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.