Winter Texan Appreciation Day set at wildlife refuge

Special to the Parade

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is holding a Winter Texan Appreciation Day on Saturday, February 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free refuge entrance, refreshments, door prizes and nature tram rides.

The refuge opened in 1943, which makes it the oldest public nature site in the Rio Grande Valley.

Along the banks of the final stretch of the Rio Grande lies the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), appropriately recognized as “the jewel” of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Plain chachalacas, great kiskadees and green jays are just three of the many bird species that bring visitors from across the United States and 35 countries flocking to Santa Ana NWR.

At 2,088 acres, Santa Ana NWR is one of the smallest refuges in the country. The semi-tropical thorn forest is host to an astounding 400 species of birds and 260 species of butterflies, making it a wildlife watcher’s delight.

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

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