Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife One of the top birding destinations in the country, Bentsen is a treasure trove of "valley specialties," tropical birds found nowhere else in the USA.
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As one of the top birding destinations in the country, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park in deep South Texas well deserves its status as headquarters of the World Birding Center. Birders across the nation know Bentsen as a treasure trove of "Valley specialties," tropical birds found nowhere else in the United States. The 798-acre Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park, together with over 1,700 acres of adjoining U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge tracts, promises a year-round nature adventure in the richest birding area north of the Mexican border. COMMENT GUIDELINES You are encouraged to share your thoughts as they relate to the topic being discussed. We expect comments generally to be courteous. To that end, comments are reviewed according to the following guidelines. We reserve the discretion to remove comments that: - Contain obscene, indecent, or profane language; - Contain threats or defamatory statements; - Contain personal attacks or insulting statements directed toward an individual; - Contain hate speech directed at race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, or disability; or - Promote or endorse services or products; (Note that non-commercial links that are relevant to the topic or another comment are acceptable.) - Are unrelated to the topic being discussed; - Are of a repetitive or “spamming” nature (the same comment posted multiple times) The views expressed in comments reflect those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views of Texas Parks and Wildlife or the Texas state government.

Operating as usual

10/22/2020
Roomie's for Life

Agriopes are a common sight in gardens, often growing large enough that they are impossible to ignore. Easier to miss are the kleptoparasitic spiders known as dewdrop spiders. Though they are capable of building their own web, they tend to bunk up with another spider. They'll steal some meals from their roomie, but sometimes they'll just tidy up the web eating the catches that are too small for the other spider to bother with. They have to be careful not to upset their roommates or they could be the next catch!

Silver Agriope photos: http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/spiders/Argiope%20argentata.htm

Dewdrop Spider Information:https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/sites/default/files/lifesciences/images/Argyrodes%20elevatus%20-%20Dew-drop%20Spider.pdf

31 Days of Arachtober#Arachtober #txstateparksHow many spiders in this picture? Some spiders show very good parenting qu...
10/21/2020

31 Days of Arachtober
#Arachtober #txstateparks

How many spiders in this picture? Some spiders show very good parenting qualities. Wolf Spiders protect their young beyond just the egg by carrying them. The little ones will cling on for the ride and disperse when they ready to go out on their own. You could say she's got, well, quite the motherload.

Spider Information: https://www.kidzone.ws/lw/spiders/facts08.htm
https://scholarworks.uark.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3125&context=jaas

Wolf Spider Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw0hmQ7w7ls

Texas Parks and Wildlife
10/20/2020

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Great news! You can now make camping reservations for most Texas State Parks up to 5 months in advance. To make a reservation, visit TexasStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com

31 Days of Arachtober#Arachtober #txstateparksSay hello to your friendly, neighborhood, not-so-spiderman. Harvestmen are...
10/20/2020

31 Days of Arachtober
#Arachtober #txstateparks

Say hello to your friendly, neighborhood, not-so-spiderman. Harvestmen are arachnids, but not spiders. They are often called daddy long-legs and confused with cellar spiders that also have long legs. These arachnids can't make web, don't have venom, and have a head fused to their body. They've been around a long time earning them all kinds of names and myths. What stories have you been told?

Harvestman information: https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-46_harvestmen.htm
https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/daddy-longlegs-harvestmen

Archeology: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/8/110825-daddy-longlegs-spider-fossils-harvestmen-3d-animals-science/

Giant species: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-foot-long-daddy-longlegs-discovered-in-cave-82715710/

31 Days of Arachtober#Arachtober #txstateparksWe run into a question really often: is this spider venomous? The answer i...
10/19/2020

31 Days of Arachtober
#Arachtober #txstateparks

We run into a question really often: is this spider venomous? The answer is almost always "yes". Most spiders carry venom, but each is unique. Spiders venom is a cocktail of proteins, peptides, and other compounds suited to help each species hunt, immobilize, and digest their prey. As terrifying as venom may sound, research shows it has potential to help save some hearts. Check out more in the links below.

Spider Venom Chemistry: https://www.compoundchem.com/2015/05/21/spider-venom/

Spider Venom and the Heart: https://interestingengineering.com/deadly-spider-venom-could-save-heart-attack-victims#:~:text=A%20deadly%20spider%20can%20actually,who%20suffered%20from%20heart%20attacks.

