Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Scenic Park, a 588-acre park on the Rio Grande six miles west of Mission in Hidalgo County, was acquired by the state in 1944. The park is a favorite spot for bird watchers. It has many rare specimens, including Lichenstein's oriole, hooded oriole, gray hawk, pauraque, groove-billed ani, longbilled thrasher, green jay, kiskadee flycatcher, and red-eyed cowbird.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
“Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Scenic Park,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed June 26, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
Most Recent Revision Date:
November 1, 1994