Birds come in as many colors as a rainbow, and
bird lovers will find that McAllen, Texas, located in Rio Grande Valley is
one of the country's most popular birding destination. Birders from all over
the world flock to McAllen to see some of the colorful species found nowhere
else in North America. Along with bird watching, there are 8 annual wildlife
watching festivals in the McAllen region. At the World Birding Center you
can learn more about the diverse bird species from expert birders and nature
As one of the most biologically diverse ecological regions in North America, the Lower Rio Grande Valley is a critical migratory stopover point for birds that move between the Americas. McAllen's World Birding Center is one of a series of 9 Centers throughout the regions. It is located within the grounds of Quinta Mazatlan, a historic Spanish Revival adobe hacienda surrounded by lush tropical landscaping and native woodland.
Also among these 9 Centers is the Hugh Ramsey Park on Harlingen's east side to a 40-acre upland thorn forest on the west side. Harlingen's wing of the WBC provides breeding grounds for numerous "Valley specialties" and the endangered red-crowned parrot.
The World Birding Center features
walking trails; more than 15 acres of birding habitat, butterfly and
dragonfly gardens and ponds; a small conference room, and ongoing nature
programs. Quinta Mazatlan attracts many of the favorite “Valley specialties”
found no place else in the country. Black-bellied Whistling Ducks nest in
the patio palms, while Green Jays, Plain Chachalacas, Buff-bellied
Hummingbirds, and Olive Sparrows inhabit the grounds.
McAllen's World Birding Center in the Texas' Lower Rio Grande Valley has helped restore the wildlife habitat and promote birding and nature tourism. And, it is a amazing place to explore with family and friends any time of the year!
By Melody Schubert
To learn more about the World Birding Center in the McAllen region and festive events and other attractions to enjoy visit the McAllen CVB at http://www.mcallen.org/Visitors.