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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REGISTER NOW for 10 weeks of FUN AND ENGAGING lessons as well as hands-on experiments for kids ages 7-10. Your registrat...
08/14/2020

REGISTER NOW for 10 weeks of FUN AND ENGAGING lessons as well as hands-on experiments for kids ages 7-10. Your registration fee covers the cost of ALL materials for each lesson, a 4x4' raised garden bed, and 20 live lessons on vegetable gardening.
**If you are unable to make the live sessions, they will be recorded for you to view at your own convenience!**
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Call us at (956) 381-9922 to register.

Yes, our grounds are open.  Mon, 7 to 5.  Tue,Thur, Fri, Sat: 7 am to 6 pm.  Closed Weds and Sunday.   What a beautiful ...
08/14/2020

Yes, our grounds are open. Mon, 7 to 5. Tue,Thur, Fri, Sat: 7 am to 6 pm. Closed Weds and Sunday. What a beautiful morning for a stroll!

After one last big push, we have cleared the debris from most of the grounds, and will re-open tomorrow, Thursday, Augus...
08/12/2020

After one last big push, we have cleared the debris from most of the grounds, and will re-open tomorrow, Thursday, August 13th. The area east of the main building (Dragonfly Pond and Forest Trail) will remain closed for the next few weeks, as maintenance tackles the explosion of over growth and the remaining downed trees. We will be open 7 am to 6 pm this Thursday through Saturday, and return to our previous ground hours (Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sat, closed Weds and Sundays). The main building remains closed, but restrooms will be open.

Staff working outdoors today to help clean more tree debris.  We will know more later today, but we hope to open most of...
08/12/2020

Staff working outdoors today to help clean more tree debris. We will know more later today, but we hope to open most of thr grounds tomorrow. There is still so much more to do, so please forgive the overgrowth. But we hope you will enjoy the sights and smells like this one. Anaqua (Sandpaper Tree) in full glorious bloom.

08/11/2020
Starting Seeds (R.G.V.egetable Gardening Part 2 of 10)

EWBC Garden Nursery Manager, Hanna Marble, continues a 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 how to properly start your seeds from reading the seed packets to properly watering them!
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What a difference each day makes! These are cucumber seedings just one day after they began to sprout. Our staff have be...
08/06/2020

What a difference each day makes! These are cucumber seedings just one day after they began to sprout. Our staff have been germinating vegetable seedlings for our #juniormastergardener program coming up this September. If you would like to take part, let us know -- registration ends August 14th!
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#growinggoodkids #jmg #vegetablegardening #gardening #growyourfood

CLOSURE update. EWBC staff finished picking up all the fallen debris and cut trees branches and limbs Monday, but the ma...
08/04/2020

CLOSURE update. EWBC staff finished picking up all the fallen debris and cut trees branches and limbs Monday, but the maintenence crew still has about two weeks of cutting left, with extensive damage around Dragonfly Pond. The good news is that large parts of the Garden are back to normal. Bad news is we have a scattering of trees all over the gardens that still need to come down, so we can not let folks back in yet. Below is the debris collection so far. Our plan is to turn this into mulch to be reused in our garden. Stay safe y'all. The mosquitos are killer right now. We are hoping that once we reopen, not only will the ground look good, but the mosquitos won't be as bad.

07/31/2020

Due to recovery efforts from Hurricane Hanna, EWBC is closed until further notice.

EWBC will remain closed to the public at least through a portion of next week if not longer.  We still have much debris ...
07/31/2020

EWBC will remain closed to the public at least through a portion of next week if not longer. We still have much debris to pick up, along with many more trees to cut back or remove. The mosquitos were pretty bad today, but we did have some fun wildlife sightings like this tortoise burrowing in the mud.

We may still be closed for the time being to continue clean-up in the aftermath of hurricane Hanna, but here is a VERY e...
07/30/2020

We may still be closed for the time being to continue clean-up in the aftermath of hurricane Hanna, but here is a VERY exciting announcement: this fall, we will be providing a gardening program for children ages 7-10 that includes 10 weeks of lessons and what your family needs to get your own vegetable garden bed started! This is a program that will introduce you and your kids to the importance of the gratifying hobby of growing your own food.
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If you're interested in registering (or have any questions), give us a call at (956) 381-9922 for more information. Additionally, if you know anyone that might be interested in this program, share, share, share! The deadline to register is August 14th, and the first day of program will begin on September 9th.
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#vegetablegardening #growinggoodkids #juniormastergardener #southtexasgardening

Clean up. Clean up.  The staff is hard at work at clean up today, and most likely for more days this week. But as we are...
07/28/2020

Clean up. Clean up. The staff is hard at work at clean up today, and most likely for more days this week. But as we are cleaning up, we are getting excellent wildlife sightings of baby chachalacas, Julia's and Tiger Swallowtails, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Orchard Orioles and more. We are hoping to get are grounds safely open this week, so you to can enjoy the views. Thank you for your continued patience with us.

Due to damage on the grounds from Hurricane Hanna, EWBC will be closed until further notice.  Please bear with us as we ...
07/27/2020

Due to damage on the grounds from Hurricane Hanna, EWBC will be closed until further notice. Please bear with us as we clean up the debris from the trails. The wildlife is ok, and will be waiting for you when we re-open. Thanks for your patience.

07/25/2020

Due to the expected impacts of Hurricane Hanna (possible flooding), the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, July 25th. We expect to re-open on Monday. Please stay safe everyone.

Have you been hearing about comet Neowise? Tonight, and the rest of the weekend, will be the last time you can try and v...
07/23/2020

Have you been hearing about comet Neowise? Tonight, and the rest of the weekend, will be the last time you can try and view it. YES, you can see it from the RGV!
NASA says: "For those hoping to see Comet Neowise for themselves, here’s what to do:
- Find a spot away from city lights with an unobstructed view of the sky.
- Just after sunset, look below the Big Dipper in the northwest sky.
- If you have them, bring binoculars or a small telescope to get the best views of this dazzling display."
Let us know if you catch it tonight!
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#cometneowise #astronomy #stars #nightsky #stargazing

07/21/2020
Climate & Growing Seasons (R.G.V.egetable Gardening Part 1 of 10)

EWBC Garden Nursery Manager, Hanna Marble, begins a 10-part videos series about vegetable gardening in the Rio Grande Valley (USDA Hardiness Zones 9a - 10b). In the first installment of this series, Hanna goes over the appropriate planting seasons for this region as well as some of the things that you can begin to plant in order to start your planning process!
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07/11/2020
Fascinating Owls

Join Becky Reyes, Interpretive Naturalist at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center to explore the world of owls and what makes them different from other raptors.
Also, check out THIS video and others on our YouTube channel:
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Subscribe if you would like to stay up-to-date with our virtual content as we spend more of our time learning at home now more than ever!

Summer is the season when a lot of birds are nesting and rearing their young.  We just want to remind all the wildlife w...
07/09/2020
ABA Code of Birding Ethics

Summer is the season when a lot of birds are nesting and rearing their young. We just want to remind all the wildlife watchers, birders and bird photographers out there, that if you find a bird's nest with babies or fledglings within, please keep your distance! Getting too close, even for the most excellent sighting or photograph, can stress out the birds, and may even do them harm. Please keep in mind these two ethical codes of behaviors when out birding or photographing birds and other wildlife. https://www.aba.org/aba-code-of-birding-ethics/ and https://www.audubon.org/photography/ethics. Thank you for helping to protect our wildlife and preserve our habitats.

Please take a moment to read the Code of Ethics and share it with others. As birders, we have a responsibility to bird respectfully. As the Code says itself, “Birding should be fun and help build a better future for birds, for birders, and for all people.”

07/08/2020

Beginning next week, EWBC will be closing Wednesdays. The rest of the week (Monday & Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday),grounds will be open as normal. We apologize for the inconvenience. This move is to help us manage schedules under Covid-19 recommendations. Should you have any questions, please contact us at (956) 381-9222.

EWBC is seeking to hire a part-time environmental educator to help our education team deliver in person and virtual cont...
07/06/2020
Environmental Educator (PT/Reg) - Edinburg, Texas, USA Job Opening

EWBC is seeking to hire a part-time environmental educator to help our education team deliver in person and virtual content. The position is 33 hours a week, Tuesday - Saturday. We are seeking applicants with a knowledge/education in the natural resource sciences, environmental sciences and/or related fields, as well as experience working with youth.

If you know anyone who may be interested in joining the EWBC team, please have them apply here: https://cityofedinburg.applicantpro.com/jobs/1301040.html

Thank you,

I. JOB SUMMARY The purpose of this position is to assist the Environmental Education Coordinator with conducting programs, tours, and activities for school groups and other visitors; provide interpretation on South Texas flora and fauna and the World Birding Center site(s) to visitors (indoors and o...

In a few months, it will be time to start planting our Fall Gardens here in Texas. If you are interested in learning how...
07/01/2020
Gardening for Monarchs & Other Wildlife with Native Plants - in Texas!

In a few months, it will be time to start planting our Fall Gardens here in Texas. If you are interested in learning how to plan and plant a native butterfly garden to attract more wildlife to your back yard, check out this upcoming on-line workshop by the National Wildlife Federation: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gardening-for-monarchs-other-wildlife-with-native-plants-in-texas-registration-106146992512

Amid COVID-19, this interactive two-day workshop will be hosted online (via Zoom) on July 21 (12pm-5pm), and July 23 (12pm-6pm), with plenty of breaks and time for Q & A. Registration page indicates the first day of the workshop (July 21); however, once you fill out the registration form and cover t...

06/30/2020
Spiders: Our 8-legged Friends

Join Interpretive Naturalist, Becky Reyes and explore a few of the common adaptations spiders have to survive.
https://youtu.be/-KZV1H-Z-78

Join Becky Reyes, Interpretive Naturalist at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center and explore a few of the adaptations spiders have to survi...

Celebrate moths during National Moth Week July 18th-24th. Mothing can be a fun activity you can do in your own backyard....
06/30/2020
Mothing

Celebrate moths during National Moth Week July 18th-24th. Mothing can be a fun activity you can do in your own backyard. Click on the link to learn how to attract moths to your yard using UV lights.
https://www.stbctmn.org/post/mothing

Wikipedia says, "Birdwatching, or birding, is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds is a recreational activity or citizen science." Exchange "moth" for "bird" and the definition works just as well. "Mothing" is an easy activity you can do in your own yard with little or no...

Are your kids getting antsy indoors?  Here are a few fun activities and videos from the Junior Master Gardeners to get t...
06/29/2020
FB Live National JMG Group Meets

Are your kids getting antsy indoors? Here are a few fun activities and videos from the Junior Master Gardeners to get the kids thinking and planning a Fall Garden. https://jmgkids.us/FBlive/

session 14 JMG Digital Service Project Before you finish the JMG FB Live Group, we challenge you to take what you’ve learned during our JMG sessions and:

06/29/2020
Making Mud Creatures!

Join us for International Mud Day! Celebrate this day by learning why some animals need mud, and then have some fun making a mud creature. You'll even learn how to make fake mud!
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Today is one of the most fun days of the year! Make sure you celebrate it!
06/29/2020

Today is one of the most fun days of the year! Make sure you celebrate it!

It's International Mud Day! Learn why some animals need mud and then make a mud creature with us. You'll even learn how ...
06/29/2020
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It's International Mud Day! Learn why some animals need mud and then make a mud creature with us. You'll even learn how to make fake mud in this fun video!
https://youtu.be/kDvdpVG0YxU

06/27/2020
Yoga Time: Go With the Flow

Join Hanna Marble as she leads you through a 20 minute yoga class with a water cycle theme! This class is for EVERYONE - from kids to adults, all levels and abilities.

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Cornell Lab of Ornithology is offering virtual camps for kids. Check them out for some fun activities for kids this summ...
06/26/2020
Explore Nature with Virtual Summer Camps! - K-12 Education

Cornell Lab of Ornithology is offering virtual camps for kids. Check them out for some fun activities for kids this summer.
https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/virtual-camps/?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=89415869&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_M4DoKMtHjO1kZ2hcHKnpv_jz1YspqiNWubx3DzqEyxjYWSkRwOeZs1dlpTJha6mPReIySbSGJKKQ1kebMFIfRD--FvQ&utm_content=89415869&utm_source=hs_email

We're excited to offer a series of nature-focused virtual camps for kids. Through hands-on missions, we’ll get your kids outside for learning and fun!

REMINDER: Tomorrow (06/27) @9AM, we will have Hanna lead us in a FaceBook LIVE yoga class! ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME, so if...
06/26/2020

REMINDER: Tomorrow (06/27) @9AM, we will have Hanna lead us in a FaceBook LIVE yoga class! ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME, so if you or your kids are looking to have some fun, join us on our FaceBook for a live 20 minute yoga class that will get your body moving and your brains working! Because of the summertime heat, this class with have the theme of water.

With all the recent rains, humidity and heat, plants (and weeds) are taking off like crazy.  EWBC staff are giving our g...
06/25/2020

With all the recent rains, humidity and heat, plants (and weeds) are taking off like crazy. EWBC staff are giving our groundskeepers a helping hand by tacking some of the weeds in our garden beds. With @ 4 acres of landscaping to attend to, plus miles of trail, it may look a little messy right now, but the wildlife are loving it. So please, enjoy the critters while we catch up with the overgrowth. Oh, and if it is too hot (or scary) to visit right now, check out our YouTube Channel at @EdinburgWBC where staff are loading up new videos each week, featuring fun activities, crafts, how-to's, creature features and more.

06/24/2020

ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to increasing Covid-19 Infection rates in our community, we will be closing the Interpretive Center and Gift Shop at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center until further notice. We will also be closing the Grounds and Center fully on Wednesdays. Other than Wednesday, the Fee Booth, trails and restrooms will remain operational. In addition, we are canceling all programs until further notice. We will require all visitors to wear a mask while using the indoor restroom facilities or while near other groups. Group size remain limited to 10 or less people. Admission fees remain in effect (NOTE: We will only be taking credit card transactions until further notice.) If you have additional questions, please call us at (956) 381-9922 or visit www.EdinburgWBC.org. We thank you for your consideration of others while using our site and hope that you all remain safe and healthy.

06/24/2020
🌱Wat-er Your Plants Need?🌱

Did you know that one of the most difficult parts of gardening is actually...watering it? Many struggle to find the perfect balance between OVER- and UNDER- watering! Join Hanna as she summarizes the science behind this phenomenon and explores a couple of tips on how to manage this.
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714 S Raul Longoria Rd
Edinburg, TX
78539

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

Telephone

(956) 381-9922

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Any idea why he hasn't gone back up north
Anything for u guys
Outstanding on education
A few pictures from my morning walk.
Thank u. Anything u need here for u
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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 💚