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its 24th annual birding festival. attracting hundreds of visitors from out of the region, state, and country. but as news center 23's jose saenz tels us. several local organizations.. concerned the construction of a border wall.. will have a negative impact on these types of festivals. and the valley's ecotourism. jose saenz due to its geographical location, and with one-third of mexico to the west... the rio grande valey is prime territory for birds... making it a desirable place to visit for birders. this is one of the reasons why the r- g-v birding festival has been staying active since 1994. sue griffin chair of the rio grande valey birding festival "our birding festival is the 24th that we have had here in harlingen. it draws people from all over the world. we have almost al of the states represented, and fourten foreign countries represented either by our visitors or our vendors here." jose saenz the large number of visitors the birding festival and other eco-tourist locations in the region atract... have helped bring a good amount of money to the area. sue griffin "this festival itself, creates a two million dollar economic impact on just harlingen and other areas that we visit re in the valey. the lyde yearly.. economic pt has been measured texas a &amp; m, at over 40 llion lars." ose saenz local n-profitganizationsunderstand the importance events like the birding festival have in the region... and are concerned the effect the construction of a border wall might have on them and the ecoturism in the area. john michael tores comunications coordinator for l.u.p.e "birding is something that's realy important because it attracts people from all over the nation and all over the world. if the border wal is to be constructed, it could realy devastate some of the key areashat people come to see. when they come to see these birds, they're also bringing their money with them and it's a neded boost to our local economy." jose saenz this week... members of these organizations spent time in washington d-c... trying to get senator cornyn to stand with them, and prevent the trump administration from building a border wal without bringing the idea to congress. in harlingen, jose saenz, kveo news center 23. the last day of the birding festival wil be on sunday... so you still have plenty of time to go check it out. for more information, you can visit the following website.. w-w-w- dot-r-g-v-b-f... dot- org. robert bettes:

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