Love is in the Air at the National Butterfly Center
Wear your trail shoes and come out tomorrow to see what you can see. It's getting better by the day!! Here's a quick, unedited look at a Ruddy Daggerwing outside the Visitor's Pavilion.
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Sarab Seth
· November 12, 2017
Words can't express how much I enjoyed my first visit to the Center last week. Such an amazing butterfly garden, so many gorgeous butterflies. And such warm and welcoming people. Not just the outst...anding staff, but also the knowledgeable and enthusiastic butterfly lovers you find there every day. Everyone is so generous with their knowledge and their time. So patient with newbie questions, so indulgent about newbie enthusiasm. I love how every time a rare butterfly is seen somewhere in the Center, everyone immediately spreads the word. Even if you don't notice all the people who are surging to one spot, someone or the other will come up and tell you. The enthusiasm of the staff, for the butterflies and for the Butterfly Center, is positively infectious. I know I will be back again and again. See More
Stephanie Garza
· December 9, 2017
We went for our very first trip to visit Spike for his 15th birthday. We were absolutely delighted to see him (even though he was a bit cold and grumpy�) and loved to hear a bit of his history from th...e staff. The center is beautiful and well kept, and we will definitely return again soon. See More
Brenda Hernandez
· November 5, 2017
It's absolutely beautiful!! All the different butterflies you see and just the beauty of nature is amazing. My daughter enjoys seeing Spike 🐢. It's a beautiful place. I do recommend that you take Off ...and drinks to hydrate. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. See More
Denise Arsenault
· January 7, 2018
We totally enjoyed our visit here. Not the best time of year but we took our time and saw quite a few different butterflies and insects. We just took our time and waited and things appeared. Then on t...o see the birds. Beautifully different colored birds.People all set up with tripods to take the perfect picture. When all in bloom it must be a beautiful park to visit. See More
Lauren Nicole Lynes-Martinez
· November 6, 2017
We had such a whimsical experience at the National Butterfly Center in mission yesterday. Very reasonable admission ($13 for all 4.5 of us). The staff was so happy to greet us and give us great tips. ...Bring your cameras!! There are endless photo-ops. Such a beautiful sanctuary! See More
Fran Quintanilla
· November 4, 2017
Its must visit with the family walking the trails and enjoying all of the beauty the world has to offer .get away from all the stress and take a walk ...and don't forget your camera ..
Vanessa Neira Soto
· January 10, 2018
Every time we go to the Valley we make a stop at thr Butterfly Center. My son and nephew love to see Spike and walk around the trails looking for birds or butterflies. We always enjoy our time there.
Andrea Liendo Lewis
· July 6, 2017
The staff was amazing and the butterflies, birds and animals were everywhere. A must to take the kids. I will be going back with the family. The baby Texas Tortoise were so cute.
Nancy Crosby
· September 12, 2016
The National Butterfly Center offers such a variety of habitat for birds and butterflies that finding numerous species is a given on any day but it also offers the best chance for finding rare species... from Mexico! The staff is warm and makes you feel welcome. This is a very special place indeed. When the surrounding state parks and National Wildlife Refuges don't find the resources to water plants in the extreme heat of summer you can count on these guys to keep the pollinators coming with fresh flowers! Awesome place even in that extreme heat we experienced the first two weeks of August. We paced ourselves and took refuge in the air conditioned center, stayed hydrated and managed to find 20 'new' species including several rare ones. (This was our 5th annual visit to the National Butterfly Center) See More
Lorie Cooper
· January 27, 2017
We visited on a windy day in January and although it was fairly warm, there wasn't much butterfly activity - but, we got some beautiful photos of birds at the feeding station they have set up there. T...he gardens didn't have much to offer at this time of year either, however, it's easy to see that they are well cared for and would be gorgeous at another time. There were only a couple of others visiting when we were there so we weren't running into folks while trying to get that "perfect" shot. Overall we enjoyed it, but I'd recommend going on a calm, warm day to get the most from your visit. See More
Mayra Kirkendall-Rodriguez
· November 24, 2017
Spectacular. 200 species of butterflies, helpful staff, and easy trails to walk on. I highly recommend it.
Lilly Guerra
· March 4, 2017
Went on a class field trip March 2 with my daughter and we had an awesome time there. Alex and Stephanie, the guides were knowledgeable with the surroundings and explained everything well. All childr...en had an exciting adventure listening and observing ALL. They were especially mesmerized when it came time to hold and/or touch the tortoise and snakes. Pics, pics, pics and more pics; it was awesome. Thank guys for having this center for everyone. See More
Colleen Cunningham Wendell
· November 17, 2016
This is my favorite place to be. It is different each year and I have seen so many beautiful butterflies over the years. I love how the NBC welcomes and educates children. Luciano is so wonderful with... the kids. They all have worked so hard to make this place magical and special. Thanks to Marianna. Angie, Max, Luciano and Nester and those of you I don't know. See More
Cosmo Tamayo
· July 31, 2017
The National Butterfly Center is a jewel in the crown of our nation. They have excellent educational programs, are awesome with children and adults and are very patient. During the Spring and Fall m...igration the butterflies and birds they attract are unbeatable! See More
· October 16, 2017
I apologize to give you a one star. But just can't understand why your website block my country (Taiwan).
Emily Zamora
· July 8, 2017
My family and I just finished our nature adventure and it was so much fun! We saw tons of butterflies, a bunny, and the best of all... SPIKE! We truly had a blast and wanted to thank the employees we ...met for really making our trip a memorable one. We can't wait for our next visit! �� See More
Jose Lopez
· September 18, 2017
The young man that greeted us was nice professional and intelligent. Took an enjoyable hike and saw many butterflies.
Alfonso Mendoza
· May 12, 2017
Great place! We always have fun visiting here. The staff is great and knowledgeable and helpful. I definitely recommend this place. It is a local treasure.
Jody Hughes Hodges
· June 13, 2016
We love to go birding in the Rio Grande Valley and just "happened" upon the national Butterfly Center on one of our bird trips. What a lucky find! Now it is a 'must visit' each time we go to the RGV...! We recommend it to all our nature-loving friends. See More
Susan Rae Paulson
· November 16, 2016
One of my favorite places to be!!!!!!! The gardens are beautiful and provide a wonderful environment for all those magnificent butterflies to thrive in!!!!! And it is so nice to be able to ask questio...ns and get very helpful advice and help with creating my own little butterfly garden!!! I will definitely be back!!!!! See More

