Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center The Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center is located in the heart of Edinburg, TX. As one of the 9 World Birding Center sites in the Rio Grande Valley, we offer 40 acres of spectacular wildlife viewing.
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It's snack time at the wetlands! When you take a look at our two large ponds, you will often see many swimming or wading...
11/14/2020

It's snack time at the wetlands! When you take a look at our two large ponds, you will often see many swimming or wading birds. These birds are attracted to the ponds for many reasons, one of the main ones include searching for and eating fish. Since they eat fish, these birds have adaptations to living near or in water. The Tricolored Heron has longs legs and a long neck that gives them a great view of the fish they can catch with their pointy beak.
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You can enjoy a snack while watching these wetland birds from any of our seven overlooks.

Make some unique holiday decorations using Mother Nature's Supplies and upcycled materials.  Pre-order your supply kit t...
11/13/2020

Make some unique holiday decorations using Mother Nature's Supplies and upcycled materials. Pre-order your supply kit today and then watch us on our YouTube channel for a fun, instructional video to craft your ornaments. Call us at (956) 381-9922 to reserve your kit. Quantities are limited.

11/12/2020
Eye on the Wild: Nature's Recyclers

Celebrate National Recycling Day by learning about our original recyclers - our plants and animals! Then join our recycling challenge by making something new from an item you would have normally thrown away.

We are now accepting volunteers! Keeping in mind that there are certain restrictions in place due to COVID-19:- Limited ...
11/12/2020
Visit the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center.

We are now accepting volunteers! Keeping in mind that there are certain restrictions in place due to COVID-19:
- Limited group sizes
- All volunteer work will done outdoors
- Hours per day are limited
- Must be 16 years or older
If interested, please give us a call, or send an email to [email protected] for more information on helping us out!
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40 acre nature site offer wildlife viewing, outdoor recreation, and interactive programs and tours. Call (956) 381-9922 for more information.

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center will be CLOSED tomorrow, November 11th, in honor of Veteran's Day.  We...
11/10/2020

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center will be CLOSED tomorrow, November 11th, in honor of Veteran's Day. We would like to thank all of the brave men and women who have served in the armed forces protecting our country.

Normal business hours will resume on Thursday. For questions, please call us at (956) 381-9922 or visit us at www.EdinburgWBC.org.

Our 2020-2021 Purple Martin Patch is finally in! If you have purchased a membership for the year, your patch will be mai...
11/10/2020

Our 2020-2021 Purple Martin Patch is finally in! If you have purchased a membership for the year, your patch will be mailed to you shortly. If you have yet to join as a member, but would like to, please call us at 956-381-9922 or stop by the Fee Booth on your next visit. Members will receive this beautiful patch, free entry for up to eight family members per visit and discounts on programs and merchandise. The current membership year runs through July 31, 2021. Thank you for your continued support!

Did someone lose their toupée, or is that an Asp (Megalopyge opercularis)? These caterpillars are the immature stage of ...
11/10/2020

Did someone lose their toupée, or is that an Asp (Megalopyge opercularis)? These caterpillars are the immature stage of flannel moths. In spite of their funky 'dos and harmless appearance, their little "hairs" will cause a 💢painful💢 rash or stinging sensation. In fact, there have been school closures in the early 1900s due to abnormally high populations of the dreaded Asp! They like to hang out in a variety of shade-providing trees and shrubs (we found this one in a rose bush), so be on the lookout before doing some fall trimming, planting, or playing outside.
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#naturecenter #rgv #riograndevalley #caterpillar #asp #megalopygeopercularis #lepidoptera #sting #caution⚠️

Looking for some Thanksgiving week fun? Then spend some time outdoors with us in this program that's fun for the whole f...
11/09/2020

Looking for some Thanksgiving week fun? Then spend some time outdoors with us in this program that's fun for the whole family! Group size will be limited, so register today. Program fee is $8 and includes admission for one child and a supply kit. Families may share a kit, but admission fee is required for all participants.

Happy Texas Arbor Day! This time of year is the PERFECT time to go out and plant some trees! By planting trees during mi...
11/07/2020

Happy Texas Arbor Day! This time of year is the PERFECT time to go out and plant some trees! By planting trees during mid-fall to early spring, its roots are able to establish before the hot summer months. Planting trees that are native to your area makes a huge difference because they are drought tolerant, provide shade, and attract local wildlife - especially birds! Here are three of our favorite trees native to the RGV:

🌳Anacua (Ehretia anacua), also known as the sandpaper tree, can provide some color with yellow-orange fruit that birds love. It also sets out highly fragrant white flowers that pollinators flock to.

🌳Texas Ebony (Ebenopsis ebano) will give you a lot of shade as well as shelter for many species of birds and insects. This tree is easily recognized by its large seed pods.

