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Nature Speaker Series

The Secret Lives of the Texas Gulf Coast's Avian and Human Residents

Please join us on Thursday, January 18th at 6:00 pm for "Clifford Shackelford...The Secret Lives of the Texas Gulf Coast's Avian and Human Residents". The Texas Gulf coast has shifted and changed dramatically over time. Come find out what makes the Texas Gulf coast special and appealing to both birds and humans.

Cliff is a 7th generation Texan. He is the State Ornithologist of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, a position he's held for almost 21 years. He published his first book, Hummingbirds of Texas, in 2005 through Texas A&M University Press. He's also authored over 70 publications on birds with almost 20 of those appearing in peer-reviewed journals.

The Nature Speaker Series takes place on Thursday evenings through April 2018 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 Dr. in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall on 10th Street. For more information contact Quinta Mazatlan at (956) 681-3370 or visit

Schedule & Fees

Thursday (January- April)


6:00- 7:00 pm


$3 per person

Spring 2018 Schedule:
  • January 18- Birds of the Texas Gulf Coast, Clifford Shackelford
  • January 25- Earth Born-Organics, Russon Holbrook
  • February 1- Wildlife Photography Journey, Larry Ditto
  • February 8- South Texas Wintering Birds, Roy Rodriguez
  • February 15- One of a Kind-Monotypic Families of Birds, David Sarkozi
  • March 1- Raptors of the Rio Grande Valley, Bill Clark
  • March 8- The Sand Sheet, Arturo Longoria
  • March 15- Monarch Celebration
  • March 22- Nature Mini Art Class, Jessica Monroe
  • March 29- Mazatlan Coffee House Poetry Night, Erren Seale
  • April 5- Moon Over Mazatlan (advance tickets required for gala)
  • April 12- Fun Show of Erren Seale's Colorful Adventures around the Globe
  • April 19- South Texas Folk Tales and Guitar, Jorge Trujillo
  • April 26- Historical Tour of Quinta Mazatlan, Victor De Leon
Contact Us
Quinta Mazatlan

600 Sunset Drive
McAllen, TX 78504

(956) 681-3370

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