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National Butterfly Center at NABA Butterfly Park in
Mission, Texas held a grand opening ceremony for the new Visitor's Center on October 28, 2010




National Butterfly Center - Bentsen RGV State Park 2nd Annual Seasonal Count results for October 25, 2009



Historical Butterfly Counts in Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas

******NEWS RELEASE*******

October 25, 2008 - National Butterfly Center-Bentsen State Park 1st Seasonal Count sets new record for nation - 113 species.



Al Henkel field producer for NBC news based out of Dallas and correspondent, John Larson joined the NABA butterfly count on Sunday,
7/30/06,  at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge to do a story on the American Snout Invasion.  The crew interviewed several count
participants and filmed in and around Mission, Santa Ana NWR and Weslaco, Texas. News anchor, Brian Williams and NBC nightly news
aired the snout segment nationally on August 3, 2006.

***Special Thanks to staff members, Mike Quinn, James Booker, Josh Rose, and Jennifer Owen of the Bentsen RGV World Birding Center for
participating in the count and arranging the NBC news coverage.***


------News Release-----  

Local Non-Profit Association Host to Southern Living Nature Tour


Mission, Texas, October 19, 2005 - The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) South Texas Chapter recently had the distinct honor of teaming with Southern Living magazine promoting the public enjoyment and conservation of butterflies in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. 

Southern Living’s executive editor, Dianne Young, and senior photographer, Mark Sandlin joined many butterfly enthusiasts during a two-day tour visiting local points of interest.  Mission native and Texas Master Naturalist, Gil Quintanilla, organized the comprehensive tour which included visits to the National Butterfly Center, Bentsen World Birding Center in Mission, Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen, and Frontera Audubon in Weslaco.  Additionally, the tour group observed several residential butterfly gardens in Mission, McAllen, Pharr, and Weslaco. 

Thousands of butterflies were tallied during the tour including South Texas specialties such as the Red Bordered-Pixie, Guava Skipper, Great Purple-Hairstreak, and the Mexican Bluewing. 

For more information, visit the North America Butterfly Association at or contact the Butterfly Park director at (956) 583-9009.

***The article, "Flutter of Color" was published in the Southern Living October 2006 issue. The article names South Texas as America's Butterfly Capital. ***


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