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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.
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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 8x42 or 10x50 preferred, and you may bring a spotting scope if you have one, but it is not essential.

Itinerary for Feb 9 — Feb 14, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: This upscale, extended stay hotel in McAllen offers comfortable home from home accommodations near noteworthy area attractions and major businesses and ideally situated near McAllen International Airport

Contact info:
620 Wichita Avenue
McAllen, TX 78503 USA
phone: 956-213-7829
web: www.staybridge.com/mcallen

Room amenities: All of our smoke free, pet friendly McAllen hotel suites include free high-speed Internet access and a kitchen with a refrigerator, a stove top, a dishwasher and cookware. Spacious work stations are convenient for conducting business while sleek 32-inch color TVs provide plenty of entertainment. Drinks, complimentary Entertainment Cable / Satellite TV Color TV DVD Player High-end Video Equipment Stereo Workspace / Desk Work Desk w/ Lamp Desk Level Electrical Outlet Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Phone / Fax Phone with Voice Mail Two-Line Phone Direct Dial Phone Speaker Phone Free Local Phone Calls Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Desk Level Electrical Outlet Standard Internet service is free for all guests Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Wired Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Bathtub Hairdryer Hamper Private Bathroom Refreshment / Kitchen Coffee Maker Dishwasher Full Kitchen Microwave Oven Plates/Glassware Pots/Pans/Serving Dishes Refrigerator (full) Silverware Stove Toaster Miscellaneous Connecting Rooms Amenities available in some guest rooms. Crib Amenities available in some guest rooms. Individually Controlled Air Conditioning Iron / Ironing Board Separate Hanging Closet Sofa-bed Windows Open by Guest All rooms non smoking Number of Closets in Some Rooms : 1

Facility amenities: Business Center Photo Copying E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available 2 Computers Available in Business Center Printer Analog Dial-up Wireless Data Connection Health and Fitness Center (On-site) 24 hours Enjoy the benefits of the cardiovascular equipment including treadmills and stationary bicycles Standard Internet service is free for all guests Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Wired Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Entertainment and Recreation Barbecue Grills Outdoor Pool Also nearby, Zone Action Park in McAllen TX for go karts, bumper boats, 36 holes in 2 miniature or mini golf courses, batting cages, and video game arcade. Housekeeping and Laundry Services On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Hours Of Operation:12:00 AM to11:59 PM Daily Housekeeping Weekly Housekeeping Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry Same Day Dry Cleaning Miscellaneous A/C Public Areas Ice Machine on first floor Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for pricing
Additional nights pricing at the manager discretion

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 09 - Arrival
Arrive To: Check in hotel by 3 pm

Afternoon: Welcome, orientation and discuss the weeks schedule at 4:30pm in hotel meeting room.

Dinner: Dinner local restaurant.

Evening: Introduction to McAllen

Lodging: Staybridge Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This upscale, extended stay hotel in McAllen offers comfortable home from home accommodations near noteworthy area attractions and major businesses and ideally situated near McAllen International Airport

Contact info:
620 Wichita Avenue
McAllen, TX 78503 USA
phone: 956-213-7829
web: www.staybridge.com/mcallen

Room amenities: All of our smoke free, pet friendly McAllen hotel suites include free high-speed Internet access and a kitchen with a refrigerator, a stove top, a dishwasher and cookware. Spacious work stations are convenient for conducting business while sleek 32-inch color TVs provide plenty of entertainment. Drinks, complimentary Entertainment Cable / Satellite TV Color TV DVD Player High-end Video Equipment Stereo Workspace / Desk Work Desk w/ Lamp Desk Level Electrical Outlet Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Phone / Fax Phone with Voice Mail Two-Line Phone Direct Dial Phone Speaker Phone Free Local Phone Calls Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Desk Level Electrical Outlet Standard Internet service is free for all guests Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Wired Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Bathtub Hairdryer Hamper Private Bathroom Refreshment / Kitchen Coffee Maker Dishwasher Full Kitchen Microwave Oven Plates/Glassware Pots/Pans/Serving Dishes Refrigerator (full) Silverware Stove Toaster Miscellaneous Connecting Rooms Amenities available in some guest rooms. Crib Amenities available in some guest rooms. Individually Controlled Air Conditioning Iron / Ironing Board Separate Hanging Closet Sofa-bed Windows Open by Guest All rooms non smoking Number of Closets in Some Rooms : 1

