While social distancing is still being practiced in many activities, several of our local festivals have had to change the way they do things this year. Some have been cancelled and have next years dates on their website – so please look for those and prepare for next year.
The Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival has gone to a Virtual Birding Festival this year. While full details are not on the website yet, the event will be held November 11 through 13. They will be having virtual field trips, live bird banding, workshops, interactive games, and other social distancing activities. Keep updated with their website at www.rgvbf.org or look for them on Facebook.
The Texas Butterfly Festival has been cancelled this year, but they will be having some small tours. Daily tours are being scheduled from now through November 7. Reservations are required because there is a set limit on how many people can participate. Face masks will be required. Social distancing will be observed.
Destinations will be limited to Hidalgo, Cameron and Starr Counties. Personal transportation required; their guides will not be doing ridesharing. Public and private properties that are usually only seen and visited during the festival will be included in the tours. Book your guided tour with them and they will take you to some of the local hot spots. Call Luciano at (956) 583-5400 or email him at Luciano@NationalButterflyCenter.org for more information or to reserve your spot. Tours will be $100 per person, per day.
Check out the Texas Butterfly Festival on Facebook to see entries in the North American Butterfly Photo Contest - www.facebook.com/TexasButterflyFestival .
We invite you to look for the other popular festivals in the area and see what they are doing this year.