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
You can become a habitat steward and make a difference by starting in your own backyard. Over 6 weeks, you will gain knowledge and resources to create a wildlife habita tin your own backyard. Six classes cover native trees, attracting wildlife, butterfly gardening, healthy soils with compost and mulch, and desigining your backyard. You will learn a lot, have fun, and make new friends in this Naturescaping workshop designed specifically for the Rio Grande Valley!
Naturescaping is a method of low-maintenance, cost-saving landscaping that incorporates native plants. Naturescaping allows both humans and wildlife to thrive in a natural habitat. The Rio Grande Valley hosts a number of beautiful birds and butterflies throughout the year. Naturescaping will attract them to your yard where they can feed, drink, and rest while you get the pleasure of observing them.
Date: Tuesdays - October 15th - November 19th
Time: 9:00AM to 11:30AM
Fee: $60 (includes program materials and all 6 sessions)
Registration: Registration for the Fall 2013 class is now open!
Register online at Webtrac Activity # 720200.13
Or call us for more information (956) 681-3370.
How to register:
- Go to STC Continuing Education (2621 W. Pecan Blvd. McAllen, TX 78501)
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For more information call 956-872-3585, 956-687-2787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
As we prepare to close out the summer, the Valley Land Fund, Southern Exposures Youth Nature Photo contest is also coming to an end. All submissions must be recieved by July 31st. We wish all of our youngsters luck with their submissions and we hope they have enjoyed learning about photography and nature.
Click the link below for more details:
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
Looking for something to do with the family this weekend? Head out to the McAllen Convention Center to check out the Texas Hunters & Sportman's Expo.
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013 - SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013
$10.00 FOR ADULTS
12 & UNDER ARE FREE
El verano esta aquí, pero el que los niños no estén en la escuela, no significa que tienen que dejar de crecer, aprender y divertirse!
En Quinta Mazatlan hay campamentos para niños de 6 a 8 y de 9 a 12 años. Cada campamento funciona de martes a viernes de 9 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. pero los niños pueden llegar desde las 8:00 a,m., desayunar y jugar y al mediodía, cuando terminan sus actividades, pueden comer su nutritivo lonche. El costo por campamento es de $40 dlls para residentes de McAllen y $52 dlls para los no residentes.
Estos son los campamentos que puedes elegir:
The Lorax! (Julio 16 -19) – Donde los niños aprenden sobre los arboles
Mundo Animal (Animal Planet) (Julio 30-Agosto 2) – Conoce diariamente a un amigo: un animal vivo, que vendrá al campamento para enseñarles como viven en los bosques.
El Naturalista Creativo (The Creative Naturalist) (Julio 9 -12) – Pasa un rato tranquilo al aire libre observando las aves, los animales y las plantas de Quinta Mazatlan. Despues escribe un poema, pinta un cuadro o elabora una escultura en arcilla de acuerdo a las observaciones de la naturaleza.
Campamento de habilidades de Supervivencia (Survival Skills Camps) (Julio 23-26) – Aprende a encontrar agua y comida y a construir un refugio en el desierto. Tambien descubrirán como utilizar una brújula y como evitar peligros ocultos.
Campamento de Ecologia (World Wide Web - Ecology Camp) (Agosto
6-9) – Aprende las asombrosas maneras en las que el mundo esta conectado, lo que ocurre debajo de nosotros y todo el camino hasta las nubes.
Busqueda del tesoro, proyectos de arte, laboratorios de ciencias, juegos, cuentos, paseos por veredas y mas, hay muchas mas diversión para los niños en Quinta Mazatlan! Para mas información llamje al 956-681-3370 o visite http://www.quintamazatlan.com/
Quinta Mazatlan inicia el verano con toda una aventura. Si a usted le emociona ver los repitles, esto es justo lo que necesita. Noches familiares en la Naturaleza, comenzará con una aventura de los Repitles en VIVO.
Quinta Mazatlan presenta a Danny Conner, propietario y especialista de “Aventuras de Repitles en Vivo”, una presentación educativa y divertida para toda la familia. Danny traerá algunos de sus reptiles para realizar una aventura interactiva para todos.
Fecha: Junio 6, 2013
Hora: 7:00 pm. A 8:00 p.m.
Lugar: Quinta Mazatlan
600 Sunset Dr