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Introduction to nature in the rio grande valley

  1. 1. Introduction to Nature in the Rio Grande Valley Adventure awaits !
  2. 2. Rio Grande Valley <ul><li>Almost 90 Nature “Hot Spots” from Zapata to SPI </li></ul><ul><li>Habitats varied and diverse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coastal, salt lakes, rivers, created wetlands & ponds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thornscrub, Riparian Woodlands, Tidal Flats, Bluffs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Incredible Biodiversity of plants & wildlife </li></ul>
  3. 3. Wild Things of the Valley <ul><li>Over 800 Species of plants (not inc. grasses) </li></ul><ul><li>526 Birds </li></ul><ul><li>323 Butterflies </li></ul><ul><li>110 Odonates (Damselfly and Dragonfly) </li></ul><ul><li> courtesy of www.theDauphins.net & the Plants of Deep South Texas FG </li></ul>
  4. 4. Outdoor Adventure in the Valley <ul><li>Biking & Hiking </li></ul><ul><li>Canoeing & Kayaking </li></ul><ul><li>Hawk Tower & Tree Walks </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife (& Plant life) Observation </li></ul><ul><li>Fishing & Boating </li></ul><ul><li>Motorized Touring </li></ul><ul><li>Native & Organic Gardening </li></ul>
  5. 5. Western LRGV nature sites <ul><li>Falcon State Park </li></ul><ul><li>Chapeno & Salineno </li></ul><ul><li>Roma Bluffs World Birding Center </li></ul><ul><li>Rancho Lomitas </li></ul><ul><li>Bentsen RGV State Park World Birding Ctr </li></ul><ul><li>National Butterfly Center </li></ul><ul><li>Mission Hike & Bike Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Anzalduas County Park </li></ul>
  6. 6. Falcon State Park <ul><li>572 acre park </li></ul><ul><li>Adjacent to 98,960 sq ft lake (60 miles long) </li></ul><ul><li>Top Bass Fishing spot </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Camping </li></ul><ul><li>Fishing </li></ul><ul><li>Swimming/Boating </li></ul><ul><li>Bird/Butterfly Watching </li></ul>
  7. 7. Roma Bluffs World Birding Center <ul><li>USFWS site </li></ul><ul><li>National Historic Site: Bluffs of Old Plaza </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Bird Watching </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Roma Days, Oct 2 nd </li></ul><ul><li>Stewardship Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Canoeing (suspended) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Rancho Lomitas <ul><li>Benito and Toni Trevino’s 77 acre ranch in Starr Co. </li></ul><ul><li>Tamaulipan brushland </li></ul><ul><li>Includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Bed & Breakfast </li></ul><ul><li>Native Plant Tours </li></ul><ul><li>On site Nursery </li></ul><ul><li>RV sites </li></ul>
  9. 9. Bentsen RGV State Park – World Birding Center <ul><li>760 acre park, adjoining 1,700 acres of USFWS land along Rio Grande River </li></ul><ul><li>Top Birding Destination </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Tram Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Hawk Tower & Photo Blinds </li></ul><ul><li>Biking & Bike Rentals </li></ul><ul><li>Fishing </li></ul><ul><li>Primitive Camping </li></ul>
  10. 10. National Butterfly Center <ul><li>100 acre park </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of nectar and host plants for Butterflies </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Butterfly & Bird Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Picnic Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Rentals for weddings </li></ul><ul><li>Butterfly Fest, Oct 21 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Central LRGV nature sites <ul><li>Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, World Birding Center </li></ul><ul><li>Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center </li></ul><ul><li>McAllen Botanical Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Hidalgo Pump House World Birding Center </li></ul><ul><li>La Sal De Rey & La Vieja NWR </li></ul><ul><li>Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge </li></ul><ul><li>Estero Llano Grande State Park, WBC </li></ul><ul><li>Valley Nature Center </li></ul><ul><li>Frontera Audubon Center </li></ul>
  12. 12. Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center <ul><li>40 acre site, with 3.5 acre butterfly garden </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>EE & Nature Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Tours & Trips </li></ul><ul><li>Yoga in the Park </li></ul><ul><li>Community Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Bird & Butterfly Viewing </li></ul>
