Melissa Jones to present “Herps of the RGV” at Quinta Mazatlán!

McAllen, TX –January 17 th , 2019 

Herpetology expert Melissa Jones, will be at Quinta Mazatlán on Thursday, January 17th at 6:00p.m. to present “Herps of the Rio Grande Valley”.  Have you ever wondered what kinds of lizards is in your backyard or in the trees right over your head?  Do you know which species of  snakes visit your backyard? If so, this is the talk for you!  Come join Melissa Jones as she shares field-learned techniques for identifying these reptiles.  From her jokes and identification anecdotes, to her wide range of impressive herps photographs, Melissa’s herp identification workshop is sure to captivate and educate audiences of all skill levels!

Melissa Jones graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos where she received a B.S. in Zoology, M.S. in Wildlife Ecology, and a PhD in Aquatic Resources.  Her fieldwork focused on bird studies in upper Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  She has spent 10 years working on conservation strategies for the endangered Houston toad population in Bastrop County.  Melissa’s work includes amphibian responses to prescribed fire and wildfire as well as head-starting and captive propagation as population conservation and management strategies. She has been working as the Habitat Conservation Biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, State Parks Division for 3 years and she is also the biologist for the World Birding Center State Parks in the RGV (Resaca, Estero, and Bentsen).

The Nature Speaker Series takes place on Thursday evenings through April 2019 and is proudly sponsored by Texas Regional Bank.  The program fee is $3 per person and no advance reservation is required.  Quinta Mazatlán 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

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