Sabal Palm Sanctuary to Re-open!

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The Sanctuary is open 7 days a week from 7:00am till 5:00pm. We're located off of Southmost Road in Brownsville, Texas. Every Saturday at 8:00am we will be having guided bird walks through the palm grove, we hope you can join us! Also, we're serving up complimentary coffee in the visitors center. For more information please call us at (956) 541-8034

Sabal Palm Sanctuary to Re-open to the Public on

Monday,  January 3, 2011

22 December 2010--BROWNSVILLE, mind TX-- Audubon Texas and the Gorgas Science Foundation (GFS) of Brownsville have reached an agreement that will allow GSF to reopen the Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary to the public on Monday, January 3, 2011 to showcase this amazing birding destination. Audubon will help raise funds for operating expenses during an initial transition period.  GSF will reopen the trails and operate the visitor’s center with the help of students, volunteers, and donations to keep the sanctuary open.  Former sanctuary manager Jimmy Paz will serve as a volunteer sanctuary manager. The Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary sits on a 527-acre tract of land on the Rio Grande River in Brownsville and is one of the most uniquely biodiverse habitats in the country, containing one of the last vestige of original Sabal Palm forest in the U.S.  The Sanctuary provides breeding habitat for many endangered or high-priority birds and is a critical source of shelter and food for migrating and wintering species. As a representative of  a tropical ecosystems that barely extends north from Mexico, Sabal  offers a perfect  research and study opportunities for university students at the University of Texas-Brownsville.  This is especially true with the uncertainties of travel in Mexico.  With the addition of an outreach to local public schools, Sabal will become an important focal point in education, research and conservation. Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary offers:
  • More than 3 miles of nature trails with wildlife viewing areas
  • Wheelchair-accessible observation deck, forest trail, and photo blind
  • Tours by appointment for eight or more, including special tours/activities for school groups
  • Wildlife presentations, workshops, and special events
Community and family days will be included in the calendar to encourage local residents to explore this Rio Grande Delta treasure. The sanctuary will be open 7 days a week (except Wednesday) from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Entry fees will be $5 per person.
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