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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

Ocelots of South Texas

Have you ever seen an ocelot? Did you know they're endangered? Let's ask one of the RGV's leading wildlife biologist! Special guest Hilary Swarts will be at Quinta Mazatlan Thursday, April 6th at 6 pm to talk about her efforts in ocelot conservation. This informative discussion will shed light on conservation threats of the ocelots and recovery strategies to preserve the ocelot population. Join us on Thursday, April 6th at 6 pm, for a revealing discussion on the South Texas Ocelots.

Hilary Swarts is a wildlife biologist working at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. She attended Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., where she received her bachelor's degree in biological anthropology then went on to the University of California at Davis where she received her graduate degree and her Ph.D. in ecology, with an emphasis in conservation ecology. Her love for being outside and being around nature has helped her flourish in her career field. She is working with other biologists on ocelot conservation. Hilary Swarts is a widely sought lecturer, so don't miss you opportunity to hear her presentation!

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:

  • April 6- Ocelots of South Texas: Conservation Threats & Recovery Strategies, Hilary Swarts, Ph.D., USFWS Wildlife Biologist
  • April 13- History of Naturalist in the RGV, Javier De Leon, TPWD
  • April 20- Rendezvous with RGV Reptiles, Edwin Quintero, TPWD
  • April 27- The History of Quinta Mazatlan, Victor De Leon

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    Quinta Mazatlan

    600 Sunset Drive
    McAllen, TX 78504

    (956) 681-3370

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