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BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS

Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island

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Program #11974RJ
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.
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Binoculars 10x50 or 8x 40 preferable.

Itinerary for Feb 2 — Feb 7, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy the comforts of home when you stay at this up market all-suite hotel conveniently located just 15 minutes from Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport. Exploring cultural exhibits and events is just a short drive away.

Contact info:
3759 N. Expressway
Brownsville, TX 78520 USA
phone: 956-574-6900
web: www.homewood.hilton.com/brownsville

Room amenities: For your Convenience •Bathroom Amenities •Coffee Maker •Complimentary Hot Breakfast •DVD/CD Player •Desk Level HSIA Connection •Desk Level Phone Jacks •Dishwasher •Evening Manager's Reception •Full-Size Refrigerator •Hairdryer •In-Suite Coffee/Welcome Caddy •Iron •Iron/Ironing Board •Kitchen, full •Microwave •Newspaper M-F (USA Today) •Remote-Controlled Television •Self Laundry Available •Telephone - Two Phones •Telephone - Voice Mail •Welcome Amenity

Facility amenities: For Your Business Convenience • Audio/Visual Equipment Rental • Business Center • Express Mail • Fax ($2.00) • Meeting Rooms • Modem • Photo Copying Service ($0.10) • Printer • Video Messaging • Video Phone For Your Comfort and Convenience • Baggage Storage • Beverage Area, Complimentary • Breakfast Area, Complimentary • Coin Laundry ($1.00) • Elevators • Laundry/Valet Service • Luggage Hold • Multi-Lingual Staff • On-Site Convenience Store • Safety Deposit Box For Your Fitness and Recreation Convenience • Fitness Room • Pool For Your Accessibility Needs The Following Features Are Available: •Accessible Rooms •Accessible business center •Accessible concierge desk •Accessible guest rooms with mobility features with entry or passage doors that provide 32” of clear width •Accessible hotel restaurant •Accessible parking •Accessible parking spaces for cars in the self-parking facility •Accessible public entrance •Accessible registration desk •Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the accessible guestrooms •Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the registration area •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible entrance to the meeting room/ballroom area •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to at least one restaurant •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the business center •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the exercise facilities •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the spa •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the swimming pool •Closed captioning on televisions or closed captioning decoders •Public Areas/Facilities accessible for physically challenged •Service support animals welcome •TTY for guest use •Van-accessible parking in the self-parking facility

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for pricing
At managers discretion

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 02 - Welcome and Orientation
Arrive To: Check in hotel by 3 pm

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

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Presentation and welcome to Brownsville by the President/CEO of Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

Lodging: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy the comforts of home when you stay at this up market all-suite hotel conveniently located just 15 minutes from Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport. Exploring cultural exhibits and events is just a short drive away.

Contact info:
3759 N. Expressway
Brownsville, TX 78520 USA
phone: 956-574-6900
web: www.homewood.hilton.com/brownsville

Room amenities: For your Convenience •Bathroom Amenities •Coffee Maker •Complimentary Hot Breakfast •DVD/CD Player •Desk Level HSIA Connection •Desk Level Phone Jacks •Dishwasher •Evening Manager's Reception •Full-Size Refrigerator •Hairdryer •In-Suite Coffee/Welcome Caddy •Iron •Iron/Ironing Board •Kitchen, full •Microwave •Newspaper M-F (USA Today) •Remote-Controlled Television •Self Laundry Available •Telephone - Two Phones •Telephone - Voice Mail •Welcome Amenity

Facility amenities: For Your Business Convenience • Audio/Visual Equipment Rental • Business Center • Express Mail • Fax ($2.00) • Meeting Rooms • Modem • Photo Copying Service ($0.10) • Printer • Video Messaging • Video Phone For Your Comfort and Convenience • Baggage Storage • Beverage Area, Complimentary • Breakfast Area, Complimentary • Coin Laundry ($1.00) • Elevators • Laundry/Valet Service • Luggage Hold • Multi-Lingual Staff • On-Site Convenience Store • Safety Deposit Box For Your Fitness and Recreation Convenience • Fitness Room • Pool For Your Accessibility Needs The Following Features Are Available: •Accessible Rooms •Accessible business center •Accessible concierge desk •Accessible guest rooms with mobility features with entry or passage doors that provide 32” of clear width •Accessible hotel restaurant •Accessible parking •Accessible parking spaces for cars in the self-parking facility •Accessible public entrance •Accessible registration desk •Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the accessible guestrooms •Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the registration area •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible entrance to the meeting room/ballroom area •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to at least one restaurant •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the business center •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the exercise facilities •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the spa •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the swimming pool •Closed captioning on televisions or closed captioning decoders •Public Areas/Facilities accessible for physically challenged •Service support animals welcome •TTY for guest use •Van-accessible parking in the self-parking facility

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for pricing
At managers discretion

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 03 - Nature Conservancy Preserve - a remnant of the Sa...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Visit one of the Texas Nature Conservancy's Preserves, a property that is a remnant of the Sabal Palm forest, and is also a working citrus orchard. Look for south Texas specialty birds; neo-tropical birds which are rare visitors north of south Texas, e.g. Green Jays, Great Kiskadees, Least Grebes, Green and Ringed Kingfishers.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch and get an overview on the ecology of south Texas.

