The Rio Grande Valley's Nature Site

Rio Grande Valley Natural History Links:

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The Lower Rio Grande Valley natural history is indeed special.  It is a given that many of the LRGV birds, LRGV butterflies, LRGV dragonflies and LRGV native plants are exclusive and unique to the Rio Grande Valley and nowhere else.  However, there are other diverse Rio Grande Valley vertebrates and Rio Grande Valley invertebrates that are also special and interesting--again, many occurring only in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.  Come and enjoy the Rio Grande Valley reptiles and the Rio Grande Valley amphibians, also. 
Many of our RGV snakes, RGV turtles, RGV frogs, RGV toads, RGV lizards, and RGV salamanders can be found with just a little effort.  These links should not only help in identifying, studying and learning more about the LRGV natural history and the RGV environment, but also help you learn about the ecosystems around you, wherever you are.  The total RGV natural history makes for a very rewarding experience.
Venga por favor al Valle y disfrute de nuestra fauna y plantas y historia natural. 

To View Photos of the LRGV's Various Flora and Fauna, CLICK HERE


All Natural History Museums and Collections

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Univ. Puget Sound's Slater Museum of Natural History

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Texas Memorial Museum's Texas Natural Science Center

Louisiana Museum of Natural History

Los Angeles Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum-Britain

The Smithsonian Institute

Museum of Online Museums

Chicago's Field Museum

(Birds and Birding information can be found on the "Valley Birding" Links on our HOME PAGE)
(Radio and TV natural history programs series can be found on the "Radio, TV, and Web Media" Links on our HOME PAGE)
(Places to watch for wildlife can be found on the "Valley Wildlife Watching Sites" Links on our HOME PAGE)

American Field Guide (1400 PBS videos)

Directory of Web Nature e-mail Groups and Archives

Intergrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Tree of Life Project

Zipcode Zoo

SCIRUS-Scientific Paper Search Engine

USGS Biological Resources Discipline

TPWD's Passport to Texas Online Radio Programs

Circus of the Spineless (excellent)

Rainforest-Related Web Sites

ARKive-Images of Life on Earth

Curiosities of Biological Nomenclature

Funny or Curious Zoological Names

Centre for Bioscience Image Bank

Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility

Nat. Park's Flora and Fauna Species Data Bases

Guide to Nature Sounds on the Net

Nature Songs-Recordings from Nature

Earthlife Web

National Wildlife Federation's e-Nature


NatureServe Explorer

Neartica (flora and fauna of US)

University of Michigan's Animal Diversity Web

Florida EPA Lab's Keys and Guides to Flora & Fauna

Discover Life

Nature Writers of Texas

Nature Blog Network

Birders Who Blog, Tweet and Chirp

TPWD's Prohibited Exoctic Species List

TAMU'a Dept. of Entomology Search Page

TAMU's Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection

TAMU's Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences

TAMU's Cooperative Extention Service

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute TAMUK

Texas Rivers/Streams Flow Gages

Texas Salt Water Fishing

Texas Fresh Water Fishing

Texas Coastal Tides Times

Texas Coast Marine Charts

Phases of the Moon

Time and Date Info

Sunrise/Sunset-Moonrise/Moonset Tables for One Year

Ecological Regions of Texas

Flora and Fauna Images from U.S. Forest Service

Visual Dictionary of Animal Biology

Visual Dictionary of the Human Body

Invertebrates Dictionary

Pronunciation of Biological Latin

Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept's. YouTube Videos

Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.

(Butterfly, Moth, Dragonfly, and Damselfly information  can be found on the "Valley Butterflies" and "Valley Odonata" Links on our HOME PAGE)

Google Images Search Engine

Insect Images from U.S. Forest Service

Insect Images

Insect and Spider Images from Cirrus Image (excellent site)

Iowa State Entomology Image Galleries, by Taxonomic Group (excellent site)

Iowa State Entomology Index of Internet Resources

Singing Insects of North America

NatureServe Explorer




What's That Bug I.D.

Insect Identification

Glossary of Entomological Terms

Field Guide to Texas Insects

Texas Entomology (EXCELLENT!)

Texas Orthopteroid Checklist

Orthoptera Species File

USDA's Grasshopper Site

Bob Behrstock's Grasshopper Pages

The Orthopterists' Society

Diptera (Flies) Information

North American Dipterists Society

North American Bumblebees

Texas Bumblebees

Bumblebee Identification for all U.S. Species

Discover Life's Chrysididae Cuckoo-Wasp Family

Chrysididae Resources

Scorpions of North America Photos

The Scorpion Files

Checklist of the Scorpion Families of the U.S.

