• Wed, December 14, 2022 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Got a sluggish bird list this year? CBC's are conducted around the globe and many are open to the public. BUT, the best are within your reach right here in the RGV. Check out the list courtesy of Houston Audubon Society. Head over to there page to see other Texas areas.

    See more details on ours,  TXLA CBC Tuesday, Dec 27, 2002.

    Not familiar with the CBC program? check out the National Audubon Answers page. Critical information if you have never participated before. It's not your regular birding tour.... 

    Rio Grande Valley and South Texas Counts
    December 14, 2022 - January 5, 2023

  • Fri, August 19, 2022 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A hearty congratulations to the Gladys Porter Zoo on the arrival of Leelou! We look forward to highlighting this cat, her potential role in conservation breeding, and her wild Texas cousins at the Ocelot Conservation Festival (mark your calendars for March 5, 2023!)

    READ the article @ my RGV

  • Sun, July 31, 2022 12:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Go Lights Out, Texas! Fall migration season begins August 15 and runs through November 30.

    The Cornell Lab of Ornithology department developed BirdCast a tool for predicting and monitoring annual bird migration. As you know, one-third of birds migrating through the United States pass through Texas each year. Birds tell us the effects of land use, pollution, climate change, and weather trends. But they need our help!

    Migratory birds face a number of challenges during fall and spring migration windows, and it’s critical we work with our communities to reduce the millions of annual bird fatalities. Birds are easily distracted by the lights on tall buildings and the glass façade within our urban landscape. During peak migration periods, turn off as many lights as possible in rural, residential, and commercial areas, reducing overall light emissions. You can learn more about best practices and share your efforts on social media through the Lights Out Texas program, coordinated by Audubon Texas with partners from across the state. Additionally, the American Bird Conservancy has developed a suite of resources to reduce glass collisions by creating bird friendly buildings.

    Guidelines everyone can use:

    • Turn off all non-essential lights from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. each night during migration season.
    • Do not use landscape lighting to light up trees or gardens where birds may be resting.
    • For essential lights (such as security lighting) use the following dark skies-friendly lighting practices:
    • Aim lights down
    • Use lighting shields to direct light downwards and avoid light shining into the sky or trees
    • Use motion detectors or sensors so lights are only on when you need them
    • Close blinds at night to reduce the amount of light being emitted from windows
    • Share your success on social media and with the press, your commitment to go lights out to save birds is newsworthy!
  • Mon, March 14, 2022 10:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ocelot Conservation Day 2022 was held March 6th at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville TX. Over 3500 visitors showed up at the zoo and it felt like all of them participated in our activities! We were so happy that the weather was perfect.

    It was fun day with a variety of activities: make a button or magnet, color an ocelot mask, see live animal presentations by zoo staff, learn about ocelots from Hilary Swarts, visit with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens at the Operation Game Thief trailer, shop for ocelot merchandise, and learn about the Friends of Laguna Atascosa and Laguna Atascosa NWR. Games included Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Ocelot, Bean Bag Toss, How Far Can an Ocelot Jump?, puzzles, and Discovery Boxes. Kids could collect 6 ocelot pawprints and get a special event sticker at the Friends store.

    Click here to see a gallery of pictures from the day!

    We especially want to express our appreciation to the following groups and sponsors who made this event so successful:

    Gladys Porter Zoo and Staff who helped so much with the setup and hosting the event on zoo grounds.

    Defenders of Wildlife who provided a generous sponsorship for the event AND provided funding for 263 kids to attend the event for free! Download their free Bordercats Booklet for Kids here.

    Laguna Atascosa NWR Staff and Volunteers who brought a lot of information, time and energy to the event (and even some of their relatives and friends).

    Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens with their informative trailer.

    Texas Master Naturalists from both Rio Grande Valley Chapter and South Texas Border Chapter who provided energy, enthusiasm and great volunteer support.

    Friends of Laguna Atascosa Board Members, Volunteers and Families who support the work of Friends and the refuge.

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