Rio Grande Valley Rare Bird Alert

Rio Grande Valley Rare Bird Alert

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Yellow-green Vireos at the National Butterfly Center, Mission 6/21-22/2016

Simon K. found two male Yellow-green Vireos at the National Butterfly Center near the feeding station yesterday. The birds remained today 6/22 and have been well photographed.  Listen for the song, similar to an unmusical Red-eyed Vireo, or some would say like a Red-eyed Vireo crossed with a House Sparrow. Congrats on an excellent find!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Update June 9, 2016

The Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher reappeared at the Santa Ana NWR picnic area on June 4-5. It was not seen on June 6.  Also present was Red-shouldered Hawk (rare in summer).

The first pelagic of the summer yielded a Cory's Shearwater, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, and a Leach's Storm-Petrel.  Additional trips are July 23 (16 hours from Port Aransas), August 27 (16 hours from South Padre), September 17, October 8, and October 31 (weather date 11/1).  See http://texaspelagics.com/ for more information.

State Parks and NWRs have gone to summer hours.  Estero Llano Grande has the office and store closed (park open) on Monday and Tuesday for the summer.  Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley has the office and store closed (park open/no tram) on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher at Santa Ana 5/29/16

Greg Cook and Caleb Frome found a Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher at Santa Ana NWR around 7:30 this morning.  The bird was calling near the picnic tables. It was seen again briefly at 9:20 am and then again at 11:40 am.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

LRGV Birding Update - May 14, 2016

A Tropical Parula is singing in an urban Port Isabel neighborhood this morning.  Contact Scarlet Colley for visitation information at (956) 299-1957.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Lower Rio Grande Valley Rare Bird Alert - April 28, 2016

