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An Oasis in the Valley

There is an oasis in the valley called Hilltop Gardens located amidst 400 acres in Lyford, and 6.5 miles north of La Villa. The place is considered the historical home of aloe  because it was the first farm to grow aloe in the...
by Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales
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Hooded Warbler

Birding Matters

With all the buzz ecological and nature preservation projects are creating in today’s media, it is an interesting fact that few residents of the Rio Grande Valley realize the richness found in our wild habitat. There are curr...
by Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales
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Shark Fishing in South Padre Island

Last week, on June 14, 2013, my nephew and a group of friends, traveled to South Padre Island, for a guy’s day out fishing. One of their favorite passtimes is to ride on kayaks into the ocean and fish deeper in the water. I a...
by Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales
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Our Prickly Pears

The pear like fruit of the well-known prickly pear cactus is consumed more by wildlife than by the people of the Rio Grande Valley. In neighboring Mexico the tuna (fruit of the cactus)   is the main ingredient of traditional ...
by Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales
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Kenny Salazar Photography

I met Kenny Salazar through the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival where he volunteers as communications director handling all social media and website related issues. Our Valley is blessed with abundant wildlife, and Kenny’s...
by Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales
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