Special to The Review

The Rio Grande Valley is invaded by tiny hard-to-identify birds every year. Warblers, small insect eating birds that are about five inches in length, pass through or spend their winters in the Rio Grande Valley.

These birds dart quickly through trees and brush chasing after their insect prey, and usually don’t give birders a chance to look at them for more than a few seconds.

On Friday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon, birders of all skill levels will have an opportunity to take a closer look at this challenging group of birds during this informative workshop at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands.

“Warbler Identification” will include an indoor presentation about warbler biology and the ten most common warblers seen in the valley. After the indoor session, the group will head outdoors to see what warblers are present at the Wetlands and practice their new identifications shortcuts. The session will be led by the Scenic Wetlands staff naturalist, Javier de Leon. De Leon is an avid birder and especially enjoys seeking out these challenging birds during the winter months.

“Warbler Identification” is the final installment of this season’s “Adult Birding Series” at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center. The fee for this course is $3.00 for Scenic Wetlands member and $5.00 for non-members. Space is limited, so please call ahead to reserve your space(s). The Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria (in the Edinburg Municipal Park) in Edinburg.

For more information on this and other programs, call 956-381-9922 or visit us on the web at www.edinburgwbc.org.