Presenter: Russell Fishbeck

Commission Agenda Item No. 2
World Birding Center Report
May 2006

I. Executive Summary: State Parks Region 2 Director, Russell Fishbeck, will provide an update on the World Birding Center (WBC). The WBC is a network of nine sites dotted along the Lower Rio Grande Valley; an area that has long been recognized as a world-class birding destination. TPWD, USFWS and nine valley communities are using these sites to expand awareness about this ecological treasure along the southern border of Texas. TPWD operates three of these sites; Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park in Mission, Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco and Resaca de la Palma State Park in Brownsville. Each of the sites is in various stages of development and operation.