RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – This is the perfect opportunity to venture out into the wildlands as the weather is cooler, the creatures more active, and as Richard Moore explains…it is time to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge week.
If you are looking for a fun and educational family outing this weekend then there is no better time to visit one of the Rio Grande Valley’s national wildlife refuges.
October 12th thru 18th is National Wildlife Refuge Week. Designated by Congress as a way to celebrate our refuge system, the annual event highlights the more than 562 refuges throughout the United States protecting some 150 million acres of habitat.
Sarge Vasquez, Assistant Refuge Manager at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge east of Rio Hondo, is a Valley native who has a special appreciation for the refuge he helps manage.
“Used to come out to the refuge when I was a kid. One of my first hunting experiences was here…and it made me fall in love with wildlife. This refuge is the reason why I got into wildlife and why I do what I do.”
This is a perfect time to visit Laguna Atascosa or Santa Ana National Wildlife refuge on the Rio Grande south of Alamo as in addition to the abundant wildlife there will be special events for all who attend.
“National Wildlife Week is happening all across the country. Ours starts Saturday, at 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We will have presentations on wildlife and what’s going on in the refuge. If you can’t make Saturday there is going to be special events all through the week from Archery 101 to water coloring on the bay.” says Vasquez.
For more information about the week’s events follow the refuges on Facebook for timely updates. Vasquez adds, “You are going to have a good time when you come out and see what Laguna has to offer.”