Birding in South Texas: Santa Ana Refuge & Bentsen State Park

South Texas is a haven for both birders and birds. Find out why as you learn from experts, discovering rare and beautiful birds in Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge and Bentsen State Park.
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Program No. 11975RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

In one of America’s top three birding hot spots, take extensive field trips to some of the best birding sites in south Texas including the Santa Ana Refuge. The Rio Grande Valley area is home to many tropical bird species found nowhere else in the United States. Likely sightings include Chachalacas, Green Jays, Kiskadees, Golden-fronted Woodpeckers and Altamira Orioles. Other targets are the Blue Mockingbird, Red-billed Pigeon, Olive Sparrow, parrots, parakeets, Common Paraque and the tiny White-collared Seedeater.
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 ...

  • Experience Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge — home to more than 400 documented species.
  • Bentsen State Park, where a number of new U.S. species have been first recorded, offers spectacular birding.
  • Enjoy a field trip to Salineno, with a possibility of sighting Mexican rarities, and visit a private preserve.

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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