This year, the Texas Butterfly Festival will also be the NABA Biennial Members Meeting.
Join us October 29th, when we will kick off our annual celebration of butterflies across the Rio Grande Valley.
Make the trip to Mission, Texas, the place USA Today calls "the butterfly capitol of the USA," for the 21st Annual Texas Butterfly Festival and Biennial Members' Meeting of the North American Butterfly Association at the peak of butterfly season! Renowned for a volume and variety of wild, free-flying butterflies unlike anything anywhere else in America, deep south Texas is home to the country's premier butterfly event, featuring:
Field Trips & Educational Activities for Beginners – Experts
Private Gardens and Guided 'Hot Spot' Tours
The North American Butterfly Photo Contest.
And FREE Community Day fun for the whole family!
To learn more about the one and only Texas Butterfly Festival, where to stay, what to do, and how to participate, simply explore this site!
Last year, attendees from 22 states and 5 countries registered to experience one of the most biologically-diverse areas in North America, with the assistance of expert guides. Come see for yourself why the Rio Grande Valley has earned worldwide recognition for its outstanding butterfly and birding spots, inviting thousands of visitors each year to discover its remarkable assortment of preserves, refuges, nature parks, trails, and more.
Whether you are an accomplished naturalist or a beginner enthusiast, the Texas Butterfly Festival is the place to be at the end of October. Here, many eyes make for exciting discoveries, including U.S. records, super rarities, subtropical strays, seldom-seen species, 'life' and chase butterflies that may only be found in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV), where the river winds its way toward the Laguna Madre at the Gulf of Mexico. This unique region encompasses no fewer than 11 different types of habitat, from tidal wetlands to riparian forest, brushland scrub to prairie savanna, and is home to more than 1,200 different species of plants, 500 species of birds, 200 vertebrate species, roughly 300 species of butterflies, and over 90 species of dragonflies!
The National Butterfly Center is honored to host the 21st Annual Texas Butterfly Festival. Our goal is to provide attendees a fulfilling and rewarding experience. From October 29 - November 1, 2016, registrants will spend 3 days exploring renowned public lands and private properties with world-class trip leaders. The Festival is taking place during prime butterfly season, when you may reasonably expect to see more than 60 species in a day.
Detailed trip information, including destinations are available here.