Special to the Parade
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is having its annual Eggstravaganza on March 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where families will be able to celebrate spring and the wonder of eggs.
An egg hunt with Puddles the Blue Goose will take place close to the visitor center at 11 a.m. and a nature walk will be available at 1 p.m. Children will be able to make their own bird seed cascarones and learn the new way of being eco-friendly with Easter eggs.
An exhibit about eggs will also be available as well as crafts.
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. Established for the protection of migratory birds, Santa Ana NWRs management program mimics the historical flooding of the Rio Grande, maintaining the bottom land hardwood forest and providing crucial nesting and feeding habitat for birds, watering holes for animals, and homes for countless amphibians, reptiles, crustaceans and insects.
For further information and/or directions, call the Refuge at (956) 784-7500.