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      Nature Report: Bentsen State Park

      South of Mission near the Rio Grande, Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park encompasses 760 acres of native habitat and serves as headquarters of the World Birding Center. Roy Rodriguez, the park interpreter, is always ready to share his knowledge of the park with visitors.

      Roy Rodriguez, Park Interpreter says, "Bentsen Sate Park is really a special place because it is part of an old remnant forest that used to cover all of the lower Rio Grande Valley, and with maybe two percent of that left Bentsen protects a little, tiny fragment of that precious habitat." John Brush, Birdwatcher says, "Bentsen for me is great because it's got a lot of land. It's got a lot of good trees, a lot of native thorn forest, and it just supports a plethora of bird species." Rodriguez says, "The lower Rio Grande Valley is a special place because we have several species of birds that are not found anywhere else in the United States. Things that have more affinity with Central America and Mexico tend to make their northern most ranges right here in South Texas." Brush says, "Mosey thru, take time to stop and look at all the little corners, nooks and crannies, and you are going to see yourself some wonderful nature." Rodriguez says, "You don't have to go too far away from home to see wildlife. Bentsen is one of the best places you can visit to see wildlife any time of the year." With your Nature Report I'm Richard Moore