Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge
|Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Zapata counties, Texas, United States|
|Nearest city||La Feria, Texas|
|Area||90,788 acres (367.41 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
Only 5% of the native riparian, floodplain, and wetland habitats remain along the lower Rio Grande and its local tributaries. However, the diversity within these fragments adds up to a significant 1,200 species of native plants, 700 species of vertebrates (including nearly 500 bird species), and 300 species of butterflies. Eleven different biological communities exist on the National Wildlife Refuge, from the Chihuahuan Desert thorn forest to tidal wetlands.
- "Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Annual Report of Lands Under Control of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service" (PDF). www.fws.gov. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. September 30, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
- "Lower Texas Coast Wildlife Trail (LTC): Los Ranchos de Tejas Loop map". Texas Parks and Wildlife Division. Retrieved 22 Jan 2010.
- Southwest.fws.gov: Official Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge website
- Fws.gov: Profile of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge
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