* Texas
* Lower Rio Grande Valley
* April 7, 2016
.
To report rare birds, e-mail rgvbirds AT hotmail.com. 
.
Updates to this Rare Bird Alert can be seen on the web at http://rgvbirds.blogspot.com
.
Capitalized birds marked with a “+” are Review Species for Texas. Please send sightings/photographs to the Texas Bird Records Committee: ecarpeATgmail.com.
.
_____________________________________________________________
NOTE: Sabal Palm Sanctuary will be closed on Wednesdays starting May 4.
.
A note on LRGV birds:  Many Muscovy Ducks near urban areas in Hidalgo and Cameron County are eBirded as wild birds.  Free flying wild appearing feral birds are found in nearly every urban city, and can be seen at Santa Ana NWR, Estero Llano Grande and Bentsen State Parks and other locations.  Feral birds can be all black, and should be eBirded as Muscovy Duck (domestic). 
.
NOTE: The Bayside Drive at Laguna Atascosa is closed. 
______________________________________________________________
Spring is hitting the LRGV with migrants and more!  A Black-throated Gray Warbler is unusual at Sheepshead this week; Mourning Warbler and more Empids arrive.  Least Bittern chicks are near fledging on SPI; stub-tailed White-eyed Vireos are out of the nest already. 
.
Our rare bird alert this week includes:
.
+BLUE BUNTING
+CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK
.                                         
This is a general reminder that playing recordings is not allowed in Texas State Parks, federal properties, nor in many LRGV birding sites. All State Park and National Wildlife Refuge visitors must stay on trails. Thank you for not disturbing the wildlife or damaging the vegetation.
.
The Valley from east to west.   
.
Mangrove Warbler, a well-marked subspecies of Yellow Warbler that may be distinct enough to warrant full species status, can be seen by contacting the Sealife Center at (956) 299-1957.    
.
A CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK was photographed at Laguna Atascosa on 1/25 and continued to 4/26 near the visitor center.  
.
At Frontera Audubon, the female plumaged (immature male) CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK was back in the thicket where it was seen again through 4/21.  Green Parakeet and Red-crowned Parrot are often heard or seen near the Orchard. 
.
UPDATED NOTE:  Frontera will continue to be open 8AM-5PM daily (Monday-Saturday) this week, 12-5PM on Sunday and NOTE: THANK YOU to Frontera for the extended hours/days!
.
Snowy and Wilson's Plover are back at the Hargill Playa.
.
Hook-billed Kite have been seen near the Tree Tower at Santa Ana for two days last week. 
.
At Salineno, the river is very high.  Red-billed Pigeon are coming into Starr County Park (Falcon County Park) to feed on tree fruits.   Watch for Muscovy Duck on the river, there have been a few reports this spring including this week.  The White-collared Seedeater continues upstream from the boat ramp. 
. 
This is an excellent year for White-collared Seedeaters in Laredo upriver and out of our area, with many birds present at Slaughter Park, Zacate Creek, and The Max Mandel Golf Course (http://marybirds.blogspot.com/2015/08/birding-max-max-mandel-golf-course.html).  The golf course was excellent for Red-billed Pigeon last year.   
.
PARROT REPORT
Red-crowned Parrots are sometimes seen in the areas of Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen, Valley Nature Center in Weslaco in the evening, Calvary Baptist Church in Harlingen (1815 N 7th Street). Brownsville’s Oliveira Park (Los Ebanos Road/El Paso Road across from Pace High School) has Red-crowned Parrots as well, mingling at dusk with escaped Yellow-headed, White-fronted, Lilac-crowned and Red-lored Parrots. Red-crowned Parrots and Green Parakeets are seen in urban areas irregularly all over the Valley. Green Parakeets have returned to the area of 10th and Dove, a former regular staging area for the McAllen roost. 
.
In Hidalgo, at 5th and Gardenia near the Hidalgo Pumphouse World Birding Center, a few Monk Parakeets have taken up residence building nests on telephone poles. These birds have been present since winter 2010. 
.
WHITE-COLLARED SEEDEATER INFORMATION - Most sites for White-collared Seedeaters are in Zapata and Webb counties. Information is provided as a service to visiting birders. Sites to check include the San Ygnacio County Park/Seedeater Sanctuary at the foot of Washington Street in San Ygnacio, the Raptor Trail at the west end of San Ygnacio, the library pond in Zapata, and Laredo's  Slaughter Park, Las Palmas Trail, North Central and Father McNaboe Park.  Access to La Laja Ranch, also a Seedeater site, is by advance reservations only. E-mail the owner at Edward.herbst AT att.net. This is a fee site.  White-collared Seedeaters are singing in mid-April to May, which makes them much easier to locate!
.
Updated FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL INFORMATION - Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls are present on the King Ranch, along with reliable Tropical Parulas (Norias Division only).  This is the only accessible breeding site for Tropical Parula in the LRGV most years.  Contact 361-592-8055 or visit@king-ranch.com for more information on these tours, normally held March-June.  The only tours that have a chance to find the owl are birding tours to the Norias Division in Kenedy County.  Historic tours and birding tours to Santa Gertrudis Division in Kleberg County will not be able to find the owl as it does not occur near Kingsville.  
.
Private ranches are no longer open to birders or do not have accessible pygmy-owls.  This owl is very difficult to find at any other location at present and has not been seen or heard at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park since the summer of 2010, when the park was inundated by the Rio Grande.
See http://rgvbirds.blogspot.com/p/ferruginous-pygmy-owl-sites.html for more information
.
Directions are provided only for sites not included in the ABA Birders' Guide to the Rio Grande Valley or the Birders' Guide to the Texas Coast. These guides are indispensable for visiting birders.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Site Closures:
 .
Allen Williams residence, Pharr, open by appointment ONLY; Call or text 956-460-9864.

Bentsen-RGV State Park, office, store, park and trams daily, please use the self-pay station if the store is closed.

Brownsville Landfill closed on Sundays.

Camp Thicket (formerly Methodist Camp Thicket), Weslaco, group reservations (fee) only. Contact Estero Llano Grande State Park.

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center, building and grounds closed on Sundays.

El Canelo is now closed to birders. 

Estero Llano Grande State Park, open seven days.

Frontera Audubon Thicket, Weslaco, TEMPORARY HOURS - 8 AM to 5 PM six days a week, 12 to 5PM on Sunday. 

Laguna Atascosa NWR – Bayside Drive closed due to construction to protect ocelots.  Visitor Center and refuge open 7 days including many walking trails in addition to the driving route to Osprey Overlook.  

Los Ebanos Preserve, San Benito, Appointment ONLY; 956-241-2494.

Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, closed Sundays and Mondays.  Open on Thursdays to dark. 