Bioblitz Challenge Day 17!#txpollinators #txstateparks Challenge A:Color-coordinated pollinator and pollinator plantChal...
10/18/2020

Bioblitz Challenge Day 17!
#txpollinators #txstateparks

Challenge A:
Color-coordinated pollinator and pollinator plant

Challenge B:
Best of the best! What is your favorite photo that you took during this year’s Texas Pollinator BioBlitz challenge? It can be your favorite pollinator, pollinated plant, activity, or any other criteria you want to use!

Ever feel like you don't quite fit in? Spitting spiders are the oddballs of the the spider world. Their venom is combine...
10/18/2020

Ever feel like you don't quite fit in? Spitting spiders are the oddballs of the the spider world. Their venom is combined with silk and glue making it perfect to immobilize their prey —but, they "spit" it. To top it off, they have poor eyesight. Despite this, they are successful boasting 239 species in their family worldwide. Everyone is weird one way or another, but we all fit in somewhere.

Spitting Spider Information: https://imb.uq.edu.au/article/2017/11/spitting-spiders-natures-strangest-hunters
https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/sites/default/files/lifesciences/documents/ogatt/Scytodes_longipes%20-%20Spitting%20Spider.pdf

Spitting Spider in Action:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFozCr_tj8I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3UW7rA2YJY

Bioblitz Challenge Day 16!#txpollinators #txstateparksChallenge A:All or mostly black pollinator.Challenge B:A drink tha...
10/17/2020

Bioblitz Challenge Day 16!
#txpollinators #txstateparks

Challenge A:
All or mostly black pollinator.

Challenge B:
A drink that benefits from pollinators: Pollinators make many of our favorite drinks possible, including lemonade, grape juice, tomato juice, apple juice, and even coffee.

31 Days of Arachtober#Arachtober #txstateparksWhat's that cottony-looking thing? Spiders lay eggs like many other animal...
10/17/2020

31 Days of Arachtober
#Arachtober #txstateparks

What's that cottony-looking thing? Spiders lay eggs like many other animals, but many also make egg sacs. Egg sacs are unique from one species to the next. Female spiders have the web necessary to create these baby carriers. So much effort goes into creating these masterpieces (eggs and all) that many females die soon afterward. That's the cost of being a spidermom.

Egg Sac Gallery: https://spidermentor.com/2018/01/02/the-egg-sac-gallery/

Spider Sac Surgery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl8Q4AKxEeI

Spider Egg Laying/Hatching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p76lIAhALBE

Bioblitz Challenge Day 15!#txpollinators #txstateparksChallenge A:Pollinator or plant sporting your favorite colorChalle...
10/16/2020

Bioblitz Challenge Day 15!
#txpollinators #txstateparks

Challenge A:
Pollinator or plant sporting your favorite color

Challenge B:
Non-native pollinator in action

31 Days of Arachtober#Arachtober #txstateparksWhat's a pseudoscorpion? Well, it's a scorpion look alike without that sti...
10/16/2020

31 Days of Arachtober
#Arachtober #txstateparks

What's a pseudoscorpion? Well, it's a scorpion look alike without that stinging tail. It's also generally much smaller! But like many arachnids, this little one is a predator. Some species benefit birds! They eat tiny arthropods, like mites, that may live on host birds or in their nests. It may look scary, but it's harmless to you and great for our feathered friends.

Pseudoscorpion Information: https://extension.umn.edu/insect-relatives/pseudoscorpions

Pseudoscorpions and Birds' Nests:https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Martin_Cipollini/post/What_insects_are_known_to_live_in_or_associate_habitually_with_bird_nests_or_nest_cavities_aside_from_insects_that_are_parasites_of_the_birds/attachment/59d63975c49f478072ea60c9/AS:[email protected]/download/Turienzoezal2010.pdf

Bioblitz Challenge Day 14!Challenge A:Picture of a “pollinator playground”: Pollinators can be found in small patch gard...
10/15/2020
Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park, TPWD

Bioblitz Challenge Day 14!

Challenge A:
Picture of a “pollinator playground”: Pollinators can be found in small patch gardens, in bee houses, on large swaths of land, and in your own backyard. Have you found a good pollinator paradise? Snap a picture of your favorite pollinator playground.

