Special events, field trips, seminars, Birders Bazaar trade show, silent auction, raffle, and more top the 20th anniversary celebration of this famous granddaddy of nature festivals, November 6 through 10, at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium complex,1204 Fair Park Blvd.
Three thousand people are expected to move through the entire five day event with bird enthusiasts from 40 states, three Canadian provinces, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The following special activities are free fun for everyone:
- November 7 to 10, Birders Bazaar Trade Show, from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Learn about birding hotspots, shop unique vendors, buy native plants to attract birds to your yard, talk with Valley nature experts, and check out local and international birding travel opportunities.
- November 8, Winter Texan Appreciation Day beginning at 10:30 a.m. with a free Get Started Birding! program. A special giveaway including discount coupons and door prize tickets will be given at the door to the program. Visit the Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society booth in the Birder’s Bazaar Trade Show for more birding opportunities. Stay on for trade show shopping and live birds of prey shows.
- November 9 and 10, Kiskadee Korner Kids Activities, noon to 4 p.m. Families with children learn all about birds and nature as close as your backyard with crafts, games and activities.
- November 9, Family Bird Walk from 9 to 11 a.m. The east coast’s Fledging Birders Institute Director Dave Magpiong and First Lady of Birding Liz Gordon from American Birding Association lead the groups and teach basics for birding with walks around the auditorium grounds.
- November 9, Raptor Project Family Auditorium Program, beginning at 11 a.m. Meet an avian movie star. Live hawks, owls, eagles and falcons dominate the show with Master Falconer and wildlife rehabilitator Jonathan Wood.
- November 9, “Harlingen Squares” Birding Quiz Show at 6:15 p.m. So popular, this TV-style game show is back for its fifth season. A multimedia production of birding trivia, friendly competition and audience participation offers laughs and great prizes from Eagle Optics. American Birding Association President Jeffrey A. Gordon hosts the event.
- November 10, Art and Writing Contest Awards Program at 1:30 p.m. Valley-wide students in grades 5 through 12 entered the contest and winners will be recognized at the ceremony. Eagle Optics sponsored prizes will be awarded. Winning entries will be on display.
For the full rundown of the festival activities, visit www.rgvbf.org.
via: rgvbf press release
Explore nature Thursday evenings with great speakers about everything from birds and butterflies to culture and art of the Rio Grande Valley. Thursday, October 17th, Quinta Mazatlan will present award winning author, Tim Gallagher. He will be lecturing on his book, Imperial Dreams which chronicles his adventures through the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico, while on the hunt for the elusive Imperial Woodpecker. The Imperial Woodpecker is the largest in the world, it is predominantly black with white patches on its wings and two white stripes extending up its upper back and has an large ivory bill. It was last documented sighting was in 1965. Come out to Quinta Mazatlan and let Mr. Gallagher's tales of his hunt for this enigmatic bird entice you. You never know, it may just send you off on an adventure of your own.
Where: Quinta Mazatlan (600 Sunset Drive, Mcallen)
When: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cost: $2.00/Adults, $1.00/Seniors, Free with membership
The third annual Focus on Diversity: Changing the Face of American Birding
Conference will be held in McAllen November 4 through 6.
Presenters will include some of America’s best-known names in
birding: Kenn Kaufman, J. Drew Lanham, Roy Rodriguez, Mary Gustafson, Dudley
Edmondson, Marisa Oliva-Rodriguez, Paul Baicich, David Lindo, and others, who
will examine challenges faced within the birding community and share effective
outreach strategies for forging a stronger future for nature tourism.
Experienced birders and bird outreach specialists from Cornell Lab
of Ornithology, World Birding Center sites, and other organizations will assist
participants in developing action plans to reach new audiences with birding
activities, to deliver bird conservation messages, and to increase their
“These conferences have proven quite meaningful, particularly for
bird organizations, bird-related businesses, nature/birding clubs, park/refuge
staff, their associated Friends groups, educators, and dedicated birders/nature
enthusiasts of all levels,” said conference organizer Dave Magpiong, President
of Fledgling Birders Institute.
“We’re very excited to have the Focus on Diversity Conference in
McAllen,” said Nancy Millar, Vice President and Director of the McAllen Chamber
of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.
“In order to keep up with
the changing face of America, it’s important for any industry to embrace
diverse audiences and find ways to reach them effectively,” Millar said.
“McAllen, being heavily Hispanic, is the perfect venue for that concentration.”
She also pointed out that the conference backs up to the Rio
Grande Valley Birding Festival. “The festival is an excellent example of the
economic vitality of nature tourism for the Valley,” Millar said. “Hundreds of
visitors spend tens of thousands of dollars in one week. We want to do
everything we can to keep that money flowing into McAllen and the rest of the
Nature tourism contributes $463 million into the Rio Grande Valley
economy every year, sustaining 6,600 jobs, according to a recent survey from
Texas A&M University. “It’s an area of economic development where we excel,
and we can’t afford to ignore it,” Millar said.
Registration is now
open for the conference, with Early Bird discounts
available until Thursday, September. 5.
The third annual Focus on Diversity Conference has been made
possible through cooperative partnerships with the McAllen
Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors' Bureau and National Audubon Society.
To register for the event, visit www.fledgingbirders.org/CFAB.html.
For more information, contact Dave Magpiong at 856-905-1232
Saturday, September 7th, from 9am to Noon, you are invited to join Quinta Mazatlan as we celebrate National Hummingbird Day. Visitors will enjoy a keynote presentation, art exhibit, native plant shopping, special gift store items and more!
