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Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
The south Texas landscape is a unique blending of temperate, subtropical, coastal and desert habitats. Mexican plants and wildlife are at the northernmost edge of their range, while migrating waterfowl and Sandhill Crane fly down for the mild winters. This combination makes Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge world famous for its birds, and home to a mix of wildlife found nowhere else. Laguna Atascosa NWR is the largest protected area of natural habitat left in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, an oasis for wildlife with few alternatives. The refuge's 45,187 acres become more valuable with each acre lost to development - valuable to wildlife and those who enjoy wildlife in wildlands.
This NWR is site LTC 024 on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.
 Notable Species
Desert dwellers like Greater Roadrunner, Verdin, and Cactus Wren inhabit the scrub areas, while species like Roseate Spoonbill, egrets, and herons join Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, and Piping Plover at the shore of the Laguna Madre.
In 1993 Aplomado Falcons were re-introduced at the Refuge. By 1995 the first pair to nest since 1952, were documented near Old Port Isobel Road, a few miles from the Refuge. By 2004, 900 Aplomado Falcons had been released in the Rio Grande Valley, and in 2006 25 pairs were documented nesting in the area. More information. Also look out for Groove-billed Ani.
 Rare Species
Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush has occurred here once in spring 1996.
Birds you can see here include:
 Other Wildlife
 Site Information
 History and Use
The refuge was established in 1946 and comprises nearly 50,000 acres of coastal Tamaulipan brush, grasslands, lomas, and tidal flats. Management techniques are slowly replacing some of the original vegetation, destroyed by cattle ranching and agriculture in the 1800s and 1900s. Only about 5% of the original vegetation remains, but native brush for ocelot and other brushland wildlife is being replanted, wetlands are being replaced, and farming for wildlife is ongoing to help the wintering geese and sandhill cranes by leaving the entire crop for them.
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