Challenge B:
Upload a photo to iNaturalist: If you haven’t done so already, post one (or more!) of the pollinator or flowering plant species you’ve photographed this past week during the Texas Pollinator BioBlitz project.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/bentsen-rio-grande-valley-state-park-tpwd

Documenting the biodiversity of Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park.

10/15/2020
It's a TRAP!

31 Days of Arachtober
#Arachtober #txstateparks

It's a TRAP! Trapdoor spiders are a very mysterious bunch. Hiding away in a hole behind a little door, they wait for their unsuspecting meal to stroll by. Bam! In an instant, spider and prey have disappeared into the ground. Spiders like these have inspired horror stories and films. You think they're out for blood, but sometimes they're just out for love. Take it from these two.

Bioblitz Challenge Day 13!#txpollinators #txstateparksChallenge A:Something white: plant being pollinated or pollinatorC...
10/14/2020

Bioblitz Challenge Day 13!
#txpollinators #txstateparks

Challenge A:
Something white: plant being pollinated or pollinator

Challenge B:
Camouflaged pollinator

31 Days of Arachtober#Arachtober #txstateparksFree hugs! Flower crab spiders just want a hug from their local pollinator...
10/14/2020

31 Days of Arachtober
#Arachtober #txstateparks

Free hugs! Flower crab spiders just want a hug from their local pollinators. While the spider below seems pretty obvious, there is more to this story. Species of flower crab spider have a unique way of disguising themselves. Some can change colors to match flowers or even look like flowers themselves. Others can reflect UV light much like the UV light reflected by flowers to attract pollinators. While people cannot see UV light, we have been able to use it to make things fluoresce. (Remember the scorpion?)

Coloration in Crab Spiders: https://jeb.biologists.org/content/208/10/1785
https://phys.org/news/2015-04-spider-species.html
https://spidersinohio.net/color-shifts/

Video Color Change White and Yellow: https://www.facebook.com/natgeowild/videos/10156100103395930/

UV Light and Sight: https://www.beeculture.com/bees-see-matters/

Bioblitz Challenge Day 12!#txpollinators #txstateparksChallenge A:The most worn/ragged pollinator: Pollinators make quit...
10/13/2020

Bioblitz Challenge Day 12!
#txpollinators #txstateparks

Challenge A:
The most worn/ragged pollinator: Pollinators make quite the journey and their battered wings often tell the tale!

Challenge B:
Pollinator with stripes or spots.

31 Days of Arachtober#Arachtober #txstateparksEver wonder what a male black widow looks like? They are generally much sm...
10/12/2020

31 Days of Arachtober
#Arachtober #txstateparks

Ever wonder what a male black widow looks like? They are generally much smaller than females and carry different markings (similar to juveniles). Males rarely inflict severe bites, and have seemingly manipulative mating behaviors. Although widow spiders are the poster child of "eat your mate", it is not a very common occurrence for widows in the wild. However, in a lab setting, the outcome was quite the opposite; it only goes to show we have much more to learn about one of our most venomous species.

Video of male to female interaction: (with quite a narrative!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpJNeGqExrc

Black Widow Information:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499987/

Bioblitz Challenge Day 11!#txpollinators #txstateparksChallenge A:Something orange: plant being pollinated or pollinator...
10/12/2020

Bioblitz Challenge Day 11!
#txpollinators #txstateparks

Challenge A:
Something orange: plant being pollinated or pollinator

Challenge B:
Strangest looking pollinator: Post your photo of the most peculiar pollinator you’ve encountered! Strange looking, strange location or strange angle – whatever matches your definition of peculiar or strange.

Photo credit: Bill Supulski

31 Days of Arachtober#Arachtober #txstateparksSometimes you just need a good stretch: in this case, a good stretch spide...
10/12/2020

31 Days of Arachtober
#Arachtober #txstateparks

Sometimes you just need a good stretch: in this case, a good stretch spider. These long-jawed orb-weavers are known as stretch spiders because they stretch their long, thin bodies along a stem or blade of grass to hide from predators. So, after you both work in the garden, this might be the best buddy for hide-and-seek, too!

