Bentsen Palm New Home Community
Learn About the Common Animals Found in Rio Grande Valley Area Wildlife Refuges
The Rio Grande Valley is teeming with the natural beauty and rich ecosystems that make up this southernmost part of Texas. The area is well-known for its exceptional wildlife viewing. Residents of Bentsen Palm can enjoy all the ecological wonders this area has to offer, just minutes from their home with local wildlife refuges adjacent to the Bentsen Palm community. Families living in the Bentsen Palm new home community can explore and learn all about the common and not so common animals, birds, and butterflies that roam free in the refuges.
Right next door tin the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is one of the top birding destinations in the country, The World Birding Center Headquarters. This 760-acre park, together with over 1,700 acres of adjoining U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge tracts, offers year-round nature adventure. More than 500 bird species call this area home throughout the seasons including some that can only be seen here in the Rio Grande Valley; Green Jays, Plain Chachalacas, Ferruginous Pygmy-owl, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Clay-colored Thrush, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Great Kiskadee, Altamira Oriole, Hook-billed Kite, Gray Hawk, Swainson’s Hawks, Broad-winged Hawks and so many more.
The park and wildlife refuge are also home to numerous other animals. The most common species that can be seen throughout the wildlife refuge areas include white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbits, jackrabbits, javelinas, waterfowls, doves, turkeys, and quails. For the very luckiest of visitors to the wildlife refuge, you may even get a rare glimpse of the spotted ocelot, which is not to be confused with the bobcat. (The spotted ocelot is an endangered species.)
Also located within the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is the National Butterfly Center, where visitors can observe more than 200 species of butterflies; 150 of them can only be seen in the Rio Grande Valley. This 100-acre preserve provides feeding and breeding areas for butterflies designed to protect and preserve the nation’s butterfly populations. The most common families of butterflies seen in the park, include Swallowtails, Whites and Sulphurs, Brush-foots (Monarchs are sub-family), Gossamer-wings, Metalmarks and Skippers.
We invite you to come explore our amazing conservation community, new homes for sale in the Bentsen Palm community, and the Rio Grande Valley’s one-of-a-kind ecosystem that cannot be found anywhere else in the United States.