Join us in celebrating the beautiful ocelot of the Rio Grande Valley at Ocelot Conservation Day! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and the Gladys Porter Zoo are hosting a special day to highlight ocelots, the small, wild cats native to South Texas. There will be a variety of fun ocelot related activities for families to enjoy.
On the main stage we will have performances by Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist, followed by an ocelot from the Cincinnati Zoo’s Cat Ambassador Program. Plus, mention ocelot at the admission gate and get a 20% discount off an adult or child admission. The event is free with regular paid admission or Zoo membership.
What: Ocelot Consercation Day
When: Satruday, March 8, 2014
Where: Gladys Porter Zoo-500 Ringgold Street Brownsville, TX 78520
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
The Friends of the Laguna Wildlife Refuge and Gladys Porter Zoo invite you to join them at the Ocelot Soiree, an intimate evening with an ocelot, on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Gladys Porter Zoo. Soiree attendees will enjoy fine wine and hor d’ oevres fit for an ocelot’s pallet, world music by Adrian Foncerrada and a private show by Sihil, Cincinnati Zoo’s ocelot. As well as, an ocelot inspired auction, amazing photographs of five wild cats in Tamaulipas and ocelot update by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist.
Proceeds from the Ocelot Soiree will help the Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, raise money for education and conservation efforts to ensure the long-term survival of ocelots in the Rio Grande Valley. For ticket information, call Paul Cardile, Friends of the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge at (956) 748-3607 or (956) 832-3905, credit card payments only.
Te gustaria ser parte de la historia de McAllen? Esta es tu oportunidad! Folletos, Posters, Camisetas….. Y tu firma en todos ellos. Date prisa porque el tiempo se acaba!
Buckets of Fun! Make LOVE HEARTS, with Nature!
Thursday February 13, 2014
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
600 Sunset Dr.
McAllen Texas USA
A different animal "host" will introduce a new element of nature each week, using a simple bucket, a song, and a forest full of wonders!
Ages: Born in the last 5 years
Dates: Thursdays (January- April)
Time: 9:30 am- 10:30am
Fee: $2 per child, $3 per adult No reservation required.
Would you like to be a part of McAllen History? Here's your chance! Flyers, Posters, T-Shirts...OH MY! And your signature will be all over them. Hurry because time is running out!
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How often have you heard someone say “I remember when this was just fields and now it’s another hotel or strip mall?” New and ongoing construction is a good indicator of a healthy economy, but what does urbanization truly mean for our environment? What has it eliminated or how has it altered the natural world?
Merriam – Webster Dictionary defines ecology as a science that deals with the relationships between groups of living things and their environments. So how well do you know what urbanization has done to our neck of the woods? Would it surprise you that only 5% of the natural vegetation exists in the Rio Grande Valley. Much attention has been focused to these remaining areas for conversation of our region’s rich biodiversity.
On January 30th, Dr. Alex Racelis will visit Quinta Mazatlan to present his most recent research, entitled “Ecological Restoration in 95% of the RGV.” Dr. Racelis is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Texas at Pan American. His areas of interest are agroecology, urban ecology and natural resources management. His research was conducted in his Urban and Agroecology laboratory at the University of Texas at Pan American. He will be speaking on how agriculture, urban development, invasive species, and resource management affect certain ecological processes in light of pressing social and environment issues in south Texas (i.e. climate change, food and water security, sustainable development, and social justice).
While new construction and developments are good signs of growth, let us learn about the consequences of growth on our natural world. Take the first step towards sustainable growth for as the Lorax says, “We speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”
Thursday January 30th, 2014 6:00-7:00 PM at Quinta Mazatlan
$3.00 Adults,$2.00 Seniors (65+)
FREE with Membership
Únete a la Ciudad de McAllen para celebrar el ¨Día del Árbol¨, el 25 de enero de 2014, de las 07 a.m. a las 10 a.m. en el Parque Municipal de McAllen, ubicado en el 1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd.
Este evento contará con una mañana llena de actividades para la familia, como la Carrera de Diversion para la Familia y la Caminata Educativa del Arbol. Les damos la bienvenida a los ciclistas que deseen participar en un tour en bicicleta en una carrera competitiva o no competitiva durante las primeras horas del evento.
Caminar. Correr. Competir. Tour. Vamos a mostrar su ayuda para el medio ambiente
e inspirar a otros residentes locales para plantar, cultivar y celebrar árboles.
Los horarios del evento son:
Tour en Bicicleta 7:15 am
Carrera 5 K. 7:30 am
Carrera 10 K.- 7:30 am
Carrera de Ciclistas: 8:30 am
Carrera de Diversion Familiar.- 10:00 am
Los primeros 300 participantes que se registrem recibirán una camiseta gratis.