North American Mantids

North American Phasmids

American Arachnological Society

Spider Glossary

Spider Images

Spiders of Texas

Spider Identification Images

Tree Crickets

Cockroach Home Page


Ant Species of Texas

Cicadas of Texas

Texas Cicadas (pdf file)

Cicada Mania

Mayflies of Texas

Stoneflies of Texas

Silk Moths of the LRGV

Tiger Beetles of Texas

Metallic Wood-Boring Beetles (Buprestidae) of Texas

Longhorn Beetles (Cerambycidae) of Texas

Lady Beetles (Coccinellidae) of Texas

Texas Robber Flies

Texas Ticks

"TX-ENTO" (chat group) Reference Page

"TX-ENTO" (chat group) Archives

Common Names of Insects and Related Organisms


Non-insect Invertebrate Sites


A Checklist of the Reptiles and Amphibians (Herpetofauna) of the LRGV

Google Images Search Engine

Herpetology Glossary

Scientific and Common Names of the Reptiles and Amphibians of North America - Explained

Snakes of North America

Center for North American Herpetology

Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

Herps of Texas

Texas Turtle Information

Gulf Coast Turtle and Tortoise Society

Horned Lizard Conservation Society

Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research

UT-Arlington Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center

Frog Calls and Videos

Frog Calls (USGS-PWRC)

Amphibian Ark

Amphibia Web

American Museum of Natural History's Amphibian Site

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Marine Turtle Specialist Group

Protective Turtle Ecology Center for Training, Outreach and Research (ProTECTOR)

The State of the World's Sea Turtles (SWOT)

Sea Turtle Information

Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center

Sea Turtle, Inc.


Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group

Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF)

Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA)

Crocodilians Natural History and Conservation

Crocodile Specialist Group

Amphibian Specialist Group

Iguana Specialist Group

Chelonian Research Foundation (CRF)

Save Our Leatherbacks Operation (SOLO)

International Reptile Conservation Foundation (IRCF)

Save the Frogs

North America (North of Mexico) Herpetofauna List

Center for Snake Conservation


Google Images Search Engine

Mammals of Texas

Texas Paleontology Links

Bat Species Profiles

Rio Grande Valley Vertebrates List

U.S. Fish Database

Crayfish of Texas

Land Snails of Texas


UT-Austin Dept. of Astronomy

Austin Astronomical Society

McDonald Observatory

McDonald Observatory's StarDate

Phases of the Moon

USNO's Astronomical Applications Data Service

Earth and Moon Viewer

Sea and Sky

Sky View Cafe

Sky Map - Current Night Sky Over Any City

Make Your Own Sky Map - Using Your Lat./Long.

NASA's Realtime Satellite Tracker - All Satellites Named and Tracked


Current Position of the International Space Station and Its View of Earth

Entire Hubble Space Telescope Photo Collection


Texas Maps

World Atlas

World Maps Online

Bing Maps

Topozone (maps)

Mapquest (maps)

Flash Earth

Friends' Websites Loaded With Natural History Information:

John Abbott's Photography Website

Steve Bentsen's and Laura Elaine Moore's Website

Kelly B. Bryan's Website

Scarlet and George Colley's Website

Dave Czaplak's Website

Kim Davis's & Mike Stangeland's Website

Larry Ditto's Nature Photography Website

Nelson Dobb's Website

Ted Eubank's BirdSpert Blog

Tony Gallucci's Milkriver Blog (GREAT SITE!)

Mary Gustafson's Blogspot

Mike Hannisian's Website

Dave Hanson's Website

Terry Hibbitts' Webpage

Troy Hibbitts' Webpage

Ruth Hoyt's Nature Photography Website

Phill and Joanne Kelly's Website

Greg Lasley's Nature Photography Website

Christina Mild's Website

Richard Moore's Website (SUPERB RGV VIDEOS!)

Berry Nall's Website

Brent Ortego's Website

Jim Peterson's Website

Mike Quinn's Website and Blog

Martin Reid's Website

David Sarkozi's Belize Birding Guide Site

Sue Sill's Website

Mary Beth Stowe's Webpage

Cat Traylor's Photo Site

John Yochum's Website


BioQuip (Catalog Store)

Eagle Optics (Catalog Store)

Online Nature Mall (Catalog Store)

B&H Photo (Catalog Store)

Biocontrol Network (Catalog Store)

Herbarium Supply Co.