Stretch Spider Information: https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/longjawed-orbweavers

Spider versus spider (Graphic spider content warning 😬): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEjYYY9KjnU

Communal webs: https://research.utexas.edu/showcase/articles/view/everythings-bigger-in-texas-including-the-occasional-spider-web

Bioblitz Challenge Day 10!#txpollinators #txstateparks #patriotismChallenge A:Pollinator Selfie: Everybody can play a ro...
10/11/2020

Bioblitz Challenge Day 10!
#txpollinators #txstateparks #patriotism

Challenge A:
Pollinator Selfie: Everybody can play a role in supporting pollinators. From planting pollinator gardens or installing bee houses to reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides, you can help! Show your support for pollinators with a Pollinator Selfie!

Challenge B:
The host with the most! Post a photograph with as many pollinators as possible on a single host plant.

31 Days of Arachtober#Arachtober #txstateparksIt's International Jumping Spider Day! Show us your favorite jumping spide...
10/10/2020

31 Days of Arachtober
#Arachtober #txstateparks

It's International Jumping Spider Day! Show us your favorite jumping spider pictures. Tiny, fuzzy, and big-eyed, these little critters have the makings to be considered "cute", but they are little power houses, too. They are built to be able to jump great distances and maneuver difficult terrain using blood pressure to push off! Just look at those legs! They definitely don't skip leg day.

International Jumping Spider Day: https://www.facebook.com/JumpingSpiderDay/

Spider Jump Blood Pressure Research:https://jeb.biologists.org/content/jexbio/36/4/654.full.pdf

Training a Spider to Jump:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7yModp0jwo

Bioblitz Challenge Day 9!#txpollinators #txstateparksChallenge A:Something yellow: plant being pollinated or pollinatorC...
10/10/2020

Bioblitz Challenge Day 9!
#txpollinators #txstateparks

Challenge A:
Something yellow: plant being pollinated or pollinator

Challenge B:
A small patch of pollinator habitat

31 Days of Arachtober#Arachtober #txstateparksIf you have ever gone spider-sniffing, you've probably gone UV scorpion hu...
10/10/2020

31 Days of Arachtober
#Arachtober #txstateparks

If you have ever gone spider-sniffing, you've probably gone UV scorpion hunting, too. Do these sound made up to you? They're actually extremely good techniques to finding arachnids. Scorpions, like this bark scorpion, fluoresce or glow with a basic UV light. Why do they glow? Although we understand the chemistry of it, no one has set the record straight on what benefit it gives the scorpion. People have benefited from fluorescence in many ways. Can you name one?

Scorpion Glow Science: https://www.kidsdiscover.com/quick-reads/makes-scorpions-glow-ultraviolet-light/#:~:text=All%20scorpions%20fluoresce%20under%20ultraviolet,scorpion's%20exoskeleton%20called%20the%20cuticle.

Scorpion Glow Mystery: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-25/why-do-scorpions-glow-in-the-dark-queensland-museum/9076978

Nat Geo clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5dbnc57ieU

Fluorescence use research: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6268024/

Bioblitz Challenge Day 8!#txpollinators #txstateparksChallenge A:Monarch migratingChallenge B:Pollinator on a native pla...
10/09/2020

Bioblitz Challenge Day 8!
#txpollinators #txstateparks

Challenge A:
Monarch migrating

Challenge B:
Pollinator on a native plant: There are some simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance including planting a native plant pollinator garden. A variety of colors and flower shapes will increase the potential diversity of pollinators attracted to your garden.

31 Days of Arachtober#Arachtober #txstateparksCan you see the spider? Green lynx spiders are aptly named for their brigh...
10/09/2020

31 Days of Arachtober
#Arachtober #txstateparks

Can you see the spider? Green lynx spiders are aptly named for their bright green body, and their ability to hunt and pounce on their prey like a cat. Many spiders use grays and browns to camouflage with the ground or bark, but the green lynx hunts among the leaves — where its brilliant green color makes it practically invisible and the perfect gardening companion.

Green Lynx Information:
https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-48_green_lynx_spider.htm
http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/green_lynx_spider.htm

Bioblitz Challenge Day 7!#txpollinators #txstateparksChallenge A:Something blue: plant being pollinated or pollinatorCha...
10/08/2020

Bioblitz Challenge Day 7!
#txpollinators #txstateparks

Challenge A:
Something blue: plant being pollinated or pollinator

Challenge B:
A pollinator doing something other than pollinating (puddling, flying, mating, resting).

