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Nature Speaker Series


Hurricane Beulah, Then and Now- Is the Rio Grande Valley ready in 2017

Special guest Barry Goldsmith, meteorologist at the National Weather Service, will visit the center to talk about Hurricane Beulah in 1967, and what impacts might be to the Rio Grande Valley should a cyclone similar or worse than Beulah strike 50 years later. Changes in potential impacts from rainfall flooding, wind, and storm surge reflect changes in population, building stock, and land use, among others.

Join us at Quinta Mazatlan on Thursday, September 21st at 6 pm for a presentation on Hurricane Beulah: Then (1967) and Now (2017) on this 50th Anniversary. Barry Goldsmith has spent more than years in the National Weather Service, holding a variety of jobs including National Verification Specialist, General and Senior Forecaster, and Warning Coordination Meteorologist. During this time, he has watched the explosion of technology change the way weather information is provided and communicated to the public. He believes we have reached a point where end users have the ability to pull information that suits their needs and looks forward to being a leader of the movement to bring federal weather services forward during the next decade.

The Nature Speaker Series takes place on Thursday evenings through May 2018 and is proudly sponsored by Thurmond Eye Associates. The program fee is $3 per person and no advance reservation is required. Quinta Mazatlan is located on 600 Sunset Dr. in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall on 10th Street. For more information, contact Quinta Mazatlan at (956) 681-3370 or visit

Schedule & Fees

Thursdays September- April


6:00- 7:00 pm


$3 per person

Fall 2017 Schedule:
  • September 21st- Hurricane Beulah- Then and Now, Is the Rio Grande Valley Ready In 2017?, Barry Goldsmith
  • September 28th- Skins and Skulls, Elisa Velador
  • October 5th- Landscaping with South Texas Native Plants, Mike Heep
  • October 12th- Birds of the Rio Grande Valley, Tony Henehan
  • October 19th- Bring Nature Home, Douglas Tallamy
  • October 26th- Cooking with Natives, Taste a Walk through History, Benito and Toni Trevino
  • November 2nd- Mexican Folk Art, Rachel Brown
  • November 9th- Staying Safe in the African Bee Zone, Luis Slayton
  • November 16th- Birding Trails Texas-Gulf Coast, Jim Foster
  • November 23rd- Thanksgiving Closed
  • November 30th- Monza Chocolatier, Denise Gonzalez
  • December 7th- Concert in the Park
  • December 14th- Butterflies, John Yochum
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Quinta Mazatlan

600 Sunset Drive
McAllen, TX 78504

(956) 681-3370

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