HELP DEFEND THE VALLEY LAND FUND’S SALINENO BIRD PRESERVE – YOUR SUPPORT IS CRITICAL
The Valley Land Fund’s work is far from over when it comes to preserving, protecting, and enhancing land in Deep South Texas, especially at our little bird preserve along the Rio Grande River. As of December 15, the Valley Land Fund received a Notice of Condemnation of 0.723 acres of our land for the border wall project.
As a regional land trust with limited staff and an all-volunteer board, we ask you to join us today and help us defend and preserve this iconic piece of South Texas’ natural heritage. Funds will be used for expenses associated with lawsuit, publicity, restoration of habitat and/or maintenance of remainder of land. For this reason, we humbly request that you contribute any amount to this effort to help us fight this lawsuit and fulfill our conservation mission.
With you as a supporter, we’ll tackle these challenges head-on, ensuring future generations can enjoy and benefit from these special places we cherish so much.
The preserve is currently open to the public seven days a week from 8 am to 4 pm until further notice.
The Salineno Bird Preserve is a 2.6 acre tract of natural riparian forest adjacent to the Rio Grande River and a world-famous birding hot spot. Winter residents and U.S. Fish & Wildlife 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.
Since 1987, the Valley Land Fund has worked in partnerships with public organizations, private individuals and groups protecting over 11,000+ acres of wildlife habitat through gift, purchase or conservation easements.
Photos by Larry Ditto