18333
Texas
Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
See endangered Whooping Cranes up close in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, where you’ll learn the story of this unique bird and hear about rehabilitation and conservation efforts.
Program No. 18333RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Corpus Christi
D
Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Padre Island

Activity note: Hotel check-in at 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. in the hotel meeting room on the ground floor. Road Scholar staff will provide you with your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time” and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At local restaurant, plus coffee, tea, water.

Evening: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

DAY
2
The Great Texas Coast Birding Trail
Corpus Christi
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Padre Island

Activity note: Walking on beach, mudflats and gravel paths

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll choose from a buffet consisting of hot and cold breakfast items; eggs, bacon, sausage, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, pastries, toast, bagels, coffee, tea, water, fruit juice. Some items may rotate daily.

Morning: We will start our week by taking a field trip to one of the birding sites on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. The coastal flats is a great location to spot Herons, White and Brown Pelicans, Shorebirds and the agile Reddish Egret. This active forager is often seen running, jumping, and spinning in its pursuit of fish.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Menu selections

Afternoon: We will continue birding along the beach and bays looking for shorebirds and other birds..

Dinner: At a local restaurant. Menu selections

Evening: We will enjoy a film called “The Flight of the Whooping Crane,” a great source of background information prior to our cruise tomorrow.

DAY
3
Whooping Crane Cruise
Corpus Christi
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Padre Island

Activity note: Boat has covered lower deck, stairs to the open upper deck

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet

Morning: Early departure for a one hour drive to Fulton Harbor. Our 3.5 hour cruise aboard the M/V Skimmer begins as we sail across Aransas Bay and along the shores of the Aransas Refuge watching for Whooping Cranes and other birds and wildlife - we may even see some Bottlenose Dolphins swimming alongside the vessel.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Rockport Beach Pavilion while watching the gulls and terns forage on the waters edge.

Afternoon: Birding will continue on our way back to the hotel where we will have an up-to-date status presentation on the Whooping Cranes by the Texas Director, Whooping Crane Foundation

Dinner: At a local restaurant. Menu selections.

Evening: At leisure. Continue enjoying the company of new Road Scholar friends with informal activities such as card games, a movie, or sharing your favorite experiences of the day.

DAY
4
Hans Suter Park, Oso Bay Park and Animal Rehab Center
Corpus Christi
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Padre Island

Activity note: Birding Boardwalks, gravel trails, flat terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet

Morning: Continuing on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail we will stop at sites along the Oso Bay along a collection of boardwalks and dirt trails. Few tidal flats along the central coast can boast of a birdlife spectacle equal to the Oso Bay area. Watch for Piping and Snowy Plovers, and abundance of Waterfowl and flocks of Roseate Spoonbills to name a few along the mudflats and wetlands

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Menu selections

Afternoon: Birding continues along the shores of Oso Bay. Followed by a short drive to the Texas Sealife Center for a guided tour. See how experts care for endangered birds and turtles before they are successfully released back to nature.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Menu selections

Evening: PowerPoint presentation on Whooping Cranes with Joan Garland

DAY
5
Hazel Bazemore Park and Birding Hayride
Corpus Christi
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Padre Island

Activity note: Walking on concrete paths, boardwalks, dirt paths and grass as we get off/on birding wagon.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet

Morning: Take a 40 minute ride to Hazel Bazemore Park renowned for its hawk migration in the fall. Other birds to watch out for on this walking/driving nature trail is the Olive Sparrow, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Groove-billed Ani and Long-billed Thrasher.

Lunch: At a local restaurant. Menu selections

Afternoon: Depart on an afternoon birding hayride on the Nueces Delta Preserve. A variety of habitats represent an unique mosaic of highly productive wetlands, open water, islands, prairie, and river and bay shorelines. An oasis for migrating waterfowl, hawks, shorebirds and much more.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Return to the hotel. Social evening. Relax and reflect over the weeks activities as we wind up the program and say farewell to our new-found friends.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Corpus Christi
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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