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Laguna Madre

Site Facts

Country, State/Province/Region:

Binational: United States, Texas, Willacy County; Mexico, State of Tamaulipas

Relative Location:

From Port Mansfield, Texas, to the mouth of the Rio Soto la Marina, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Latitude/Longitude:

Center:  26° 18’ N; 97° 23’ W

Category:

International

Basis for Designation:

Supports more than 100,000 shorebirds, including up to 20% of the world’s population of endangered Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)

Size:

665,936 hectares (1,645,563 acres) – includes all subsites

Joined:

September 2000 (plus subsites thereafter)

Site Owner/Steward:

Multiple: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. National Park Service; Martinez family (Mexico); National Commission of Protected Natural Areas in Mexico (CONANP)

Site Partners:

Texas Center for Policy Studies; The Nature Conservancy; Pronatura Noreste, A.C.; Ducks Unlimited de Mexico, A.C. (DUMAC); Autonomous University of Tamaulipas

Contact:

Leo Gustafson
Acting Refuge Manager,
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Leo_Gustafson@fws.gov

Jim Lindsay
Chief, Resources Management
Padre Island National Seashore
U.S. National Park Service
james_lindsay@nps.gov

Description

 
Long-billed Curlew
South Padre Island

The extensive Laguna Madre wetland complex is the first binational WHSRN site, stretching almost 400 miles from Port Mansfield in Texas (United States) to the Soto la Marina River in Tamaulipas (Mexico). The area is ecologically rich, supporting hundreds of thousands of wintering shorebirds, including up to 20% of the world’s population of endangered Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus).

This complex was first designated a WHSRN Site of International Importance in September 2000 with two areas added later, bringing the total size to over 1.6 million acres. The subsites are: Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge; South Padre Island Preserve, a barrier island formerly owned by The Nature Conservancy and donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2007 for inclusion in the Laguna Atascosa NWR; Rancho Rincon de Anacahuitas, a private ranched owned by the Martinez family in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico; Padre Island National Seashore a barrier island south of Corpus Christi, Texas added in April 2007; and Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna – Laguna Madre y Delta de Río Bravo (Flora and Fauna Protected Area - Laguna Madre and Rio Bravo Delta), in the municipalities of Matamoros, San Fernando, and Soto la Marina, Tamaulipas, Mexico, added to the site in January 2008.

Laguna Madre is one of five WHSRN Sites in Texas (all of International Importance and listed north to south): Anahuac NWR, Bolivar Flats, Texas Mid-Coast NWR Complex, South Texas Salt Lakes, and Laguna Madre.

In the News

Whimbrel Tracking Project Reveals New Staging Areas

Manomet Works With Mexican Scientists To Monitor Laguna Madre Shorebirds

Conservation and Ecology

Please visit our GoogleEarth “Interactive Map” online to explore this and other WHSRN sites, and check this page again in the future for a more complete Site Profile.

Special Information

Video showing Biologist Larry Niles of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation and a team of volunteers organized by the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program attempt to capture and band a flock of Red Knots of Padre Island National Seashore.

Contact

Leo Gustafson
Acting Refuge Manager
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
leo_gustafson@fws.gov

Jim Lindsay
Chief, Resources Management
Padre Island National Seashore
U.S. National Park Service
james_lindsay@nps.gov