A local pond is more than just small fish and diving turtles. As in any wild environment, resacas and big freshwater ponds - even small neighborhood ponds - are full of fearsome predators.

Dr. Matthew Terry will describe the uncharted territory of underwater pond life during “Pond Monsters” on Friday, Jan. 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands.

“Pond Monsters” will feature live aquatic insects found just outside the Scenic Wetlands Visitor’s Center as well as a variety of specimens that participants can view up close and personal. Dr. Terry, an assistant professor at the University of Texas — Pan American since 2006, has been interested in aquatic entomology for many years. His research interests include evolution and morphological diversity of insects.

“Pond Monsters” is the current installment of the “Friday Night with a Naturalist” speaker series. “Friday Night with a Naturalist” is a free, fun, and educational family program held monthly at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center. 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. For more information on this and other programs, call 956-381-9922 or visit us on the web at www.edinburgwbc.org.