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It’s Time for Texas’ 2nd Annual Pollinator BioBlitz

(Mission, TX) –  In support of Texas’ second, statewide Pollinator BioBlitz, the National Butterfly Center will be hosting a variety of programs to get people outdoors to observe pollinators of all types in yards, natural areas, gardens, parks and community centers. This intensive week of citizen-driven data collection will occur September 23 – October 8, 2017, in an effort to bring attention to the critical habitat needs of Monarchs and other pollinators across the state.

The BioBlitz is designed to be fun for all ages, with no experience required. Participants are simply asked to look for pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and moths, and nectar-producing plants; photograph or take video of them; and share their discoveries online via Instagram, using the hashtag #TXPollinators2017. Plant and insect species may be difficult to identify, so observers are encouraged to post what they know. For example, “Small bee on sunflower at Bryan Elementary, Mission,” is fine.  More experienced naturalists are asked to record their observations through the iNaturalist application. There is no cost to participate and the only tools needed are a camera or smart phone, plus Internet access.

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Monarch-Themed Children's Art Contest

(Mission, TX) –  The National Butterfly CenterTM, home of the Southernmost Monarch Waystation, is proud to work with Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote the 21st Annual “This is My Mexico” Children’s Art Contest, brought to you by the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME). 

The theme of this year’s contest is “The Monarch and its Lifecycle in North America”. For this reason, both the National Butterfly Center and the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) felt it was important to share news of this contest to the ministry’s non-traditional audience, i.e. those families, schools and other organizations that might not be in regular contact with a Mexican Consulate.

“The Monarch is a powerful symbol of strength and transformation, of endurance and potential,” explains Marianna Trevino Wright, executive director of the National Butterfly Center. “Its transcontinental migration unites three countries and many cultures, all of which seem to appreciate the majesty of this creature and the ritual rebirth it represents. The Monarch is the stuff of legends and folklore that gives lift to our imagination and life to our myths. During the period of this contest and long afterward, we hope adults will share their Monarch stories with children, plant Monarch gardens at their schools, and set aside space in their communities to celebrate this species we all have in common.”

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Capture the Best Butterfly Photo, Win $500!

(Mission, TX) – It’s time to grab your camera and get outside because your best butterfly photo could net $500 in the North American Butterfly Photo Contest, hosted by the National Butterfly CenterTM.

This annual contest is open to everyone and the winners will be announced on Monday, Nov. 6, during the renowned Texas Butterfly Festival.  All photos must be digitally uploaded to the website portal that opened for submissions on September 1, 2017, and remains open until September 30. Photos may be taken anywhere over the last year, so long as they feature free-flying butterflies.

“You don’t have to be a professional or own lots of expensive equipment to get that one great shot—a prize-winning shot—that tells a story or exposes a hidden world,” states Marianna Trevino Wright, executive director of the National Butterfly Center. “In fact, past winners have included a medical practice manager, an electrical engineer and a homemaker.”

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Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Powers Change at National Butterfly Center

(Mission, Texas) – This summer, the National Butterfly CenterTM (NBC) will undergo a magnificent metamorphosis, converting the Chrysalis Visitor’s Pavilion to solar power, thanks to a donation of $88,842 from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. As a result, the center’s facilities will soon receive the majority of the energy required to operate from the sun—just like butterflies do.

With the addition of a 34.17 kilowatt rooftop solar system, NBC will cut its carbon footprint in half, allowing more resources to go toward saving butterflies thanks to the Sun Club®. Established in 2002, the Sun Club is a nonprofit that helps other nonprofits achieve their goals by donating solar and sustainability projects, focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency and resource conservation.

“The National Butterfly Center enriches our local community by protecting the beauty of our natural landscape and its inhabitants,” said Mark Parsons, president of Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. “Supporting like-minded organizations that have a strong commitment to resource conservation is why the Sun Club exists. We look forward to seeing the impact solar power has on the National Butterfly Center.”

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Hidalgo County's Only Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator at National Butterfly Center

(Mission, TX) – Just in time for spring and all the babies this time brings, Hidalgo County now has a certified wildlife rehabilitator. Congratulations are due to Angelica Garcia, of the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, for her successful completion of the intensive course of study and examination by the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA).

Wildlife rehabilitators are committed to the treatment and subsequent release of native wildlife in need. Certified rehabilitators, like Ms. Garcia, are specially trained to care for injured animals that are not accustomed to human interaction and should not be kept as pets. 

Formerly a Licensed Vocational Nurse, Garcia came to work at the National Butterfly Center more than three years ago when she decided to take a break from working with human patients. In her current position, the nursing education she received and skills she’s developed over years of practice are particularly valuable, as every call for assistance requires an assessment of the animal’s general health, level of trauma and likelihood of survival.

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