Photography at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
One of the greatest hidden gems in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas is Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is tucked away in the town of Alamo near the border of the United States and Mexico. The refuge offers several attractions, including a suspension bridge that gives visitors the chance to walk above the thick forest. However, birdwatching and wildlife photography are some of the more popular activities. This page features my Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge photos.
Unfortunately, I’ve only had the opportunity to visit Santa Ana NWR on one occasion. Even though I had limited time during my visit, I spent several hours exploring the refuge. The canopy suspension bridge was the main reason I decided to visit the refuge in the first place, so I headed straight there. I hiked up the stairs and walked across the canopy. The views from the top were amazing.
After I finished up at the canopy, I walked over to the observation tower next to it. The observation tower is significantly taller than the canopy, so the views from the top were even more impressive. When I finished exploring the canopy and observation tower, I traveled down a few other trails and then headed back to the entrance. Sadly, I didn’t see much wildlife during my visit due to the heat. As I was leaving, however, I spotted a Texas spotted whiptail and a plain chachalaca.
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To sum up, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors. Even though I didn’t see many birds during my visit, the refuge is commonly sought after by bird enthusiasts. Just under 400 bird species have been spotted at the refuge.
Although I created this page to showcase my Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge photos, I’d like to point out how important conservation is to this refuge and the animals that depend on it. Santa Ana NWR is a part of the National Wildlife Refuge System which is maintained by the USFWS. Lands like this one play an important role in wildlife conservation in the United States, therefore, it’s important to do everything in our power to help preserve them. To learn more about the wildlife sanctuary or to learn how you can get involved, check out the resources below.