Friends of the Wildlife Corridor consists of citizens of the Lower Rio Grande Valley who recognize the environmental importance of the Valley’s native habitat and are concerned about the dwindling geographical area with native habitat and the increasing development pressure on native habitat.
We channel our concern into support for the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge and the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, which are committed to protection of native and migratory wildlife species that depend on the native habitat.
The Friends of the Wildlife Corridor supports the land acquisition goals, projects, activities, and outreach plans of the Santa Ana and Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuges.
We work closely with USFWS staff responsible for the Refuges to share expertise about the communities we represent and to understand and support the current priorities and planned projects of the Refuges. Our focus includes:
- Purchasing available tracts of land of interest to the Refuges and temporarily holding the tracts until the Refuges can purchase them. Tracts are typically small and connect existing Refuge lands, contributing to wildlife migration corridors.
- Financially supporting the volunteer programs on the Refuges as well as events such as Rio Reforestation, a public re-vegetation celebration that has occurred annually for more than 20 years.
- Conducting outreach for the Refuges via special events, our web site, publications, and other approaches.
- Operating nature stores (profit from sales of educational, interpretive, and promotional materials in the stores funds Refuge projects, construction of trails and boardwalks, and purchase of outreach and educational materials).
- Promoting land acquisition funding and other issues that affect wildlife conservation in South Texas on a local and national level.
Read about the projects we support and the events and activities we support or host.