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Edinburg, Texas

The World Birding Center in Edinburg is a 5,400 ft² building (interior area) situated within a network of exterior viewing and exhibit areas. The building holds integrated displays and services for the park, but it also establishes a pattern of movement into and through the birding areas. Site and facility access is required to be pedestrian for site preservation.

This project is one of many birding centers found in the lower Rio Grande Valley from South Padre Island to Falcon Reservoir, intercepting the bi-annual migrations of nearly 500 different species of birds. That narrow band, roughly one hundred fifty miles wide, bound by the Gulf of Mexico on the east side, captures the routes of almost all the migratory species that travel up the slender bridge between North and South America. Many of the centers are located close to urban areas and are intended to protect small areas of habitat that is under pressure for development. The site for Edinburg’s birding center occupies five acres of a larger one-hundred acre park, a large portion of which contains wetlands. These areas provide needed temporary homes to migrating birds and opportunities for both expert bird watching and teaching environments.

2003 Environmental Award, American Planning Association

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