Frontera Audubon welcomes Larry Lof to speak on Historic Preservation and Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary

Lof is leading the restoration of the Rabb Foundation Home, part of Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary in Brownsville

Frontera Audubon Society is pleased to welcome its newest board member Larry Lof as this week’s speaker for Part 6 of the Summer Nature Talks Series, Backyard and Beyond: Nature Discoveries at Home and Across the World. Lof will speak about the convergence of history and nature as interpreted at the Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary in Brownsville this Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Braught Theater next to the Weslaco Public Library at 525 S. Kansas Ave. in Weslaco. The event is free to the public.

Citing a case study on Brownsville’s Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary and the Historic Rabb House, Lof will discuss how aspects of Frontera Audubon’s Skaggs House history can be interpreted alongside that of its natural habitat.

“When we look at the Valley and the things we offer, it is our mission to tell the story of the Rio Grande Delta, whether it’s about natural or cultural history, and we should try and combine those aspects that are part of our legacy,” he said.
Lof, who says he enjoys anything related to history and nature, is looking forward to assisting Frontera Audubon with the interpretation of the Skaggs House. The State Designated Historical home, built in 1927, serves as a symbol of life in early Weslaco and the development of the citrus industry.

“The Skaggs House is an incredible asset to Weslaco and Frontera,” Lof said. “Not only does Frontera have this wonderful center to focus on nature, but also highlight the founding of the City and its early development.”

Lof said he was drawn to Frontera Audubon because of the unique potential to interpret both nature and history.

“I like the combination of having a historic building that could serve as a center for education and interpretation,” he said.

Frontera Audubon’s Board President Jim Chapman said Lof’s expertise comes at a perfect time, when the organization is planning more renovations to the Skaggs House.

“We are excited to bring in Larry Lof to help lead Frontera,” Chapman said. “We are incredibly fortunate to have a member with vast knowledge and endless experience in both history and science.”

Summer Nature Talks are held every Tuesday at 6:30 at the Braught Theater at 525 Kansas Ave. in Weslaco. For more information on the Series, contact Frontera Audubon at (956)968-3275 or email fronteraaudubon@gmail.com. For updates, visit http://fronteraaudubon.blogspot.com.

SUMMER NATURE TALKS SCHEDULE:

Nature and History Collide with Larry Lof
Tuesday, July 26th at 6:30 p.m.

Butterflies Here and Beyond with Mike Rickard
Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

Rio Grande Valley Nature Through My Eyes with Martin Hagne
Tuesday, August 9th at 6:30 p.m.

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