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Lower Rio Grande March Nature Programs

It’s Spring Time!! Come out to Santa Ana and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuges for our special programs this month. Spend your Spring Break enjoying the natural habitat and wildlife at YOUR National Wildlife Refuges.

South Texas National Wildlife Refuges March Nature Programs

ALAMO, Texas—Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is hosting tons of activities this month such as our annual Hawk Watch and Eggstravanganza as well our Spring Break special events! As usual TRAM tours will also be available daily 9:30 AM, 12 PM, and 2PM.

Hawk Watch – March 15-April 15, 8 AM to 1 PM: Join us DAILY out on the levee to be a part of this annual raptor migration count.

Get wild for Spring Break at Santa Ana! March 9-17, 10 AM to 3 PM: Special exhibits and activities offered daily including our Jewel hunt. Come find out why Santa Ana is called the “Jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge System.”

Eggstravaganza!! March 30-31, 10 AM to 3 PM: Come celebrate spring and learn about birds and their eggs. You won’t want to miss our special bird seed cascaron activity!

Bird walks – DAILY 8:30AM–Explore the refuge to find over 400 species of birds singing, eating, and flying around. Better yet! Catch a glimpse of our newly hatched Great Horned Owl chicks on Cattail Lakes.

Nature walks – Sat. & Sun. 1PM – Trot along the trails our refuge has to offer and enjoy the Spanish moss hanging from above.

Butterfly walks – Wednesdays 10 AM—With over 260 species of butterflies, enjoy the natural beauty these insects provide for our refuge.

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge will also be hosting special tours and walks this month.

Refuge Habitat Tour: Enjoy a 2 ½ hour guided tour through the coastal habitats including forest, prairie and the Laguna Madre. Thursdays through Mondays, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM, and Saturdays 10 AM – 12:30 PM.

Birding Tour: Experienced birders will take a van to refuge birding hot spots where private vehicles are not allowed. Tours alternate between Laguna Atascosa and Bahia Grande areas. Sat./Sun./Mon. 8:30AM – 11:30AM.

Nature Walk: Stroll the trails around the Visitor Center with a guide to explore the plants, birds and wildlife. Tuesdays at 11AM. FREE with $3 entrance fee. Meet at the Visitor Center.

The refuge is located 14 miles east of Rio Hondo, TX on FM 106.

Call 956-748-3607 ext. 111 to make your reservation. FREE with $3 entrance fee.

SPECIAL REQUEST PROGRAMS: Santa Ana, Laguna Atascosa and Lower Rio Grande Valley NWRs offer special request programs for your school group, scout group, club, RV Park, etc. Come visit us for a special tour or have us come to your school or club as a guest speaker. We are located 7 miles south of Alamo, TX on FM 907 about 1/4 mile east on Hwy. 281

For further information and/or directions, call the Refuge at 956-784-7500.

Website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/santa_ana/

Friends Website: http://www.friendsofsouthtexasrefuges.org

Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SantaAnaNWR

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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