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Nature Speaker Series

Join us for our weekly nature speaker series, and explore nature through the insight of expert speakers. Topics range from native birds and butterflies to local culture and art. The educational series is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Thurmond Eye Associates.

Schedule & Fees
Date: Thursdays, September through April
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm

$3.00 Per Person

Meet Your Neighbours at Quinta Mazatlan

Have you met your neighbor yet? Do you know the local wildlife that hangs out in your yard. in your city, and in the valley? Special guest Seth Patterson will show you the different ways to reconnect with your neighborhood nature. These creatures and plants are vital to people: they represent the first and for some, the only contact with wild nature we have. Join us on Thursday, March 23rd at 6 pm, for their remarkable talk with Seth Patterson! Meet Your Neighbours is a worldwide photographic initiative dedicated to reconnecting people with the wildlife on their own doorsteps. This initiative engages photographers and citizen from around the world to celebrate animals and ask people in their communties to "go meet your neighbours".

Seth Patterson is an avid naturalist and self-taught photographer who first discovered photography as a means to share his passion for nature with the world. Now a life-long pursuit, Seth focuses on using his photography as a tool to help educate and inspire the conservation of his subjects. He is an employee of Gorgas Science Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on conservation through education. Seth is also a participating photographer for the international Meet Your Neighbours Project.

The Nature Speaker Series takes place on Thursday evenings through May 2017 and is proudly sponsored by Thurmond Eye Associated. The program fee is $3.00 per person and no advance reservations is required. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset Drive in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall on 10th Street. For more information contact Quinta Mazatlan at (956) 681-3370 or visit

2017 Speaker Schedule:

  • March 23- Meet Your Neighbours, Seth Patterson, Gorgas Science Foundation
  • April 6- Ocelots of South Texas: Conservation Threats & Recovery Strategies, Hilary Swarts, Ph.D., USFWS Wildlife Biologist
  • April 13- Why Band Birds?, Mark Conway
  • April 20- Rendezvous with RGV Reptiles, Edwin Quintero, TPWD
  • April 27- The History of Quinta Mazatlan, Victor De Leon

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    Quinta Mazatlan

    600 Sunset Drive
    McAllen, TX 78504

    (956) 681-3370

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