Welcome & Bienvenidos!
Blessed with a rich and diverse river eco-system, Laredo is home to hundreds of species of local and migratory birds, which include our very own prized birds: White-collared Seedeater, Scaled Quail, Gray Hawk, Audubon’s and Altamira Orioles, Green Parakeets, Muscovy Duck, Red-billed Pigeon and Clay-colored Thrush.
Each day, birders will have a chance to select from a variety of full-day scenic trips. Escorted by professional field guides and members of our local Monte Mucho Audubon Society, birders will have an opportunity to explore areas along Laredo’s river front, creek systems, nature trails and private ranchland.
What will you find?
Warm South Texas hospitality, a dynamic city that bridges two cultures, and of course, birds!
In Laredo, you will have unprecedented access to view the Seedeater and other avian beauties. We are a young festival, and so there is ample opportunity for discovery. You never know what you are going to find. Birding Enthusiasts describe Laredo as the only place in the U.S. to have boasted four species of Kingfisher: the Ringed, Belted, Green and Amazon.
We will hold once more the Festival Favorites "Zapata Birding Classic: Bird 'til You Drop" (Thursday only) and the "Floating Under Flyways: Birding on the Rio Grande" (Saturday only). And due to popular demand of the Zapata Birding Classic, we will be offering the New "Laredo Birding Classic: Bird 'til You Drop" (Friday only).
We are also partnering with several new ranches to provide an even greater diversity of scenic getaways that can be explored during the three-day 2016 Laredo Birding Festival.
For those who have already birded Laredo or will make this their first visit, we warmly welcome you to our Gateway City!
In 2010, a particular celebrity of note that caused quite a stir was a female Amazon Kingfisher, a real rare beauty and a first North American sighting.
Her two-and-a-half week cameo appearance at Zacate Creek's intersection with the Rio Grande, at Las Palmas Nature Trail, attracted birding paparazzi from across the United States and beyond. The news of her presence spread fast and just as quickly so did the story of Laredo's hospitality.