WESLACO, RGV – An interactive map has been created as part of the Explore RGV project highlighting 44 sites where birders can see exotic and rare birds in the Rio Grande Valley.

The new “Adventure Guide” has been launched to coincide with the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival that takes place in Harlingen, Nov. 6-10.

The announcement came at a board meeting of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council. LRGVDC oversees Explore RGV. The project was kick-started last year with a $350,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Its website and mobile app has around 800 sites across the Rio Grande Valley listed as fun places to visit.

Ron Garza

“Explore RGV has been about a year-long project for us. It is a very comprehensive, interactive website and mobile app,” Ron Garza, executive director of LRGVDC, told the Rio Grande Guardian at the conclusion of the board meeting.

“Today we announced two exciting developments for the Explore RGV project. One of them is the unveiling of the adventure guides.”

The above podcast features an interview with Garza. 

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above podcast is credited to Virginia Rose, a Travis Audubon Board Member. Rose will be leading birding walks during the 2019 Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. The festival takes place in Harlingen from Nov. 6 to Nov. 10. “We will visit the famous Estero Llano Grande, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Valley Nature Center, Quinta Mazatlan, and the National Butterfly Center,” Rose said. Click here to visit the Travis Audubon website.