Afternoon: Continue birding into another habitat - coastal grasslands looking for White-tailed and Harris Hawks, and perhaps the endangered Aplomado Falcon would be a good find.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant. On our way to dinner we will try to find some naturalized bird species - Red-crowned and Yellow-headed Parrots and Green Parakeets.

Evening: Optional. Go over checklist of the days birds.

Lodging: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy the comforts of home when you stay at this up market all-suite hotel conveniently located just 15 minutes from Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport. Exploring cultural exhibits and events is just a short drive away.

Contact info:
3759 N. Expressway
Brownsville, TX 78520 USA
phone: 956-574-6900
web: www.homewood.hilton.com/brownsville

Room amenities: For your Convenience •Bathroom Amenities •Coffee Maker •Complimentary Hot Breakfast •DVD/CD Player •Desk Level HSIA Connection •Desk Level Phone Jacks •Dishwasher •Evening Manager's Reception •Full-Size Refrigerator •Hairdryer •In-Suite Coffee/Welcome Caddy •Iron •Iron/Ironing Board •Kitchen, full •Microwave •Newspaper M-F (USA Today) •Remote-Controlled Television •Self Laundry Available •Telephone - Two Phones •Telephone - Voice Mail •Welcome Amenity

Facility amenities: For Your Business Convenience • Audio/Visual Equipment Rental • Business Center • Express Mail • Fax ($2.00) • Meeting Rooms • Modem • Photo Copying Service ($0.10) • Printer • Video Messaging • Video Phone For Your Comfort and Convenience • Baggage Storage • Beverage Area, Complimentary • Breakfast Area, Complimentary • Coin Laundry ($1.00) • Elevators • Laundry/Valet Service • Luggage Hold • Multi-Lingual Staff • On-Site Convenience Store • Safety Deposit Box For Your Fitness and Recreation Convenience • Fitness Room • Pool For Your Accessibility Needs The Following Features Are Available: •Accessible Rooms •Accessible business center •Accessible concierge desk •Accessible guest rooms with mobility features with entry or passage doors that provide 32” of clear width •Accessible hotel restaurant •Accessible parking •Accessible parking spaces for cars in the self-parking facility •Accessible public entrance •Accessible registration desk •Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the accessible guestrooms •Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the registration area •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible entrance to the meeting room/ballroom area •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to at least one restaurant •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the business center •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the exercise facilities •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the spa •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the swimming pool •Closed captioning on televisions or closed captioning decoders •Public Areas/Facilities accessible for physically challenged •Service support animals welcome •TTY for guest use •Van-accessible parking in the self-parking facility

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for pricing
At managers discretion

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 04 - South Padre Island Bird and Nature Center.
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center offers a visitors center, extensive board walks and a diversity of birds including, wading birds, gulls, shorebirds and ducks including the Black-bellied Whistling ducks. Secretive birds may accommodate like the Clapper and Sora Rails

Lunch: Picnic lunch

Afternoon: Birding continues in the afternoon en route back to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Optional. Go over checklist of the days birds.

Lodging: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy the comforts of home when you stay at this up market all-suite hotel conveniently located just 15 minutes from Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport. Exploring cultural exhibits and events is just a short drive away.

Contact info:
3759 N. Expressway
Brownsville, TX 78520 USA
phone: 956-574-6900
web: www.homewood.hilton.com/brownsville

Room amenities: For your Convenience •Bathroom Amenities •Coffee Maker •Complimentary Hot Breakfast •DVD/CD Player •Desk Level HSIA Connection •Desk Level Phone Jacks •Dishwasher •Evening Manager's Reception •Full-Size Refrigerator •Hairdryer •In-Suite Coffee/Welcome Caddy •Iron •Iron/Ironing Board •Kitchen, full •Microwave •Newspaper M-F (USA Today) •Remote-Controlled Television •Self Laundry Available •Telephone - Two Phones •Telephone - Voice Mail •Welcome Amenity

