King Ranch Nature/Birding Tour
Sunday, February 26 @ 6:00 am - 2:00 pm$90
Join King Ranch tour guide, biologist, and Whooping Crane Festival speaker, Tom Langschied, aboard the motor coach traveling to and from the King Ranch as well as your guide on the ranch tour. Lunch, snacks, and drinks will be provided.
The ranch has a long history of wildlife management. As early as 1947, famed conservationist Aldo Leopold called King Ranch “one of the best jobs of wildlife restoration on the continent.” Today, the ranch is a vital part of an incredibly diverse landscape in South Texas dubbed “The Last Great Habitat.”
Besides rich populations of game species such as northern bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey, King Ranch is also home to an incredible number of birds, mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. It has been honored as an Internationally Important Bird Area: 363 species of birds have been recorded there, including the largest known population of ferruginous pygmy-owls in the United States. In 2004, a species of damselfly never before seen in the U.S., the cream-tipped swamp-damsel, was discovered on the ranch.
LOCATION: Departs from the Civic Center