Resaca de la Palma State Park, park open daily; building and store closed/no trams Monday-Tuesday, grounds open (please use self-pay station if office closed).  

Sabal Palm Sanctuary closed Wednesdays starting May 4.
 
Salineno –feeding station will CLOSE on March 20.      

Santa Ana NWR- closed to bicycles

Valley Nature Center, Weslaco, closed Sunday mornings and Mondays 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rare Bird Alert - April 21, 2016

.
* Texas
* Lower Rio Grande Valley
* April 7, 2016
.
To report rare birds, e-mail rgvbirds AT hotmail.com. 
.
Updates to this Rare Bird Alert can be seen on the web at http://rgvbirds.blogspot.com
.
Capitalized birds marked with a “+” are Review Species for Texas. Please send sightings/photographs to the Texas Bird Records Committee: ecarpeATgmail.com.
.
_____________________________________________________________
NOTE: Sabal Palm Sanctuary will be closed on Wednesdays starting May 4.
.
A note on LRGV birds:  Many Muscovy Ducks near urban areas in Hidalgo and Cameron County are eBirded as wild birds.  Free flying wild appearing feral birds are found in nearly every urban city, and can be seen at Santa Ana NWR, Estero Llano Grande and Bentsen State Parks and other locations.  Feral birds can be all black, and should be eBirded as Muscovy Duck (domestic). 
.
NOTE: The Bayside Drive at Laguna Atascosa is closed. 
______________________________________________________________
Spring is hitting the LRGV with migrants and more!  Cape May Warblers continue at the Convention Center, and Least Bitterns have been putting on a show. 
.
Our rare bird alert this week includes:
.
Canada Goose (gone?)
Sooty Tern
+PACIFIC-SLOPE (probable) FLYCATCHER
+BLUE BUNTING (gone)
+CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK (2)
.                                         
This is a general reminder that playing recordings is not allowed in Texas State Parks, federal properties, nor in many LRGV birding sites. All State Park and National Wildlife Refuge visitors must stay on trails. Thank you for not disturbing the wildlife or damaging the vegetation.
.
The Valley from east to west.   
.
A Brown Booby rode in to the Harlingen Ship Channel on a boat on April 18.  A Magnificent Frigatebird male has been seen in the area of Port Isabel and the bays. 
.
Mangrove Warbler, a well-marked subspecies of Yellow Warbler that may be distinct enough to warrant full species status, can be seen by contacting the Sealife Center at (956) 299-1957.    
.
Migrants continue at the SPI Convention Center with a rash of warblers late in the week, including Prairie, Blackburnian, and Cerulean.  Dickcissels are arriving, and the first reports of Black Tern are in. 
.
A Sooty Tern made a brief appearance on Boca Chica on April 16.
.
A CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK was photographed at Laguna Atascosa on 1/25 and continued to 4/21 near the visitor center.  
.
The probable Pacific-slope Flycatcher was photographed at Sabal Palm Sanctuary on 4/7.  It's been a while since this bird was reported, it's great to see such excellent images of it!  No recent reports.
.
A Canada Goose was on the Harlingen Soccer Fields, perhaps the same individual as earlier for this very rare Cameron County bird!  No recent reports.
.
At Frontera Audubon, the female plumaged (immature male) CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK was back in the thicket where it was seen again through 4/21.  A BLUE BUNTING was found on 1/31 and continued to 4/14 but no recent reports. Also present is a Black-headed Grosbeak.  Green Parakeet and Red-crowned Parrot are often heard or seen near the Orchard. 
.
UPDATED NOTE:  Frontera will continue to be open 8AM-5PM daily (Monday-Saturday) this week, 12-5PM on Sunday and NOTE: THANK YOU to Frontera for the extended hours/days!
.
Snowy and Wilson's Plover are back at the Hargill Playa.
.
Hook-billed Kite have been seen near the Tree Tower two days this week. 
.
At Salineno, the river is very high.  Red-billed Pigeon are coming into Starr County Park (Falcon County Park) to feed on tree fruits.   Watch for Muscovy Duck on the river, there have been a few reports this spring including this week.  The White-collared Seedeater continues upstream from the boat ramp. 
. 
This is an excellent year for White-collared Seedeaters in Laredo upriver and out of our area, with many birds present at Slaughter Park, Zacate Creek, and The Max Mandel Golf Course (http://marybirds.blogspot.com/2015/08/birding-max-max-mandel-golf-course.html).  The golf course was excellent for Red-billed Pigeon last year.   
.
PARROT REPORT
Red-crowned Parrots are sometimes seen in the areas of Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen, Valley Nature Center in Weslaco in the evening, Calvary Baptist Church in Harlingen (1815 N 7th Street). Brownsville’s Oliveira Park (Los Ebanos Road/El Paso Road across from Pace High School) has Red-crowned Parrots as well, mingling at dusk with escaped Yellow-headed, White-fronted, Lilac-crowned and Red-lored Parrots. Red-crowned Parrots and Green Parakeets are seen in urban areas irregularly all over the Valley. Green Parakeets have returned to the area of 10th and Dove, a former regular staging area for the McAllen roost. 
.
In Hidalgo, at 5th and Gardenia near the Hidalgo Pumphouse World Birding Center, a few Monk Parakeets have taken up residence building nests on telephone poles. These birds have been present since winter 2010. 
.
WHITE-COLLARED SEEDEATER INFORMATION - Most sites for White-collared Seedeaters are in Zapata and Webb counties. Information is provided as a service to visiting birders. Sites to check include the San Ygnacio County Park/Seedeater Sanctuary at the foot of Washington Street in San Ygnacio, the Raptor Trail at the west end of San Ygnacio, the library pond in Zapata, and Laredo's  Slaughter Park, Las Palmas Trail, North Central and Father McNaboe Park.  Access to La Laja Ranch, also a Seedeater site, is by advance reservations only. E-mail the owner at Edward.herbst AT att.net. This is a fee site.  White-collared Seedeaters are singing in mid-April to May, which makes them much easier to locate!
.
Updated FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL INFORMATION - Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls are present on the King Ranch, along with reliable Tropical Parulas (Norias Division only).  This is the only accessible breeding site for Tropical Parula in the LRGV most years.  Contact 361-592-8055 or visit@king-ranch.com for more information on these tours, normally held March-June.  The only tours that have a chance to find the owl are birding tours to the Norias Division in Kenedy County.  Historic tours and birding tours to Santa Gertrudis Division in Kleberg County will not be able to find the owl as it does not occur near Kingsville.  
.
Private ranches are no longer open to birders or do not have accessible pygmy-owls.  This owl is very difficult to find at any other location at present and has not been seen or heard at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park since the summer of 2010, when the park was inundated by the Rio Grande.
See http://rgvbirds.blogspot.com/p/ferruginous-pygmy-owl-sites.html for more information
.
Directions are provided only for sites not included in the ABA Birders' Guide to the Rio Grande Valley or the Birders' Guide to the Texas Coast. These guides are indispensable for visiting birders.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Site Closures:
 .
Allen Williams residence, Pharr, open by appointment ONLY; Call or text 956-460-9864.

