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The Specialty Birds of South Texas: The Big Enchilada of Birding

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Program #8162RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for Mar 24 — Mar 30, 2013

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Type: Motel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from the Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants. Trolley stop in front.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: http://bestwesterntexas.com/hotels/best-western-ocean-villa/

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen sized beds, cable TV, microwave, refigerator, hair dryer

Facility amenities: Internet access in lobby, outdoor swimming pool with tropical landscaping, game room with pool table.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call hotel directly for price.
Reservations for additional nights must be made directly with the hotel. We cannot make those reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 24 - Arrival & Welcome
Arrive To: Check in hotel by 3 pm

Afternoon: Welcome, introductions and orientation

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Presentation and discussion on birding "etiquette," target species, and field marks.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from the Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants. Trolley stop in front.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: http://bestwesterntexas.com/hotels/best-western-ocean-villa/

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen sized beds, cable TV, microwave, refigerator, hair dryer

Facility amenities: Internet access in lobby, outdoor swimming pool with tropical landscaping, game room with pool table.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call hotel directly for price.
Reservations for additional nights must be made directly with the hotel. We cannot make those reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 25 - World Class Birding in Port Aransas Area
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Depart for birding to selected "hot spots" including Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center - a world class birding site.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field birding continues

Dinner: Buffet dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Documentary: The King Ranch: Birthplace of American Ranching

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Comfort Inn® hotel is conveniently located on Highway 77, close to the L.E. Ramey Golf Course. Popular tourist attractions in the area include King Ranch and the Naval Air Station Kingsville. Visitors will enjoy touring the nearby John E. Connor Museum and the King Ranch Museum.

Contact info:
505 N Highway 77
Kingsville, TX 78363 USA
phone: 361-516-1120
web: http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-kingsville-texas-TX105

Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV Computer Hook-up Free Coffee Free Local Calls Free Newspaper Mon-Fri Hi-Speed Web Access In-Room Air Conditioning Iron & Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Wake up each morning to a free breakfast with hot waffles scrambled eggs and breakfast meat, and free coffee. Guests are welcome to enjoy special hotel amenities, including a free weekday newspaper, free high-speed Internet access, a seasonal outdoor pool and an exercise room. The on-site business center with meeting rooms, and fax and copy services should prove useful, especially to business travelers. This Kingsville hotel offers spacious rooms with many superior features, including microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. There is a coin-operated laundry facility located on the premises for guest convenience.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, March 26 - Whooping Cranes in Aransas National Wildlife Refu...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Early departure and check out of Best Western Ocean Villa. Depart for Rockport and cruise to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge for whooping cranes and other birds.

Lunch: Catered picinc lunch.

Afternoon: Depart for Kingsville with birding stops enroute (time permitting) Check in at Comfort Inn.

Dinner: Dinner at Kingsville restaurant

Evening: Discussion and bird list

Lodging: Comfort Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Comfort Inn® hotel is conveniently located on Highway 77, close to the L.E. Ramey Golf Course. Popular tourist attractions in the area include King Ranch and the Naval Air Station Kingsville. Visitors will enjoy touring the nearby John E. Connor Museum and the King Ranch Museum.

Contact info:
505 N Highway 77
Kingsville, TX 78363 USA
phone: 361-516-1120
web: http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-kingsville-texas-TX105

Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV Computer Hook-up Free Coffee Free Local Calls Free Newspaper Mon-Fri Hi-Speed Web Access In-Room Air Conditioning Iron & Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Wake up each morning to a free breakfast with hot waffles scrambled eggs and breakfast meat, and free coffee. Guests are welcome to enjoy special hotel amenities, including a free weekday newspaper, free high-speed Internet access, a seasonal outdoor pool and an exercise room. The on-site business center with meeting rooms, and fax and copy services should prove useful, especially to business travelers. This Kingsville hotel offers spacious rooms with many superior features, including microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. There is a coin-operated laundry facility located on the premises for guest convenience.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, March 27 - Target bird - Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Early morning departure for birding field trip to King Ranch Norias Division. Approximately 1 hour drive each way in passenger van(s).

Lunch: Picnic box lunch at King Ranch headquarters.

Afternoon: Birding continues on the Norius Division, returning to the Comfort Inn around 4 pm

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Lodging: Comfort Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Comfort Inn® hotel is conveniently located on Highway 77, close to the L.E. Ramey Golf Course. Popular tourist attractions in the area include King Ranch and the Naval Air Station Kingsville. Visitors will enjoy touring the nearby John E. Connor Museum and the King Ranch Museum.

Contact info:
505 N Highway 77
Kingsville, TX 78363 USA
phone: 361-516-1120
web: http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-kingsville-texas-TX105

Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV Computer Hook-up Free Coffee Free Local Calls Free Newspaper Mon-Fri Hi-Speed Web Access In-Room Air Conditioning Iron & Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Wake up each morning to a free breakfast with hot waffles scrambled eggs and breakfast meat, and free coffee. Guests are welcome to enjoy special hotel amenities, including a free weekday newspaper, free high-speed Internet access, a seasonal outdoor pool and an exercise room. The on-site business center with meeting rooms, and fax and copy services should prove useful, especially to business travelers. This Kingsville hotel offers spacious rooms with many superior features, including microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. There is a coin-operated laundry facility located on the premises for guest convenience.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, March 28 - Birding on two divisions of the King Ranch
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Birding on the Santa Gertrudis Division of the King Ranch. Look out for Green jay,and Olive sparrow.

Lunch: Sandwich lunch at the Ranch under shaded trees. Also an opportunity of visit the King Ranch gift shop for souvenirs.

Afternoon: Afternoon birding continues to Laureles Division of King Ranch and returning to the Comfort Inn by 4 pm

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Go over bird list

Lodging: Comfort Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from the Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants. Trolley stop in front.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: http://bestwesterntexas.com/hotels/best-western-ocean-villa/

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen sized beds, cable TV, microwave, refigerator, hair dryer

Facility amenities: Internet access in lobby, outdoor swimming pool with tropical landscaping, game room with pool table.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call hotel directly for price.
Reservations for additional nights must be made directly with the hotel. We cannot make those reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, March 29 - More Birds!!!!
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Check out hotel and depart at 8:30 am for field birding to selected "hot spots"

Lunch: Sack lunch in Corpus Christi Park.

Afternoon: Return to Port Aransas and check in Best Western Ocean Villa late afternoon.

Dinner: Shrimp Boil and Social at Ms. K's Bistro

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, March 30 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Depart after breakfast at your convenience. Check out time is 11 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips

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