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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 should open around August 1, 2021.

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! 

Free Activity Book! Download Bordercats

Felinos de la Frontera

Provided by Defenders of Wildlife!

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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.

The Rio Grande Valley is home to some of the most colorful and rare butterflies in the United States. Richard shares some great footage of these beauties.

Latino Conservation Week

July 17-25, 2021

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the coloring page!


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. Anecdotes, personal accounts and lots of pictures provide for an entertaining and informative read.

$30 plus applicable tax & shipping.

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

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A Place Like No Other

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.

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