Since 1987, the Valley Land Fund has worked in partnerships with public organizations, private individuals, & groups in facilitating the protection of over 11,000+ acres of wildlife habitat through gift, purchase or conservation easement.
SPI Migratory Bird Sanctuary
We purchased six residential lots on the island in 1999 for the feeding and resting of neotropicals. In addition to offering habitat protection for migrants, these lots have become a showplace to educate Island residents and visitors in techniques for making their privately owned land “bird friendly” by using native plants and water to attract wildlife.
Salineno, a small community downriver from Falcon Dam, is the site of a small, world-famous birding hot spot. Winter residents and Valley Land Fund volunteers maintain on-site feeders which attract Mexican and western Valley specialties. Each year these feeders and this stretch of riverbank are visited by thousands of birders seeking to add these unique birds to their life list. In 1998, a portion of the property was donated to the Valley Land Fund, while the rest was purchased in 2011.
As you approach Quinta Mazatlan, your first glimpse of the estate is the stately stone and stucco gates emblazoned with the historical plaque. Within lies the largest existing adobe hacienda in Texas. It’s eight-plus acres interweave sweeping landscaped lawns bordered by tall trees and native woods. Among the many varieties of native flora are exotic birds and domestic wildlife that sound the beginning and end of each day. Owned by the City of McAllen with financial assistance provided by the Valley Land Fund, this important location is a satellite site for the World Birding Center.