Buena Vista Road Improvement Completed Ahead of National Wildlife Week

Buena Vista Road in its final construction phase. Photo: Tony Vindell/LFN

by Tony Vindell/LFN

National Wildlife Week is Oct. 12-19 and to celebrate the occasion the Laguna Atascosa NWR is having a weeklong series of activities at the facility northeast of Los Fresnos.

Better yet. Getting to the park is now a piece of cake as the three-mile route from FM 106 to the park headquarters has been completed.

The once super bumpy road, which made traveling very uncomfortable, was rebuilt from scratch but that does not mean motorists can zoom by.

There is a speed limit of 25 miles per hour and the new road has several speed bumps and rumbling stripes to alert drivers.

“We are really excited that Buena Vista Road has been completed,” Christopher Quezada, the visitor services park ranger, said. “It’s a lot better to get to the refuge now as the bumpy road is gone.”

On Saturday, or the first duty of NW Week, the refuge will host a number of events from 8 a.m. to .4 p.m.

That includes guided bird walks, do-your-own screen printing of an ocelot (bring you own t-shirt), refuge management and land acquisition.

There will be an arts and crafts and food truck will on hand to grab a meal or snack.

From Sunday through Friday, Oct. 17, there will be basket weaving classes, birding bus tours, nature walks and a yoga session.

A reforestation will end the weeklong activities at the Santa Ana NWR in Hidalgo County.

For more information please call 956-748-3607.

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