The Naturalist World

  Local Birds    (Birding)

Over the last 300 years the riverside woodlands have been reduced by 95 percent.  Through a concerted effort by government agencies and private organizations a woodland corridor is being reestablished.   A start has been made and much is to be done, but the results are already impressive.

  World Birding Center  

Bird Watchers

  Butterfly Parks  

Three miles from GreenGate Grove, the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) has initiated phase one of a $22 million dollar project.  Supported by the State of Texas, many corporate and private financial supporters and an 84 acre donation by Bentsen Palm, LLP the Woodland Edge Butterfly Park is well under way. Plans for the completed project include a Visitor Center and an Education facility to complement the 100 acres of plantings specifically for the great variety of butterflies that frequent the area.

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Woodland Edge Butterfly Park

The following are a listing of Nature Parks

David and Jan Dauphin's Website.
We have always been strong supporters of nature tourism, particularly in South Texas' Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV), comprised of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy Counties. This a great website, full of useful information.
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Located in Weslaco, TX this State Park attracts a spectacular array of South Texas wildlife with its varied landscape of shallow lake, woodlands and thorn forest.
Frontera Audubon
A natural urban jewel tucked in the South Texas town of Weslaco, five miles from the Rio Grande and Mexico. Our 15 acre site offers. opportunities for birders, butterfliers and all those interested in the wonders of nature and biodiversity.
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
The largest protected area of natural habitat left in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Truly an oasis for wildlife with few alternatives. The refuge's 45,000 acres become more valuable with each acre lost to development-- valuable to wildlife and valuable to those who enjoy wildlife in Valley.
RGV Nature Coalition
Our Mission is to preserve the Rio Grande Valley's native habitat and its inhabitants through education and promotion of the value of our natural resources.
Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge
A rare tropical world where Spanish moss drips from trees. Noisy Chachalacas welcome the morning dawn. A malachite butterfly flits from the shadows. The wildlife clientele is truly international here along the most southern stretch of the Rio Grande.
The National Butterfly Center
is the country's premier place to experience the beauty of wild butterflies. This world-class, wild and formal garden habitat boasts more than 220 species of butterflies and 240 species of birds. Explore 100 acres of the LRGV Wildlife Conservation Corridor, on the scenic Rio Grande River. Located one mile east of Bentsen-RGV State Park, the NBC is open 7 days/week.
The Valley Nature Center
The oldest nature center in the Rio Grande Valley, and the only non-profit center fully dedicated to environmental education south of San Antonio and east of Eagle Pass.