Laredo Birding Festival 2016

REGISTRATION for the 2017 Laredo Birding Festival will open on Aug. 1, 2016!

Laredo Birding Festival

Welcome & Bienvenidos!

Blessed with a rich and diverse river eco-system, Laredo is home to hundreds of species of local and migratory birds, which include our very own prized birds: White-collared Seedeater, Scaled Quail,  Gray Hawk, Audubon’s and Altamira Orioles, Green Parakeets, Muscovy Duck, Red-billed Pigeon and Clay-colored Thrush.

Each day, birders will have a chance to select from a variety of full-day scenic trips. Escorted by professional field guides and members of our local Monte Mucho Audubon Society, birders will have an opportunity to explore areas along Laredo’s river front, creek systems, nature trails and private ranchland.

What will you find?

Warm South Texas hospitality, a dynamic city that bridges two cultures, and of course, birds! 

In Laredo, you will have unprecedented access to view the Seedeater and other avian beauties. We are a young festival, and so there is ample opportunity for discovery. You never know what you are going to find. Birding Enthusiasts describe Laredo as the only place in the U.S. to have boasted four species of Kingfisher: the Ringed, Belted, Green and Amazon. 

We will hold once more the festival favorites "Bird 'til you Drop--Zapata County" (Thursday only), "Bird 'til you Drop--Webb County" (Friday only), and the "Floating Under Flyways: Birding on the Rio Grande" (Saturday only). And due to popular demand of the Zapata Birding Classic, we will be offering the New "Laredo Birding Classic: Bird 'til You Drop" (Friday only). 

We are also partnering with several new ranches to provide an even greater diversity of scenic getaways that can be explored during the three-day 2016 Laredo Birding Festival. 

For those who have already birded Laredo or will make this their first visit, we warmly welcome you to our Gateway City! 



In 2010, a particular celebrity of note that caused quite a stir was a female Amazon Kingfisher, a real rare beauty and a first North American sighting.

Her two-and-a-half week cameo appearance at Zacate Creek's intersection with the Rio Grande, at Las Palmas Nature Trail, attracted birding paparazzi from across the United States and beyond. The news of her presence spread fast and just as quickly so did the story of Laredo's hospitality.


In late January and early February, Laredo and Webb County witness a higher concentration of bird species, providing birders with a potential list of nearly 240 types of birds.

The challenge will be to spot them all.

To help you in this adventurous task, members of the local Monte Mucho Audubon Society will act as local field guides. Meanwhile, experts from the Texas Ornithological Society and individual wildlife biologists will be assigned to individual trips to provide greater insight and assist with target identification in the field.

Laredo Birding Festival


Our young and growing birding festival provides birders the opportunity to work closely with professional field guides, and to explore the depth of Laredo’s natural beauty.

Carefully selected public green spaces or private ranchland will provide visitors the chance to visit sites that have never been birded.

The Laredo Birding Festival includes field trips, workshops, special talks and film screenings. 






This year the iconic La Posada Hotel will be the host hotel for the 2016 Laredo Birding Festival. We have reserved a block of rooms at this historic downtown Laredo jewel, at a discounted rate of $95.00 per night (tax not included).

Guests will have access to free Wi-Fi and a complimentary hot breakfast starting at 5:45 a.m. Make your reservation by calling the hotel at (956) 722-1701, and mention "2016 Laredo Birding Festival" to obtain the discount.

A major collaborator in the 2016 Laredo Birding Festival is the Monte Mucho Audubon Society. It is the only bird-watching group in Laredo. The group was established to promote conservation and preservation of a healthy habitat in the South Texas Region, to encourage the appreciation of birds and other wildlife, and to provide educational programs to garner public support on environmental issues.  See what they have been up to at their Meet Up site and view their photo albums of activity.


We are incredibly honored to coordinate and host the 2017 Laredo Birding Festival.

The Rio Grande International Study Center (RGISC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, established in Laredo in 1994.

Our mission is to preserve and protect the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo and its green spaces through research, education, advocacy, public awareness campaigns and binational stewardship and alliances.

The Laredo Birding Festival is a proud partnership of the Rio Grande International Study Center, Monte Mucho Audubon Society, and The Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau. 


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