City Hopes To Help RV Parks by Attracting ‘Birders’

A young green jay perches on a tree branch in Los Fresnos, Texas.

Los Fresnos, Texas is for the birders. Or at least, city leaders are betting it will be, according to The Brownsville Herald.

Val Champion, executive director of the Los Fresnos Area Chamber of Commerce, is working closely with Los Fresnos Community Development Corp. Liaison Desi Martinez to put the city on the birding community’s map.

The chamber added a birding section to its website about two months ago, created a map that shows birding sites within one hour of Los Fresnos and is part of the “Texas Birding” brochure distributed to birders from around the globe who travel during the fall to the Rio Grande Valley, Champion said.

Los Fresnos wants to attract those visitors to stay and patronize the city’s RV parks, hotel, restaurants and beauty shops, and come back the following season, Champion said, and it’s positioned to do just that with its close proximity to the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

“When they come to see the birds, they’ve got to stay somewhere, they’ve got to put gas somewhere, they’ve got to eat somewhere,” Champion said,” so it helps the entire economy of our community. Our effort is to help in any way we can … and expand this industry.”

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