Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
Enjoy great birding in the Lone Star State, exploring national parks and wildlife sanctuaries with experts as you watch for myriad birds and learn about the region’s natural history.
Program No. 11974RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Experience the beauty of the lower Rio Grande Valley in a location that has become a destination for birders worldwide. Learn to identify birds by their field marks, behavior and flight patterns. Take field trips to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary and South Padre Island on the Gulf of Mexico. Likely sightings include Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Green Jay, Great Kiskadee, Roseate Spoonbills, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck and more. And with luck — the Aplomado Falcon, Audubon’s Oriole, Tropical Parula and the rare Black Rail.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking up to one mile a day; days of 6-7 hours in the field. Brownsville, TX elevation 33 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take a field trip to the Nature Conservancy’s Southmost Preserve.
  • Keep an eye to the sky for an Aplomado Falcon sighting.
  • A local expert reveals the natural history of South Texas.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
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Bob Powell
Bob Powell has been a south Texas naturalist for 25 years. He has worked for the Frontera Audubon Society as their naturalist at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, has been a Ranger for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, and has organized and led bird watching programs for Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. When not in Texas, he leads natural history explorations throughout western North America.
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