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Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
by Mel White (Falcon Guides)
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Santa Ana is a haven for birdwatchers, butterfly enthusiasts, nature photographers, students, and families. Twelve miles of trails are available for hiking. The Visitor Center provides educational displays and videos, along with a nature bookstore/giftshop. Tram tours are available from mid-December through mid-April. Naturalists explain the natural and cultural history of the refuge on the 75-minute guided tour. Travel through some of the most pristine subtropical riparian habitat and drier upland habitat in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of south Texas. Operated jointly by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Valley Nature Center, tours depart from the Visitor Center three times daily, except Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Easter. Guided canoe tours of the Rio Grande along the banks of the refuge are available from the Friends of Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge between November and March. View the Rio Grande Valley from a completely new perspective. Free guided nature walks and birding tours are also available during the winter months.
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