  13. 13. Quinta Mazatlan, World Birding Center <ul><li>Historic Adobe home with native woodlands and tropical plants </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>EE Programs & Talks </li></ul><ul><li>Historical & Nature Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Art Exhibits </li></ul><ul><li>Weddings </li></ul><ul><li>Bird Viewing Stations </li></ul>
  14. 14. Hidalgo Pump House & World Birding Center <ul><li>Historical site and park adjacent to 600 acres of USFWS land </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Pumphouse Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Butterfly Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Biking Trails </li></ul><ul><li>Canoeing Launch </li></ul><ul><li>Weddings </li></ul><ul><li>Amphitheater </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Tram Tours </li></ul>
  15. 15. Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge <ul><li>Jewel of Refuge system </li></ul><ul><li>Over 400 bird species, Ocelot and other wildlife </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Tram tours </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Walks </li></ul><ul><li>Tree Walk & Hawk Tower </li></ul><ul><li>Canoeing (suspended) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Estero Llano Grande State Park & WBC <ul><li>230 acre park, next to USFWS tract </li></ul><ul><li>Lakes, woodlands, and thorn forest </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Bird & Nature Walks </li></ul><ul><li>Tram Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Retreat Center & Cabins </li></ul>
  17. 17. Valley Nature Center <ul><li>Valley’s 1 st Environmental Education Center </li></ul><ul><li>New Facility soon! </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>EE & Nature Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Valley Birding Trips </li></ul><ul><li>Kids Nature Club </li></ul><ul><li>Speaker Series </li></ul><ul><li>Deadwood, Oct. 8 & 15 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Frontera Audubon <ul><li>Established to Protect the native habitat of the Rio Grande Valley </li></ul><ul><li>15 acres of Thicket </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Speaker Series </li></ul><ul><li>Birding Trails </li></ul><ul><li>Feeding Stations </li></ul><ul><li>Butterfly Garden </li></ul>
  19. 19. Eastern LRGV nature sites <ul><li>Arroyo Colorado/Thicket, World Birding Center </li></ul><ul><li>Adolph Thomae County Park </li></ul><ul><li>Los Ebanos Preserve </li></ul><ul><li>Resaca De La Palma, World Birding Center </li></ul><ul><li>Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site </li></ul><ul><li>Sabal Palm Audubon Center & Sanctuary </li></ul><ul><li>Boca Chica Tract, LRGV NWR </li></ul><ul><li>Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge </li></ul><ul><li>South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center </li></ul>
  20. 20. Resaca de La Palma State Park & WBC <ul><li>Newest State Park </li></ul><ul><li>1,200 acre site with 8 miles of trails in a subtropical forest </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Biking & Bike Rentals </li></ul><ul><li>Picnicking </li></ul><ul><li>Hiking </li></ul><ul><li>Hunting (Seasonal) </li></ul>
  21. 21. Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary <ul><li>Last intact Sabal Palm Forest in Texas </li></ul><ul><li>Re-opened in 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>3 miles of trails on 526 acres </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife classes </li></ul><ul><li>Bird & butterfly Watching </li></ul><ul><li>Guided Walks & History Tours </li></ul>
  22. 22. Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge <ul><li>Thorn forest, freshwater wetlands, coastal prairies, mudflats and beaches. </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Motor Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Biking </li></ul><ul><li>Kayak Program </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife Watching </li></ul>
  23. 23. South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center <ul><li>Almost 1 mile of Boardwalk over Bay & marsh </li></ul><ul><li>5 story overlook </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Guided Bird Walks </li></ul><ul><li>Wedding Rentals </li></ul><ul><li>Open House, Sept 25 th - Anniversary </li></ul>
  24. 24. Bird/Butterfly Watching Resources Butterfly Guides Plant Guides Bird Guides
  25. 25. Links & Websites <ul><li>SITE INFO & ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>www.WorldBirdingCenter.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.RGVEventsCalendar.com </li></ul><ul><li>WILDLIFE & PLANT INFO </li></ul><ul><li>www.TheDauphins.net </li></ul><ul><li>www.AllAboutBirds.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.Birdingonthe.net </li></ul><ul><li>http://nativeplantproject.tripod.com </li></ul>
  26. 26. Let The Adventure Begin!

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