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Rio South Texas: Nature’s Wonders
The Rio Grande Valley nature scene is filled with many wildlife hot spots. We’ll continue our tour of the top nature hot spots in the Rio Grande Valley with a visit to the World Birding Center.
The World Birding Center (WBC)
The mission of the World Birding Center is to protect native habitat, while increasing the understanding and appreciation of birds and wildlife.
Drive through subtropical Texas to share the borderlands mix of Texan and Mexican heritage, and take time to look for any of the more than 500 bird species that have been documented in the region.
Ted Eubanks, a well-known birder and nature tourism expert, was involved with the creation of the WBC starting in the late 1990s. His company, Fermata Inc., conducted the original feasibility study for the project, titled “Using a World Class Birding Facility for Economic Conservation and Development in Texas’ Lower Rio Grande Valley”.
Three Texas state parks are part of the WBC. They contribute to the Valley’s reputation as a nature destination where visitors come from around the world. Like us, many stay for months at a time, to enjoy the climate, culture, and access to hundreds of species of winged creatures.
The WBC’s network of nine nature sites include Roma Bluffs, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Quinta Mazatlan, Old Hidalgo Pumphouse, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, Estero Llano Grande State Park, Harlingen Arroyo Colorado, Resaca de la Palma State Park, and South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.
The World Birding Center (WBC)
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily
Admission: Varies; check with individual WBC sites
Phone: (956) 584-9156
Please Note: This is the second in a series of stories on Rio Grande Valley nature hot spots
Texas Spoken Friendly
Hope is the Thing with Feathers
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I’ve heard it in the chilliest land
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
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