EDINBURG -- Climate change is something we’ve all heard about in the news but what effects will this phenomenon have here in the Rio Grande Valley? Join us on Friday evening, May 20, as UTPA’s Dr. Teresa Feria gives a free seminar on the topic for this season’s final installment of the Edinburg World Birding Center’s Friday Night with a Naturalist speaker series.

Professor Feria will describe some of the changes in nature that we are likely to see in coming years. “Climate Change and the Rio Grande Valley” will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 7 pm.

A native of Mexico, Dr. Feria earned her master’s at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and received her PhD from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has been a post-doctoral researcher with the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Center of Conservation and Sustainable Development as well as the Facultad de Estudios Superiores Zaragoza-UNAM. She formerly worked for Mexico’s National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO). Along with climate change, Dr. Feria’s research interests include species distribution, ecology, invasive species and conservation biology.

“Friday Night with a Naturalist” is a free, fun, and educational family program held once a month during the fall, winter and spring. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  Seating is limited, so please call ahead to reserve a seat.  The Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria (in the Edinburg Municipal Park) in Edinburg, Texas. For more information on this and other programs, call 956-381-9922 or visit us on the web at www.edinburgwbc.org.