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Falcon State Park
Falcon State Park is located north of Roma, in Starr and Zapata Counties. It is at the southern end of the International Falcon Reservoir, a 60 mile long lake which has formed from the Rio Grande River behind the dam. The 560-acre park consists of gently rolling hills, which are covered by mesquite, huisache, wild olive, ebony, cactus native grasses. October through Easter are the best and most popular time to visit.
This State Park is site LTC 084 on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.
 Notable Species
The park has a diverse habitat ranging from lakeside woodlands to upland Tamaulipan thornscrub. Rio Grande Valley specialty birds can be found here: Great Kiskadee, Altamira Oriole, Plain Chachalaca, Vermilion Flycatcher, Couch's Kingbird and Green Kingfisher and a variety of shorebirds. The upland areas are home to Greater Roadrunner, Pyrrhuloxia, Scaled Quail, Bobwhite, Common Pauraque and Black-throated Sparrow. Tropical spring migrant species such as the Red-crowned Parrot are also occasionally seen in the park.The Crested Caracara, also known as the Mexican Eagle or Mexican Buzzard is plentiful as well.
Birds you can see here include:
 Other Wildlife
150 species of butterflies have been sighted in the park, including some rarities, such as the green telea hairstreak, its first sighting in the US for more than 70 years. The rounded metalmark, giant swallowtail and silver-banded hairstreakalso occur here.
 Site Information
 History and Use
The park was leased from the International Boundary and Water Commission in 1949 and was opened to the public in 1965. This dam was built for conservation, irrigation, power, flood control, and recreational purposes. The name FalcÃ³n is pronounced Fal-cone and comes from a local pioneering Hispanic family, not the bird!
 Areas of Interest
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 Access and Facilities
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 Contact Details
Falcon State Park
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