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Tue - Scattered Thunderstorms. High: 91 Low: 77
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Celebrate Hummingbird Days at Quinta Mazatlan

20140829 HummingbirdCelebrate National Hummingbird Day from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Quinta Mazatlan on Saturday, Sept. 6, with keynote presentations on hummingbirds, designing gardens, hummingbird photography tips, art exhibit, native plant sale, special gift store items and more.

Quinta Mazatlan will kick-off the morning with keynote speaker, Rene Valdez, coming from Monterrey Mexico. Valdez will talk about hummingbirds of the Rio Grande Valley and Mexico. He will be followed by a program by horticulturist Ouina Rutledge, “Designing a Hummingbird Garden.” Mike Heep, owner of Heep’s Native Plant Nursery, will bring an array of great native plants for hummingbirds, along with his expertise on how to care for the plants. The program will be followed by a short walk to view the Hummingbird Garden at Quinta Mazatlan to get ideas to take home.

The Texas Nature & Environmental Photographers (TexNEP) booth with offer hummingbird prints for sale along with hummingbird photography. Vendors will be selling everything for hummingbird shopping, including feeders, ant traps, cleaning brushes, books, jewelry and more.

Read more: Celebrate Hummingbird Days at Quinta Mazatlan

 

2014 Hawk Watch begins next month

20140822 HawkJoin Bentsen State Park naturalists and volunteers as they spot and count thousands of migrating raptors during the annual Hawk Watch. It takes place at the Hawk Tower, Thursdays through Sundays in September and every day in October from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. both months.

Birds of prey are indicators of environmental well-being and Bentsen’s annual Hawk Watch program contributes to HawkCount – a long-term study monitoring raptor population trends and the largest standardized raptor migration count network in the world. HawkCount is a project of Hawk Migration Association of North America.

Participation offers an opportunity to learn more about the migration and field identification of birds of prey. Novice and beginning hawk watchers can practice their raptor identification skills with the help of naturalists on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hawk Tower.

Read more: 2014 Hawk Watch begins next month

   

Bentsen-RGV Sate Park celebrates bats

20140815 Mexican-Free-Tailed-BatCome out after dark and celebrate bats at Bentsen-RGV State Park on Saturday, Aug. 23, as park naturalists take park guests on a guided walk to look and listen for nocturnal wildlife during the Creatures of the Night excursion. From 8 to 10 p.m., they will seek to shatter myths and misconceptions of the often misunderstood nocturnal creatures, such as the Mexican free-tailed bat (shown), while explaining their habits and the role they play in the natural ecosystem as pollinators and seed dispersers. Participants should bring drinking water, insect repellent and a camera. Advance reservations are needed. Call 584-9156 to reserve a spot. The park is located at the southernmost end of Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission.

   

‘Night at the Museum’ spotlights 20th century

20140801 MOSTHistory-SNATM14-Night-3EDINBURG – The Museum of South Texas History (MOSTH) completes its fourth annual Summer Nights at the Museum at 7 p.m. on Aug. 7. The adventure takes place at the River Crossroads section of the signature exhibition, Rio Grande Legacy. The spotlight will shine on 20th century history.

To enhance the experience, all adventurers are invited to dress in their favorite 20th century costume. The night will conclude with a prize drawing for the evening’s winning game card. The summer’s grand prize of a family five-pack of movie passes, refillable cups and popcorn tub will be awarded.

The event kicks off promptly at 7 p.m. with a puppet show tied to 20th century history. Adventurers arrive on time to get their seats and treats before show time. Following the show, children will receive a game card to begin playing “Find Me if You Can.” This night’s game will be a quest to find the artifacts and images that inspired the puppet characters in the show, Chalmers the tractor, Lizzie the Model-T and Lionel the train, with a prize awarded at the end of the night for one completed game card. Events highlighted will include the Mexican Revolution, the introduction of the “Tin Lizzie,” World War II and postwar years.

Read more: ‘Night at the Museum’ spotlights 20th century

   

Robotics summer youth camp to be held in McAllen in July

20140711 Robotics-ReynosoNASA Engineer, Heriberto Reynoso, started building robots at a young age at home. The Brownsville native launched his way into working on robotic projects for NASA through programs involved with the exploration of Mars.

This summer, he is hosting his Robotics Summer Camp in McAllen for children ages 11-15. The five day camp is slated for July 14 -18 and comes with a price tag of $398.

Students will learn about mechanical and electrical engineering concepts, how to design in 3-D and build robots in a group environment. On the last day parents are invited to see the robots that were made and participate in activities.

Read more: Robotics summer youth camp to be held in McAllen in July

   

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