Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge trails and Wildlife Drive are temporarily closed due to flooding and levee construction.
Officials from the refuge don’t know exactly when the south side of the area will open to the public again because the area has been flooded for months.
“We don’t know,” Bryan Macpherson, a volunteer with the refuge said. “I recommend people call in the middle of December, we monitor it (south area) every day but we just can’t say when it will be ready.”
There are still some parts of the refuge that are available for public access. The refuge has set up guided tours and programs.
Mondays — 9 a.m. Photography Walk, Capture wildlife on your camera.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturday — 8:30 a.m. Guides will take you on a bird walk. Some of the birds include Green Jays, Great Kiskadees and hummingbirds.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays — 11:30 & 3 p.m. Visitor’s Center Program. The 45-minute programs vary. Check with staff at the Visitor Center for details.
1:30 p.m. History Walk. Learn about Santa Ana’s rich history dating back to the time of the Spaniards.
Fridays and Sundays — 9 a.m. Natural History Walk. Learn what makes South Texas one of the most interesting places in North America for birds, butterflies, plants and more.
The programs are two hours in length unless otherwise noted. For more information call 956-784-7500 and group reservations call 956-784-7545.