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Become A Backyard Habitat Steward

Habitat stewards make a dierence by starting in their own backyard.
Participants attend 6 classes (18 hours total) with professional hands-on training
to create a wildlife friendly and attractive garden-small or large!

QUINTA MAZATLAN
Tuesdays, February 17th – March 24th, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
$60 per person (includes informational binder, mesquite feeder and patch)

Backyard Habitat 2014 flyer

For more information contact Quinta Mazatlan: 600 Sunset Drive

• McAllen, Texas • (956) 681-3370 • www.quintamazatlan.com

The best iPhone and iPad apps for bird watching


iBird Pro Guide to Birds

$19.99

iPad / iPhone

This is the #1 birding app on the planet with numerous features and functions that are unmatched by any other birding app.

  • Full screen and landscape views
  • Nearly 1000 different species from North America
  • Syncs to iCloud
  • 38 different search attributes
  • 5 hours of bird songs and calls
  • Photo center for your personal birding photos
  • Compatible on iPhone and iPad

 

The Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America

$19.99

iPad / iPhone

The most popular field guide ever made is now available for the iOS!

  • Official Sibley guide
  • Exclusive for North American Birds
  • Comprehensive eGuide
  • More than “just” a book for your iPhone and iPad
  • Over 6,600 images and 2,300 sound recordings

 

Peterson Birds — A Field Guide to Birds of North America

$14.99

iPad / iPhone

This is the official Peterson app, and it’s awesome. Highly regarded by many critics. 

  • Officially licensed by Roger Peterson’s identification system
  • Includes over 800 species of birds in North America
  • All accessible for both your iPhone or iPad
  • Detailed illustrations
  • Meticulous ID system

 

Birds: Backyard Birdwatching

$3.99

iPad

Designed to teach the average person about bird watching and bird feeding. 

  • Made for the iPad
  • Extensive profiles for every listed bird
  • 50 feeder birds
  • Search is limited to both U.S. hemispheres
  • Tips for taking care of your binoculars

 

Solunar Table

$2.99

iPad / iPhone

Learn all about the best times of the day to go bird watching. 

  • Includes guide to hunting and fishing
  • Explains when the precise lunar period for the year is
  • Accurate estimates for sunrise/sunset
  • In-app GPS

 

Birdeez: Easy Bird Identification Guide

$1.99

iPad / iPhone

The app title says it all. An easy guide for us less experienced bird watchers. 

  • Offers easy way to spotting birds
  • List of rare birds to see according to your location
  • Learn by browsing pictures
  • Share latest sightings online
  • Customizable searching options

 

National Geographic Birds: Field Guide to North America

$9.99

iPad / iPhone

An interactive field guide for bird watchers in North America. Anything by Nat Geo is a must have. 

  • Official license
  • Interactive field guide
  • Redesigned from the ground up
  • 995 species in North America alone
  • Customizable searches

 

Peterson Backyard Birds - A Field Guide to Birds of North America

Free

iPad / iPhone

A great intro to common birds you can see in North America. 

  • 160 common birds
  • Beautiful and detailed illustrations
  • Quick visual comparison
  • Plays “bird songs”
  • Updated range maps

 

Texas Birds

Free

iPad / iPhone

If you live in Texas and you are a birder, then this is a must have app for you. 

  • Introduction to native Texan bird species
  • Hundreds of images
  • Range map includes the whole state
  • Bird trivia
  • Tips on how to “attract” birds to you

 

iBird Yard+ Guide to Birds

$2.99

iPad / iPhone

An in-depth app that provides a great deal of content like: photos, illustrations and audio recordings. 

  • 235 species of birds
  • Separate list for 149 common backyard birds
  • 86 “rare” birds which can be found in your backyard
  • Extensive database
  • Gorgeous landscape view

 

Bird Song Id USA NE Automatic Recognition and Reference - Songs and Calls of North East American Birds

$4.99

iPad / iPhone

Learn and identify different bird species, by their songs and calls, with the help of this app.

  • Automatic voice recognition
  • Very functional
  • Learn to identify new bird species
  • Very fun to use
  • Works offline

 

iBird Ultimate Guide to Birds

$9.99

iPad / iPhone

This is the complete bird-watching app for the iOS. It's another amazing app by the Mitch Waite Group just like the first app on our list iBird Pro Guide to Birds

  • Lists all 940 exclusive North American birds
  • Patented algorithm searching functions
  • Updated searching attributes
  • Automatic syncing functions
  • Interactive slideshows

 

McAllen Nature Center Announces Expanded Winter Hours and Programs

McAllen Nature Center is now open to the public on Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 am until noon. Park admission and programs are free of charge.

