Friday, January 22, 2010

A Bobwhite in the Butterfly House

I toured the Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory in Wichita Falls, Texas this morning.   I was curious about what there was to see in that big glass building.

It was full of surprises.

Zebra Heliconian or Zebra Longwing 
  Heliconius charithonia 

... Zebra Heliconians flitting around the butterfly feeders, 

... an aquatic exhibit with a Gar, that freshwater fish with an elongated, spear-like jaw,
... and Bobwhite Quail.

Wait, there's more.  

The biggest surprise was the exhibit theme inside the Conservatory - the mixed grass prairie of the Rolling Plain eco-region, the "last gasp" of the continental prairie ecosystem.   

Right outside the door of the big glass building is the "bend" (as in River Bend) in the Wichita River and the nearby "falls" from which the city got its name.  

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