Discover the brilliant array of Rio Grande Valley butterflies the with local naturalists David and Jan Dauphin on Thursday, April 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. during the McAllen Nature Series at Quinta Mazatlan, the McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center.

Join the Dauphins as they explore the variety of butterfly species living and visiting the Valley. Of the 500 U.S. butterfly species, 300 are found in the Lower Rio Grande Valley with 120 species of those are limited to South Texas and of these 70 species limited to the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

David and Jan Dauphin have been avid naturalists for many years. Having lived on the Upper Texas Coast for many years, they retired to Mission in 2003, just to get closer to the birds and butterflies of the Rio Grande Valley.

Active promoters of eco-tourism in the Valley, they developed an award-winning web site, www.thedauphins.net, promoting the Valley’s flora and fauna. Their yard is strictly for the butterflies and has the highest number of butterfly species of any yard in the U.S. Articles about their yard have appeared in Southern Living, Texas Highways and Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazines.

David is on the boards of the World Birding Center, Inc., Valley Land Fund and Friends of the Wildlife Corridor. He is past-president of the Texas Ornithological Society and is a licensed bird-bander.

Jan is on the board of the Friends of the Wildlife Corridor and is its secretary. She is an active butterflier and photographer. She has written scientific papers on butterflies, and her photographs have been published in several magazines and numerous newspapers.

For more information contact 956-681-3370 or visit www.quintamazatlan. com.