A San Antonio Zoo School child wore her butterfly shirt especially for today. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone

Monarch Butterfly, Pollinator Festival to Fly into the Pearl

As the United States’ first official “Monarch Champion City” – a unique designation by the National Wildlife Federation for cities that adopt all of the federation’s 24 recommendations for Monarch conservation – San Antonio will host a fun and educational celebration in honor of the winged insects that travel through the city on their multi-generation migration from Mexico to Canada and back again.

A Kemp's Ridley turtle waddles to the waves at Padre Island National Seashore. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone.

WATCH: 79 Baby Sea Turtles Released at Padre Island National Seashore

Starting at about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, 79 recently-hatched Kemp’s Ridley turtles flopped and scurried their way across the wet sand on the Padre Island National Seashore into the Gulf of Mexico – like millions have done before them – as more than 500 adults and children watched behind a tape barrier nearby. It was the last public Kemp’s Ridley turtle release at the Padre Island National Seashore this breeding season.