan 2, 2023
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