Discover “Wings over the Rio Grande Valley” with Gil Quintanilla, featuring butterflies, dragonflies and birds during the McAllen Nature Speaker Series on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, the McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center.

After the presentation, meet the photographer from 7 to 9 p.m. in the art gallery and view his nature photography exhibition “Backyard Butterflies of Quinta Mazatlan.” Over 442 species of butterflies have been recorded in Texas with 300 of them spotted in South Texas. Of those, 90 species have not been found anywhere north of south most Texas.

Quintanilla is a nature photographer and an avid butterfly enthusiast. His passion for butterflies and butterfly gardening is shared with his wife Karen and son Alberto. He is an advisory director at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas and coordinates butterfly counts in the Rio Grande Valley.

A native of Mission, Quintanilla’s butterfly photography has been featured in American Butterflies, the Valley Morning Star and RGV Nature. He has written an article, “Raising Purple Caterpillars,” for American Butterflies Magazine and recently helped publish a web-based butterfly gardening brochure for the Valley. Quintanilla is a Certified Public Accountant and owns his own practice.

The McAllen Nature Speaker Series is hosted by Quinta Mazatlan, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and Texas Nature and Environmental Photographers (TexNEP) as a means of disseminating ideas and information about our natural environment and the importance of protecting and conserving these wonders.

General admission rates apply $2 for adults and $1 for seniors and no advance registration is required. Quinta Mazatlan, the McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center is located at 600 Sunset in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall on 10th Street, east of the McAllen Grand Plaza Hotel. For more information contact Quinta Mazatlan at 956-681-3370 or visit www.quintamazatlan.com.