Click to see how many people are online

Nature Speaker Series

Join us for our weekly nature speaker series, and explore nature through the insight of expert speakers. Topics range from native birds and butterflies to local culture and art. The educational series is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Thurmond Eye Associates.

Schedule & Fees
Date: Thursdays, September through April
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm

$3.00 Per Person

Parrots of the RGV

Ever caught a glimpse of red and green flying through the air? It could have been a Red-crown Parrot! This loud, colorful species of bird can only be found in the United States in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Please join us on Thursday, January 26th at 6 pm for an informative discussion on parrots featuring special guest, Caleb Arellano.

Caleb Arellano grew up exploring the prairies and forests of rural Illinois. These experiences helped develop his interests in conserving wildlife and their habitats, and he has worked on several projects focusing on human impacts on local governments. He is now a masters student at UTRGV in the avian ecology lab under Dr. Karl Berg and is currently working with the Red-crowned Parrots Project to raise awareness and document roosts, nests, and foraging behavior by Red-crowned parrots.

The Nature Speaker Series takes place on Thursday evenings through May 2017 and is proudly sponsored by Thurmond Eye Associated. The program fee is $3.00 per person and no advance reservations is required. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset Drive in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall on 10th Street. For more information contact Quinta Mazatlan at (956) 681-3370 or visit

2017 Speaker Schedule:

  • January 26- Parrots of the RGV, Caleb Arellano, UTRGV Grad Student
  • February 2- Explore Texas: A Nature Travel Guide, Jeff & Mary O. Paker
  • February 9- We Love Our Valley, artist Laura Mangelschots
  • February 16- Best of South Texas Wildlife, Film-maker Richard Moore
  • February 23- 1960s Starr County Melon Strike, Daniel Blue Tyx
  • March 2- How Valley Weather Affects Wildlife, Barry Goldsmith, NOAA Meteorologist
  • March 9- Positive Vibes- A Texas Big Year, David Sarkozi
  • March 16- Special Wildlife Presentation, Tony Henehan, TPWD Wildlife Biologist
  • March 23- Meet Your Neighbours, Seth Patterson, Gorgas Science Foundation
  • April 6- Ocelots of South Texas: Conservation Threats & Recovery Strategies, Hilary Swarts, Ph.D., USFWS Wildlife Biologist
  • April 13- Why Band Birds?, Mark Conway
  • April 20- Rendezvous with RGV Reptiles, Edwin Quintero, TPWD
  • April 27- The History of Quinta Mazatlan, Victor De Leon

    Contact Us
    Quinta Mazatlan

    600 Sunset Drive
    McAllen, TX 78504

    (956) 681-3370

    Send us an Email