Facility amenities: Business Center Photo Copying E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available 2 Computers Available in Business Center Printer Analog Dial-up Wireless Data Connection Health and Fitness Center (On-site) 24 hours Enjoy the benefits of the cardiovascular equipment including treadmills and stationary bicycles Standard Internet service is free for all guests Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Wired Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Entertainment and Recreation Barbecue Grills Outdoor Pool Also nearby, Zone Action Park in McAllen TX for go karts, bumper boats, 36 holes in 2 miniature or mini golf courses, batting cages, and video game arcade. Housekeeping and Laundry Services On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Hours Of Operation:12:00 AM to11:59 PM Daily Housekeeping Weekly Housekeeping Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry Same Day Dry Cleaning Miscellaneous A/C Public Areas Ice Machine on first floor Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for pricing
Additional nights pricing at the manager discretion

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 10 - 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. Approximate driving time 1.1/2hours

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: Optional. Go over the bird list for the day.

Lodging: Staybridge Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This upscale, extended stay hotel in McAllen offers comfortable home from home accommodations near noteworthy area attractions and major businesses and ideally situated near McAllen International Airport

Contact info:
620 Wichita Avenue
McAllen, TX 78503 USA
phone: 956-213-7829
web: www.staybridge.com/mcallen

Room amenities: All of our smoke free, pet friendly McAllen hotel suites include free high-speed Internet access and a kitchen with a refrigerator, a stove top, a dishwasher and cookware. Spacious work stations are convenient for conducting business while sleek 32-inch color TVs provide plenty of entertainment. Drinks, complimentary Entertainment Cable / Satellite TV Color TV DVD Player High-end Video Equipment Stereo Workspace / Desk Work Desk w/ Lamp Desk Level Electrical Outlet Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Phone / Fax Phone with Voice Mail Two-Line Phone Direct Dial Phone Speaker Phone Free Local Phone Calls Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Desk Level Electrical Outlet Standard Internet service is free for all guests Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Wired Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Bathtub Hairdryer Hamper Private Bathroom Refreshment / Kitchen Coffee Maker Dishwasher Full Kitchen Microwave Oven Plates/Glassware Pots/Pans/Serving Dishes Refrigerator (full) Silverware Stove Toaster Miscellaneous Connecting Rooms Amenities available in some guest rooms. Crib Amenities available in some guest rooms. Individually Controlled Air Conditioning Iron / Ironing Board Separate Hanging Closet Sofa-bed Windows Open by Guest All rooms non smoking Number of Closets in Some Rooms : 1

Facility amenities: Business Center Photo Copying E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available 2 Computers Available in Business Center Printer Analog Dial-up Wireless Data Connection Health and Fitness Center (On-site) 24 hours Enjoy the benefits of the cardiovascular equipment including treadmills and stationary bicycles Standard Internet service is free for all guests Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Wired Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Entertainment and Recreation Barbecue Grills Outdoor Pool Also nearby, Zone Action Park in McAllen TX for go karts, bumper boats, 36 holes in 2 miniature or mini golf courses, batting cages, and video game arcade. Housekeeping and Laundry Services On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Hours Of Operation:12:00 AM to11:59 PM Daily Housekeeping Weekly Housekeeping Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry Same Day Dry Cleaning Miscellaneous A/C Public Areas Ice Machine on first floor Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for pricing
Additional nights pricing at the manager discretion

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 11 - 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. Approximate driving time 20 minutes.

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 local restaurant

Evening: Optional. Go over bird list for the day.

Lodging: Staybridge Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This upscale, extended stay hotel in McAllen offers comfortable home from home accommodations near noteworthy area attractions and major businesses and ideally situated near McAllen International Airport

Contact info:
620 Wichita Avenue
McAllen, TX 78503 USA
phone: 956-213-7829
web: www.staybridge.com/mcallen

