Habitat loss is often sited as the greatest threat to biodiversity, but what is really being lost are natural, productive, plant communities. During this month’s installment of “Friday Night with a Naturalist” at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, learn how plants act as forerunners to all animal and human communities and some ways that local residents can provide more suitable habitat for our wonderful wildlife.

Dr. Andrew McDonald of the University of Texas-Pan American will be talking about the importance of plant communities in upholding diversity in the animal kingdom.

McDonald is currently a professor of plant systematics and general biology at The University of Texas-Pan American. Beyond plant systematics, his research interests lie in the areas of biogeography, ethnobotany, and conservation. His studies on tropical biogeography have brought him to several countries outside of the Americas, including Cambodia, Java, Bali and Borneo.

“Friday Night with a Naturalist” is a free, fun, and educational family program that will happen this month on March 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. Space is limited, so please call ahead or stop by to notify us of your attendance. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria (in the Edinburg Municipal Park) in Edinburg. For more information on this and other programs, call 956-381-9922 or visit us on the web at www.edinburgwbc.org.