10/08/2020
Dream Weaver

31 Days of Arachtober
#Arachtober #txstateparks

Spiders create different types of web for catching their prey. Orb-weaver spiders create a 2-D web with "orbs" from the outer edges to the center. These webs are built to catch airborne or flying prey but allow wind to pass through. If you've ever seen a dreamcatcher, you'll see its similarities to this type of web. It's said that dreamcatchers were made by Native Americans to allow airy, light dreams to pass through but to catch the heavy, dark dreams that perish in the morning sunlight.

Dreamcatchers and Native Americans:
http://www.native-languages.org/dreamcatchers.htm

Ojibwa Chippewa Spider Woman:
https://www.wernative.org/articles/ojibwe-dreamcatcher-legend

Types of spider webs:
https://baynature.org/article/spiders/

Bioblitz Challenge Day 6!#txpollinators #txstateparksChallenge A:Fuzzy pollinatorChallenge B:Multi-colored Pollinator
10/07/2020

Bioblitz Challenge Day 6!
#txpollinators #txstateparks

Challenge A:
Fuzzy pollinator

Challenge B:
Multi-colored Pollinator

31 Days of Arachtober#Arachtober #txstateparksRecluse spiders can be found throughout most of Texas. In our area, the sp...
10/07/2020

31 Days of Arachtober
#Arachtober #txstateparks

Recluse spiders can be found throughout most of Texas. In our area, the species is most likely devia, the Texas recluse. While only a small percentage of people develop the severe necrosis or cell death associated with recluse bites, it's certainly not something to take lightly. As their name suggests, they tend to prefer seclusion spending most of their life in dark unoccupied spaces: under logs outdoors or behind your shelves. While they may help remove other unwanted house "guests", these spiders are a good reason to regularly clean and declutter your living space.

Recluse info:
http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7468.html
https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef631

Distribution and ecology of brown recluse: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3064576/

Bioblitz Challenge Day 5!#txpollinators #txstateparksChallenge A:Something purple: plant being pollinated or pollinatorC...
10/06/2020

Bioblitz Challenge Day 5!
#txpollinators #txstateparks

Challenge A:
Something purple: plant being pollinated or pollinator

Challenge B:
"Like" a Photo: Visit Instagram, search #TxPollinators, and "like" a photo someone else has posted.

Bioblitz Challenge Day 4!#txpollinators #txstateparksChallenge A:Pollinator pollinating a tiny flower.Challenge B:Pollin...
10/05/2020

Bioblitz Challenge Day 4!
#txpollinators #txstateparks

Challenge A:
Pollinator pollinating a tiny flower.

Challenge B:
Pollinator in the center-of-the-action: Share a photo of a pollinator in the most urbanized or busiest location you can find.

Address

2800 S Bentsen Palm Dr
Mission, TX
78572

General information

http://www.theworldbirdingcenter.com/Bentsen.html Park Hours: Daily, 7:00am-10:00pm Store Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 7:30am-5:30pm Tram Schedule: Thursday-Sunday, 7:30am-5:30pm The use of the transportation tram is included with your entrance fee to the park. While buildings will be closed Monday-Wednesday, one can still visit the Park, utilizing the honor pay system on the entry sidewalk.

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 22:00
Thursday 07:00 - 22:00
Friday 07:00 - 22:00
Saturday 07:00 - 22:00
Sunday 07:00 - 22:00

