Birds & Blooms - - Field Guide -

The Lower Rio Grande Val­ley is a fer­tile hub for agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion. View­ing na­ture is best in patches of pro­tected lands. To­gether these parcels cre­ate a cor­ri­dor of wildlife habi­tat along the river’s flood plain and pre­serve 11 ecosys­tems, in­clud­ing ti­dal wet­lands and brush­land scrub.

The North Amer­i­can But­ter­fly

As­so­ci­a­tion has an ex­ten­sive list of re­gional hot spots, with these as high­lights.

Na­tional But­ter­fly Cen­ter A project of the North

Amer­i­can But­ter­fly

As­so­ci­a­tion, the cen­ter hosts the Texas But­ter­fly Fes­ti­val each fall. Bentsen-rio Grande

Val­ley State Park is just up the road and worth a visit, too.

Sa­bal Palm Sanc­tu­ary Nu­mer­ous but­ter­fly gar­dens

make this a top des­ti­na­tion.

Be­yond the gar­dens, the cen­ter has trails through a va­ri­ety of habi­tats.

La­guna Atas­cosa, Santa Ana and Lower Rio Grande Val­ley Na­tional Wildlife Refuges The U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Ser­vice ad­min­is­ters a num­ber of refuges in the re­gion to pro­vide ex­ten­sive habi­tat for a va­ri­ety of wildlife, from al­li­ga­tors to ocelots.

Two-barred flasher

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