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FNWN-Bird Banding with Mark Conway at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands

Join us on Friday, December 20th from 6-7p.m. as we explore the incredible world of bird banding!

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Bird banding is a research method that has allowed researchers around the world to gather crucial data on various animal species. It is through bird banding that Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross, has been found to be the oldest known individual of its species that is still raising chicks at the age of 62 at the U.S. Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge!

Mark Conway from Harlingen has been banding birds for nearly 15 years, and has successfully banded thousands of bird species. He bands birds at Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center, along with other sites. It is with bird banding efforts of licensed professionals such as Mr. Conway that individual birds can be marked in a safe way so that their movements and habits may be monitored, making it possible to gather data essential for protecting its species. Come by and join us to learn all about bird banding from Mr. Conway himself!

FNWN is a FREE, fun, and educational family program held on the third Friday of each month. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  Seating is limited, so please call ahead to reserve a seat.  The Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria (in the Edinburg Municipal Park) in Edinburg, Texas. For more information on this and other programs, call (956) 381-9922 or visit us on the web at www.edinburgwbc.org.


MMA encourages Christmas shoppers to purchase a toy for a needy child HARLINGEN, Texas – So that all local children have a present to unwrap on
Christmas Day, Marine Military Academy (MMA) is holding a “Toys for Tots” toy drive until Wednesday, Dec. 18. While shopping for loved ones and
friends, MMA reminds everyone to be a Secret Santa and purchase a toy for a needy child. Each year, the MMA National Honor Society and Key Club team up to support the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” program. MMA will collect the toys and representatives from the Marine Corps Reserve will distribute them to less fortunate children in the community.

To support the MMA “Toys for Tots” drive, drop off a new, unwrapped toy at Coleman Hall on the MMA campus. MMA is located at 320 Iwo Jima Blvd., next to Valley International Airport in Harlingen. For questions, contact SgtMaj Ford Kinsley at (956) 423-6006 or kinsley@MMA-TX.org<mailto:kinsley@MMA-TX.org>. To request a toy for a child or to find another drop off location, visit toyfortots.org.

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Marine Military Academy is a college-preparatory boarding school for young men in grades 8-12 with an optional post-graduate year. Since 1965, MMA is
the only private school in the world based on the traditions and values of U.S. Marine Corps. Located in Harlingen, Texas, MMA has been home to
thousands of sons from across the world and is quarters to the historic Iwo Jima Monument. To learn more about MMA, visit MMA-TX.org.



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