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The next Laredo Birding Festival will take place:

February 7-10, 2018

Blessed with a rich and diverse river eco-system, Laredo is home to hundreds of species of local and migratory birds, which include our very own prized birds: the White-collared Seedeater, Scaled Quail,Grey Hawk, Audubon’s and Altamira Orioles, Brown Jay, Green Parakeets, Muscovy Duck,Red-billed Pigeon and Clay-colored Thrush.

In Laredo, you will have unprecedented access to view many rare avian beauties. Birding enthusiasts describe Laredo as the only place in the U.S. to have boasted four species of Kingfisher: the Ringed,Belted, Green and Amazon.

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During the Laredo Birding Festival, birders will have a chance to select from a variety of full-day scenic trips. Escorted by professional field guides and members of our local Monte Mucho Audubon Society, bird watchers will have the opportunity to explore areas along Laredo’s river front, creek systems, nature trails and private ranchland.


Here are a few of trails that have been available in past festivals:

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The Chacon Creek Trail

Visitors can access this trail through the following Laredo Parks: Benavides Softball Complex, Dryden Park, and the Garcia Vela Little League Field. This trail extends from the Rio Grande up to Highway 359 along both sides of the creek for approximately three miles.
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Lake Casa Blanca International State Park

An area often overlooked by birders, is along Casa Blanca Road below the dam, a road that parallels a portion of Chacon Creek, the watershed that feeds the lake. The edge of the creek can be walked to search for Green Jays, native sparrows, and migrating warblers. The lake wetlands provide habitat for wintering ducks and shorebirds as well as Osprey and American White Pelicans. Lake Casa Blanca is a state park and its main entrance is across the Laredo International Airport on Bob Bullock Loop.
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Las Palmas Trail

This trail begins just east of International Bridge II. It extends for half a mile along the Rio Grande and ends at Zacate Creek. Clay-colored Robins, White-tipped Doves, and Green Jays are known to nest in this area.
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North Central Park

Located in North Laredo, this park has asphalted trails which wind around a beaver pond and boasts some of the best wildlife viewing in the city. The White-collared Seedeater has also been seen here.
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Paseo Del Indio Trail

Begins behind the river road at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center located on the Laredo Community College campus on West End Washington Street and extends for a mile along the Rio Grande.
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Ranchito Road

Adjoining Lake Casa Blanca International State Park and runs between a lagoon and a wetland. Great place to see shorebirds and ducks as well as the White-collared Seedeater.
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Robert Muller Trails

This trail is located in northwest Laredo and can be accessed at the end of Atlanta Drive. This trail follows the pond in a circular pattern. The trail extends one quarter mile across 21 acres of land.
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San Ygnacio Road

If you are interested in birding-by-car, this is the road to be on. Ranchland is on both sides of San Ygnacio Road, which is also known as the Del Mar extension. Groove-billed Anis; Black-throated, Lark and Olive Sparrows; Painted Buntings and several Oriole species can be found on either side of the road, as well as flocks of quail and roadrunners.
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St. Peter’s Square

Found in the historic district of Saint Peter this square boasts Green Parakeets roosting in the old buildings. They can be seen taking off at sunrise and coming back to roost at sunset.
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Zacate Creek Trails

Visitors can access the trails along the banks of the creek or at the following parks: Seven Flags, Eistetter, Taylor and Cecilia Moreno. The trails extend along both sides of the creek for approximately three quarters of a mile starting at the Rio Grande. This creek is a nesting area for the White-collared Seedeater, Audubon’s Oriole, and Black Phoebe. Four Kingfisher species have been seen here including Ringed, Belted, Green and Amazon. No place else in the United States can claim that!



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If this is your first time birding in Laredo or you are a repeat visitor, we warmly welcome you to our wonderful city! For more information about the Festival visit the official Laredo Birding Festival Website.
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