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The Rio Grande Valley is an ecologically rich area where Chihuahuan desert, subtropical Tamaulipan thorn forest, riparian woodlands, resacas (former channels or oxbows of a river), coastal marshes and prairies all come together here to make this an oasis for birds. Late fall is an excellent time to visit this region when the weather is perfect and the birds are numerous. There are often sightings of birds typically found more commonly south of the border and if any of these are within reach of our itinerary we may make an effort to look for it.Register
Trip Leaders: Brodie Cass Talbott and Dan van den Broek
When: November 16, 8:00 a.m. – November 21, 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $1,795 member / $2,395 non-member*
Single supplement: $250
Group size: Limited to 14 participants
*Fee Includes: Five nights lodging at the Alamo Inn birding lodge; breakfast and lunch; park entrance fees; ground transportation (vans), and the services of your experienced Portland Audubon leaders.
What is NOT included: Airfare to and from McAllen, Texas; dinners; alcoholic beverages.
Notes on travel and lodging: We will be traveling together as a group by van, with the requirement that all participants and leaders be fully vaccinated. Vans will be limited to 8 people per van including driver.
Notes on accessibility: This trip features very easy walking. All trails are mostly flat, and are wide. Many will have gravel surfaces. However, we will have some longer days, and most days will have a fair amount of sun exposure, with temperatures into the 80s.
Brodie Cass Talbott
Brodie works as an educator with Portland Audubon. After many years of wildland firefighting and leading river tours, he spent six years living and teaching across Asia, where his interest in birds became his passion. He has birded across five continents, and uses his experience in education and ecotourism to share his love of the outdoors with people from all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, with an eye towards increasing access to wild spaces for people from diverse communities.
Dan van den Broek
Dan has over 15 years of experience leading international birding trips and teaching classes for Portland Audubon. With prior experiences at Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Redwood Sciences Lab, Klamath Bird Observatory, Costa Rica Bird Observatory, and Avifauna Northwest, Dan brings immense enthusiasm and passion for birds and natural history to all of his trips.