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McAllen Nature Center Announces March Programs

 

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The McAllen Nature Center is offering the following free programs throughout the month of March.

Tai Chi for ages 8 and up is offered every Saturday morning from 9am to 10am. Tai Chi has positive effects on balance control, fitness and flexibility. Seniors and people with disabilities can also work within their limits. Wear comfortable clothes, flexible shoes, and bring a mat and water.

Yoga classes for ages 15 and up will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 on Saturdays and Sundays, March 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and April 1. This is a program designed to provide any person, regardless of fitness or flexibility, with the benefits of yoga practice. Bring a yoga or exercise mat, and water.

A Nature Sketching course for ages 10 and up will be offered on Saturday, March 21st
from 10 am until noon. Local artist Victoria Krasnoshchekova-Gregory will share simple step by step instructions that will help you on your path into exploration of the natural world around you. No experience required! 

A family Nature Photography program will take place on Saturday, March 28th from 10:30 to 11:30am. Bring the kids and learn the basics of taking pictures in nature! Bring your own
point-and-shoot camera, DSLR, or cell phone camera. 

Bird & Nature Walks for all ages are held on Wednesdays from 8:30am until 10am. No experience necessary- join a staff birder for a leisurely stroll along the trails, investigating everything that crosses the path!

McAllen Nature Center is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 am until noon. It is located
at 4101 W Business 83, between Bentsen Road and Ware Road. The Center features 3/4 mile of ADA accessible trails which meander through native habitat. The park provides great opportunities to look for birds and butterflies, or simply enjoy a walk in nature. Park admission is free. For more information on the McAllen Nature Center, contact the City of McAllen Parks & Recreation at (956)681-3333.

PHOTO CAPTION: March programs at the McAllen Nature Center include Yoga, Tai Chi, Nature Sketching, and Bird & Nature Walks!

City of McAllen earns recognition at 2015 Keep America Beautiful National Conf

The City of McAllen received a Keep America Beautiful National Award at the annual Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National Awards Dinner, held during the recent 2015 KAB
National Conference in Washington, D.C.

The City of McAllen was honored for distinguishing itself as an exemplary Municipality taking first place in the Government category. The City of McAllen was honored for its Community Revitalization program Project Imagine Tomorrow and its on-going collaboration with local affiliate Keep McAllen Beautiful.

The KAB National Awards are open to KAB affiliates, government agencies, nonprofit or civic organizations, and youth groups or schools for program activities during the past year that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. Established in 1953, KAB consists of a national network of more than 600 community-based affiliates whose programs, initiatives and efforts aim to transform public spaces into beautiful places.

“It’s my privilege to honor the City of McAllen and celebrate its dedication in engaging volunteers to make its community vibrant,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Award-winning affiliates, such as Keep McAllen Beautiful, serve as a great inspiration in our national effort to keep America beautiful.”

The City of McAllen took first place in the Government category for its implementation and support of multiple community improvement and litter prevention programs including:

  • Project Imagine Tomorrow: The City of McAllen’s Health & Code Enforcement Department launched Project Imagine Tomorrow to help curb the amount of substandard, vacant homes in the City of McAllen. This initiative is currently offering Home Improvement Incentives to Property Owners and Developers that include Roll-off containers, 50% Contractor Reimbursement for Demolitions, Tax Incentives for Home Improvements, and Waiving of Permit Fees. In addition, it is also offering an incentive of Low Interest Home-Repair loans financed and undertaken by Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc., specifically created for owner-occupants.
  • Collaboration in Paint McAllen Beautiful: The City of McAllen’s Health & Code Enforcement Department and Keep McAllen Beautiful are working together to help low income, elderly, and disabled residents paint the exterior of their home with the help of community sponsors, volunteers, and faith based organizations.
  • Support of Project Clean Neighborhoods: A Keep McAllen Beautiful project that empowers residents in a given neighborhood to clean up their property and dispose of any debris or litter with roll-off dumpsters provided free of charge by the City of McAllen’s Public Works Department. “Collaboration has been a winning formula in beautifying the City of McAllen,” said Chris Lash, Program Coordinator for Keep McAllen Beautiful.

Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference, KAB’s premier educational and networking event, brings together KAB’s national network of state and local affiliate directors, business leaders, policymakers and other national experts who focus on framing new ideas and strategies to build and sustain vibrant communities.

About Keep McAllen Beautiful:
Keep McAllen Beautiful, Inc. is an educational, non-profit organization that develops and expands the awareness of McAllen’s citizens and visitors about littering and proper waste disposal, and promotes the preservation of McAllen’s natural beauty.

About Keep America Beautiful:
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private
partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn how you can donate and take action, visit kab.org, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

To Contact Keep McAllen Beautiful: (956) 681-4562
To Contact Project Imagine Tomorrow: (956) 681-1900

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Hawk Watch at Bentsen-RGV State Park & World Birding Center!

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Everyone is invited to join Park Naturalists and volunteers as they spot and count thousands of migrating raptors during our annual Hawk Watch.  

The spring Hawk Watch season begins March 1 at Bentsen RGV State Park and there is an opportunity for the public to learn more about birds of prey and to join our hawk counters through April, as part of this important citizen science program.   

Birds of prey are important indicators of the overall health of our environment.  Bentsen’s annual spring and fall Hawk Watch seasons contribute to HawkCount, a long-term study that monitors raptor population trends and is the world’s largest standardized raptor migration count network.  HawkCount is a project of Hawk Migration Association of North America/HMANA (www.hawkcount.org).

Ride our Park Tram and meet us at the Hawk Tower this spring every day from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Please remember to bring your binoculars, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water. Park admission is required. 

For folks interested in becoming a volunteer at Bentsen’s Hawk Watch, a Volunteer Training Day will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 1 to 4 p.m.  This will be a classroom focus on field identification of raptors in flight.

To register for Hawk Watch Training Day or for more information contact Roy J. Rodriguez, Park Interpreter or Melissa Chadwick, Natural Resources Specialist at Bentsen-RGV State Park and World Birding Center, 2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission, (956) 584-9156. 

Pic: BWHA Caption:  A common migrant hawk in spring, Broad-winged
Hawk (Buteo platypterus) is the most frequently counted raptor during Hawk
Watch.  Credit: Bill Supulski 

Pic: SWHA Caption: In the spring, Swainson’s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) return from their Argentine winter grounds - one of the longest migrations of any North American raptor. Credit: Bill Supulski 

McAllen Nature Center Offers FREE Yoga, Nature Sketching and More

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The McAllen Nature Center has added programs in addition to their continuous weekly programs. Two Yoga for Resilience classes, offered by instructor Jackelin Trevino, will be held on Saturday, February 21st from 11 am to noon and Sunday, February 22nd from 10 am to 11 am. Yoga for Resilience is a yoga program designed to provide any person with the benefits of yoga practice. Yoga has immense benefits beyond the mat- intentional breathing relieves stress and tension within the body and mind while the physical movement increases circulation and range of motion in a gentle and gradual way. Bring a yoga or exercise mat, and water. The sessions are suitable for ages 15 and up and will be cancelled in the event of rain or temperatures under 60 degrees.

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Nature: Sketching courses taught by artist Victoria Gregory will be offered on Saturday, February 21st and Saturday, March 21st from 10 am until noon. Learn how to begin sketching nature! Bring your own pencil, paper, and clip board if possible. This session is suitable for ages 10 and up and will be cancelled in the event of rain.

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Continuing, McAllen Nature Center programs include Bird & Nature Walks every Wednesday
at 8:30, and Tai Chi every Saturday morning from 9 am to 10 am, weather permitting. Family programs on various nature topics occur on the fourth Saturday of every month. The next program, titled Winged Wonders, will explore all things with wings, and be held on February 28th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

McAllen Nature Center is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 am until noon. It is located
at 4101 W Business 83, between Bentsen Road and Ware Road. The Center features one half mile of ADA accessible trails which meander through native habitat. The park provides great opportunities to look for birds and butterflies, or simply enjoy a walk in nature. Park admission and programs are free of charge. For more information on the McAllen Nature Center, contact the City of McAllen Parks & Recreation at (956) 681-3333.

PHOTO CAPTION: Free programs at the McAllen Nature Center include Yoga, Tai Chi, Nature Sketching, Bird & Nature Walks and more!

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)

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

McAllen Natrure Park Now Open Most Days

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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
Website

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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