Facility amenities: For Your Business Convenience • Audio/Visual Equipment Rental • Business Center • Express Mail • Fax ($2.00) • Meeting Rooms • Modem • Photo Copying Service ($0.10) • Printer • Video Messaging • Video Phone For Your Comfort and Convenience • Baggage Storage • Beverage Area, Complimentary • Breakfast Area, Complimentary • Coin Laundry ($1.00) • Elevators • Laundry/Valet Service • Luggage Hold • Multi-Lingual Staff • On-Site Convenience Store • Safety Deposit Box For Your Fitness and Recreation Convenience • Fitness Room • Pool For Your Accessibility Needs The Following Features Are Available: •Accessible Rooms •Accessible business center •Accessible concierge desk •Accessible guest rooms with mobility features with entry or passage doors that provide 32” of clear width •Accessible hotel restaurant •Accessible parking •Accessible parking spaces for cars in the self-parking facility •Accessible public entrance •Accessible registration desk •Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the accessible guestrooms •Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the registration area •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible entrance to the meeting room/ballroom area •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to at least one restaurant •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the business center •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the exercise facilities •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the spa •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the swimming pool •Closed captioning on televisions or closed captioning decoders •Public Areas/Facilities accessible for physically challenged •Service support animals welcome •TTY for guest use •Van-accessible parking in the self-parking facility

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for pricing
At managers discretion

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 05 - Resaca de la Palma
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Visit the newest State Park in South Texas - Resaca de la Palma in search of Least Grebes.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the park.

Afternoon: The Sabal Palm Preserve, once a National Audubon site, now maintained by the Gorgus Foundation. We will look for Olive Sparrows and Long-billed Thrashers.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Optional. Go over checklist of the days birds.

Lodging: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy the comforts of home when you stay at this up market all-suite hotel conveniently located just 15 minutes from Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport. Exploring cultural exhibits and events is just a short drive away.

Contact info:
3759 N. Expressway
Brownsville, TX 78520 USA
phone: 956-574-6900
web: www.homewood.hilton.com/brownsville

Room amenities: For your Convenience •Bathroom Amenities •Coffee Maker •Complimentary Hot Breakfast •DVD/CD Player •Desk Level HSIA Connection •Desk Level Phone Jacks •Dishwasher •Evening Manager's Reception •Full-Size Refrigerator •Hairdryer •In-Suite Coffee/Welcome Caddy •Iron •Iron/Ironing Board •Kitchen, full •Microwave •Newspaper M-F (USA Today) •Remote-Controlled Television •Self Laundry Available •Telephone - Two Phones •Telephone - Voice Mail •Welcome Amenity

Facility amenities: For Your Business Convenience • Audio/Visual Equipment Rental • Business Center • Express Mail • Fax ($2.00) • Meeting Rooms • Modem • Photo Copying Service ($0.10) • Printer • Video Messaging • Video Phone For Your Comfort and Convenience • Baggage Storage • Beverage Area, Complimentary • Breakfast Area, Complimentary • Coin Laundry ($1.00) • Elevators • Laundry/Valet Service • Luggage Hold • Multi-Lingual Staff • On-Site Convenience Store • Safety Deposit Box For Your Fitness and Recreation Convenience • Fitness Room • Pool For Your Accessibility Needs The Following Features Are Available: •Accessible Rooms •Accessible business center •Accessible concierge desk •Accessible guest rooms with mobility features with entry or passage doors that provide 32” of clear width •Accessible hotel restaurant •Accessible parking •Accessible parking spaces for cars in the self-parking facility •Accessible public entrance •Accessible registration desk •Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the accessible guestrooms •Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the registration area •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible entrance to the meeting room/ballroom area •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to at least one restaurant •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the business center •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the exercise facilities •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the spa •Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the swimming pool •Closed captioning on televisions or closed captioning decoders •Public Areas/Facilities accessible for physically challenged •Service support animals welcome •TTY for guest use •Van-accessible parking in the self-parking facility

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for pricing
At managers discretion

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 06 - Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Visit the southernmost waterfowl refuge in the US-Laguna Atascosa where another neo-tropical bird lives, the Plain Chachalaca. Other bird sightings may include Alta-mira Orioles, and in the waters of the Laguna Madre watch out for the Reddish Egret and other wading birds, as well as wintering ducks like Redheads, Northern Pintails, and the American Widgeon.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Laguna Atascosa entertained by begging Green Jays.

Afternoon: Birding continues in the afternoon en route back to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

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

Lodging: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 07 - Departure Day. Program finishes at 10:00 am
Note: Check out hotel at 12:00 pm

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Birding powerpoint presentation by Bob Powell. Program ends at 10 am.

Lunch: Pick up box lunches in hotel meeting room at 10 am. Hotel check out 11 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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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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