Monday, August 19, 2019
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Welcome to Wild by Nature. My name is Luciano Guerra and this is my weekly nature and wildlife column. As a photographer and a life-long Valley resident, I have been observing and photographing the Rio Grande Valley’s amazing diversity of wildlife for as long as I can remember. From the tiniest and most delicate of the Valley’s butterflies to alligators large enough to kill a man, I have seen most and photographed many of the different species of wildlife that we here in deep south Texas are so fortunate to have all around us.

Over the years I have developed a passion for observing and photographing the unique, and all too often elusive, wildlife that inhabits the Rio Grande Valley. In the weeks and months to come, I will be using this column to share this passion with those interested in learning more about the birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that inhabit the South Texas thorn scrub as well as nature centers, backyards, parks, and other places in the Rio Grande Valley.

I will be doing this in several different ways. For example, in each column I will be focusing on a different type or species of wildlife found here in the Rio Grande Valley and I will be sharing interesting facts about each of them. I will also include a photo I have taken of that particular species of wildlife and I will include a photographic tip intended to help those of you that enjoy photographing nature take better photos.

I will also be using this column to share information on nature-related activities and events that will be taking place across the Rio Grande Valley, but especially at nature centers, state parks and national wildlife refuges. These include events such as the National Butterfly Center’s Texas Butterfly Festival and the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. Activities will include nature walks, outdoor yoga classes and other nature activities, many of which are offered for a minimal entry fee or for free.

In addition, I will use this column to share locations across the Valley where seldom seen or even rare species of wildlife have been observed. By doing so, it is my hope that those of you interested in seeing a rare or unusual species of bird, butterfly or other form of wildlife will have a better chance of observing one firsthand. And for those of you that keep a birding life list, this will increase your chances of adding one or more lifers to your list.

So, whether you’re like me and you have a passion for all things wild, or you are simply looking for a nature-related activity to do each weekend, I hope that you will make it a habit to read this column weekly. I will strive to make it interesting, informative and entertaining enough for you to want to do just that. And if I can help you to appreciate the unique and amazing diversity of wildlife that inhabits deep South Texas just a little bit more, I will have succeeded in helping to keep the Rio Grande Valley wild by nature.

Upcoming Nature Events

Nature related events and activities coming up this month include:

• Estero Llano Grande State Park 11th Annual Spooky Science Fest, Butterfly Walk, Fri., Oct. 19, 1:30 pm and Sat., Oct. 20, 6-10 pm. Located at 3301 S. International Blvd. (FM 1015), Weslaco, 956-565-3919.
• National Butterfly Center Haunted Trails (on Military Rd between Inspiration and Bentsen Palm Rd., Mission) Fri. and Sat., Oct. 26-27, 8 pm-12 am., 956-583-5400.
• Resaca de la Palma State Park Haunted Trails (1000 New Carmen Ave., Brownsville), Sat., Oct. 27, 6-11 pm, Bike and Bird, Thurs., Oct. 25, 8:30 am, Scat Attack, Sun., Oct. 21, 2:30 pm, and Intro to Birding, Thurs., Oct. 18, 10 am., 956-350-2920.
• South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center Winged Gala, Fri., Oct. 26, 6:30-9 pm. Located at 6801 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island., 956-761-6801
• McAllen Nature Center Native Plant Tour, Mon., Oct. 22 and 29, 6 pm, Sunset Yoga in the Park, every Mon., Wed. and Fri., 6-7 pm, and Bird and Nature Walk, Wed., Oct. 24 and 31, 8:30-9:30 am. Located at 4101 W. Business 83, McAllen, 956-681-3333.
• Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center’s Spectacular Saturdays, Sat., Oct. 27, 8 am. Located at 714 Raul Longoria Rd., Edinburg, 956-381-9922.

For more information on these and other events and activities taking place this month, contact the nature center hosting them.

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