Guided Bird & Nature Walks are offered weekly on Wednesdays from 8:30 am until 10 am. No experience necessary- join a staff birder for a leisurely stroll along the trails, investigating everything that crosses our path! Loaner binoculars are available, free of charge, during bird walks as well as during all open hours. Tai Chi is offered every Saturday morning from 9 am to 10 am, weather permitting. Ages 8 and up are invited to wear comfortable clothes, flexible shoes, and bring a mat, water, and sunscreen. Family programs on various nature topics will run on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30 am. The first of this series will be a Wildlife Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, January 24th.

Formerly known as the McAllen Botanical Gardens, the McAllen Nature Center is a 15 acre nature park located at 4101 W Business US 83, along the south side of the highway between Bentsen Road and Ware Road. The Center features one half mile of ADA accessible trails which meander through native thornscrub forest. The park provides great opportunities to look for birds and butterflies, or simply enjoy a walk in nature.

For more information on the McAllen Nature Center, contact the City of McAllen Parks & Recreation at (956) 681-3333.

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McAllen Natrure Park Now Open Most Days

McAllen Nature Center

McAllen Nature Center

The McAllen Nature Center is home to many species of birds, butterflies, and other critters.

 

Posted: Valley Town Crier, Friday, January 2, 2015 4:30 pm

Beginning on Friday, January 2nd, the McAllen Nature Center will be open to the public on Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 am until noon. Park admission and programs are free of charge.

Guided Bird & Nature Walks begin in January and are offered weekly on Wednesdays from 8:30 am until 10 am. No experience necessary- join a staff birder for a leisurely stroll along the trails, investigating everything that crosses our path! Loaner binoculars are available, free of charge, during bird walks as well as during all open hours. Tai Chi is offered every Saturday morning from 9 am to 10 am, weather permitting. Ages 8 and up are invited to wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, and bring a mat, water, and sunscreen. Family programs on various nature topics will run on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30 am. The first of this series will be a Wildlife Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, January 24th.

Formerly known as the McAllen Botanical Gardens, the McAllen Nature Center is a 15 acre nature park located at 4101 W Business US 83, along the south side of the highway between Bentsen Road and Ware Road. The Center features one half mile of ADA accessible trails which meander through native thornscrub forest. The park provides great opportunities to look for birds and butterflies, or simply enjoy a walk in nature.

For more information on the McAllen Nature Center, contact the City of McAllen Parks & Recreation at (956) 681-3333.

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History of Quinta Mazatlan Tour

When:

Friday December 26, 2014
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Where:

Quinta Mazatlan

600 Sunset Dr.
McAllen  Texas  USA

What:

Learn about the history of the property beginning with Native Americans, learning about the builders of the home, and finally on to the World Birding Center and our latest addition-the Ann Moore Folk Art Room!

Time: 10:00- 11:00 a.m.

Fee: Included in general admission

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Volunteer opportunity at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen

Volunteer Mornings

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When

Wednesday October 29, 2014 
8:30 AM to 12:00 PMAdd To Outlook

Where

Quinta Mazatlan
600 Sunset Dr.
McAllen  Texas  USA

Who


(956) 681-3370
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What

Join our volunteer coordinator for a fun morning of work and learning in our native gardens! Students, earn your service hours at Quinta Mazatlan! We are also a site certified for Texas Master Naturalist hours.

Date: Wednesdays & Saturdays (Year Round)

Time: 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Ages: All ages are welcome (14 and under with the supervision of a parent or guardian only).

 

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Free Weekend Getaway in McAllen, Texas 2014

 

Embassy Suites Hotel McAllen

Register to win a fun Free Weekend at the beautiful Embassy Suites hotel in McAllen, Texas.  The package includes and is exclusively for our Mexico residents:

  • A Free Two (2) Night stay (One Room) at the beautiful Embassy Suites hotel
  • A $100 Shopping Card to La Plaza Mall
  • Deadline to Register is November 24, 2014
  • The winner will be notified on Monday, December 1, 2014

Register Here

You must be 18 years old to win.  Restrictions do apply. Hotel black-out dates will apply.

McAllen: Valley Native Plants

Come and learn all the basics skills needed for hobby bird watching! Six sessions will be provided from October through November in Quinta Mazatlan! Awesome speakers including Benito Trevino and a great opportunity to purchase some native plants for one’s garden!

 

For more information enter www.quintamazatlan.com or call 956-681-3373

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Prehistoric Trail at Quinta Mazatlan

Thursday, October 16th, Quinta Mazatlan will be hosting George Blasing. He is a paleontologist and animal behaviorist who speaks to all ages about dinosaurs. Definitively an event full of entertainment and education for the entire family.

QM Ancient Bird FLYER

For more information visit www.quintamazatlan.com or call 956-681-3370
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McAllen: Intro to Birding and Bird Behavior

 

Come and learn all the basics skills needed for hobby bird watching! Six sessions will be provided from October through November in Quinta Mazatlan!

 

For more information enter www.quintamazatlan.com or call 956-681-3373

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