Telephone

(956) 584-9156

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10/3/20 Hawk Tower We were treated with 3 Harris Hawks (the 3rd had just departed) stopping long enough for some good pictures. Thanks to the Hawk Watch gentlemen that provided excellent information on these and other raptors.
This autumn's Hawk Count for BRGVSP will be done at an off-site location. I will be doing it by myself due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. My results will only be reported on eBird.org and HawkCount.org as usual.For those of you who have helped out in the past, I am grateful, and if circumstances were different I suspect you would be joining me. I will continue to miss my time spent as a volunteer at Bentsen and hope things will be back to normal by Spring.
Bentsen-RGV State Park is now open. We are pleased to announce we have re-opened the park. Clean-up efforts due to Hurricane Hanna are ongoing, and so the Rio Grande Hiking Trail and Resaca Vieja Trail will be closed until further notice. Get outside, get some sun and make some memories!
Altamira Oriole at Bentsen RGV state park
$7K REWARD for the return of our 2 Missing Golden Retrievers! They were lost by the Rover sitter on June 18th at the address 18385 Babcock Rd, San Antonio TX running toward Camp Bullis Rd and the Lutheran HS. Acoria is 7 years old, 80-90lbs and wearing a pink Star Wars collar. Ripley is 4 years old, 70lbs and wearing a purple polka dot collar. Both had our info on their tags. Both are micro-chipped and spayed (green tattoos on their bellies). If you have found, seen or know where they are, we beg to call us. We promise you, you can have the reward for their return, no questions asked. We could care less about drama, we will do the exchange and everyone will walk away never to see each other again. All we care about is bringing them home. Thank you. Please do the right thing. https://www.facebook.com/BringAcoriaandRipleyhome/ On 6/18/19 Tuesday at 10pm our Rover sitter lost our 2 golden retrievers while letting them out for a late night potty. Because my husband and I were on vacation, they were staying at her apartment complex called Marquis at Crown Ridge 18385 Babcock Rd, San Antonio, TX and they reportedly ran towards the corner of Babcock and Camp Bullis rd. The sitters lived in a gated apartment complex with a gated dog park behind her building. Instead of using that lit green space, she brought our dogs outside the fence onto a pitch dark lawn near the road and woods, carrying both extend leashes in one hand after fireworks were set off by six flags just an hour earlier. She said the dogs got spooked, lunged, she dropped the leashes and they ran. She was informed Ripley was scared on the dark on paper and I believe verbally as well but we have no proof of the verbal. She said she looked until 3am. Later in her rebuttal to our review on her Rover profile, she said she wasn’t informed and deflected her negligence onto our dogs/lac of info. We are not allowed to respond to it. My husband and I caught the next plane home. We saw the sitter once but never seen her face again. Most of, if not all the conversations were initiated by us. There was little communication from her and it seemed forced. We had a news interview and I (Tricha S) called her out on her lac of participation and she became abrasive, acted victimized, accusatory and added to our stress rather than helping us. After that, she was almost impossible to talk to in a constructive manner because she was so uncooperative. Please note, we asked for a picture of the dogs the day before they were lost and she did not give us any. Rover printed flyers for us, made a few robot phone calls, called nearby sitters to help look (not one shown up), offered a $100 reward and said they looked online. At week 3, they stopped what little help they offered per policy. We have requested additional search services but they refused. They told us they may reimburse us for some vet bills or will offer us the worth of the dogs if they are found dead. So since week 3 we have been on our own. There was a sighting of 2 golden retrievers running around a baseball field alone very close to where she lives earlier the day she claims she lost them by a gentleman that confirmed his story twice with us and once with a supporter of ours. Our PI said he thinks we should take that particular tip seriously. If it is true, that means she lost them much earlier than she says she did and was attempting to cover it up. Rover never shut down her profile (that we can tell) and just days later she was meeting new clients. We asked rover if they would tell us about her background check or if she had prior incidences and they would not. I felt it was very relevant to know if she did. This is my understanding, but I could be wrong, Rover is a bait and switch company. Basically, they make these commercials of assurance, trust and responsibility and take credit for that. IMO, almost like an insurance or liable company but the moment anything goes wrong however, all legality is placed on the sitter even though they take 20% of their fees. We have been told that we cant sue Rover but only the sitter for a maximum of 5k. With lawyer /legal costs and the long drawn out process of suing someone that might not even have the money/you might not even win, its better to take the “dead dog money”. The thing is, again, as far as I know(could be wrong) they have you sign a non disclosure agreement at that time so you are unable to tell anyone about it. To me, this is super shady stuff and it makes me wonder how many other people have gone through this with Rover? We have a community behind us in which has got the attention of other rover clients that have called up sobbing because they did this to them too. Its absolutely horrific and something needs to be done.
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TIEMPO CON AMIGAS EN BENTSEN PARK ES ASOMBROSO 😃
Eastern Screech-Owl in a palm tree just outside the cafe. Feb 16, 2019
Texas Indigo Snake pulling a snake from a tree cavity. Leaving the park at sunset, a group of visitors were were lucky to find this Indigo in a tree at the edge of the road. Feb 17, 2019
Texas Indigo Snake pulling a snake from a tree cavity. Leaving the park at sunset, a group of visitors were were lucky to find this Indigo in a tree at the edge of the road. Feb 17, 2019
Texas Indigo Snake pulling a snake from a tree cavity. Leaving the park at sunset, a group of visitors were were lucky to find this Indigo in a tree at the edge of the road. Feb 17, 2019