The Lower Rio Grande Valley is host to a vast diversity of wildlife. Want to learn about naturalists and how to identify the wildlife of the RGV? Please join us on Thursday, April 13th at 6pm for an informative presentation on South Texas naturalists. Special guest, Javier De Leon, will be at Quinta Mazatlan to give an informative talk about the history of famous naturalists in the South Texas region and the special skills it takes to become a naturalist, such as identification and the histories of the local wildlife community.

Javier de Leon was born and raised in Harlingen, Texas. Javier started studying to become a naturalist around the Rio Grande Valley while he began to pursue a degree in Biology while attending the University of Texas - Pan American in Edinburg. During and after college, he worked as a naturalist/interpreter at several Rio Grande Valley nature sites, including the National Butterfly Center, the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, Bentsen RGV State Park where his interests grew to learning about the local wildlife community. Javier is currently the Park Superintendent at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Mercedes, Texas.

The Nature Speaker Series takes place on Thursday evenings through May 2017 and is proudly sponsored by Thurmond Eye Associates. The program fee is $3 per person and no advance reservation is required. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall on 10th Street. For more information, contact Quinta Mazatlan at (956) 681-3370 or visit