Bentsen-RGV State Park, office, store, park and trams daily, please use the self-pay station if the store is closed.

Brownsville Landfill closed on Sundays.

Camp Thicket (formerly Methodist Camp Thicket), Weslaco, group reservations (fee) only. Contact Estero Llano Grande State Park.

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center, building and grounds closed on Sundays.

El Canelo is now closed to birders. 

Estero Llano Grande State Park, open seven days.

Frontera Audubon Thicket, Weslaco, TEMPORARY HOURS - 8 AM to 5 PM six days a week, 12 to 5PM on Sunday. 

Laguna Atascosa NWR – Bayside Drive closed due to construction to protect ocelots.  Visitor Center and refuge open 7 days including many walking trails in addition to the driving route to Osprey Overlook.  

Los Ebanos Preserve, San Benito, Appointment ONLY; 956-241-2494.

Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, closed Sundays and Mondays.  Open on Thursdays to dark. 

Resaca de la Palma State Park, park open daily; building and store closed/no trams Monday-Tuesday, grounds open (please use self-pay station if office closed).  

Sabal Palm Sanctuary closed Wednesdays starting May 4.
 
Salineno –feeding station will CLOSE on March 20.      

Santa Ana NWR- closed to bicycles

Valley Nature Center, Weslaco, closed Sunday mornings and Mondays 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lower Rio Grande Valley Rare Bird Alert - April 14, 2016

.
* Texas
* Lower Rio Grande Valley
* April 7, 2016
.
To report rare birds, e-mail rgvbirds AT hotmail.com. 
.
Updates to this Rare Bird Alert can be seen on the web at http://rgvbirds.blogspot.com
.
Capitalized birds marked with a “+” are Review Species for Texas. Please send sightings/photographs to the Texas Bird Records Committee: ecarpeATgmail.com.
.
_____________________________________________________________
NOTE: Sabal Palm Sanctuary will be closed on Wednesdays starting May 4.
.
A note on LRGV birds:  Many Muscovy Ducks near urban areas in Hidalgo and Cameron County are eBirded as wild birds.  Free flying wild appearing feral birds are found in nearly every urban city, and can be seen at Santa Ana NWR, Estero Llano Grande and Bentsen State Parks and other locations.  Feral birds can be all black, and should be eBirded as Muscovy Duck (domestic). 
.
NOTE: The Bayside Drive at Laguna Atascosa is closed. 
______________________________________________________________
Spring is hitting the LRGV with migrants and more! 
.
Our rare bird alert this week includes:
.
Canada Goose
+PACIFIC-SLOPE (probable) FLYCATCHER
+BLUE BUNTING
+CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK (2)
.                                         
This is a general reminder that playing recordings is not allowed in Texas State Parks, federal properties, nor in many LRGV birding sites. All State Park and National Wildlife Refuge visitors must stay on trails. Thank you for not disturbing the wildlife or damaging the vegetation.
.
The Valley from east to west.   
.
Mangrove Warbler, a well-marked subspecies of Yellow Warbler that may be distinct enough to warrant full species status, can be seen by contacting the Sealife Center at (956) 299-1957.    
.
Migrants continue at the SPI Convention Center with a rash of warblers late in the week, including Prairie, Blackburnian, and Cerulean.  Dickcissels are arriving, and the first reports of Black Tern are in. 
.
A CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK was photographed at Laguna Atascosa on 1/25 and continued to 4/12 near the visitor center.  
.
The probable Pacific-slope Flycatcher was photographed at Sabal Palm Sanctuary on 4/7.  It's been a while since this bird was reported, it's great to see such excellent images of it!
.
A Black-headed Grosbeak has been at Hugh Ramsey in Harlingen with the most recent report on 4/10.
.
A Canada Goose was on the Harlingen Soccer Fields, perhaps the same individual as earlier for this very rare Cameron County bird! 
.
At Frontera Audubon, a female plumaged CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK was not been reported for two weeks but is back in the thicket where it was seen again on 4/12.  A BLUE BUNTING was found on 1/31 and continued to 4/12.  This male is a shy bird seen by lucky birders sitting quietly near the water features more often than by those walking through the thicket. Also present are Black-headed Grosbeak and Painted Bunting (female plumaged).  Green Parakeet and Red-crowned Parrot are often heard or seen near the Orchard. 
