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Unusual LRGV Birds: Past, Present, and Future at Quinta Mazatlán

McAllen, TX – Come out to Quinta Mazatlán and listen to Urban Ecologist and Expert Birder, John Brush, talk about Unusual LRGV Birds: Past, Present & Future on Thursday, December 27th at 6:00 p.m. John Brush will discuss birds past, birds present, and birds that could yet visit the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

Before the New Year is a perfect time to reflect on past events and set hopes for what’s to come.  For the birdwatcher, seeing a rare or unusual bird is a particularly exciting event.  A bird can be rare in an area because it isn’t normally found there (a vagrant) or the species has a small population.

Because of its proximity to the tropics of Mexico, the Lower Rio Grande Valley is a well-known region to see unusual birds.  Some species, like the Masked Tityra and the Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, were seen for the first time in the US!  Others, such as the beautiful Crimson-collared Grosbeak and Blue Bunting, are very unusual, but are frequent visitors of the LRGV.

From an early age, John Brush was interested in nature.  Birding trips to Mexico (including an encounter with a Gray-collared Becard) cemented his interest in birds.  John got his MS in Biology from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2016, where he studied the bird community of suburban neighborhoods in McAllen and Edinburg, TX.  He currently works as an urban ecologist for the new Center for Urban Ecology at Quinta Mazatlán, where he enjoys showing and sharing the flora and fauna with visitors.

This event is proudly sponsored by Texas Regional Bank. The program fee is $3 per person and no advance reservation is required. Quinta Mazatlan is located 600 Sunset in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall on 10th Street. For more information, contact Quinta Mazatlan at (956) 681-3370 or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

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