Border BioBlitz documents Santa Ana wildlife in binational science effort

ALAMO — Looking to preserve the biodiversity of the Rio Grande Valley, volunteers from both sides of the border have been working to document...

A flutter of excitement

BY JOHN BRUSHOne of the most exciting things as a bird watcher is the rare bird. If it falls during the right season, or...

Garden View: Protecting citrus trees

BY BARBARA STORZIn South Texas we are proud of the tasty citrus fruit we produce. Our soils and temperatures contribute to making our citrus...

Garden View: Tree lion tailing – dangerous and deadly

BY BARBARA STORZLion tailing, or tipping, is an over-pruning method used on trees that removes so much foliage the natural shape of the tree...

Texas thistle a valuable Valley native

BY ANITA WESTERVELTSpring is here. I know because I saw an American robin — harbinger of spring in the Midwest — hopping around the...

Garden View: Planning a spring vegetable garden

BY BARBARA STORZSuccess begins with a plan, and vegetable gardens are no exception.First, select the garden location and decide how large it will be....

Growing Growers Farmers Market celebrates 10 Years

BY BARBARA STORZThe Growing Growers Farmers Market in Firemen’s Park, at the corner of 1st Street and Business 83 in McAllen, is celebrating its...

GARDEN VIEW: Veggies for a healthy heart

BY BARBARA STORZFebruary is National Heart Health Month. Filling our plates with colorful vegetables provides for heart health all year. Consuming an array of...

Photographer to showcase Valley wildlife photography at Estero Llano Grande

BY SPECIAL TO THE MONITORWhen it comes to wildlife, few places in America can match the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s rich heritage. From migrating...

Bring bird diversity to your garden with native trees

BY ANITA WESTERVELTHosting our resident and winter-visiting birds is always fun here in the Rio Grande Valley. It’s possible to increase the variety of...