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MCALLEN, TEXAS

World Class Birding in the Rio Grande Valley: Santa Ana Refuge to the World Birding Center

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Program #11975RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Binoculars 8x42 or 10x50 preferred, and you may bring a spotting scope if you have one, but it is not essential.

Itinerary for Feb 17 — Feb 22, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic Casa De Palmas Hotel was built in 1918 as a social and business center. The "House of Palms" is named justly for the 92 palm trees on its grounds. The Casa has enjoyed prosperity for many years. In 1979 it was declared a Texas Historic Landmark. Now restored to its original splendor, the Casa de Palmas-Renaissance Hotel, provides its guests with a relaxed, elegant ambiance of a bygone era. The Spanish Room restaurant offers unique Nuevo Latino cuisine created by a talented culinary team. You may also enjoy Patio dining or light snacks and beverages poolside in the Courtyard. Room service is always an option. Guestrooms are spacious and comfortable, with upgraded amenities and special features such as two-line phones, mini-bars, data-port modems and complimentary shoe shine service.

Contact info:
101 North Main Street
McAllen, TX 78503 USA
phone: 956-631-1101
web: www.renaissancemcallen.com/

Room amenities: Pillowtop mattresses and feathered pillows Full size hair dryer Iron and ironing board Free cable, pay per view movies Complimentary coffee and tea service Well-lit work desk High speed wireless

Facility amenities: Covered Parking Gift shop Complimentary safe deposit box Exercise facility Tropical courtyard pool Complimentary airport shuttle Complimentary newspaper delivered to your room, weekdays Concierge Services available Hors d'oeuvres(Sunday-Thursday evenings) Lomax Cantina The Spanish Room

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Hotel
You must contact the hotel for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 17 - Arrival
Arrive To: Check in hotel by 3 pm

Afternoon: Welcome, introductions and orientation at 4:30pm in hotel meeting room.

Dinner: Dinner buffet at local restaurant.

Evening: Presentation and discussion about binoculars, spotting scopes, birding techniques, guides, and etiquette. Discuss the schedule for the week.

Lodging: Renaissance Casa De Palmas Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic Casa De Palmas Hotel was built in 1918 as a social and business center. The "House of Palms" is named justly for the 92 palm trees on its grounds. The Casa has enjoyed prosperity for many years. In 1979 it was declared a Texas Historic Landmark. Now restored to its original splendor, the Casa de Palmas-Renaissance Hotel, provides its guests with a relaxed, elegant ambiance of a bygone era. The Spanish Room restaurant offers unique Nuevo Latino cuisine created by a talented culinary team. You may also enjoy Patio dining or light snacks and beverages poolside in the Courtyard. Room service is always an option. Guestrooms are spacious and comfortable, with upgraded amenities and special features such as two-line phones, mini-bars, data-port modems and complimentary shoe shine service.

Contact info:
101 North Main Street
McAllen, TX 78503 USA
phone: 956-631-1101
web: www.renaissancemcallen.com/

Room amenities: Pillowtop mattresses and feathered pillows Full size hair dryer Iron and ironing board Free cable, pay per view movies Complimentary coffee and tea service Well-lit work desk High speed wireless

Facility amenities: Covered Parking Gift shop Complimentary safe deposit box Exercise facility Tropical courtyard pool Complimentary airport shuttle Complimentary newspaper delivered to your room, weekdays Concierge Services available Hors d'oeuvres(Sunday-Thursday evenings) Lomax Cantina The Spanish Room

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Hotel
You must contact the hotel for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 18 - Falcon Dam
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Head west to the Falcon Dam State Park area looking for the Gray Hawk, Crested Caracara, and possibly spot a Zone-tailed Hawk. North America’s three Kingfishers may also be seen - the Belted, Green and Ringed (Green and Ringed are local specialties). We might also see a variety of orioles- Hooded, Alta-mira, and Audubon’s.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the State Park.

Afternoon: Birding continues in the afternoon to selected "hot spots" in surrounding area.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Go over the bird list for the day.

Lodging: Renaissance Casa De Palmas Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic Casa De Palmas Hotel was built in 1918 as a social and business center. The "House of Palms" is named justly for the 92 palm trees on its grounds. The Casa has enjoyed prosperity for many years. In 1979 it was declared a Texas Historic Landmark. Now restored to its original splendor, the Casa de Palmas-Renaissance Hotel, provides its guests with a relaxed, elegant ambiance of a bygone era. The Spanish Room restaurant offers unique Nuevo Latino cuisine created by a talented culinary team. You may also enjoy Patio dining or light snacks and beverages poolside in the Courtyard. Room service is always an option. Guestrooms are spacious and comfortable, with upgraded amenities and special features such as two-line phones, mini-bars, data-port modems and complimentary shoe shine service.

