Accessible Birding and the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival 2019

By: Virginia Rose, Travis Audubon Board Member

Happy fall! I am Virginia Rose, board member of Travis Audubon in Austin and founder of Birdability, an initiative whose mission is to get people with mobility challenges outside and birding!

I know you all are familiar with the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival taking place November 6-10 in Harlingen, Texas. What you may not know is that the Festival now has bird walks for people with mobility challenges, previously led by Laurie Foss. I am now leading those walks and thrilled about it. We will visit the famous Estero Llano Grande, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Valley Nature Center, Quinta Mazatlan, and the National Butterfly Center.

Please think about people you know who have mobility challenges who would enjoy being out again on accessible trails and going at a manageable pace. We will not be bushwhacking, but I promise we will be seeing birds! Birds such as Altamira Oriole, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Plain Chachalaca, and others.

See the Rio Grande Valley birding Festival website and sign up for Mobility-challenged walks.

If you have any questions at all about the Festival, please don’t hesitate to call or text me at 512-461-6920 or email me at