🌳Cedar Elm (Ulmus crassifolia) also has a large canopy for shade and is another great habitat for birds. The leaves add a vibrant yellow to the landscape in the fall.

For more information about native trees of the Rio Grande Valley visit your local plant nurseries or check out the Native Plant Project website, nativeplantproject.com, for a list of native trees.
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11/07/2020

Due to daylight savings time, EWBC is changing operational hours to accommodate the dwindling light during our short winter season. Beginning Tuesday, November 10th, EWBC will close at 5:30 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays until January 4th. We will resume normal closing hours in the New Year. Happy Holidays.

This weekend, celebrate Texas Arbor Day with a scavenger hunt around the grounds at EWBC.  Our site features a lot of wo...
11/06/2020

This weekend, celebrate Texas Arbor Day with a scavenger hunt around the grounds at EWBC. Our site features a lot of wonderful native trees that not only are excellent habitat for local birds, but are wonderful additions to home yards. For information on trees on other plants that you can plant at home, please visit the fee booth at EWBC and ask for our native plant list. #TexasArborDay #RGVnature

We are pleased to announce that EWBC is slowly beginning to transition to offer more services.  Beginning Tuesday, Novem...
11/05/2020
Visit the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center.

We are pleased to announce that EWBC is slowly beginning to transition to offer more services. Beginning Tuesday, November 10th, EWBC will once again take cash payments at the Fee Booth. We will also be selling beverages and snacks at the Fee Booth. When visiting, group sizes are still limited to 10 or less, and masks are required in the restroom area, or when around other visitors. The main building remains closed until further notice.

For more information or questions, please call us at (956) 381-9222 or visit us at www.EdinburgWBC.org.

40 acre nature site offer wildlife viewing, outdoor recreation, and interactive programs and tours. Call (956) 381-9922 for more information.

The Red-Bordered Pixie (Melanis pixe), as its name implies, displays an understated beauty with vibrant red dots borderi...
11/05/2020

The Red-Bordered Pixie (Melanis pixe), as its name implies, displays an understated beauty with vibrant red dots bordering a dark, velvety backdrop. The first written description of this butterfly dates back to 1836 by a French lepidopterist (the study of butterflies and moths) by the name of Jean Baptiste Boisduval. Stop by and see if you can spot one, as the Lower Rio Grande Valley is one of the northernmost territories that they occupy!
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#naturecenter #rgv #riograndevalley #butterfly #butterflies #butterflygarden #lepidoptera #redborderedpixie #melanispixe #nativewildlife #insects #pollinators #pollinatorgarden

Ready to have a BOOtiful time with your kiddos? Enjoy the perfect weather this Halloween while exploring for creatures o...
10/30/2020

Ready to have a BOOtiful time with your kiddos? Enjoy the perfect weather this Halloween while exploring for creatures of all kinds. Dont forget to stop by the Fee Booth for a special Halloween-themed Scavenger Hunt sheet. Free entry this Saturday. Group sizes limited to 10 people. Don't forget your masks.

Pictured here are just a FEW of the lovely blooms we have seen at the center these past few weeks! 🌸🌼🌺 All of them are a...
10/29/2020

Pictured here are just a FEW of the lovely blooms we have seen at the center these past few weeks! 🌸🌼🌺 All of them are amazing natives for our pollinators. Pictured are:
🏵️Heart-leaf hibiscus (Hibiscus martianus)
🏵️White plumbago (Plumbago scandens)
🏵️Low croton & sweat bee (Croton humilis & Agapostemon spp?)
🏵️Crucita (Chromolaena odorata)
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Na na na na - BAT WEEK! Happy International Bat Week, everyone. 🦇 Not only is this celebration timely, but it is as impo...
10/27/2020

Na na na na - BAT WEEK! Happy International Bat Week, everyone. 🦇 Not only is this celebration timely, but it is as important as the role that bats play in our native ecosystems. From eating many times their weight in pesky mosquitos to pollinating the agave that tequila comes from, bats are more than just a spooky Halloween symbol. It's no wonder one of the world's most iconic superheros takes his namesake from them!
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#batweek #bathero #naturecenter #rgv #riograndevalley #bats #mammals #batsoftexas #halloween

EWBC is pleased to announce that as of Monday, October 26th, the grounds will re-open on Wednesdays.  Our normal ground ...
10/26/2020

EWBC is pleased to announce that as of Monday, October 26th, the grounds will re-open on Wednesdays. Our normal ground hours have resumed. However, our main building remains closed to the public. For more information, please visit our website at www.EdinburgWBC.org

10/23/2020
Silver-banded Hairstreak

Even butterflies want to look their best for the camera. This Silver-banded Hairstreak is maintaining its sense of smell by cleaning its antennae; it's just like when we blow our noses 🤧
Butterfly antennae are sensory organs that pick up chemicals in the air. These chemicals can be flower scents or even pheromones of a possible partner. Did you know the Monarch butterfly can even use its antennae as a sun compass to help navigate its way south during its migration?

