Save Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge and Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club are organizing a mass hike and tour of Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge to protest the developing plan to cut off this wonderful wildland with a border wall.
For at least six months, private contractors and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have been quietly preparing to build the first piece of the border wall, in the form of a destructive levee, through the critically important Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in South Texas.
The hike will take place August 13, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the refuge. Travis Audubon will be taking part in the hike to protect this important habitat and birding destination. If you would like to travel with our caravan from Austin, please contact our office at 512-300-2473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you plan to attend the hike, remember to bring plenty of water, sun protection and bug repellant. Plan to arrive promptly at 9, as the hike will begin at 9:15. Signs are not necessary, as there will be a banner.
March participants may also be interested in attending the Save the Mission! Save the River! Resist the Wall! event taking place in Mission, TX near Santa Ana on August 12.
Santa Ana is an amazingly diverse remnant of the riparian forest that once lined the Rio Grande Delta, and hiking it is like walking back in time. Over 400 bird species can be found here, some of which are subtropical species whose ranges do not extend further north into the U.S. It’s also the heart of the ecotourism economy in the Rio Grande Valley.