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Don’t miss out on the 23rd Annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival taking place this weekend – Nov. 3-6 – in Harlingen. The festival is known for its high quality fields trips and seminars about birds who live in or migrate through the Rio Grande Valley.

The festival is headquartered at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium located at 1204 Fair Park Blvd.

20161020-RGV-World-Birding-FestivalFor those who might still want to sign up for a field trip or lecture, there will be a table inside the auditorium where visitors can check on tours and seminars still available. Spokesperson Tamie Bulow said some trips might be offered at a discount to locals and Winter Texans to fill up some of the buses for field trips.

A raptor show will be held at the back of the auditorium at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., free of charge. On Saturday the raptor show at 1 p.m. will be a larger demonstration where raptors fly and show their skills. It is also free.

A large trade show will feature a variety of optical equipment including scopes, binoculars and cameras that will be useful to birders. Field guides and other nature books will also be for sale.

State Parks and World Birding Center sites from around the Valley and state will have booths to let visitors know what birds and ecological treasures are available in their parks.

Look for the Texas Master Naturalists to have a booth. A native plant sale is planned. And there will be items such as jewelry and clothing for sale.

Travel groups offering tours in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador and South Africa will be present to tell participants about the guided birding and ecological tours offered in those countries.

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