This darn gorgeous green darner dragonfly (Anax junius)  held still for a quick photo shoot as it warmed up for a long d...
10/23/2020

This darn gorgeous green darner dragonfly (Anax junius) held still for a quick photo shoot as it warmed up for a long day of eating flies, mosquitos, and ants! Dragonflies are ectothermic. This means that they cannot generate their own body heat, so on a cooler morning you will often find them moving sluggishly or holding still as the sun heats them up!
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#naturecenter #dragonfly #greendarner #anaxjunius #rgv #riograndevalley #biology #odonates

10/21/2020

Join us for another Wednesday Wetland Wonders! We are have a brew-some time with butterflies 🦋

The golden-fronted woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) is often noticed by its characteristic "churrrr" call or its drumro...
10/20/2020

The golden-fronted woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) is often noticed by its characteristic "churrrr" call or its drumroll-like drilling in search of its next meal. Spongy tissue and a tongue that wraps around the skull absorbs the shock of said drilling, so these woodpeckers won't experience any brain damage from the constant headbanging!
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10/20/2020
ECG Live Update #6

A very brief conversation about pest control in the garden. Questions/comments are always welcome!

10/16/2020
Building a Raised Garden Bed (R.G.Vegetable Gardening, Part 4 of 10)

EWBC Garden Nursery Manager, Hanna Marble, continues the 10-part video series about vegetable gardening in the Rio Grande Valley (USDA Hardiness Zones 9a - 10b). In the second installment of this series, Hanna goes over the importance of some soil health and how to create your own compost!
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This Texas unicorn mantis (Phyllovates chlorophea) 🦄 was strutting its stuff along the walls of our main building! Named...
10/15/2020

This Texas unicorn mantis (Phyllovates chlorophea) 🦄 was strutting its stuff along the walls of our main building! Named after the little "unicorn horn" between its antennae, experts theorize that it is used as a type of disruptive camouflage. This means that it allows them to stand out just enough so that they don't appear TOO MUCH like a tasty leaf to herbivorous creatures!
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#naturecenter #rgv #riograndevalley #prayingmantis #texasunicornmantis #phyllovateschlorophaea #texasinsects #mantis #camouflage #adaptations

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE 👁️....a bordered patch butterfly (Chlosyne lacinia) resting on a unqiuely-flowered buttonbush (...
10/13/2020

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE 👁️....a bordered patch butterfly (Chlosyne lacinia) resting on a unqiuely-flowered buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis). As we move into butterfly migration season, we will begin to see more species of butterfly on more of our flowering plants! Can you spot the other two clouded skipper butterflies (Lerema accius) on this buttonbush?
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10/10/2020
If you were to take a stroll in our butterfly gardens today, it would feel like walking around a moving art gallery. The...
10/09/2020

If you were to take a stroll in our butterfly gardens today, it would feel like walking around a moving art gallery. There are a variety of butterflies enjoying the sunlight and nectar-producing plants our grounds have to offer. Most adult butterflies drink nectar from flowers with their straw-like tongues.
If you'd like a natural art gallery of your own, plant pollinator-friendly plants in your garden:https://monarchwatch.org/garden/plant-list-tx-monarchwatch.pdf

What kind of picture-perfect butterflies have you seen lately?
#TXPollinators

10/08/2020

Holy poppin' petunias, Batman! This little purple flower is commonly known as Runyon's violet wild petunia (Ruellia nudiflora). As we move into the fall season, it begins to pull back its bright purple blooms and put out seed pods. In this video, you'll see why they're a fun bit of nature to show off -- once those seed pods get wet, they burst open to aid the plant in seed dispersal! The video has been slowed down to about .25x the original speed, so don't miss out on this cool demonstration! See comments down below to check out the beautiful purple bloom. You may recognize this common low-growing flower!
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714 S Raul Longoria Rd
Edinburg, TX
78542-5142

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 18:00
Thursday 07:00 - 18:00
Friday 07:00 - 18:00
Saturday 07:00 - 18:00

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A few pictures from my morning walk.
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What a great bird walk my husband and I had with Becky Reyes. Thank you so much. This is a FABULOUS place.
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Enjoyed a wonderful day. Did not see the owl but we did see this little guy.
Taken January 15th, 2018.
I was going through some pictures of yesterday's snow at work. Here's a picture of a Buff-bellied Hummingbird during the snowfall.
Leaving her green rock for someone else to find 💚