Palm Valley Animal Society (PVAS) is teaming up with NBC Universal Local and Telemundo 40 stations to find loving homes for pets in need through the Clear The Shelters pet adoption event. The event offers fee-waived adoptions for all available pets and runs from now through September 19, 2021. A $50 fully refundable deposit may be required if the pet is not spayed or neutered.
Since 2015, more than 250,000 pets of all types have been adopted through NBC and Telemundo Owned Stations’ “Clear the Shelters” nationwide pet adoption campaign.
Read more: PVAS waives pet adoption fees through September 19
The Museum of South Texas History will host an in-person Sunday Speaker Series presentation, “Mestizaje: Myth and Reality (or Novelas, Buddha comes to México, fajita tacos, and Selena),” featuring Gilberto Reyes Jr. at 2 p.m. on Sept. 5.
Read more: Sunday Speaker Series presentation on “mestizos” at MOSTH
For Hunger Action Month® this September, the Food Bank RGV will join Feeding America and other network member food banks to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of people facing the impossible choice of hunger. Food banks around the country are working to make an effective and lasting impact on food insecurity in their communities and they are asking for the public’s support.
Read more: Food Bank RGV Joins Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month Campaign
The Humane Society of Harlingen’s kennels are completely full. The busy season is upon us at HSH and every single kennel and cage is occupied. We need adopters and fosters right now!
The Humane Society of Harlingen is offering a free spay/neuter surgery for anyone able to foster a cat or dog for at least 2 weeks. Additionally, anyone adopting a pet from today until Friday, August 6th will receive free vaccines and medications for one year for that adopted pet at our monthly clinics.
Read more: Humane society of Harlingen at capacity
Written by Laura Muntean, TAMU
Pollinators serve a great purpose in the agriculture world. Without them, humans and animals would have little to no food at all.
Texas A&M AgriLife researcher Juliana Rangel, Ph.D., director of the Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab and associate professor of apiculture in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Entomology, explains the incredible impact that such typically small animals and insects play in the role of our food supply.
Read more: Save our pollinators, save our world
Gladys Porter Zoo staff are excited to introduce two new babies at the Zoo: a dromedary camel and a reticulated giraffe. Both babies made their debut on exhibit this week.
The healthy male giraffe was born to parents Priscilla and CJ on June 14, 2021. Now one month old, he joins another calf in the giraffe yard that was born just a few months ago.
Reticulated giraffes, like the ones at the Zoo, are listed as Endangered with an estimate of less than 10,000 remaining in the wild. Their numbers have decreased by 50% in the last three decades.
Read more: Gladys Porter Zoo Debuts Two New Babies
Learn about the world of birds and birdwatching, full of colorful birds with interesting lives. After a fun-filled introduction to the diversity of birds, we will focus on the tips and tricks to identifying birds. The Rio Grande Valley is one of the best regions in the country for birdwatching - all we need is to look outside!
Join John Brush, urban ecologist from Quinta Mazatlan, for a presentation on how to begin birdwatching! The class will be available on Saturday, July 31 from 2-3 p.m. at the McAllen Public Library (Main Library, meeting room A, 4001 N. 23rd St.)
Register here: https://mcallenlibrary.libnet.info/event/5268889 . For more information, contact Grace or Nicole at (956) 681-3060.
AUSTIN – The Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine’s Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt (GOSH) returns for another year of summer fun across Texas. Travel to various locations regionally or statewide, take a selfie and post it with the hashtag #GOSH2021. Discover history, wildlife, parks, waterways and quirky attractions — plus iconic Texas food stops as a “bonus” to enjoy along the way. The GOSH 2021 challenge ends at midnight on Labor Day, Sept. 6.
Select from six regions, including Dallas, Central Texas, Houston, Panhandle, South Texas and West Texas. Register on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine website or the TPWD Facebook Page, then find the spot, take a smiling selfie and tag it on Twitter or Instagram. Participants can also post and tag it on the TPWD Facebook Page with #GOSH2021. Partakers can visit locations regionally or statewide and complete one or all GOSH activities.
Read more: Join Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine’s Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be launching the long-awaited Monarch Butterfly conservation license plate on June 21 that will raise money to help conserve monarch butterflies and other native Texas, non-game, at-risk species.
“The monarch butterfly is a species that is beautiful and iconic in that it is one of nature’s great migration stories,” said John Davis, TPWD’s Wildlife Diversity Program Director. “This species migrates through Texas from Mexico in the spring making its way to the northern extremes of the U.S. and into Canada, then reverses that feat in the fall to overwinter in Mexico. This great migratory story is in jeopardy with the overwintering population experiencing steep declines in the last decade. By adding the monarch to our family of plates, we hope to increase support for this beautiful migration event and through our conservation efforts, brighten the future for this, and many other species.”
Read more: New Monarch Butterfly Conservation license plate available for Texas drivers
Harlingen, Texas – The Humane Society of Harlingen’s cat spaces are completely full. Yesterday, someone reached out to HSH looking for help rehoming 13 cats, as their living space was increasingly unsafe and unsustainable. HSH answered the call, and this morning HSH took in all 13 cats. HSH is asking the community to help us find foster or forever homes for our feline friends!
All adoption fees are completely waived. All adopted pets will go home up to date on vaccinations, dewormed, on preventatives for fleas/ticks/heartworms, microchipped and either already spayed/neutered, or with an appointment to spay/neuter at no cost to the adoptive family.
Read more: Humane Society of Harlingen At Capacity for Cats, Calling Community to Help
The South Texas College Library Art Gallery continues its monthly spring semester series, “Parallels”, with a traveling exhibit on the Civil War and its impact on the border region.
South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery and History department proudly presents UTRGV’s CHAPS traveling exhibit “War & Peace on the Rio Grande, 1861-1867” at STC’s Mid-Valley Library, which began on April 5, and will be on view until June 30. The Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco.
Author Marianne Monson is slated to speak on her book “Women of the Blue and Gray: True Civil War Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies,” on April 27 at 3 p.m., covering those diverse women who defied norms to participate in the war as abolitionists, teachers, and soldiers.
Read more: STC Library looks at history of the Rio Grande Valley in new Civil War exhibit