The Wall and the destruction of wildlife habitat in our conservation corridor will start at Santa Ana NWR and spread west to the National Butterfly Center. If you have never visited, get a glimpse here. If you care about wild things and wild places, PLEASE CALL Cornyn: DC 202-224-2934 or Dallas 972-239-1310 and Durbin: DC, 202-224-2152 or Chicago, 312-353-4952. Let them know YOU do NOT WANT A WALL! Call your representatives, too! #SpeakUpForTheSouthernBorder #Resist #NoWall Thank you, Krista Schlyer for your beautiful tribute in words and images.

A poem for Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, known as a Crown Jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge System. If any funding for a border wall is approved by Congress,…

A time-lapse video of today's planting day for the National Butterfly Center's new Southernmost Monarch Waystation.

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THANK YOU! To all of you, from Stephanie, and all of us at the National Butterfly Center!

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Posted by Stephanie Lopez
Stephanie Lopez was live — at National Butterfly Center.

Southernmost Monarch Waystation

Two great shots of a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak taken by member Peggy Rudman at around 11:30 this morning from our photo blind by the stream. Great find Peggy!!!

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A lucky catch at the National Butterfly Center today .... Rose-breasted Grosbeak! Saturday 2-24-18.

ALERT: The male Painted Bunting is still being seen in our back gardens. The male Rufous Hummingbird and the Eastern Bluebirds are being seen as well.

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WE NEED YOUR HELP, Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8:30 - 11:30 am, to plant MONARCH FOOD! Volunteer and join us in this habitat restoration planting for the Southernmost Monarch Waystation! You can have a hand in providing over 5,000 native milkweeds and nectar plants. No experience necessary.

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ALERT: The phones, internet and website are up and down at the National Butterfly Center, today. We are working to resolve these issues. Relief from the high winds should help resolve all of this. Thank you for your patience!

The TexNEP (Texas Nature and Environmental Photographers) group photographing the Painted Bunting this morning. It has made several appearances today.

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The TexNEP group and others photographing the male Painted Bunting this morning.

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A full house in our photo blind this morning with the TexNEP group here!

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It's feeding time at the National Butterfly Center! We feed our birds twice daily, usually around 8:30 am and 1:30 pm, so why not plan to be here at one or both of those times the next time you visit?

While there is bird activity in our bird feeding area throughout the day, there is much more of it during and shortly after we feed. Remember, we're open from 8 am - 5 pm seven days a week so come on out soon. You'll be glad you did.

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The male Painted Bunting, the male Rufous Hummingbird and the Eastern Bluebirds continue being seen on a daily basis in our gardens and along our stream. Also seen yesterday was a Nashville Warbler, several Savannah Sparrows and this Altamira Oriole that was perched atop a Wild Olive tree just outside the visitors' pavilion's back doors.

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A pair of Green Jays in our bird feeding area. This photo demonstrates extremely well what Luciano always stresses, the importance of capturing the catch light (reflection of the sun in the subject's eye) in your images. The catch light in the bird on the left's eye makes it easy to distinguish the bird's eye from the black feathers surrounding it, while the lack of a catch light in the bird on the right, makes its eye indistinguishable.

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Happy Valentine's Day from the National Butterfly Center!

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Please plan to join us! There is lots of good stuff happening here, and you can have a hand in it!

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If you have visited the National Butterfly Center, you may have seen German on the road. He is a resident of McAllen, and the first persom from the Rio Grande Valley to compete in the Winter Olympics. We wish him great success as he pursues his Olympic dreams!!

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David Munoz is with Mario A Marquez and 17 others.

Since last year when we were working on this I always told German he was going to make the Winter Olympic Team. "YOU ARE A WORLD CLASS ATHLETE" Lets come together to support German Madrazo on his journey as he races this Winter Olympics!