Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

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McAllen, Texas

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge McAllen Reviews

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Back to Nature Mar 28, 2008
The Lower Rio Grande Valley is has undergone incredible transformation over the last several decades. What was once a largely rural area dominated by farmland and citrus groves has given way to urban sprawl. Before it was farm land the area looked like the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge - full of shady trees hanging with Spanish moss, thick thorny underbrush, small ponds and lots of lots of rare birds.

The wildlife refuge is a great place for people who like to observe nature and even better for people who like to record nature. Bring your cameras, canteens, birding books and comfortable yet sturdy shoes.

You will mostly see lots of great birds, and if you are lucky, might see an elusive bobcat (like I did on my last visit).

This place isn’t for everyone. It’s hot and humid and usually full of mosquitoes. There are no breathtaking vistas, no extreme sports and no picnics. But it is a special place and you should go before the government builds a wall on the refuge’s southern boarder (which is the Rio Grande) and forces a habitat change sans benefits.
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