At 9:00am, Mary Gustafson, bird expert from the American Bird Conservancy, will give an enthralling peek into the world of hummingbirds for our keynote presentation. Guests are then free to visit our gardens for hummingbird viewing, and check out all the other wonderful stations.
An exhibit of hummingbird photographs by McAllen Native Richard Useda will be featured, with his specialty being hummingbirds in flight. Guests will enjoy viewing his incredible photographs, such as that of our Valley local Buff-bellied Hummingbird, and are invited to purchase some of their favorites to take home.
Mike Heep, owner of Heep’s LRGV Native Plant Nursery, will bring an array of great native plants for hummingbirds and butterflies available for purchase, along with his expertise on how to care for them. Learn how to design a hummingbird garden with your new plants by joining a hands-on tour. Ouina Rutledge will be on hand to talk about how she designed Quinta Mazatlan's newest Hummingbird Garden and answer questions with volunteer gardener Debbie Edwards.
Need more hummingbird gear, like feeders and cleaning brushes? Guests will be able to shop from our gift shop wares on the shaded Discovery Center patio, which overlooks the lush Ruby Pond.
What better way to learn about these fascinating birds than on National Hummingbird Day at Quinta Mazatlan! Join us on September 7th at 9am. (via Quinta-Mazatlan)
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El Valle del Rio Grande es la región mas rica biológicamente de todo Estados Unidos de
America, pues tiene una variedad de 500 aves diferentes viviendo en su hábitat
En McAllen viven mas de 100 de estas aves diferentes y tiene también arboles y plantas
Los invito a que abran este link para conocer mas sobre este tema.
McAllen y el Valle del Rio Grande son unos de los lugares principales para la observación de aves, con un clima cálido y una gran variedad de especies de aves, es perfecto para todos.
Si usted es un ávido observador de aves o si apenas esta comenzando como un hobby, nos gustaría recomenpsarlo. Registrese para ganar:
- 5 noches de estancia en el Bird Nest
- Tour de observación de aves en McAllen y sus alrededores
- 1 dia con el mejor observador de aves de Estados Unidos
- Agosto 26, 2013 último dia para registrarse
Are you a high school or college student looking to make an impact in your community? Quinta Mazatlan has the perfect program for you. The Environmental Steward Certification Program is a 6 week service learning workshop to train nature "ambassadors." Older generation stewards will be teaching a younger generation about the ecology in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in the hopes of awakening a true lifetime passion for ecology in general.
The workshops will take place every Tuesday from 10am to 1pm, beginning June 11, 2013. Students will accumulate 40 of volunteer community service, which will enhance their resumes and job applications for jobs with nature parks and will also allow them to help their environment and make an impact on their communities when they are called on for help, advice or resources on environmental issues.
There will be an information social today, Thursday May 23rd, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Quinta Mazatlan for those interested in the program. Early Registration is required, call Quinta Mazatlan to register.
600 Sunset Dr.
McAllen, TX 78503
This summer, join us at Quinta Mazatlan for some outdoor fun and service…the chachalacas will greet you at the front gates! Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, from 8am-11am, Quinta Mazatlan welcomes volunteers that enjoy getting their hands in the dirt! Whether you need hours for school credits and/or want to learn about native plants you are welcome to join us in the garden. Projects will include bird feeding, watering gardens, weeding, planting shrubs and trees, trail maintenance, trail building, invasive plant removal, cleaning, and more! You will learn about South Texas plants and wildlife, enjoy a few hours with other generous people, and leave with the satisfaction that you made a difference for wildlife habitat in the Rio Grande Valley.
Cha-cha-la-ca Mornings will begin Saturday, June 1st and will run every Saturday and Wednesday, 8:00am-11:00am, through August. If it’s your first time volunteering at Quinta Mazatlan, please arrive early to fill out a Volunteer Form. No need to call ahead, just show up ready to work. If you are bringing a large group, please contact Christine Williams, 681-3373 in advance so the nature center can prepare accordingly. We recommend wearing long pants, tennis shoes, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, gloves, hat, sunscreen and bug spray. Volunteers that complete 40 hours from June through August will receive a special gift in appreciation of their hard work.
Quinta Mazatlan, the McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center is located at 600 Sunset in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall on 10th Street. For more information contact Quinta Mazatlan at (956) 681-3370 or visit www.quintamazatlan.com.
She has lived in South Texas for 20 years. She has a family. She is a birder. And she calls herself the Urban Birder. This woman has a private suite at her house that she rents to birders at a low price with easy access to all of the World Birding Centers in the Rio Grande Valley. Be sure to check out her website at: http://birdmecca.posterous.com/ to see beautiful pictures of chachalacas, sandhill cranes, bluebirds and more. Happy birding!
Brandon Brywczynski is a teacher in Delta, Ohio with a lovely hobby- birding! His interest in birding began at a the young age of ten, and this year he has set the bar high for himself with a project titled the "Big Year." The idea came to him after watching the movie “The Big Year” starring Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson. This movie follows the true story of Greg Miller, a computer consultant from Ohio that set out to find more than 700 species in 365 days. Now Brandon is doing the same thing in 2013. You can follow Brandon and his progress on his website at: http://www.brandonsbigyear.blogspot.com/.
In an article with The Press, Brandon says, "Toward the end of year, if everything works out, my dad and I are going to try and take a trip down to the Rio Grande Valley because that's basically birders' heaven down there." He couldn't be more spot on. With over 500 bird species in our area, we feel confident that Brandon would be able to add to his list significantly. Check out this birding site for more information: http://www.theworldbirdingcenter.com/. And Brandon, you are welcome here anytime!