Room amenities: All of our smoke free, pet friendly McAllen hotel suites include free high-speed Internet access and a kitchen with a refrigerator, a stove top, a dishwasher and cookware. Spacious work stations are convenient for conducting business while sleek 32-inch color TVs provide plenty of entertainment. Drinks, complimentary Entertainment Cable / Satellite TV Color TV DVD Player High-end Video Equipment Stereo Workspace / Desk Work Desk w/ Lamp Desk Level Electrical Outlet Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Phone / Fax Phone with Voice Mail Two-Line Phone Direct Dial Phone Speaker Phone Free Local Phone Calls Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Desk Level Electrical Outlet Standard Internet service is free for all guests Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Wired Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Bathtub Hairdryer Hamper Private Bathroom Refreshment / Kitchen Coffee Maker Dishwasher Full Kitchen Microwave Oven Plates/Glassware Pots/Pans/Serving Dishes Refrigerator (full) Silverware Stove Toaster Miscellaneous Connecting Rooms Amenities available in some guest rooms. Crib Amenities available in some guest rooms. Individually Controlled Air Conditioning Iron / Ironing Board Separate Hanging Closet Sofa-bed Windows Open by Guest All rooms non smoking Number of Closets in Some Rooms : 1

Facility amenities: Business Center Photo Copying E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available 2 Computers Available in Business Center Printer Analog Dial-up Wireless Data Connection Health and Fitness Center (On-site) 24 hours Enjoy the benefits of the cardiovascular equipment including treadmills and stationary bicycles Standard Internet service is free for all guests Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Wired Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Entertainment and Recreation Barbecue Grills Outdoor Pool Also nearby, Zone Action Park in McAllen TX for go karts, bumper boats, 36 holes in 2 miniature or mini golf courses, batting cages, and video game arcade. Housekeeping and Laundry Services On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Hours Of Operation:12:00 AM to11:59 PM Daily Housekeeping Weekly Housekeeping Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry Same Day Dry Cleaning Miscellaneous A/C Public Areas Ice Machine on first floor Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for pricing
Additional nights pricing at the manager discretion

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 12 - Rancho Lomitas
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Depart for birding field trip to the western valley and Rancho Lomitas for a special tour lead by an ethno-botanist. Approximate driving time 50 minutes.

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: Optional. Go over bird list for the day.

Lodging: Staybridge Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This upscale, extended stay hotel in McAllen offers comfortable home from home accommodations near noteworthy area attractions and major businesses and ideally situated near McAllen International Airport

Contact info:
620 Wichita Avenue
McAllen, TX 78503 USA
phone: 956-213-7829
web: www.staybridge.com/mcallen

Room amenities: All of our smoke free, pet friendly McAllen hotel suites include free high-speed Internet access and a kitchen with a refrigerator, a stove top, a dishwasher and cookware. Spacious work stations are convenient for conducting business while sleek 32-inch color TVs provide plenty of entertainment. Drinks, complimentary Entertainment Cable / Satellite TV Color TV DVD Player High-end Video Equipment Stereo Workspace / Desk Work Desk w/ Lamp Desk Level Electrical Outlet Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Phone / Fax Phone with Voice Mail Two-Line Phone Direct Dial Phone Speaker Phone Free Local Phone Calls Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Desk Level Electrical Outlet Standard Internet service is free for all guests Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Wired Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Bathtub Hairdryer Hamper Private Bathroom Refreshment / Kitchen Coffee Maker Dishwasher Full Kitchen Microwave Oven Plates/Glassware Pots/Pans/Serving Dishes Refrigerator (full) Silverware Stove Toaster Miscellaneous Connecting Rooms Amenities available in some guest rooms. Crib Amenities available in some guest rooms. Individually Controlled Air Conditioning Iron / Ironing Board Separate Hanging Closet Sofa-bed Windows Open by Guest All rooms non smoking Number of Closets in Some Rooms : 1

Facility amenities: Business Center Photo Copying E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available 2 Computers Available in Business Center Printer Analog Dial-up Wireless Data Connection Health and Fitness Center (On-site) 24 hours Enjoy the benefits of the cardiovascular equipment including treadmills and stationary bicycles Standard Internet service is free for all guests Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Wired Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Entertainment and Recreation Barbecue Grills Outdoor Pool Also nearby, Zone Action Park in McAllen TX for go karts, bumper boats, 36 holes in 2 miniature or mini golf courses, batting cages, and video game arcade. Housekeeping and Laundry Services On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Hours Of Operation:12:00 AM to11:59 PM Daily Housekeeping Weekly Housekeeping Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry Same Day Dry Cleaning Miscellaneous A/C Public Areas Ice Machine on first floor Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for pricing
Additional nights pricing at the manager discretion

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 13 - 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. Approximate driving time 20 minutes.

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 Phoebe.

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: Staybridge Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 14 - 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

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

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