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National Butterfly Center Reviews
We happened to visit on Thanksgiving Day, and the center was officially closed except to members and volunteers, but the gate was open so we visited. We encountered two volunteers and they gave us a g... more »
I love this place because of the different animals you can find here. It is never the same. It's usually quiet here, you can go for a walk, take pictures, donate food for the animals (bananas, bird se... more »
The actual center was closed but we walked through the back area and there were so many butterflies floating around the plants. The volunteers were there to speak to us and if we want help they were a... more »
This is a rare gem in the Rio Grande Valley. The park currently has a small developed area with much room to grow in the future. Thus far they have walking trails and many viewing sites from which you can see both a wide variety of migratory butterflies as well as common local birds and migratory Birds. Unfortunately, the canal that passes across their property is slated to be the site of the much opposed border wall. This will effectively shut down the capacity for this private park to grow and preserve much-needed Butterfly habitat that is ever shrinking along their migratory corridor. Please get out and support the center. There is a rally to stop the wall at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge on January 27th 2018 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. This will be in the field adjacent to the park. Speakers, music, food, and opportunities to take action will be presented to the public. These are beautiful areas and The Last Vestige of the indigenous habitat that the valley once offered before it was plowed for citrus and tract home development.
The butterflies were a little scarce but lovely - Sulphur, Queen and a couple still to be identified (tentatively a male Gulf Fritillary). Birds were plentiful - mourning dove, titmouse, green jay, male and female cardinal yellow fronted woodpecker, Lincoln sparrow and I was told (though I didn't see it) an Audobon's oriole. Totally tranquil and a wonderful experience. Pictures later (not on the phone).
Even in the winter it is beautiful. There aren't many butterflies but it's a great place for bird watching and walking. The trails are nice.
I went at a really great time of the year. There were so many Monarch butterflies! Also the pond in the front has beautiful dragonflies.
Loved this place. It feels small but the back trail is long enough for a quick nature escape. Lots of butterflies and side activities for the kids. They have an extremely friendly tortoise called Spike -that was the highlight of my visit. 🐢
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