Location: Port Aransas. Season: All Seasons.

From SH 361 at the ferry landing, take Cut-Off Road to Ross Avenue and follow the signs to the Leona Belle Turnbull Birding Center.

This birding facility attracts birds and birders alike. The boardwalk, which stretches nearly a mile over shallow, brackish water, allows for close observation of many birds.

From the observation platform look for waterfowl (Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Cinnamon Teal), grebes (Least included), heron and egrets, cormorants, shorebirds (such as Black-necked Stilt) and flaming pink Roseate Spoonbills (the official bird of Port Aransas). The parking area and land along the boardwalk are planted in native species, so be on the lookout for migrating land birds.

And definitely keep your eyes open for the resident American alligators, Boots and Bags!

Visit the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center web page.