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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

What the Rio Grande Needs

The Rio Grande. It flows through the valley's back yard and allowed settlements to flourish here, and yet, most of us don't know a whole lot about it. The river begins in Colorado at 12, 000 feet above sea level and empties into the Gulf of Mexico almost 2, 000 miles later. This natural source of water shared by two countries continues to impact many of us physically, emotionally, and politically. Join Quinta Mazatlan on Thursday, September 29, at 6 pm for a presentation by special guest Colin McDonald about the fifth largest river in the United States that carries many names.

As a reporter Colin McDonald spent seven months following the Rio Grande from source to sea by foot and small boat to understand how the changes to the disappearing river are impacting the people and places that depend on and are defined by it. Now as a policy analyst, he is working on ways to bring it back.

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

2016 Speaker Schedule:

  • September 29- What the Rio Grande River Needs: Colin McDonald, The Texas Tribune
  • October 6- Wardens and Wildlife: Harry Rakosky, TPWD Game Warden
  • October 13- Cooking with Natives: Benito and Toni Trevino
  • October 20- Welcome to Subirdia: Dr. John Marzluff, University of Washington
  • October 27- Snowy Owls- Spectacular Nomads of the Far North: Denver Holt, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours
  • November 3- Special Nature Presentation
  • November 10- The Presentation & Future of Sustainable Agriculture in Cuba: Dr. Alex Racelis UTRGV
  • November 17- Secretive Animals of the LRGV: Tony Henehan, TPWD Wildlife Biologist
  • December 1- "Hummingbirds Vol. 1" Book Release, Seth Patterson, Gorgas Science Foundation
  • December 8- Christmas Concert
  • December 15- Environment, Art, & Economy Interdependence in Mexico: Rachel Brown, South Texas College
  • December 22- Palomas de Valle with Rumbo al Anacua
  • December 29- Urban Birds- John Brush, UTRGV

    Explore nature Thursday evenings with great speakers talking about everything from birds and butterflies to culture and art of the Rio Grande Valley.

    The educational series is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Thurmond Eye Associates.

    Regular Schedule & Fees
    Date: Thursday Evenings (October through April)
    Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Fee: $3.00 Per Person
    FREE with Membership

    Contact Us
    Quinta Mazatlan

    600 Sunset Drive
    McAllen, TX 78504

    (956) 681-3370

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