Although rarely seen, the Rio Grande Valley is home to several species wild cats. Find out more about these mysterious and beautiful animals on Friday, Feb. 20 during “Wild Cats of the Rio Grande Valley,” an upcoming presentation at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands.

Mitch Sternberg, Wildlife Biologist for the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge (LRGV-NWR), will discuss the history of the Valley’s big cats as well as the work being done towards their conservation.

In addition to his collaboration with other Fish and Wildlife researchers studying the big cats of the valley, Sternberg is currently engaged in other large projects within the LRGV-NWR. Sternberg’s work includes brushland restoration, monitoring wildlife use of undisturbed and recently replanted habitat, and wildlife — roadway interactions. Sternberg resides in the Mission area with his wife and daughter.

“Friday Night with a Naturalist” is a free, fun, and educational family program held on the first Friday of each month. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and presentations begin at 6 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. Space is limited, so please call ahead to reserve your seat(s). 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