Volunteers remove 1K-pounds of debris from Bird Island – Port Isabel-South Padre Press

18 volunteers showed up to help out with RGV Fishing Areas and Waterways Cleanup’s Bird Island Cleanup on Friday, Sept. 29. (Staff photo by Patricia M. McGrath)


Last Friday, Bird Island received a crucial, potentially life-saving “facelift” just in time for fall migration.
RGV Fishing Area and Waterway Cleanups organized a cleanup for Bird Island at the “Y” of the Brownsville Ship Channel on Sept. 29, 2023.

RGV Fishing Area and Waterway Cleanups, a Texas non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the Rio Grande Valley’s ecosystems clean, completed its first cleanup in September 2018.

According to Richard Hitchcox, the founder of RGV Fishing Area and Waterway Cleanups, Captain Henry Rodriguez, with Henry Charters, a director on the cleanup board, initially brought up the idea of doing a cleanup at Bird Island.

For the past eight years, Rodriguez has organized independent cleanups at Bird Island to ensure a debris-free environment to aid the birds residing there.

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