City of McAllen- Quinta Mazatlan and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are partnering to engage young people in the region in the sciences.
- Development of intellectual capital in students through applied experiential learning (student driven research)
- Increase access for local area students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related content and careers.
- Address a critical need for scientific capital in urban ecology to inform sustainable urban development.
- Embody UTRGV/McAllen Partnership as a premier research lab on urban ecological sciences and its application towards sustainable urban development.
The World Birding Center (WBC) is a network of nine birding centers located along 120 miles of the Rio Grande from South Padre Island west to Roma, with habitats ranging from dry chaparral brush and verdant riverside thickets to freshwater marshes and coastal wetlands.
World Birding Center Mission Statement: To protect native habitat while increasing the understanding and appreciation of the birds and wildlife. The project is a global model for conservation and eco-tourism development. Over 10,000 acres are open at the WBC sites for prime viewing and enjoyment.
The World Birding Center (WBC) is a network of nine sites dotted along 120 miles of the Rio Grande Valley from South Padre Island west to Roma. Local communities, state and federal organizations have combined efforts to promote eco-tourism within the region while protecting native habitat and increasing the understanding and appreciation of birds and wildlife.
World Birding Center sites and partnerships include:
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Texas Parks & Wildlife
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands
City of Edinburg
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Texas Parks & Wildlife
Harlingen Arroyo Colorado
City of Harlingen
Old Hidalgo Pumphouse Nature Center
City of Hidalgo
City of McAllen
Resaca de la Palma State Park
Texas Parks & Wildlife
U.S. Fish & Wildlife
South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center
SPI Visitors Bureau.
The Rio Grande Valley has long been recognized as a world famous birding destination documenting over 500 species of birds, approximately 53% of the bird species seen in North America. In comparison of total number of species recorded, the Rio Grande Valley has documented more than Florida or Louisiana. Only Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico equal or exceed this total. If the RGV were a state, we'd be in the "Top 5" birding states.
One of North America’s best birding spots, the Rio Grande Valley is located at the Mexican border and is the northernmost part of the range for many Mexican bird species. More than 30 Rio Grande Valley birds are not found anywhere else in the United States. The North American Eastern (Mississippi) and Central migration flyways pass through the Rio Grande Valley seasonally funneling millions of migrants including song birds, warblers, waterfowl, waders and raptors through the area making it a diverse bird watching hotspot. The Rio Grande Valley is one of the richest, most diverse biological areas in the United States. Eleven distinct habitat communities converge in the four county (Willacy, Cameron, Hidalgo and Starr) area, attracting a variety of bird species. These diverse habitats include intersections of desert and tropical vegetation zones, forest, brush, grasslands, coastal prairies, plus saltwater and freshwater resources.
- Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park Texas Parks & Wildlife
- Edinburg Scenic Wetlands City of Edinburg
- Estero Llano Grande State Park Texas Parks & Wildlife
- Harlingen Arroyo Colorado City of Harlingen
- Old Hidalgo Pumphouse Nature Center City of Hidalgo
- Quinta Mazatlan City of McAllen
- Resaca de la Palma State Park Texas Parks & Wildlife
- Roma Bluffs U.S. Fish & Wildlife
- South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center SPI Visitors Bureau
For more information visitwww.theworldbirdingcenter.com The City of McAllen
The city is dedicated to providing high quality services and quality of life to all who live, work and visit the city of McAllen. McAllen Chamber of Commerce
The McAllen Chamber of Commerce partners with Quinta Mazatlan to provide eco-tourism and environmental education opportunities in the valley. From the McAllen Nature Speaker Series to Birding Workshops, programs are provided throughout the year. McAllen Independent School District
Quinta Mazatlan is very grateful for the opportunity to partner with MISD to bring the "outdoor classroom" to every 3rd grader in McAllen. The program titled "Adaptations Everywhere" is delivered at Quinta Mazatlan from October to May each year. Rio Grande Valley School Districts
Quinta Mazatlan offers environmental curriculum programs for Kindergarten through High School at the nature center. Thousands of children come from neighboring cities for core curriculum programs and inspirational events. Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Quinta Mazatlan has a working relationship with Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Cornell and the National Audubon Society developed an online checklist program that has revolutionized the way the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Quinta Mazatlan is involved in providing information to scientists through the online eBird Trail Tracker, the electronic gateway to information on bird sightings. Submit your bird sighting on this real-time, online checklist program supported by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. In time, this data will become the foundation for a better understanding of bird distribution across the western hemisphere and beyond.www.ebird.com. TexBirds
TexBirds is a Texas birding discussion list serve. Post and view sightings of birds seen across the Lone Star State. View archives of birding discussions on Texbirds. Click for FAQ.