Today is the first day for the largest festival that Harlingen promotes...the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival kicks off today and will continue through November 14. The Valley is home to some major flyways so locals as well as those from out of state and even out of the country will convene in Harlingen to hear famous birders give seminars and lead bird watching expeditions. What a wonderful opportunity for all of us to learn a little more about the wonders of the Rio Grande Valley.
Seminar leaders and birding guides on the expeditions are famous for their knowledge, experience, and leadership. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about our bird friends when you attend the festival held at the Harlingen Convention Center.
Over 500 different bird species have been recorded in the Rio Grande Valley. This is more than have ever been recorded in all but two or three states. To put the Rio Grande Valley in prospective size wise, "The Valley" as we locals call it, is comprised of only four counties - Cameron, Willacy, Hidalgo, and Starr and extends up the Rio Grande River for 100 miles.
World Birding Centers that you might wish to visit are scattered throughout the area. The Valley has the best birding in the United States. Dedicated birders keep what they call a life list that records the time and the place birds are spotted. Now is the time to add to or to begin that list as so many birds are beginning their North to South Winter migration.
Thanks to the volunteers who have given so much time and energy to organize the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. This is their 28th year. Congratulations. Thanks for putting us on the map.