National Butterfly Center Opens in Mission, Texas

Our favorite local newspaper, the San Antonio Express News, turned in some excellent coverage of the opening of the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas today.   Given that I couldn’t make it myself, it was the next best thing to being there.

The president of the North American Butterfly Association, Dr. Jeffrey Glassberg, compared visiting the Center to “going on a butterfly safari.”  Dr. Glassberg spoke last week at the Austin Butterfly Forum and caused a bit of befuddlement among some of us when he said that butterfly nets deter interest in butterflies because “no one wants to run around a field with a butterfly net.”

That comment caused a stir in my circles, where many of us choose to get up close and personal with our butterflies.  Few tools are as useful in exposing children to the gravitational magnet of butterfly marvels as a butterfly net, which allows us to feel, touch and witness their magic first hand and up close.

What do you think?  Do nets hinder or enhance the butterfly experience?  Let us know.

National Butterfly Center to Eclose this Week, National Butterfly Association Biennial Meeting to Follow

Straddling the Rio Grande and offering more than 300 species of butterflies, the National Butterfly Center opens its welcome center in Mission, Texas, on Thursday, October 28 at 2  PM.

Mexican Bluewing, photo courtesy of National Butterfly Center

The opening will be followed by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Biennial Members’ Meeting October 28-31.  The meeting will be held in association with the Texas Butterfly Festival. 

According to NABA, the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas is the best location in the United States for a butterfly facility because of the diversity of butterfly species that inhabit and frequent the multiple ecosystems that comprise the landscape–from Falcon Dam to Boca Chica where the Rio Grande empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

It’s not too late to register for the meeting.