(Mission, TX) The National Butterfly Center is hosting a Project WILD certification class Saturday, May 4, from 9AM – 3:30PM. This environmental education workshop, sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife, provides professional development and valuable resources for teachers and informal educators, with activities that may be integrated into the instruction of core academic subjects and adapted to all grade levels.
(Mission, TX) Costco Wholesale Corporation, the world's premier membership warehouse for business and personal shoppers, is creating change in our community by partnering with the National Butterfly Center to compost spoiled fruits and vegetables.
Although CostCo typically disposes of foods in this condition differently, the organization has agreed to donate plant products that are rotting or out-of-date, and unsuitable for human consumption, to the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. This flagship project of the North American Butterfly Association is cultivating 100 acres of gardens and wildscape along the Rio Grande River, as preserve habitat for butterflies, birds, and other species.
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October 8, 2012
(Mission, TX) The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) is pleased to announce award-winning photojournalist, Seth Patterson, will be our featured speaker Friday, October 26, 2012, at the Border Buttermilk Reception and Dinner al Fresco. Part of the 17th Annual Texas Butterfly Festival's schedule of events, this special program is open to everyone interested in preserving the rich biodiversity of the Rio Grande Valley.
(Mission, TX) The 'Stinky Leafwing' or Orion Cecropian, as it is properly named, was photographed at the National Butterfly Center, in Mission, Texas, on Sunday, September 10, 2012. This is only the fourth documented sighting of this species in the United States—and the second occurrence at the Center.
This tropical butterfly is a strong and solitary flier, with a large wingspan of approximately 11 centimeters. Common to the West Indies, South & Central America, the Orion Cecropian prefers forested habitats such as the deciduous woodlands of Costa Rica, the rainforests of the Amazonian jungle, and the cloud forests near the base of the Andes Mountains. 'Stinky' in the Orion's nickname most likely refers to the putrid or rotting fruit on which it feeds. In fact, both times the Orion Cecropian has been seen at the National Butterfly Center, we have had fermenting bait, known as "butterfly brew", at stations throughout the gardens and along the humid, sheltering Hackberry Trail.
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Dr. Robert Michael Pyle, Texas Butterfly Festival Keynote Speaker. Photo by Benjamin Drummon and Sara Joy Steele
Dr. Robert Michael Pyle, Texas Butterfly Festival Keynote Speaker.
Photo by Benjamin Drummon and Sara Joy Steele