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Texas Master Naturalist graduate new members

STBC Elizabeth Eddy Sandra Trevino Photo by Mary HroscikoskiPHARR, TEXAS–The South Texas Border Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists honored 55 graduates at their first in-person ceremony since 2020. The new chapter members included 24 members who completed the program in 2020, 13 from the 2021 class and this year’s 18 new members.

Texas Master Naturalists are volunteers; they are ordinary citizens from all walks of life. Locally, many are young adults who have jobs and careers, college students, retired members of the community and Winter Texans. Their desires are to learn about the local habitat and to help preserve the native vegetation of the Rio Grande Valley and the wildlife that depends on it.

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Thank you for all that you do

20220330 Thanks Food 2019This season is ending, and I hate to see it go. We always enjoy your time with us, and our time with you, and we sure are going to miss it while you are gone.

After a couple of years with a slow down of activities and not much to attend, we were so thankful to get out this year. We wish we could have attended more events, because there was just so much to do. We were so happy to see parks reopening and letting people in this season. It was nice to see things as they should be at most places. After all, the warmness of the parks and the community are what brings us all together.

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MOSTH presents a garden tour

20220330 MOSTH Manuel SabinoThe Museum of South Texas History (MOSTH) will host the Sunday Speaker Series presentation, “Preserving Culture with Native Plants,” featuring Manuel Sabino, grounds and landscaping manager, at 2 p.m. on April 3.
The presentation and tour will highlight native plants in Will Looney Legacy Park and throughout the museum grounds. Guests will see plants firsthand and learn their names, regional history and common herbal and medicinal uses.

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Quinta Mazatlán presents Fish Ecology with Dr. Taylor

20220323 Quinta taylor and indigoDive deeper into the fish ecology of South Texas. Fish play an important role in recycling nutrients back into their environment and are essential for the survival and overall health of aquatic ecosystems. Join us March 24th at 6 p.m. for a special presentation focusing on “A century of change to the fish assemblages and flow regime in the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo with Dr. Chris Taylor.

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Harlingen Flower Show March 26-27

“2022: Visions of Beauty” is the theme of the annual Harlingen Flower Show, 1 to 4:30 p.m., March 26 and 27, at Harlingen Cultural Arts Center. It is sponsored by Harnito Garden Club, Texas Garden Clubs, Inc.

Garden club members will showcase their floral designs and artistic crafts. Horticulture grown by members will be displayed in the center’s large gallery.

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What is a Winter Texan?

By Theresa Grant (originally published March 11, 1988)

20220316 WINTERTEXANS Noah and Grace YoungEditor’s Note: If you are asking yourself what is a Winter Texan? – this edition is for you. As we were going through our back issues, we found this lovely piece from our first season of the Winter Texan Times. We thought what better way to tell what a Winter Texan is than to let 11-year-old Theresa tell you from her point of view. Before I turn it over to Theresa, if I am not the first, let me be the next to invite you to the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) to discover this hidden gem for yourself.

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The weather keeps bringing them back

20220316 WARM SPI SPI Convention Center CAB 5625Time and again, Winter Texans list friendliness as big a reason to live here. Not only does that include their neighbors in the park or other parks, but also the people in the community who are happy to have Winter Texans because they appreciate the economic and other benefits they bring to the Valley.

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You can find nature and more at Valley birding and nature centers

By Herb Moering

20220316 NATURE Frontera DSC 1179Bird watchers have many opportunities to follow their hobby, including the World Birding Center (WBC) network of nine different sites set along a 120-mile historic trail in the Rio Grande Valley. It is a $20 million development based on a partnership between the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Rio Grande Valley communities.

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Winter Texans feel safe in the Rio Grande Valley

20220316 SAFE Progreso Winter Tourist Appreciation Day HMoering 0431For decades, the Rio Grande Valley of Texas has been a favorite destination for retirees from the Midwest and Canada looking to head south for the winter to escape the snow, ice and cold, harsh weather. In addition to the warm, semi-tropical climate here in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), Winter Texans frequently tell us they enjoy the friendly people here, the many activities available to enjoy in the mobile home and RV parks and resorts, and the camaraderie with other Winter Texans who spend three to six months in South Texas each winter.

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Get more for your dollar in the Valley

20220316 CHEAP Don Wes Flea Market KO 0699As a younger generation move to the Valley, it seems they are more frugal when it comes to where they go. They want to have a great time, but they don't want to spend the money they've saved and earned to go just toward living expenses. They want to live it up – from dances and shows to trips to South Padre Island and Nuevo Progreso, Mexico and, of course all the free events that take place on a daily occurrence at the RV resorts.

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Canada steps up to the plate in annual USA vs Canada game

20220316 SOFTBALL IMG 5998A friendly game of softball doesn’t mean there’s no pride or competitive spirits milling about.

That was the case last week as Canada defeated the U.S. 9-3 in the annual Winter Texan Softball Can-Am game at Westside Park in McAllen. The annual event, which usually has two games, a B Division and an A Division, was cut short following the B Division game due to a non-stop light rain that officials said made the field too wet and dangerous to play on.

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