Visitors take advantage of free day at Laguna Atascosa

The first Sunday of every month Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge offers free entry to the park. By Diana Eva Maldonado, Valley Morning Star

 

Everyone enjoys getting something for free and on Sunday lots of people spent the day visiting the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge without having to pay the entrance fee.

The first Sunday of each month the refuge has what it calls “Free Entry Sunday.” The regular entrance free to the refuge located in far eastern Cameron County is $3 per vehicle

Visitors can enjoy watching the birds at the feeding stations, hiking the trails or visiting the laguna in search of native wildlife.

A number of families hiked the trails emerging from the woods at the Osprey Overlook that sits above the Laguna Atascosa on the backside of the refuge, while others rode the trails on mountain bikes.

Many visitors stopped to take pictures of the multitude of green jays, red-wing Mexican black birds and orioles that were feeding on bugs and seeds.

The refuge offers an annual pass that allows you to visit Laguna Atascosa and Santa Ana National Wildlife refuges for only $10.

The road to the refuge is still under construction so it isn’t recommended you visit during a rainy day.

Work continues on the Bayside Wildlife Drive which has been closed since Aug. 2018. The renovation project includes widening an 8.2-mile section of the loop and converting it from a one-lane, one-way section to a two-lane, two-way section from the South Entrance Road to the Redhead Ridge parking area.

For more information you can call the refuge at (956) 748-3607.

An oriole eats from a bird feeder near the visitors center at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. The first Sunday of every month the refuge offers free entry to the park. By Diana Eva Maldonado, Valley Morning Star
The first Sunday of every month the refuge offers free entry to the park. By Diana Eva Maldonado, Valley Morning Star