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 time-lapse video of today's planting day for the National Butterfly Center's new 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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy Valentine's Day from the National Butterfly Center!
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!!