Rio Bosque Wetlands Park: Winter Bird Tour

Wetland and riparian habitats amidst the Chihuahuan Desert

Rio Bosque Wetlands Park: Winter Bird Tour

El Paso, Texas 79927, United States

Created By: Insights Science Center

Tour Information

Rio Bosque Wetlands Park is a 372-acre City of El Paso park the University of Texas at El Paso manages through its Center for Environmental Resource Management.

Wetlands and riverside forests once graced the banks of the Rio Grande in the Paso del Norte region. They were the most productive natural habitats in the region, but today they are virtually gone.

At Rio Bosque, the environment is still changing, but in a new way. Here, a diverse partnership is working to bring back meaningful examples of the unique and valuable ecosystems once found in our river valley.

This tour gives a small glimpse of the many bird species that visit the park during the winter months.

This tour was created with funding provided by EPA grant #NE-01F54901-0

For questions or more information regarding this virtual tour, contact Dr. Jennifer Ramos-Chavez,


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What You'll See on the Tour

Rio Bosque Wetlands Park is located in southeast El Paso county near the town of Socorro, Texas near the Roberto Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant. The park is open from dawn to dusk, 7 days a week.  A network of trails winds througho... Read more
On this virtual tour, you will learn about the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park and the birds found there with John Sproul, park manager.
Great-horned owls are not easy to see, but do live in the park.  They like dense stands of trees and shrubs, and can be seen if you are lucky. Watch the video to see some of the resident great-horned owls. 
Winter is a great time to see a variety of waterfowl species.  The wetland cells are flooded, providing the shallow water that many of the ducks use for foraging and resting. This video will highlight some of the amazing waterfowl that ca... Read more
Learn about the loggerhead shrike, a small songbird with a big attitude!
Rio Bosque is home to several burrowing owls.  Lois Balin, Texas Parks and Wildlife Urban Biologist, has lead a project to install several artificial burrows throughout the park.  Burrowing owls are more active during the day than other o... Read more
Rio Bosque is home to several species of raptors.  Some are resident year-round, while others are only there in the winter or the summer.  The park is one of the best locations to see raptors due to the large population of rodents support... Read more


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