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PORT ARANSAS, TEXAS

Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life

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Program #18333RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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 preferable.

Itinerary for Feb 19 — Feb 24, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants.

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

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: WiFi, swimming pool with tropical landscaping and game room with Wii.

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 these reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, February 19 - Welcome, meet & greet reception before dinner
Arrive To: Check in to hotel at 3 pm

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

Dinner: Dinner at local seafood restaurant.

Evening: Discussion of schedule destinations, target birds and binocular use.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants.

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

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: WiFi, swimming pool with tropical landscaping and game room with Wii.

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 these reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, February 20 - • Cruise along the shores of the Aransas National...
• Cruise along the shores of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and marvel at the sight of these endangered whooping cranes. The only flock of naturally migrating whooping cranes in the world. In 1943 there were 14 birds now we have more than 300 thanks to dedicated conservation efforts. The cranes stand a commanding 5 feet tall. A wonderful photographic experience.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Early morning departure to Rockport for a fully narrated cruise along the shore of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to study and view the only wild, naturally migrating flock of endangered whooping cranes left in the world. Oyster Catchers, plovers, hawks, and herons are among the many other birds we can expect to see. Deer, javelina, and other examples of local wildlife are often seen as we travel through the refuge.

Lunch: Delicious picnic lunch at the Rockport Beach Park. We'll watch the shore birds while we relax!

Afternoon: Birding on Lamar Peninsula near Big Tree (second oldest Live Oak in Texas).

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Lecture on shore birds by Nan Dietert.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants.

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

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: WiFi, swimming pool with tropical landscaping and game room with Wii.

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 these reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, February 21 - • Birding and wildlife opportunities await you as...
• Birding and wildlife opportunities await you as you take a fun hayride over riparian land and explore the rich habitat diversity of the Fennessey Ranch. • Observe some of the injured birds and turtles and hear about their injuries on a tour of the University of Texas Marine Science Institutes, Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK)

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Early departure the Fennessey Ranch, a working cattle ranch managed in an ecological manner. Birds and wildlife abound on the Fennessey!

Lunch: Lunch at Croufutt's Deli & Bakery.

Afternoon: Private tour of the the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) - home to recovering sea turtles and birds, followed by a walk around The Wetlands Education Center, a saltwater marsh on the UTMSI campus.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Public Lecture Series presentation on Albatross by Dr. Robin Doughty.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants.

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

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: WiFi, swimming pool with tropical landscaping and game room with Wii.

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 these reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, February 22 - Whooping Crane Festival starts with expert speake...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: We'll have an early start to catch some birds at the Birding Center and then attend the Whooping Crane Festival - we provide passes to all scheduled speakers.

Lunch: Lunch at the University campus cafeteria.

Afternoon: We'll return to the auditorium for the remaining speakers. Afterwards we will bird along the beach as we return to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Presentation TBA

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants.

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

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: WiFi, swimming pool with tropical landscaping and game room with Wii.

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 these reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, February 23 - Back to the Festival!
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Early morning birding trip to Paradise Pond and morning festival speakers.

Lunch: Picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Festival activites, we'll spend a short time at the trade show and then more local birding. If you want to enjoy a free afternoon on your own, this is it! We can get you back to the hotel by 2:00. Suggested activities: Explore the Gulf beach, the Port Aransas Birding Center or Paradise Pond. Take a bay fishing trip (all tackle and bait provided), browse the local shops or explore Corpus Christi's Texas State Aquarium, USS Lexington, Museum of Science and History and Columbus Fleet.

Dinner: Dinner at local restauant.

Evening: Social and wrap up.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Sunday, February 24 - Birding with Nan.
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Guided birding walk

Brunch: Pick up boxed lunch at 10 am. Check out hotel 11 am

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch

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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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips

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