Contact info:
101 North Main Street
McAllen, TX 78503 USA
phone: 956-631-1101
web: www.renaissancemcallen.com/

Room amenities: Pillowtop mattresses and feathered pillows Full size hair dryer Iron and ironing board Free cable, pay per view movies Complimentary coffee and tea service Well-lit work desk High speed wireless

Facility amenities: Covered Parking Gift shop Complimentary safe deposit box Exercise facility Tropical courtyard pool Complimentary airport shuttle Complimentary newspaper delivered to your room, weekdays Concierge Services available Hors d'oeuvres(Sunday-Thursday evenings) Lomax Cantina The Spanish Room

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Hotel
You must contact the hotel for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 19 - Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Depart for Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge where over 400 species of birds have been documented. Look for Buff-bellied Hummingbirds, Long-billed Thrashers, Green Jays, Great Kiskadees, and Plain Chachalacas.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Refuge.

Afternoon: Visit Estero Llano Grande State Park where maybe a Common Pauraque, Tropical Kingbird, Least Grebe, and Green Kingfisher may be seen.

Dinner: Dinner at favorite local restaurant

Evening: Go over bird list for the day.

Lodging: Renaissance Casa De Palmas Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic Casa De Palmas Hotel was built in 1918 as a social and business center. The "House of Palms" is named justly for the 92 palm trees on its grounds. The Casa has enjoyed prosperity for many years. In 1979 it was declared a Texas Historic Landmark. Now restored to its original splendor, the Casa de Palmas-Renaissance Hotel, provides its guests with a relaxed, elegant ambiance of a bygone era. The Spanish Room restaurant offers unique Nuevo Latino cuisine created by a talented culinary team. You may also enjoy Patio dining or light snacks and beverages poolside in the Courtyard. Room service is always an option. Guestrooms are spacious and comfortable, with upgraded amenities and special features such as two-line phones, mini-bars, data-port modems and complimentary shoe shine service.

Contact info:
101 North Main Street
McAllen, TX 78503 USA
phone: 956-631-1101
web: www.renaissancemcallen.com/

Room amenities: Pillowtop mattresses and feathered pillows Full size hair dryer Iron and ironing board Free cable, pay per view movies Complimentary coffee and tea service Well-lit work desk High speed wireless

Facility amenities: Covered Parking Gift shop Complimentary safe deposit box Exercise facility Tropical courtyard pool Complimentary airport shuttle Complimentary newspaper delivered to your room, weekdays Concierge Services available Hors d'oeuvres(Sunday-Thursday evenings) Lomax Cantina The Spanish Room

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Hotel
You must contact the hotel for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 20 - Rancho Lomitas
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Depart for birding field trip to the western valley and La Lomitas Ranch for a special tour lead by an ethno-botanist.

Lunch: Picnic lunch on the ranch.

Afternoon: Continue birding the 'hot spots' along the western valley.

Dinner: On the way to dinner at local restaurant we will be on the lookout for Green Parakeets.

Evening: Go over bird list for the day.

Lodging: Renaissance Casa De Palmas Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic Casa De Palmas Hotel was built in 1918 as a social and business center. The "House of Palms" is named justly for the 92 palm trees on its grounds. The Casa has enjoyed prosperity for many years. In 1979 it was declared a Texas Historic Landmark. Now restored to its original splendor, the Casa de Palmas-Renaissance Hotel, provides its guests with a relaxed, elegant ambiance of a bygone era. The Spanish Room restaurant offers unique Nuevo Latino cuisine created by a talented culinary team. You may also enjoy Patio dining or light snacks and beverages poolside in the Courtyard. Room service is always an option. Guestrooms are spacious and comfortable, with upgraded amenities and special features such as two-line phones, mini-bars, data-port modems and complimentary shoe shine service.

Contact info:
101 North Main Street
McAllen, TX 78503 USA
phone: 956-631-1101
web: www.renaissancemcallen.com/

Room amenities: Pillowtop mattresses and feathered pillows Full size hair dryer Iron and ironing board Free cable, pay per view movies Complimentary coffee and tea service Well-lit work desk High speed wireless

Facility amenities: Covered Parking Gift shop Complimentary safe deposit box Exercise facility Tropical courtyard pool Complimentary airport shuttle Complimentary newspaper delivered to your room, weekdays Concierge Services available Hors d'oeuvres(Sunday-Thursday evenings) Lomax Cantina The Spanish Room

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Hotel
You must contact the hotel for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 21 - Birding near the Rio Grande
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Depart for one of the World Birding Centers, Bentsen State Park where chances are good of seeing a Clay-colored Thrush, and Black-chinned Hummingbirds.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Anzalduaz County Park along the Rio Grande River. Look for Pipits, both American and Spragues. Vermillion flycatchers, and possibly a Black Phoebes.

Afternoon: Birding continues as we head to the Edinburg Wetlands- another World Birding Site looking for Black-bellied Whistling ducks, Neo-tropical cormorants, and both Yellow- crowned and Black-crowned Night Herons.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Wrap-up, complete bird lists, and final discussion

Lodging: Renaissance Casa De Palmas Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 22 - Birding presentation by Bob Powell.
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Birding powerpoint presentation by Bob Powell. Program ends at 10:00 am. Check out hotel by 11:00 am.

Lunch: Pick up box lunches in hotel meeting room at 10 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

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