Park model in Bentsen Grove Resort, a large, gated RV community for those 55 and older. Over 50 activities, birdwatching, pickleball, indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub. See Bentsen Grove Resort website for details. Prime area for bird watching in Rio Grande Valley. Bentsen Rio Grande State Park, 2 mi away. One hr drive to 20 birding hot spots in RGV. Owner provides bird tours, $50/ morning from Dec. -March. More distant all-day tours $80: S Padre Island, Sabal Palm Sanctuary and Brownsville Dump, or Falcon Dam and State Park, Salineno and Chapeno. Added charge / pet. Guests 55 and older, of all nationalities, orientation welcome here.
The Rio Grande Valley is one of the fastest growing places in the United States with an estimated population of over 1.3 million people. Despite the record growth in cities and urban areas, the bird life here is able to find a myriad range of habitats in the 21 nature centers open to the public and hundreds of private properties scattered throughout the area. From the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico to the arid thornscrub in the west, the riparian woodlands along the river, and the urban centers in between, over 500 species of avian life have been seen in Lower Rio Grande Valley. Many tropical and sub-tropical birds reach the northern limits of their ranges here, and wandering juveniles often explore in the fall and winter seasons. There is a reason the area is known as a World Birding Center!