By: Rick Kelley
HARLINGEN- Popular tram trips at the Rio Grande Valley’s national wildlife refuges are revving up with the cooler weather.
At Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, the popular three-hour guided tram tours will begin Dec. 1. At Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge near Alamo, the trams are on the track for a two-hour tour at 9:30 AM and noon Thursday through Sunday.
“Water and (binoculars) are something good to bring, also bug repellent and a camera,” said Chris Quezada, park ranger at Santa Ana NWR.
Quezada said the tram, which costs $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2 for children from ages 2 to 13, offers an easy way to view the wildlife on the refuge, which is right on the Rio Grande.
“On the tram, it just depends on which time of day you go,” he said. “If you get on the early tram, you’re more likely to see a bobcat, some javelinas, and maybe a coyote.”
The refuge’s numerous bird species can be seen anytime, he said.
The tram stops at the cemetery on the banks of the river and at Cattail Lake.
At Laguna, tram trips Dec. 1 and last for three hours. Tram travelers will learn about the different habitats, including Tamaulipan thorn scrub, coastal prairie and coastal wetlands.