World Birding Center – Estero Llano Grande State Park Wetland Restoration

Purpose: To restore and create shallow emergent wetlands in the Lower Rio Grande Valley for migratory and wintering ducks, nesting whistling ducks, and an array of shorebirds, wading birds, and songbirds. This project installed levees, water control structures, and an irrigation system for management of water levels. A diverse and productive suite of wetland habitats is now being provided through seasonal water level manipulation on the State Park.

Location: One mile southeast of Weslaco, TX (Hidalgo County)

Acres Impacted: 50 acres

Habitat: Fresh Marsh

Partners: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Weslaco Development Committee
Ducks Unlimited, Inc

Timeline: Completed in February 2002

DU Contact: Keith McKnight
Regional Biologist
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
1620 FM 2218
Richmond, TX 77469
(832) 595-0663