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Christmas Bird Counts

Rio Grande Valley and South Texas Counts

December 14, 2020 - January 5, 2021

Compilers, please send your dates and updates to Susan Billetdeaux,
For counts which have no dates, the descriptions are from the previous year. Because of the pandemic, dates are tentative. Please check with the compiler for the latest updates.

  • Anzalduas-Bentsen (TXAZ): 1/2 - tentative

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 (tentative schedule subject to change due to pandemic)
    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)

    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): 12/16

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020
    Compiler Javier Gonzalez , 956-761-6801.

  • 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. 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): 12/30

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020.
    Compiler: Susan Foster,

  • Harlingen (TXHG): 1/2

    Saturday, January 2, 2021.
    Due to Covid-19 concerns the format has been revised. Email to join or call 361-676-6416 for details. Make arrangements to be emailed packet information, forms and maps for your assigned area. Two person minimum with three person maximum will constitute a count team. Team members must be acquainted and in contact on a regular basis following Covid-19 restrictions. The intention is to have as good of a count as we can under the circumstances. Co-compiler: Norma Friedrich

  • 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)

    If you are interested in participating please contact Mark Conway at

  • Laredo (TXLD) - canceled

    2020 count canceled due to the pandemic.
    Our count circle includes private ranches and public lands, much of which is on the Rio Grande. 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. Contact: Mary Beth Albrechtsen at Telephone: 720-470-2960.

  • Weslaco (TXWS)

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

  • Citgo
  • BP
  • Chevron Retiree Association
  • Land Sea & Sky
  • Shell Oil Company Foundation
  • Strabo Tours
  • Tropical Birding