Sunday, March 24, 2013

National Butterfly Center

The National Butterfly Center provides extensive outdoor gardens of native nectar plants and specific caterpillar host plants as well as natural habitat to attract large numbers of wild butterflies and to conserve rare native butterflies.
In the few short years since the National Butterfly Center opened, it has already been the site of a number of sightings of butterflies never before seen in the United States. The close proximity to Mexico and the Rio Grande gives ample opportunity for species to cross over into the United States. More than 300 species of butterflies have been found in the Rio Grande Valley, and over 200 of these have been seen at the National Butterfly Center.
In addition to the butterflies, the National Butterfly Center is revegetating its land with rare native plants, giving visitors the chance to experience and learn about the Rio Grande Valley’s native flora and fauna.
Visit the National Butterfly Center website

I’ve been able to go over twice to the National Butterfly Center. I especially love the birding station. It has natural rock formations for water and the tree limbs have been used to place the peanut butter and bird seed into.

A Clay Colored Thrush and a Golden Fronted woodpecker having a stand off.

A Chachalaca
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Clay Colored Thrush
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Golden Fronted Woodpecker
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Great Tailed Grackle
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Green Jay
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Inca Dove
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Great Kiskadee
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Female Red Winged Blackbird
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Field Mouse
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Swallow Tail
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Enjoying butterfly bait.

This Tortoise was adopted by the National Butterfly Center and has his home there,

Down the road from the National Butterfly Center I saw this Indigo Snake in the road. Someone told me that is rare to see them because they are very shy and fast,

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