Camp Rio at the Historic Camp Lula Sams

IMG_1938The 85.7 acre tract known as Camp Lula Sams was built by the Earl C Sams Foundation and gifted to the Girl Scouts of South Texas in 1953. Over the years the camp has served as a venue for life lessons by thousands of children. With your help, this will continue. A movement is underway to protect the property from fragmentation. A conservation easement is planned to permanently protect 75 acres of the forested areas which serves as crucial habitat for many protected and threatened species.4O1A1326

Camp Lula Sams

lulasams4The 85.7 acre tract known as Camp Lula Sams was built by the Earl C Sams Foundation and gifted to the Girl Scouts of South Texas in 1953. Over the years the camp has served as a venue for life lessons by thousands of children. With your help, this will continue. A movement is underway to protect the property from fragmentation. A conservation easement is planned to permanently protect 75 acres of the forested areas which serves as crucial habitat for many protected and threatened species.IMG_1938

Santa Clara Ranch

santa_clara_ranch_1The Santa Clara Ranch is located in the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas, nine miles west of McCook lies the Santa Clara Ranch. Owned and operated by Dr. Beto Gutierrez this 300 acre wildlife sanctuary is comprised entirely of virgin brush land.

The Santa Clara Ranch is part of a growing group of land holdings owned by forward thinking landowners in the lower Rio Grande Valley who have realized the importance of creating and preserving natural habitat for wildlife over the past three decades. Their tireless efforts have resulted in the return of many native species to their lands, some of which are found nowhere else on earth. This has developed an increased interest in the area and its wildlife, as well as the opportunity to view an amazing amount of migratory song birds during their annual spring migration.

Many professional photographers now come to the Rio Grande valley to harvest incredible images of wildlife. This was something that was unheard of in years gone by. Through the labors of these concerned individuals the Rio Grande valley is now one of the premier areas in North America to view and photograph wildlife. In one day at the Santa Clara, it is not uncommon to see twenty or more species of birds as well as mammals such as Whitetail deer, Collard peccary , Bobcats, and Coyotes.

For more information on the Santa Clara Ranch please visit www.SantaClaraRanch.com or contact Dr. Beto Gutierrez at: telephone # 956-787-6808 or email drbeto66@yahoo.com.

Martin Refuge

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Martin Refuge is 300 acres of thick South Texas brush located NW of Mission, and is the original home of private nature photography in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Owned by John and Audrey Martin, who were the force behind the Valley Land Fund Photo Contest and the Images for Conservation Fund, the ranch has been hosting happy photographers since 2003.

On this property, rich with tremendous biodiversity, photographers delight in various birds, mammals and reptiles. Professionally designed photo blinds, each set back from small water holes and close to feeding areas, allow photographers to capture critters as they wander in for refreshments. Several of the blinds are “sunken” underground for photographing at eye level. We are currently able to host up to ten photographers.

  • Eight permanent blinds situated for best light
  • Spectacular Raptor blind
  • Water features and feeders at each location
  • Drive to your blind
  • Rest and picnic at the rustic “palapa”
  • Running water but no electricity on site.
  • Wild and primitive, yet five minutes to a convenience store!
  • Only 20 minutes from Edinburg or Mission

For your safety and an enhanced photographic experience, your visit includes the services of our Certified Interpretive Guide and award winning photographer, Patty Raney.

Visit us at http://www.martinrefuge.com/index.html

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