While the building for the National Butterfly Center is only three years young, the commitment to showing off God's Creation and the leadership provided for the annual Texas Butterfly Festival are in a word, outstanding!
Having just returned from the Festival last week, www.texasbutterflyfestival.com, I was impressed by Marianna's organizational skills as the Center's staff provided a great selection of field trips that traversed the Rio Grande Valley. Each trip was led by one or more of the country's most widely recognized naturalists who not only were there to identify and explain the different species of butterflies but to also help us spot the elusive ones.
This year the Butterfly Festival was followed by the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. While I did not stay for the Birding Festival, I would like to do so in the future. This part of our country is overflowing with beautiful butterflies and birds. Lodging is very affordable and the experience is not to be missed. I highly recommend a visit to the National Butterfly Center...and come in November for the experience of a lifetime: the Texas Butterfly Festival.