Rio Grande Valley and South Texas Counts
December 14, 2023 - January 5, 2024
Compilers, please send your dates and updates to Susan Billetdeaux, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Roy.Rodriguez@tpwd.texas.gov, 956-584-9156. This count is usually held on the last Friday of the count window.
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 Sanctuary; UTRGV Campus and often the adjacent Texas Southmost College Campus; Downtown Brownsville; and much more! Compiler: Karl Berg, email@example.com.
Chaparral Wildlife Management Area (TXCP)
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. For more information, contact Nicole Alonso, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office phone: 830-676-3413, Cell phone: 361-230-0735
Coastal Tip of Texas (TXCT)
The compiler is Javier Gonzalez email@example.com , 956-467-8782
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 gowithjo.com/tour/christmas-bird-count-at-el-cielo-biosphere-reserve-mexico/. Those who aren't interested in the tour should contact Stennie Meadours at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about the meeting spot and the count.
Falcon Dam and State Park (TXFD)
Compiler: Susan Foster, email@example.com.
This is always an exciting count due to the 30-plus specialty birds in the Rio Grande Valley. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 956-244-2347 to join. Co-compilers Mark Conway and Alicia Cavazos. The count is usually held on the last Saturday of the count window.
La Sal Vieja (TXLS) - compiler needed
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.
Laguna Atascosa (TXLA)
If you are interested in participating on the Laguna Atascosa (TXLA) CBC, see the website for information on the circle and areas within. Teams are pre-defined for each area. Area Leaders will manage the team details. So get your request in early! We will work to match up new participants with teams in need. Contact: Cathy Harrington email@example.com 512-410-1360. Website: https://flanwr.org/Christmas-Bird-Count/
Our count circle includes private ranches and public lands, much of which is on the Rio Grande. Compiler: Glenda Barrera, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. John McKee is running the count this year. Please contact him at 815-617-2091 for more information and to sign up.
Please call ahead or email to register. Compiler John Yochum, email@example.com, (956) 565-3919.