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Laguna Atascosa NWR

home to

an incredibly diverse habitat with over


417 birds

130 butterflies

45 mammals

44 reptiles

450 plants

Save Texas Ocelots
License Plate

Texas residents can enjoy displaying the Save Texas Ocelots license plate. $22 of the $30 fee goes directly to the Ocelot Program at Laguna Atascosa!

Get it today...just click on the license plate.

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The Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival

November 10-14, 2021 Harlingen, TX

All the favorites are back and some new activities have been added to the agenda. Registration is open.

There will be tours at Laguna Atascosa and Bahia Grande. Friends will also have a booth at the festival vendor show. 

Check out the speakers, field trips, seminars, and more on their website:

The Nature Store @

Laguna Atascosa

is online! 

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Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge:

A Place Like No Other

Authored by J. David Book, this book chronicles the first 75 years of Laguna Atascosa.  $30 plus applicable tax & shipping.

Add the DVD, Laguna Atascosa: A South Texas Treasure for $5 more!

Join Us in a Year Long Celebration

Laguna Atascosa turns 75

We are showcasing the amazing variety of animal and plant life found at Laguna Atascosa as part of the celebration. Please check often for new videos by Richard Moore throughout the year. Did you miss a video? No problem! Just click on this button to see the entire series.

One of the most colorful birds in the Rio Grande Valley is our Green Jay. These noisy birds are found in familial flocks and feed on a wide variety of insects, fruits and small vertebrates. Look - and listen - for them at Laguna Atascosa.

October 9-16, 2021

We're on a mission to bring humans back to the wild.
We have some of America's best places to walk in the wild.
Walk with us to thrive.
Walk with us to help wildlife thrive.


Did you know that humans spend 95% of their time indoors?! We’re becoming more and more of an indoor species. 

A growing body of evidence supports the idea that spending time in nature promotes mental and physical well-being. We all need a little more of that, right?

This October – to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week – join us to help wildlife and humans to thrive by taking a walk, stroll, saunter, hike, prance, trot, amble, ramble or roll for the wild. 

For Information or to Register: Walk for the Wild

Here's is a link to information about trails for those who want to walk/run/stroll/roll at Laguna Atascosa.  Trail Information
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Visiting the Refuge...


  • Refuge open daily, sunrise to sunset. Entry fees are currently waived.

  • Steve Thompson Wildlife Drive (formerly, Bayside Drive), is now open to hiking and biking only.

  • Buena Vista Road is open. THE SPEED LIMIT IS 25 MPH!

  • Please do not drive or park on the dedicated bicycle lane.

  • Refuge walking and biking trails are open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset.

  • Cell service is inconsistent and on-site staff are limited.

  • Visitor Center is closed. Call 956-244-2019 for information.