Anita Westervelt

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And it was all yellow: Yellow bells of Esperanza are popular nectar source

The air will soon be aflutter with masses of colorful butterflies searching for colorful flowers and rich nectar sources. One popular Valley shrub coming into...

Dog days of summer as ancient as cicada’s song

A Texas cicada, the Superb Dog-days cicada, Neotibicen superbus, is so named because it makes its annual appearance during the dog days of summer — those...

Texas pocket gopher — prevalent but rarely seen

Texas pocket gophers are prevalent in sandy soils of South Texas. The critters rarely surface, which is why they aren’t often seen, but their...

Out of water: Two pond slider turtles found on land

It’s unusual to see a big pond slider turtle lumbering across the lawn at a good clip — away from the water. Two of the...

Colorful, unique creatures share warm Gulf waters off SPI’s shore

Moray eels are a unique fish found worldwide in tropical and temperate seas. They are often brightly colored, have a big mouth, tapering body...

Colorful and unique creatures share warm Gulf waters off South Padre Island’s shore

Moray eels are a unique fish found worldwide in tropical and temperate seas. They are often brightly colored, have a big mouth, tapering body...

Check out the dunes on your next beach day

In the rush to get over hot sand and into the surf, the plant life of a dune is often overlooked. Fun surprises take shape...

Amardillo — An important if somewhat annoying Texas critter

The nine-banded armadillo is the only species of armadillo in the United States, although 20 species exist throughout Central and South America. Nine-banded armadillos live...

The greatness of the Rio Grande Valley’s kiskadees

Many are familiar with the startlingly shrill shriek of the great kiskadee, but many don’t realize what a rare treat it is to have...

Identifying birds in the Valley not always easy

Identifying birds isn’t always easy in the Rio Grande Valley. Young birds don’t always come into their adult markings until they are a year or...