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
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.