8162
Texas

The Specialty Birds of South Texas: The Big Enchilada of Birding

Join experts on a Texas-size birding adventure as you explore Mustang Island and King Ranch, spotting Pygmy Owls, Reddish Egrets, Vermillion Flycatchers and many other unique birds.
Rating (5)
Program No. 8162RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,499

At a Glance

More than 350 species of birds call Mustang Island and King Ranch their home. In this spectacular birding adventure in South Texas that is sure to add a variety of species to your life list, join experts from the acclaimed University of Texas Marine Science Institute for an exploration of sandy beaches, major bay systems, extensive marshlands, grasslands and more.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking 1.5 miles plus a day at stop/start intervals, fairly even terrain, frequent stops. Port Aransas, TX elevation 6 feet and Kingsville, TX 59 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Bay Rookery Island Cruise. See colonial water birds in full breeding plumage, courting, sparring and nest-building.
  • Visit one of the largest ranches in the world. The King Ranch is 825,000 acres of varied habitat for cattle, deer and over 356 species of birds.
  • Venture south in search of specialty birds such as the Ferruginous pygmy-owl, Tropical parula, Northern beardless-tyrannulet, Audubon's oriole, Botteri’s sparrow and Green jays.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
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Linda Fuiman
A native of Scotland, Linda Fuiman has maintained her brogue while living on the Texas Gulf Coast for more than 25 years. Through her work at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Linda shares the wonders of nature and the ocean with students of all ages. Most recently, she has led Birding 101 courses for kids, and serves as the education chair with the Coastal Bend Audubon Society. Linda also produces “South Texas Birding,” a monthly segment featured on a local television channel.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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