Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide
"A 17-mile paved and gravel road through one of the few large tracts of wild land remaining in the Rio Grande Valley. The 45,187-acre Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is known worldwide for its large variety of birds and other wildlife. Its mix of subtropical, coastal, and desert ecosystems harbors a broad range of species in the largest tract of natural habitat remaining in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Birders visit the refuge and other valley sites in droves in large part because of the subtropical location adjoining Mexico. Many species, such as the chachalaca, green jay, Altamira oriole, white-tipped dove, and ringed kingfisher, aren’t found anywhere else in the United States. Endangered and threatened species such as the Aplomado falcon, piping plover, and reclusive ocelot live at the refuge. Nearby Attractions: Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, South Padre Island, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, and Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary."