The Valley Land Fund

The Valley Land Fund VLF was founded by a dedicated group of local business owners and professionals who had a vision of preserving , expanding and enhancing native wildlife in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Valley Land Fund is a land trust, a non-profit organization working to conserve land. We have consistently taken leadership positions in land conservation practices; whether it’s promoting sound land stewardship, create economic incentives, or training the conservation leaders of the future, The Valley Land Fund strives to be the best at what we do.

The Valley Land Fund is a land trust, a non-profit organization working to conserve land. We have consistently taken leadership positions in land conservation practices; whether it’s promoting sound land stewardship, create economic incentives, or training the conservation leaders of the future, The Valley Land Fund strives to be the best at what we do.

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Join us at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center this Thursday, August 19th at 7 PM for this special evening to celebrate...
08/16/2021

Join us at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center this Thursday, August 19th at 7 PM for this special evening to celebrate our children of the RGV and their amazing pictures of nature in South Texas.

Entrance to Quinta Mazatlán is FREE!

Join us at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center this Thursday, August 19th at 7 PM for this special evening to celebrate our children of the RGV and their amazing pictures of nature in South Texas.

Entrance to Quinta Mazatlán is FREE!

08/09/2021

Don’t miss your chance to enter Southern Exposures Youth Nature Photo Contest. Deadline is TOMORROW, August 10! Show us your amazing photos of the Rio Grande Valley.

Ages to enter are 5 - 18 and it’s FREE!!!

Photo Contest Criteria:
• Nature related
• Taken in the Rio Grande Valley
• Printed on 8x10 photo paper (labeled)
• Dropped off at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center by deadline

*Entry Form:https://valleylandfund.com/wp-content/uploads/2021-Entry-Form-SXP.pdf

Have plans this weekend? Join Josmar at Quinta Mazatlan for a Outdoor Photo Lesson. Cameras provided if your child needs...
08/06/2021

Have plans this weekend?

Join Josmar at Quinta Mazatlan for a Outdoor Photo Lesson. Cameras provided if your child needs one.

Purchase our tickets at [email protected]

Only 4 days left to submit your entry a FREE youth nature photo contest.

Have plans this weekend?

Join Josmar at Quinta Mazatlan for a Outdoor Photo Lesson. Cameras provided if your child needs one.

Purchase our tickets at [email protected]

Only 4 days left to submit your entry a FREE youth nature photo contest.

Just 5 days away from the Southern Exposures Youth Nature Photo Contest submission deadline! Get your kids outdoors and ...
08/06/2021

Just 5 days away from the Southern Exposures Youth Nature Photo Contest submission deadline! Get your kids outdoors and have them take a few pictures of anything nature.

Here is the following criteria for submissions:
- Nature related
- Taken in the RGV
- Printed on 8x10 photo paper

Have your pictures printed and ready to submit, all that's left to do is stop by and drop off your pictures at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center no later than Tuesday, August 10th at 5pm.

Submission forms for entering the contest will be available at our front desk!

https://docs.google.com/.../1FHsWLwvB47weHa9t.../mobilebasic

Just 5 days away from the Southern Exposures Youth Nature Photo Contest submission deadline! Get your kids outdoors and have them take a few pictures of anything nature.

Here is the following criteria for submissions:
- Nature related
- Taken in the RGV
- Printed on 8x10 photo paper

Have your pictures printed and ready to submit, all that's left to do is stop by and drop off your pictures at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center no later than Tuesday, August 10th at 5pm.

Submission forms for entering the contest will be available at our front desk!

https://docs.google.com/.../1FHsWLwvB47weHa9t.../mobilebasic

Just 5 days away from the Southern Exposures Youth Nature Photo Contest submission deadline! Get your kids outdoors and ...
08/06/2021

Just 5 days away from the Southern Exposures Youth Nature Photo Contest submission deadline! Get your kids outdoors and have them take a few pictures of anything nature.

Here is the following criteria for submissions:
- Nature related
- Taken in the RGV
- Printed on 8x10 photo paper

Have your pictures printed and ready to submit, all that's left to do is stop by and drop off your pictures at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center no later than Tuesday, August 10th at 5pm.

Submission forms for entering the contest will be available at our front desk!

https://docs.google.com/.../1FHsWLwvB47weHa9t.../mobilebasic

Just 5 days away from the Southern Exposures Youth Nature Photo Contest submission deadline! Get your kids outdoors and have them take a few pictures of anything nature.

Here is the following criteria for submissions:
- Nature related
- Taken in the RGV
- Printed on 8x10 photo paper

Have your pictures printed and ready to submit, all that's left to do is stop by and drop off your pictures at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center no later than Tuesday, August 10th at 5pm.

Submission forms for entering the contest will be available at our front desk!

https://docs.google.com/.../1FHsWLwvB47weHa9t.../mobilebasic

Good news! The photo contest deadline is extended to August 10! Get your pictures in and show your amazing nature pictur...
08/03/2021

Good news! The photo contest deadline is extended to August 10! Get your pictures in and show your amazing nature pictures.

All same rules apply.

Ages to enter are 5 - 18!

Photo Contest Criteria:
• Nature related
• Taken in the Rio Grande Valley
• Printed on 8x10 photo paper (labeled)
• Dropped off at Quinta Mazatlan by deadline

*Entry Form:https://valleylandfund.com/wp-content/uploads/2021-Entry-Form-SXP.pdf

Good news! The photo contest deadline is extended to August 10! Get your pictures in and show your amazing nature pictures.

All same rules apply.

Ages to enter are 5 - 18!

Photo Contest Criteria:
• Nature related
• Taken in the Rio Grande Valley
• Printed on 8x10 photo paper (labeled)
• Dropped off at Quinta Mazatlan by deadline

*Entry Form:https://valleylandfund.com/wp-content/uploads/2021-Entry-Form-SXP.pdf

As long as its nature and its in the valley, it can be submitted!The Valley Land Fund, along with Quinta Mazatlan invite...
07/29/2021

As long as its nature and its in the valley, it can be submitted!

The Valley Land Fund, along with Quinta Mazatlan invites all youth to participate in Southern Exposures Youth Nature Photo Contest!

Ages to enter are 5 - 18!

Photo Contest Criteria:
• Nature related
• Taken in the Rio Grande Valley
• Printed on 8x10 photo paper (labeled)
• Dropped off at Quinta Mazatlan by deadline

The deadline for submissions is August 3rd, make haste and don't forget to have fun with it!

*Contest Rules:https://valleylandfund.com/wp-content/uploads/SXP_Rules2021.pdf

*Entry Form:https://valleylandfund.com/wp-content/uploads/2021-Entry-Form-SXP.pdf

As long as its nature and its in the valley, it can be submitted!

The Valley Land Fund, along with Quinta Mazatlan invites all youth to participate in Southern Exposures Youth Nature Photo Contest!

Ages to enter are 5 - 18!

Photo Contest Criteria:
• Nature related
• Taken in the Rio Grande Valley
• Printed on 8x10 photo paper (labeled)
• Dropped off at Quinta Mazatlan by deadline

The deadline for submissions is August 3rd, make haste and don't forget to have fun with it!

*Contest Rules:https://valleylandfund.com/wp-content/uploads/SXP_Rules2021.pdf

*Entry Form:https://valleylandfund.com/wp-content/uploads/2021-Entry-Form-SXP.pdf

07/27/2021

Big things have small beginnings, Join us partnered with Ruth Hoyt to show your kids the value of nature.

Quinta Mazatlan
07/22/2021
Quinta Mazatlan

Quinta Mazatlan

Sign up to Receive our E-mail Nature Newsletter! You’ll enjoy special postings on programs, events, bird sightings, plants blooming and more at Quinta Mazatlan!

We are grateful to Quinta Mazatlan for hosting us this year for this awesome opportunity of getting kids outdoors and co...
07/20/2021

We are grateful to Quinta Mazatlan for hosting us this year for this awesome opportunity of getting kids outdoors and connected to nature.

Thank you to HEB, Magic Valley COOP and the Townsend Endowment for supporting Enviromental Education.

Don’t forget to enter our FREE contest. Visit valleylandfund.com for more information.

Attention all youth photographers! Do you have an eye for the outdoors? Are you great at capturing photos of sunsets, bi...
07/14/2021

Attention all youth photographers! Do you have an eye for the outdoors? Are you great at capturing photos of sunsets, birds in flight or other natural beauties?

Join us for Nature & Wildlife Youth Photo Workshops, lead by professional nature photographer Ruth Hoyt. Workshops are offered on Saturdays in June and July at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center.

REGISTER AT: https://quintamazatlan.ticketleap.com/

Cameras will be provided while supplies last. You are welcome to use your own camera or cell phone.

Everyone in attendance is invited to submit their photos for the Southern Exposure Youth Nature Photo Contest.

For more information contact our office at 956-681-3370.

Attention all youth photographers! Do you have an eye for the outdoors? Are you great at capturing photos of sunsets, birds in flight or other natural beauties?

Join us for Nature & Wildlife Youth Photo Workshops, lead by professional nature photographer Ruth Hoyt. Workshops are offered on Saturdays in June and July at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center.

REGISTER AT: https://quintamazatlan.ticketleap.com/

Cameras will be provided while supplies last. You are welcome to use your own camera or cell phone.

Everyone in attendance is invited to submit their photos for the Southern Exposure Youth Nature Photo Contest.

For more information contact our office at 956-681-3370.

From disposable camera to a cellphone camera, any photo is welcome to be submitted to enter! Entry Requirements: •Ages 5...
07/14/2021

From disposable camera to a cellphone camera, any photo is welcome to be submitted to enter!

Entry Requirements:
•Ages 5-18
•Nature related taken in the RGV
•Submit up to THREE different images
•PRINTED ON 8X10 PHOTO PAPER

Entry deadline for the Southern Exposure Youth Nature Photo contest is August 3rd!
Remember, exhibit to feature ONE image per person, EVERYONE IS A WINNER! #quintamazatlan #sxpnaturephotocontest #mcallen #photography #camera #valleylandfund #sxp2021

From disposable camera to a cellphone camera, any photo is welcome to be submitted to enter!

Entry Requirements:
•Ages 5-18
•Nature related taken in the RGV
•Submit up to THREE different images
•PRINTED ON 8X10 PHOTO PAPER

Entry deadline for the Southern Exposure Youth Nature Photo contest is August 3rd!
Remember, exhibit to feature ONE image per person, EVERYONE IS A WINNER! #quintamazatlan #sxpnaturephotocontest #mcallen #photography #camera #valleylandfund #sxp2021

Hector D. Astorga is a full-time wildlife photographer based in South Texas.  His love of nature and the outdoors began ...
07/08/2021

Hector D. Astorga is a full-time wildlife photographer based in South Texas. His love of nature and the outdoors began as a child in his native country, Honduras. He is the ranch manager at the Santa Clara Ranch, a photography ranch that hosts wildlife photographers from all over the globe and protected by a conservation easement with the Valley Land Fund. He leads and conducts photography tours & workshops at multiple locations in North, Central, and South America, Scandinavia, and Africa.

He is a six-time Grand Prize winner of the Wildlife in Focus and Valley Land Fund Photography competitions.

He was recently interviewed by the Wild and Exposed Team for their podcast series where he talked about his travels as a wildlife photographer, the Santa Clara Ranch, and his switch to Sony mirrorless cameras.

To listen go to:
https://www.wildandexposed.com/journal

Hector D. Astorga is a full-time wildlife photographer based in South Texas. His love of nature and the outdoors began as a child in his native country, Honduras. He is the ranch manager at the Santa Clara Ranch, a photography ranch that hosts wildlife photographers from all over the globe and protected by a conservation easement with the Valley Land Fund. He leads and conducts photography tours & workshops at multiple locations in North, Central, and South America, Scandinavia, and Africa.

He is a six-time Grand Prize winner of the Wildlife in Focus and Valley Land Fund Photography competitions.

He was recently interviewed by the Wild and Exposed Team for their podcast series where he talked about his travels as a wildlife photographer, the Santa Clara Ranch, and his switch to Sony mirrorless cameras.

To listen go to:
https://www.wildandexposed.com/journal

Don’t forget to save your spot!
07/07/2021

Don’t forget to save your spot!

Don’t forget to save your spot!

Do your kids have plans this weekend? Do you have kids who love the outdoors? Join us for our 1st workshop of the summer...
06/24/2021

Do your kids have plans this weekend? Do you have kids who love the outdoors?

Join us for our 1st workshop of the summer and get an introduction to nature photography. Workshops, lead by professional nature photographer Ruth Hoyt.

REGISTER AT: https://quintamazatlan.ticketleap.com/

Cameras will be provided while supplies last. You are welcome to use your own camera or cell phone.

Everyone in attendance is invited to submit their photos for the Southern Exposure Youth Nature Photo Contest.

For more information contact our office at 956-681-3370.

Do your kids have plans this weekend? Do you have kids who love the outdoors?

Join us for our 1st workshop of the summer and get an introduction to nature photography. Workshops, lead by professional nature photographer Ruth Hoyt.

REGISTER AT: https://quintamazatlan.ticketleap.com/

Cameras will be provided while supplies last. You are welcome to use your own camera or cell phone.

Everyone in attendance is invited to submit their photos for the Southern Exposure Youth Nature Photo Contest.

For more information contact our office at 956-681-3370.

Attention all youth photographers! Do you have an eye for the outdoors? Are you great at capturing photos of sunsets, bi...
06/21/2021

Attention all youth photographers! Do you have an eye for the outdoors? Are you great at capturing photos of sunsets, birds in flight or other natural beauties? Join us for Nature & Wildlife Youth Photo Workshops, lead by professional nature photographer Ruth Hoyt. Workshops are offered on Saturdays in June and July at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center.
REGISTER AT: https://quintamazatlan.ticketleap.com/

Cameras will be provided while supplies last. You are welcome to use your own camera or cell phone.

Everyone in attendance is invited to submit their photos for the Southern Exposure Youth Nature Photo Contest.

For more information contact our office at 956-681-3370.

Attention all youth photographers! Do you have an eye for the outdoors? Are you great at capturing photos of sunsets, birds in flight or other natural beauties? Join us for Nature & Wildlife Youth Photo Workshops, lead by professional nature photographer Ruth Hoyt. Workshops are offered on Saturdays in June and July at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center.
REGISTER AT: https://quintamazatlan.ticketleap.com/

Cameras will be provided while supplies last. You are welcome to use your own camera or cell phone.

Everyone in attendance is invited to submit their photos for the Southern Exposure Youth Nature Photo Contest.

For more information contact our office at 956-681-3370.

10 of the Biggest Ranches in Texas
06/11/2021
10 of the Biggest Ranches in Texas

10 of the Biggest Ranches in Texas

These Texas ranches are the biggest plots of land in the Lone Star State and cover more than four million acres across the state.

06/04/2021

We have been asked by U.S. Senator John Cornyn's staff and Texas Governor Greg Abbott to document all property damage associated with human and drug smuggling in South Texas. Remember to report damages, as well as loss of deer lease revenue, and cleanup cost.

www.STPRA.org

#border #cbp #txdps

Summer educational opportunities with the East Foundation!
06/03/2021

Summer educational opportunities with the East Foundation!

School may be out for summer, but education opportunities are still in session! Tune in to East Foundation’s Virtual Field Lessons, covering topics such as Land to Sea Stewardship, Behind the Gates of a Working Cattle Ranch, Elusive Ocelots, and more! Visit the East Foundation website to register: https://eastfoundation.net/education/virtual-field-lessons/

Texas Wildlife Association The Texas Zoo Texas A&M Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management UTRGV Coastal Studies Lab Museum of South Texas History Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

❤️🤍💙 Remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice today & always ❤️🤍💙Gone, but never forgotten on this Memorial Day...
05/31/2021

❤️🤍💙 Remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice today & always ❤️🤍💙

Gone, but never forgotten on this Memorial Day 2021.

❤️🤍💙 Remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice today & always ❤️🤍💙

Gone, but never forgotten on this Memorial Day 2021.

My work day started at the beautiful place. I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed. -Steve La...
05/19/2021

My work day started at the beautiful place.

I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed. -Steve Lacy

Let’s get this DONE! Pull for Conservation is here and it’s a beautiful day.
05/15/2021

Let’s get this DONE! Pull for Conservation is here and it’s a beautiful day.

Let’s get this DONE! Pull for Conservation is here and it’s a beautiful day.

Thank you Bar-B-Cutie for your continued support as our Food Sponsor at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays ...
05/14/2021

Thank you Bar-B-Cutie for your continued support as our Food Sponsor at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you Bar-B-Cutie for your continued support as our Food Sponsor at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you L&F Distributors of McAllen for sponsoring our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!
05/14/2021

Thank you L&F Distributors of McAllen for sponsoring our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you L&F Distributors of McAllen for sponsoring our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you Matthew Dubrule Consulting for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Cla...
05/14/2021

Thank you Matthew Dubrule Consulting for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you Matthew Dubrule Consulting for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you Dickerson Farms for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!
05/14/2021

Thank you Dickerson Farms for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you Dickerson Farms for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you Wallace, Jack Farms  for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!
05/13/2021

Thank you Wallace, Jack Farms for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you Wallace, Jack Farms for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you Hart Silva & Company for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!
05/13/2021

Thank you Hart Silva & Company for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you Hart Silva & Company for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you JC Lowe with Signature Properties for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Cl...
05/13/2021

Thank you JC Lowe with Signature Properties for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you JC Lowe with Signature Properties for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you Daniel Koeneke with Ellis, Koeneke & Ramirez  for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation...
05/13/2021

Thank you Daniel Koeneke with Ellis, Koeneke & Ramirez for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

Thank you Daniel Koeneke with Ellis, Koeneke & Ramirez for your Station Sponsorship at our Annual Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic!

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** Calling all nature and conservation enthusiasts ** Everyone is welcome to join this free Workshop to learn all about the City Nature Challenge: What it is and how to participate. Its fun, free and as easy as snapping pictures of plants and animals with your phone!! Details below!!
Is there a detailed map that shows the Valley Land Fund Migratory Bird Sanctuary (LTC 036) on South Padre Island? I am unable to pinpoint exact locations available to the public - by comparing pins on ebird and stxmaps.com with Google maps in satellite image mode. Thanks!
Why did you give up the legacy of Salineno?! You cannot be trusted stewards of ANY conservation land. THIS IS BEYOND TRAGIC. WHY DID YOU SELL?!!
Disappointed that you sold a pristine birding area for a wall that does not work. This will destroy a place that is loved by people nation wide. I am appalled at your lack of effort to protect this jewel along the Rio Grande River. What happened to your stated goals of "preserving native wildlife and a commitment to educating the public about the importance of land conservation and protection of our natural resources?"
Shame on you for selling out Saliñeno. What a travesty! You were entrusted with preserving that land for nature. Instead you just rolled over without a fight. Cowards! Your organization lost its credibility.
Can you tell me why on Election Day, November 3rd, 2020, the Valley Land Fund sold acreage used as a bird sanctuary to the US government for continued construction of a border wall? What was the selling price? What will be done with these funds? Thank you.
Why did you give up Salineno without a fight?! WHY?!
Care to comment on why you sold Salineno for the wall? Was it an offer you couldn't refuse?
Valley Land Fund. Please help us understand your decision regarding Salineno.
The Valley Land Fund: Please don't sell one centimeter of the Salineno Wildlife Refuge for the border wall! #NoWall
My son had lots of fun at your youth photography workshop. Thank you