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Friday, May 11, 2018

The Lower Rio Grande Valley

Mouth of the Rio Grande River

The Texas coastal region ends at the mouth of the Rio Grande River and the Mexican border. The beautiful Rio Grande Valley is home to several threatened species of critters - most notably the ocelot and the Kemp's Ridley turtle. It's a migratory byway for birds and butterflies in the spring and fall.
South Padre Island sunset

There's so much natural beauty to love - from the coast and the bays to the blooming of the prickly pear cactus. The Gulf of Mexico attracts recreational fishermen, surfers and boaters.

It is a photographer's paradise. As we prepare to leave for the summer, I'm always a little nostalgic. I look through my photos and become entranced with the area's beauty all over again.
Early morning hatchling release

So, I just want to share a little of my fabulous winter and urge you to visit the Rio Grande Valley and create your own memories.

Visit Sea Turtle, Inc. If you're here in the summer, you may have the good fortune of witnessing a hatchling release. Birders love the World Birding Centers throughout the valley. The island is home to the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. The valley and its wildlife refuges offer many outdoor activities.

The Gulf Coast and the Laguna Madre offer plenty of opportunities for water sports and the beach. Take a dolphin cruise or enjoy a sunset on a catamaran.

Oh, if you like seafood, especially shrimp, you'll be visiting paradise. If you prefer Mexican food, I can attest that it's awesome, too. The valley is a year-round tourist destination that I'm proud to call home!

Spring migration

Prickly pear in bloom

Gladys Porter Zoo
in Brownsville

Parrots in Brownsville

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