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Program #20919RJ
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.
Equipment Requirements
Please bring your binoculars. 8x42 or 10x50 work well if you have them. You may also bring your spotting scope if you wish but not essential..

Itinerary for Apr 20 — Apr 25, 2014

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Type: Motel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from the Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants. Trolley stop in front.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: http://bestwesterntexas.com/hotels/best-western-ocean-villa/

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

Facility amenities: WiFi Access throughout hotel, guest computer in lobby, outdoor swimming pool with tropical landscaping, 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 those reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 20 - Welcome, Program Orientation and Participant Meet...
Arrive To: Check in at 3 pm to the Best Western Ocean Villa

Afternoon: 4:30 pm Welcome reception, meet and greet in the hotel meeting room.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Dessert back at the hotel and a brief summary of schedule.

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 stop in front.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: http://bestwesterntexas.com/hotels/best-western-ocean-villa/

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

Facility amenities: WiFi Access throughout hotel, guest computer in lobby, outdoor swimming pool with tropical landscaping, 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 those reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 21 - Birding in Port Aransas. A favorite stop over are...
Birding in Port Aransas. A favorite stop over area for many migratory birds.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: A typical breakfast menu would include a selection of hot and cold items - eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, cereal, yogurt, fruit, muffins, bagels, toast, juice, coffee.

Morning: Depart for Port Aransas and the Birding Center and Paradise Pond both very productive birding sites year round. Look for warblers, wading birds, hawks and more.

Lunch: Lunch at the campus cafeteria.

Afternoon: Continue Birding the Port Aransas sites.

Dinner: Enjoy the sea breezes while sampling some local seafood at Virginia's on the Bay.

Evening: DVD on the background of the King Ranch

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 stop in front.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: http://bestwesterntexas.com/hotels/best-western-ocean-villa/

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

Facility amenities: WiFi Access throughout hotel, guest computer in lobby, outdoor swimming pool with tropical landscaping, 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 those reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 22 - Cruise along the Aransas and Copano Bays and see ...
Cruise along the Aransas and Copano Bays and see a myriad of shorebirds, wading birds and dolphins.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: A typical breakfast menu would include a selection of hot and cold items - eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, cereal, yogurt, fruit, muffins, bagels, toast, juice, coffee.

Morning: Take a 3.5 hour cruise along the bays to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to see a myriad of shorebirds, wading birds, hawks etc, and perhaps see a coyote's running through the wetlands.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the beach pavilion.

Afternoon: Birding at the Goose Island State Park

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Free evening.

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 stop in front.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: http://bestwesterntexas.com/hotels/best-western-ocean-villa/

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

Facility amenities: WiFi Access throughout hotel, guest computer in lobby, outdoor swimming pool with tropical landscaping, 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 those reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 23 - King Ranch guided birding tour,
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: A typical breakfast menu would include a selection of hot and cold items - eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, cereal, yogurt, fruit, muffins, bagels, toast, juice, coffee.

Morning: Early start. Drive 1.5 hours to the King Ranch for a 4 hour driving/walking guided birding trip with Ornithologist. Expect to see Green Jay, Kiskadee, Vermilion Flycatcher and lots more.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the ranch.

Afternoon: Continue birding on the way back to Port Aransas.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Free evening

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 stop in front.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: http://bestwesterntexas.com/hotels/best-western-ocean-villa/

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

Facility amenities: WiFi Access throughout hotel, guest computer in lobby, outdoor swimming pool with tropical landscaping, 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 those reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 24 - Birding continues in the Corpus Christi area and ...
Note: This day will be used to visit a variety of sites to try and pick up any species that may have eluded us during the week.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: A typical breakfast menu would include a selection of hot and cold items - eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, cereal, yogurt, fruit, muffins, bagels, toast, juice, coffee.

Morning: Actual birding sites will depend on what birds we are targeting at this time.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon: Birding continues after lunch to a variety of sites.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Final bird check list and fairwells

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 25 - Last chance birding.
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: A typical breakfast menu would include a selection of hot and cold items - eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, cereal, yogurt, fruit, muffins, bagels, toast, juice, coffee.

Morning: Last chance to pick up a new species or two before the program ends

Brunch: Program ends at 10 am. Take boxed lunch with you.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch


Free Time Opportunities


Port Aransas, TX
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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

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

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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