.
UPDATED NOTE:  Frontera will continue to be open 8AM-5PM daily (Monday-Saturday) this week, 12-5PM on Sunday and NOTE: THANK YOU to Frontera for the extended hours/days!
.
The Brown Thrasher continued at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands to 4/5. 
.
A Spotted Towhee was found on the bird walk at the McAllen Nature Center on 1/6 and remained to 4/2
.
The Brown Thrasher continues at the National Butterfly Center feeding station through last week, along with a pair of Long-billed Thrasher. 
.
At Salineno, FEEDERS ARE CLOSED!  Red-billed Pigeon are being reported early in the morning but no reports this week.  Beware of White-winged Doves rocketing over the river!  Watch for Muscovy Duck on the river, there have been a few reports this spring including this week.
.
Up to five White-collared Seedeaters have been near the river upstream from the Salineno boat ramp with occasional sightings. 
. 
This is an excellent year for White-collared Seedeaters in Laredo upriver and out of our area, with many birds present at Slaughter Park, Zacate Creek, and The Max Mandel Golf Course (http://marybirds.blogspot.com/2015/08/birding-max-max-mandel-golf-course.html).  The golf course was excellent for Red-billed Pigeon last year.   
.
PARROT REPORT
Red-crowned Parrots are sometimes seen in the areas of Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen, Valley Nature Center in Weslaco in the evening, Calvary Baptist Church in Harlingen (1815 N 7th Street). Brownsville’s Oliveira Park (Los Ebanos Road/El Paso Road across from Pace High School) has Red-crowned Parrots as well, mingling at dusk with escaped Yellow-headed, White-fronted, Lilac-crowned and Red-lored Parrots. Red-crowned Parrots and Green Parakeets are seen in urban areas irregularly all over the Valley. Green Parakeets have returned to the area of 10th and Dove, a former regular staging area for the McAllen roost. 
.
In Hidalgo, at 5th and Gardenia near the Hidalgo Pumphouse World Birding Center, a few Monk Parakeets have taken up residence building nests on telephone poles. These birds have been present since winter 2010. 
.
To our north, Tropical Parulas were photographed at the Sarita Rest Area two weeks ago.  
.
WHITE-COLLARED SEEDEATER INFORMATION - Most sites for White-collared Seedeaters are in Zapata and Webb counties. Information is provided as a service to visiting birders. Sites to check include the San Ygnacio County Park/Seedeater Sanctuary at the foot of Washington Street in San Ygnacio, the Raptor Trail at the west end of San Ygnacio, the library pond in Zapata, and Laredo's  Slaughter Park, Las Palmas Trail, North Central and Father McNaboe Park.  Access to La Laja Ranch, also a Seedeater site, is by advance reservations only. E-mail the owner at Edward.herbst AT att.net. This is a fee site.  White-collared Seedeaters are singing in mid-April to May, which makes them much easier to locate!
.
Updated FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL INFORMATION - Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls are present on the King Ranch, along with reliable Tropical Parulas (Norias Division only).  This is the only accessible breeding site for Tropical Parula in the LRGV most years.  Contact 361-592-8055 or visit@king-ranch.com for more information on these tours, normally held March-June.  The only tours that have a chance to find the owl are birding tours to the Norias Division in Kenedy County.  Historic tours and birding tours to Santa Gertrudis Division in Kleberg County will not be able to find the owl as it does not occur near Kingsville.  
.
Private ranches are no longer open to birders or do not have accessible pygmy-owls.  This owl is very difficult to find at any other location at present and has not been seen or heard at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park since the summer of 2010, when the park was inundated by the Rio Grande.
See http://rgvbirds.blogspot.com/p/ferruginous-pygmy-owl-sites.html for more information
.
Directions are provided only for sites not included in the ABA Birders' Guide to the Rio Grande Valley or the Birders' Guide to the Texas Coast. These guides are indispensable for visiting birders.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Site Closures:
 .
Allen Williams residence, Pharr, open by appointment ONLY; Call or text 956-460-9864.

