Richard Moore Outdoor Report: Birders

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – A new documentary focusing on bird migration across our shared border with Mexico will highlight the Rio Grande Valley. Richard Moore has the story on the upcoming premiere of “Birders.”

Each year millions of birds pass across the United States Mexico border during spring and fall migrations. Southernmost Texas is the primary migration route in North America, with literally hundreds of millions of birds annually passing thru the Rio Grande Valley.

This river of birds shared by two countries, Mexico and the United States, recognizes no political boundaries, and the border wall poses no barrier to the flowing avian migration.

However, migratory bird species are in steep decline, and a recent study, published in the Journal Science, indicates that three billion birds have been lost in North America since 1970.  The study identifies an overall population drop of 29 percent, with some species such as warblers declining by more than 50 percent.

Migratory birds are dependent on quality habitat throughout their journey, and loss of habitat is the primary cause of this alarming avian decline.

A timely new documentary, entitled “Birders,” will premier Wednesday, September 25 on Netflix.

The documentary focuses on the Rio Grande Valley in deep South Texas and the neighboring Mexican state of Tamaulipas and Veracruz, while celebrating birds and the people who strive to protect them on both sides of the border.

I had the pleasure of working with the Mexican production company, “No Ficcion,” as they filmed in the Valley, and producer Otilia Portillo Padua.

“At a time when a lot of things would normally separate both countries, I think we are looking at things that we actually share. One of the things that we share is birds. I think the common ground is to try and protect them across…regardless of borders, because borders are pretty meaningless to birds.” says Padua.

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