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Christmas Bird Counts

Rio Grande Valley and South Texas Counts

December 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Compilers, please send your dates and updates to Susan Billetdeaux,
For counts which have no dates, the descriptions are from the previous year. 

  • Anzalduas-Bentsen (TXAZ): 1/3

    Friday, January 3, 2020
    Count circle includes Bentsen State Park and Anzalduas County Park. Participants, working in teams, may opt for a few hours of counting, an all-day marathon or anything in between. Compiler Roy Rodriguez,, 956-584-9156.

  • Brownsville (TXBV) - compiler needed

    Needs new compiler. There are 8 sections within the Brownsville CBC, which includes hotspots like Resaca de la Palma SP, Fish Hatchery Road, Palo Alto NHS, Padre Island Blvd., TNC Southmost Preserve, Sabal Palm Audubon Grove, UTB Campus, Downtown Brownsville, and much more!

  • Chaparral Wildlife Management Area (TXCP): 12/21

    Saturday, December 21, 2019
    The Chaparral Wildlife Management Area invites you to participate in our annual count with us! We will meet at 7am at the WMA Check Station. The Chaparral Wildlife Management Area is located 8 miles West of Artesia Wells on F.M. 133. The CWMA consists of 15,200 acres of South Texas brush country. The event takes place rain or shine and no experience is required. If you are interested in participating or would like additional information please feel free to contact me. I will send out the participant list and details the first week of December. Oscar Perez,, telephone 830-676-3413.

  • Coastal Tip of Texas (TXCT): 12/18

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019
    Compiler Javier Gonzales , 956-761-6801.

  • Monday, December 30, 2019
    This is the 2nd year to revive this count. You can participate either by meeting in Gomez Farias or through a 6-day tour which includes transportation from Harlingen, Weslaco, or Mission. Guides, hotel, and meals are included. The tour starts on Dec 28 and concludes on Jan 2. Two days are allocated before the official CBC day to familiarize yourself with the birds and locales. Click on the name of the count for more information about the tour or go to Those who aren't interested in the tour should contact Stennie Meadours at for details about the meeting spot and the count.

  • Falcon Dam and State Park (TXFD): 12/22

    Sunday, December 22, 2019
    Compiler: Susan Foster,

  • Harlingen (TXHG): 1/4

    Saturday, January 4, 2020
    Compiler Norma Friedrich,, 361-676-6416.

  • La Sal Vieja (TXLS)

    The La Sal Vieja CBC is located out at the Valley Salt Lakes area in northeastern Hidalgo County and southwestern Willacy County. The area is a wonderful place to bird! The count normally averages about 165 species. The count circle has large areas of USFWS tracts which are hard to access by the public. The best and brightest Valley birders will be present so please come and join us. The compiler is John Brush, Date TBA.

  • Laguna Atascosa (TXLA): 12/30

    Monday, December 30, 2019
    If you are interested in participating please contact Mark Conway at

  • Laredo (TXLD): 12/28

    Saturday, December 28, 2019
    Our count circle includes private ranches and public lands, much of which is on the Rio Grande. Anyone interested in helping out, please contact the compiler Glenda Barrera, 956-286-5876.

  • Santa Ana (TXSA)

    The Santa Ana CBC count circle includes Alamo, San Juan, Hidalgo, Pharr, much of McAllen and a bit of Donna.

  • Weslaco (TXWS): 12/26

    Thursday, December 26, 2019
    Please call ahead or email to register. Compiler John Yochum,, (956) 565-3919.