Special to The Town Crier

Tamaulipas is a bird-watcherís paradise. On Jan. 16 to 19, the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center will take a few lucky birders to the El Cielo Biosphere. Bilingual guides from both the U.S. and Mexico will guide participants for four days of birding and nature exploration.

The El Cielo Biosphere, located in southern Tamaulipas, is a unique and diverse ecological mix of tropical, semi-tropical, and deciduous forest. As Mexicoís northernmost cloud forest, the region provides great opportunities to see tropical birds, butterflies, and plants. Possible birds seen during this trip include Blue-crowned Motmot, Masked Tityra, Northern Potoo, and several species of parrots and parakeets.

The cost for this trip will be $500 for Edinburg Scenic Wetlands members and $550 for non-members. The tripís fee is all inclusive and will cover hotel costs, meals, and transportation. There is a maximum group size of 10 people. There are still a few spaces available for this trip. Donít miss this chance to see tropical birds just 300 miles south of the border!

For more information about the upcoming El Cielo Trip or other programs at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, call (956) 381-9922 or visit the centerís website at www.edinburgwbc.org.