From Texas Public Radio:
A group of birders gathered one Friday morning at a birding preserve in Salineño in Starr County.
The birders sat on lawn chairs and looked around with their binoculars at the trees that surrounded them.
Thousands of birders visit here every year.
“We get up in the morning and put out the bird food and the water and just make sure that we’re ready to open the gate at 8 o’clock, and then we welcome in the guests and make sure they see all the different birds that are coming and going,” said Mike Emenaker, a volunteer who lived on the birding preserve.
He said he was recently in disbelief when he heard the news that the 2.5-acre birding sanctuary, which belongs to the Valley Land Fund, was going to be sold to the federal government for part of a border wall project.
“We were led to believe that we were going to be open for the season,” Emenaker said. “We never had any communication from Valley Land Fund. It was just one of those things, personally, that was pretty shady the whole way it happened and really disappointed that the Valley Land Fund didn’t have the decency to come talk to us face to face as volunteers.”
President-elect Joe Biden has said no more border wall will be built under his administration. Meanwhile, the Trump administration continues to expeditiously build and acquire land for wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“There will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration,” Biden told NPR’s Lulu Gacria Navarro.