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Birds’ world: Nests showcase eclectic architectural designs

Our resident birds will soon be busy selecting sites and building nests, creating a variety of architectural styles to suit individual species’ needs, and using an assortment of natural materials.

Cyclists working with Harlingen officials to draw children, disabled riders to trails

HARLINGEN — A cycling group is working with city leaders to draw more families and children as they plan to turn the city’s Arroyo Colorado trail system into an outdoor attraction.

Mission native receives grant to help restore Shary Heights Butterfly Garden

Like many throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Mission native Logan Dovalina found something to occupy his time. For him, that something was tending to a local butterfly garden in Mission.

City of Harlingen completing arroyo trail’s second phase

HARLINGEN — After nearly two years of delays, construction of the $1.6 million second phase of the Arroyo Colorado Hike and Bike Trail is nearing completion as officials plan to turn the city’s trail systems into a cycling destination.

Ecotourism center hosts speaker; Laguna Atascosa subject of presentation

George “Georgie” Garcia, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visitor center manager at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, will give a talk at the South Texas Ecotourism Center on April 6 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the STEC multipurpose room.

Alton celebrates opening of expanded park, growing from 10 to 50 acres

ALTON — City officials prepared to officially open the newest addition to Josefa Garcia Park in Alton on Wednesday morning to jubilation for a long-awaited quality of life project.

RGV Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off Thursday with familiar favorites, upgrades

MERCEDES — The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo is back this week with carnival rides, market lambs, handmade picnic tables, horticulture — and that’s just a tease.

‘Judith’ the alligator joins sanctuary on SPI after its mouth was found taped shut...

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — A collective croon goes up from the crowd waiting behind the rope line as Judith, with a hair bow on her head, comes out with handler and rescuer Jacob Reinbolt on Saturday at the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary.

Photo Gallery: ‘Judith’ the alligator joins sanctuary on SPI after its mouth was found...

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — A collective croon goes up from the crowd waiting behind the rope line as Judith, with a hair bow on...

TPWD urging Texans to fight back against invasive species

So they came, and they won’t leave.