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Resaca de la Palma World Birding Center
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Resaca de la Palma State Park WBC Information:
This semi-tropical 1,200 acre park has the largest tract of native habitat in the World Birding Center network. This park opened to the public in December 2008. The Resaca de la Palma meanders through the entire park, providing needed water for habitat and wildlife. Colorful neo-tropical migrants, including the American redstart, summer tanager and yellow-breasted chat, have been sighted. The park has installed equipment to control water levels to return the land to pre-dam conditions. As time passes and the resaca levels are controlled for the benefit of the wildlife, other birds should arrive, including the least grebe, black-bellied whistling duck, purple gallinule and various herons. This site is good for viewing spring and fall migrating birds. Entrance to the park is by tram service, bike or by foot.The WBC is open daily, sunrise-sunset. The Visitor Center hours vary by season. The office is open daily, 8am-5pm. When the Visitor’s Center is closed, use the self-pay station by the main gate.  World Birding Centers Parks Brochure
 
Resacas:
Resacas are oxbow lakes or ponds and are left over pieces of former riverbeds that are normally filled by spring floods. The damming of the Rio Grande River created many resacas, and parks often supplement rain water (or lack of it) with irrigation to keep their resacas full for resident and migrating birds and other wildlife.
 
Visitor Center & Sabal Park Store:
The Visitor Center is located at the park entrance on the north side of the park. The Center features the Sabal Park Store, restrooms, a meeting room, a Butterfly Garden and a large parking lot. The Sabal store sells snacks, cold beverages, ice cream, field birding field guides, shirts, hats, and a variety of gift items. It also rents binoculars, and children’s, adult, and tandem bicycles, and trikes. The classroom is available for event rentals. A small group pavilion with a sound system, and tables and chairs is also available for event rentals. A tram leaves from the Center and drives along the 3.2 mile Tram Road, picking up and dropping off visitors. The trails branch off from the Tram Road. Restrooms and blinds are located on the route and on trails. Friday night hikes are offered year round. Bird walks are offered seasonally on Saturdays at 8:30am. Butterfly walks are offered seasonally on Sundays at 1:30pm. Special events include additional tours and hikes. The Visitor Center hours vary by season. When the Visitor’s Center is closed, use the self-pay station by the main gate. Facilities & Trails Map   Event Calendar  Rental Facilities
 
Trails & Tram:
Blinds and feeding stations are located along the several miles of trails. The 3.2 mile tram road loops through the park. Restrooms are located on the tram road near the Kiskadee trailhead. Trail maps are available from the Visitor Center.  Trails Information Brochure
 
Directions:
From U.S. 77/83 north of Brownsville go south and exit at Olmito/ FM 1732.Go right (west) on FM 1732 for 2.5 miles. Go left (south) on New Carmen Boulevard and drive 1/5 miles to the end of the paved road. The WBC entrance will be on your left.