Planting and watering a tree to ensure establishment

ASHLEY GREGORY | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR The other day someone asked me “when is the best time to plant a tree?” and jokingly I...

The greatness of the Rio Grande Valley’s kiskadees

ANITA WESTERVELT | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Many are familiar with the startlingly shrill shriek of the great kiskadee, but many don’t realize what a...

Garden View: Grow a bountiful bee garden

BARBARA STORZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Plants and crops depend on bees and pollinators to reproduce. So pollinators should be an important part of...

Prevention is best when controlling bur clover

ASHLEY GREGORY | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR This mild weather has been perfect for getting out and doing some yard work; if you’ve been doing...

Surface Treatment: STC artists offer new directions, continuation of familiar styles

NANCY MOYER | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR This year’s South Texas College“Art Faculty Exhibition” showcases 20 artists, all of whom demonstrate distinct and personal...

Super healthy vegetables for Sunday’s big game

BARBARA STORZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Fresh vegetable trays are a great way to ensure healthy snacks and a way to keep our health...

Wildlife Photography Exhibition to be held at Estero Llano Grande in Mercedes

When it comes to wildlife, few places in the United States can compare to South Texas, and especially the lower Rio Grande Valley. Many of...

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...