Colors for a thrush

The Clay-colored thrush is not a brightly colored bird. That isn’t to say it’s unattractive, just subtle; a closer look reveals varying shades of...

Garden View: The importance of pruning trees

ASHLEY GREGORY | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Maintaining our urban forest is of upmost importance as our area continues to rapidly transition from farm land...

Identifying birds in the Valley not always easy

ANITA WESTERVELT | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Identifying birds isn’t always easy in the Rio Grande Valley. Young birds don’t always come into their adult markings...

Garden View: Kale is the king of greens

BARBARA STORZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Kale is a member of the cabbage family and is one of the most nutrient dense foods on...

Garden View: Planning your spring garden

ASHLEY GREGORY | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR The start of a new year usually inspires people to start fresh or try new things. If you are...

McAllen Marathon logistics require ‘massive undertaking’

BENJAMIN TREVIÑO | STAFF WRITER In the early morning hours, well before the first runners cross the starting line of the McAllen Marathon Scott Crane...

Garden View: Improving your health with fresh vegetables

BARBARA STORZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Research has shown that many of our health issues are related to our diet. Doctors and health professionals...

Protecting your grass from disease

Last Friday officially marked the first day of winter, but in deep South Texas the grass is still green and growing. Locally, we rarely...

Garden View: Petunias are a colorful addition to your home

BARBARA STORZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Petunias have long been a mainstay in summer gardens north of the Rio Grande Valley. In our climate,...

Nutria may look cute but are considered an invasive species

Did you know Nutria can eat a quarter of their body weight in plant matter every day.