Frontera Audubon Sabal Palm Conservation Project

Champion Sabal Palm
Sabals Await Rescue Rescue Truck Arrives Sabals excavated Sabals transported to Frontera
Sabals Arrive at New Home Sabals Planted at Frontera
Skaggs Historic House and Rescued Sabals 09/25/07

A few years ago, Frontera Audubon in Weslaco, Texas planted a small Sabal Palm forest on its property. The little forest is now thriving in an area fondly referred to as the “Thicket.” In keeping with its mission to help conserve the native habitat of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Frontera has spearheaded the effort to rescue and relocate two historic sabal palms to its property in Weslaco, Texas. The sabal palm trees were reportedly planted in 1927 which is the same year the existing historic Skaggs house was built on Frontera’s property. With the cooperartion of the Native Palm Society, the City of Weslaco, and many other generous contributors, the historic sabals were recovered and now reside at Frontera.

According to the January 2007 Texas Big Tree Registry the larger Palm is still listed as a National Co-Champion tree!

Please help maintain and provide landscaping for these magnificent palm trees by sending your donation to:

Frontera Audubon
1101 S. Texas Blvd.
Weslaco, TX 78596

For more information on this and other conservation projects sponsored by Frontera Audubon please contact director Cindy Willson at (956) 968-3275. Thank You! for supporting conservation in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.


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  1. Cristian

    You can tell alot of time and dedication went into finding and posting this story which is why I think that Frontera is very lucky to have a director like Cindy.

    I’ve noticed that very few people have visited Frontera Audubon in the past few weeks which is disappointing as there is plenty of interesting wildlife around. Most people only stay for the migratory exodus of birds that come through during winter and spring and end up losing out on great summer sightings so heres some motivation.

    June 2, 2010

    A male Summer Tanager flew over the boardwalk and dove into the thicket around lunchtime. A very vibrant red and cool bird.

    Four Green Kingfishers and six or seven Kiskadee’s are around all day and its great to see them skim the water for a fish.

    The water level is pretty low around the marsh which gives you a great chance to see the four foot Snapping Turtle who looks like he should be part of a dinosaur exhibit. Many Anoles, Texas Spiney, and Racerunner lizards can be found on the thicket trails along with Fronteras nearly five foot long Bullsnake. I suggest going out early in the morning as they all like to warm themselves up on the trails or a floating log to get ready for the day.

    One of the most exciting new things that few people witnessed was the discovery of a Texas Tortoise living in the Thicket. Many people assumed that they were forced out several years ago due to the improper use of pesticides but luckily at least one has returned. Yet another valuable creature to add to Frontera Audubon’s impressive species list.

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