Para más información: http://keepmcallenbeautiful.org/arbor-day-challenge
There is a great thoughtful insight about the environment as follows:
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
The author is unknown! Some say it is a Native American Proverb. The saying has been used by many leaders in the environmental movement and encapsulates the wisdom of previous centuries.
This is Bob Simpson’s favorite saying! Bob Simpson has just been recognized as the 2014 Conservation Hero in the Rio Grande Valley by the Advisory Board at Quinta Mazatlan. Mr. Simpson will be honored at the annual celebratory fundraiser, Moon over Mazatlan, on the evening of March 20th, with tickets available at 956-681-3370. Bob is an exceptional conservationist working with many organizations to preserve and enhance our remaining native habitat. A partner in the firm of Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects, Bob’s leadership has benefited many organizations including Quinta Mazatlan, Valley Land Fund, First Presbyterian Church, Museum of South Texas History, McAllen South Rotary, Coastal Conservation Association of Texas, McAllen Chamber of Commerce and more. Bob is such a humble and quiet giver, and tirelessly gives to so many.
At Quinta Mazatlan, Bob is helping to design “Ebony Grove” on a four acre tract of land. With the support of community individuals and businesses, their plans include the reforestation of the land, palapas, a wildlife pond, trails and interpretive signage. This year’s Moon over Mazatlan fundraiser will go towards the creation of a large wildlife pond at Ebony Grove.
The wisdom of the saying is so evident today. Not only have we borrowed the land from our children, but we are also giving them little opportunity to enjoy it. Sadly in the last two decades, children have moved indoors. The average child spends as few as 30 minutes outdoors each day, and more than seven hours indoors each day in front of some size electronic screen. Our children are missing something essential to their health, development, happiness and heritage: their connection to the natural world.
What our Valley Conservation Heroes have in common, like Bob Simpson (2014) and Jane Kittleman (2013), is that they enjoy outdoor hobbies such as bird watching, wildlife photography, fishing and more. They love the great outdoors and thus work to protect and enhance it. If you have the privilege of knowing Bob and Jane, one can say nature makes one nicer, enhances social interactions, value for the community and creates close relationships.
Quinta Mazatlan works to enrich people’s lives by sharing knowledge about birds, plants and stewardship of South Texas. Colleen Hook, Manager at Quinta Mazatlan, shared that the nature center recently calculated how many hours children spent in outdoor programs at Quinta Mazatlan. Colleen said over 6,200 kids participated in outdoor science driven programs—which is over 20,000 hours of kids-in-nature for the year! Quinta Mazatlan’s goal is to continue to grow the number of Kids-In-Nature Hours!
Hook shared that investing in creating natural parks for children and adults to enjoy is important! She goes on to state, “It is our responsibility to return the land better than we found it, as well as teach the next generation the value of the land and the experiences it provides”! The time to act is now!
Via: Quinta Mazatlan Press Release
Is there any better place to immerse oneself into birds than the Rio Grande Valley, one of the most bird-rich places in the country? Birds here run the gamut of colors- from brown, black and white, to red, orange, yellow, green, blue and (almost) purple! Join Tiffany Kersten, expert birder and amateur photographer, on a photographic presentation of the birds that call the Rio Grande Valley home for all or part of the year.
Well over half of all bird species in the country can be found in the Rio Grande Valley, during one or more seasons! Different sites (and sights!) will be covered as we "travel" the Valley from East to West, from the Laguna Madre all the way up to Roma Bluffs,hitting all of the best birding spots and exploring the different species of birds that can be seen at the various locations. Some birds are only seen in one or two spots in the whole Valley!
Tiffany Kersten, Education Supervisor at Quinta Mazatlan, has been birding since age 12. She grew up in Wisconsin, earning a B.S. in natural resources from Northland College.In her seasonal work she has surveyed songbirds and raptors for the U.S. Forest Service, censused waterfowl and marsh birds for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, ran programs for New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, monitored nesting shorebirds for Massachusetts Audubon Society, banded honeycreepers in Hawaii and seabirds in Maine. She is a member of the Leica Sport Optics Prostaff team, has assisted with teaching American Birding Association youth camps,and is a tour leader for the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
Come experience a fun and modern take on a birding in the Rio Grande Valley on January 23rd with a delightful tour guide that is bound to capture your attention from start to finish.
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Come join McAllen this Saturday as we celebrate Arbor Day!!
January 25, 2014
McAllen Municipal Park, 1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd.
Run, Race, Tour
For more information please visit www.keepmcallenbeautiful.org or call 956-681-4562
Free Tree Saplings for the first 150 registered and T-Shirts to the first 300 registered!
Bike Tour: 7:15 am
5k/10k: 7:30 am
Bike Race: 8:30 am
Family Walk: 10:00 am
For registration information click the link below: