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PORT ARANSAS, TEXAS

Birding in America's "Birdiest Small Coastal City"

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Program #19967RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
Elevation Note
We don't get much higher than 25 feet above sea level!

Equipment Requirements
Binoculars are required and an updated field guide. Birds of North America or, Eastern Bird Guide usually work well.

Itinerary for Feb 4 — Feb 8, 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 stops in front of hotel.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=44443

Room amenities: Guest Room Amenities: •Cable satellite television •In-room movies HBO •Free local calls under 30 minutes •Free long distance access •Dataports •Wake-up calls •AM/FM alarm clock •Hairdryer •Iron, ironing board •Coffee/tea maker •Refrigerator •Microwave •Desk/work area •Electronic key card locks •Cribs available •Rollaway beds available •Air-conditioning •Free wireless internet access available in public areas, and all guest rooms •Complimentary newspaper available at front desk

Facility amenities: Continental breakfast • choice of breads • cereal • fruit • eggs • yogurt • juice • and hot items. Hotel Amenities: •Outdoor pool •Game room •Safe deposit box •Ice/vending machines •Public areas accessible by physically challenged •Braille coded exit ways •Access ramps •Free parking •Meeting facilities •Fax services •Photocopy services •High-speed Internet access •Exterior corridor •Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events •Free wireless internet available in public areas; Free in-room wireless internet access; Free wireless internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms; All guest rooms are hardwired and offer free wireless internet access; All guest rooms are hardwired for internet access

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel 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: Monday, February 04 - Welcome, Dinner at Jay's Seafood and Spaghetti Wo...
Welcome, Dinner at Jay's Seafood and Spaghetti Works, Birding 101 with Nan

Afternoon: Welcome to Port Aransas, orientation and introductions.

Dinner: We'll enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Port Aransas' favorite dining spots,

Evening: Nan Dietert will begin our birding 101 class with a lecture and presentation about shore birds.

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 stops in front of hotel.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=44443

Room amenities: Guest Room Amenities: •Cable satellite television •In-room movies HBO •Free local calls under 30 minutes •Free long distance access •Dataports •Wake-up calls •AM/FM alarm clock •Hairdryer •Iron, ironing board •Coffee/tea maker •Refrigerator •Microwave •Desk/work area •Electronic key card locks •Cribs available •Rollaway beds available •Air-conditioning •Free wireless internet access available in public areas, and all guest rooms •Complimentary newspaper available at front desk

Facility amenities: Continental breakfast • choice of breads • cereal • fruit • eggs • yogurt • juice • and hot items. Hotel Amenities: •Outdoor pool •Game room •Safe deposit box •Ice/vending machines •Public areas accessible by physically challenged •Braille coded exit ways •Access ramps •Free parking •Meeting facilities •Fax services •Photocopy services •High-speed Internet access •Exterior corridor •Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events •Free wireless internet available in public areas; Free in-room wireless internet access; Free wireless internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms; All guest rooms are hardwired and offer free wireless internet access; All guest rooms are hardwired for internet access

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel 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: Tuesday, February 05 - Beach Birding, Salt Marsh, Local Birding Hot Spot...
Breakfast: After an early breakfast, we'll head out to the beach to look for shore birds. Our birding guides will set up scopes and point out the identifying marks on the birds we'll see. Our next stop will be the University of Texas Marine Science Institute for a tour of the salt marsh and a brief introduction to the local ecology.

Lunch: Lunch with Chef Robert in the UT cafeteria will be followed by an afternoon of birding hot spots. We may visit the bay, some fresh water ponds, or one of the local birding sites. We'll go where the birds are the best!

Dinner: Light dinner (and a yummy dessert) at Miss K's Bistro will be followed by another birding lecture from Nan our wonderful bird guide.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

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 stops in front of hotel.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=44443

Room amenities: Guest Room Amenities: •Cable satellite television •In-room movies HBO •Free local calls under 30 minutes •Free long distance access •Dataports •Wake-up calls •AM/FM alarm clock •Hairdryer •Iron, ironing board •Coffee/tea maker •Refrigerator •Microwave •Desk/work area •Electronic key card locks •Cribs available •Rollaway beds available •Air-conditioning •Free wireless internet access available in public areas, and all guest rooms •Complimentary newspaper available at front desk

Facility amenities: Continental breakfast • choice of breads • cereal • fruit • eggs • yogurt • juice • and hot items. Hotel Amenities: •Outdoor pool •Game room •Safe deposit box •Ice/vending machines •Public areas accessible by physically challenged •Braille coded exit ways •Access ramps •Free parking •Meeting facilities •Fax services •Photocopy services •High-speed Internet access •Exterior corridor •Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events •Free wireless internet available in public areas; Free in-room wireless internet access; Free wireless internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms; All guest rooms are hardwired and offer free wireless internet access; All guest rooms are hardwired for internet access

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel 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 Three: Wednesday, February 06 - Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Paradise Pond...
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Paradise Pond and Picnic in the Park

Breakfast: Breakfast will be followed by a field trip to the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center. The Birding Center is home to herons, egrets, grebes, rails, cormorants, pelicans, and many other birds. It is also an attractive stopover for our many migrants. Warblers are found in the trees and reeds, raptors fly over and sometimes swoop in for lunch, early ducks spend the day dabbling in the water, and spoonbills add a splash of bright pink as they fly over or feed in the back ponds. After we've had our fill of delicious birds at the Birding Center, we'll head for Paradise Pond. Many small birds stop here for a rest before they start the long flight over the Gulf of Mexico.

Lunch: We'll enjoy a relaxing, catered picnic lunch at Robert's Point Park where we can watch ships, dolphins and birds as we rest up before our afternoon on the beach. We'll walk from the South Jetty back to our hotel on Avenue G. As we walk the beach, we'll keep our eyes open for terns, gulls, and sandpipers at the same time keeping our eyes peeled for other beach treasures, like seastars, sharks teeth etc.

Dinner: Dinner on the bay front at Virginia's is wonderful way to end the day. We'll return to the hotel for more Birding 101.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

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 stops in front of hotel.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=44443

Room amenities: Guest Room Amenities: •Cable satellite television •In-room movies HBO •Free local calls under 30 minutes •Free long distance access •Dataports •Wake-up calls •AM/FM alarm clock •Hairdryer •Iron, ironing board •Coffee/tea maker •Refrigerator •Microwave •Desk/work area •Electronic key card locks •Cribs available •Rollaway beds available •Air-conditioning •Free wireless internet access available in public areas, and all guest rooms •Complimentary newspaper available at front desk

Facility amenities: Continental breakfast • choice of breads • cereal • fruit • eggs • yogurt • juice • and hot items. Hotel Amenities: •Outdoor pool •Game room •Safe deposit box •Ice/vending machines •Public areas accessible by physically challenged •Braille coded exit ways •Access ramps •Free parking •Meeting facilities •Fax services •Photocopy services •High-speed Internet access •Exterior corridor •Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events •Free wireless internet available in public areas; Free in-room wireless internet access; Free wireless internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms; All guest rooms are hardwired and offer free wireless internet access; All guest rooms are hardwired for internet access

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel 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 Four: Thursday, February 07 - Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture...
Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture, More Birding Hot Spots and a South Texas Shrimp Boil

Breakfast: Breakfast will be followed by a trip to the Nature Preserve. We'll walk the board walk, led by Nan Dietert. We'll be on the look out for plovers, sparrows, sandpipers, ducks, raptors and wandering warblers. The tower at the end of the boardwalk looks over marshes, sand-flats and coastal prairie. The view is great and the birding is excellent.

Lunch: After lunch we'll follow the birds. Our guides are always in touch with other local birders and we'll go to the best spots to increase our list of species!

Dinner: Our final evening will begin with a Texas shrimp boil, a local tradition. After dinner we'll go over the bird list and talk about our target birds for the final morning.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Friday, February 08 - Birding hot spots, brunch and good-byes.
Breakfast: After breakfast we'll head out for our final birding field trip. We may go back to the Birding Center, Paradise Pond, the beach or hit a new spot. We'll go to the best spot to end with a bang.

Brunch: We will have a boxed lunch to-go back at the hotel around 10 am and tally our bird lists. Nan will answer any questions you may have and we'll say good-bye till your next trip to Mustang Island. Check out hotel 11 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch


Free Time Opportunities


Port Aransas, TX
Port Aransas History MuseumOur new history museum is a delightful way to spend an hour or two. History from the Karankawa to modern time is covered in the museum.
Texas Maritime MuseumTheTX Maritime Museum, Fulton Mansion and Goose Island State Park are all located in Rockport.
Texas State AquariumThe Texas State Aquarium, Museum of Science and History, Columbus Ships and USS Lexington are all located in downtown Corpus Christi.

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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4 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips

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