Bentsen-RGV State Park, office, store, park and trams daily, please use the self-pay station if the store is closed.

Brownsville Landfill closed on Sundays.

Camp Thicket (formerly Methodist Camp Thicket), Weslaco, group reservations (fee) only. Contact Estero Llano Grande State Park.

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center, building and grounds closed on Sundays.

El Canelo is now closed to birders. 

Estero Llano Grande State Park, open seven days.

Frontera Audubon Thicket, Weslaco, TEMPORARY HOURS - 8 AM to 5 PM six days a week, 12 to 5PM on Sunday. 

Laguna Atascosa NWR – Bayside Drive closed due to construction to protect ocelots.  Visitor Center and refuge open 7 days including many walking trails in addition to the driving route to Osprey Overlook.  

Los Ebanos Preserve, San Benito, Appointment ONLY; 956-241-2494.

Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, closed Sundays and Mondays.  Open on Thursdays to dark. 

Resaca de la Palma State Park, park open daily; building and store closed/no trams Monday-Tuesday, grounds open (please use self-pay station if office closed).  

Sabal Palm Sanctuary closed Wednesdays starting May 4.
 
Salineno –feeding station will CLOSE on March 20.      

Santa Ana NWR- closed to bicycles

Valley Nature Center, Weslaco, closed Sunday mornings and Mondays