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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
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 8x42 or 10x50 preferable.

Itinerary for Jan 26 — Jan 31, 2014

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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: Sunday, January 26 - Welcome, meet & greet reception before dinner
Arrive To: Check in to hotel at 3 pm

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

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Optional: Free evening to rest after a days travel

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: Monday, January 27 - •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 close to 300 thanks to dedicated conservation efforts. The cranes stand a commanding 5 feet tall. A wonderful photographic experience.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Shorebird presentation by Nan Dietert followed by a field trip to the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center in Port Aransas.

Lunch: Lunch at the University campus cafeteria.

Afternoon: Birding along the beach and bays of Mustang Island looking for shorebirds.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Movie on Whooping Cranes in preparation for the following days field trip

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: Tuesday, January 28 - See endangered Whooping Cranes as you cruise alon...
See endangered Whooping Cranes as you cruise along the shores of the Aransas Wildlife Refuge

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Early departure for a cruise along the shores of the Aransas Wildlife Refuge with sightings of Cranes, Wading Birds, Shorebirds, and raptors.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch at the Rockport Beach Pavilion. Relax and enjoy the birds along the beach.

Afternoon: Birding on Lamar Peninsula near Big Tree, the second oldest ‘Live Oak’ in Texas

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Presentation

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: Wednesday, January 29 - Birding hayride on the Fennessey Ranch
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

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

Lunch: Lunch at Crofutt's Sandwich shop & Bakery

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

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: Thursday, January 30 - Port Aransas Nature Preserve
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Boardwalks over algal flats, crushed granite trails on the uplands, covered seating sites and a tower overlooking wetland areas around Salt Island - Distance 1.25 miles.

Lunch: Pizza lunch.

Afternoon: Birding continues looking for species that may have eluded us.

Dinner: Dinner at Ms. K's Bistro for a special Shrimp Boil - a Texas favorite dish.

Evening: University of Texas Public Lecture Series. 'Ask A Scientist' Series - Saltwater Fishing in Texas: The Science, Aquaculture and Management

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, January 31 - 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
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
12 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips

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