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February 2018

Field Trip: Fennessey Ranch Birding Field Trip

Saturday, February 24 @ 6:00 am - 12:00 pm
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center, 710 W. Avenue A
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$60
Fennessey

Enjoy a guided hayride tour of the Fennessey Ranch. The ranch is part of a legendary 750,000 acre Texas land empire that has remained in the same family for 171 years. The ranch is located in the heart of the Central Flyway and consists of 4,000 acres of wetlands, meadows, natural lakes, riparian woods and brush land. Snacks and water included. Transportation provided - about a 45 minute trip one way to the ranch. LOCATION: Meet in the Port Aransas Civic Center…

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Field Trip: Whooping Crane Boat Tour

Saturday, February 24 @ 7:00 am - 11:30 am
Fisherman’s Wharf (FW), 900 N. Tarpon St.
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$50
Birding Nature Boat Tour

Don’t miss the popular guided boat tours to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to view the endangered Whooping Cranes in their winter habitat. The 300+ cranes are the last naturally occurring, wild population of Whooping Cranes in the world. Additional species of birds and other wildlife are plentiful on this 4 ½ hour narrated tour aboard the m/v Wharf Cat. Outdoor and climate-controlled indoor seating and viewing opportunities.  Concessions and restrooms available. LOCATION: Fisherman's Wharf

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Field Trip: Shorebird Field Trip with Gary Clark

Saturday, February 24 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Jetties – end of Cotter Ave on the beach, East Cotter Avenue
Port Aransas, TX 78373
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$50

Shorebird identification can become frustrating because the plumage on many shorebirds blends with muted hues of coastal habitats, resulting in subtle shorebird field marks. Gary Clark will ease the frustration of identification by showing how to place shorebirds in discrete groups, how to recognize key physical shapes, how to spot diagnostic behaviors (with some attention to vocalizations,) and how to recognize habitats occupied by specific shorebirds. Gary is a college professor, Houston Chronicle nature columnist, and author of the recently released Book of…

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Welcome and Registration

Saturday, February 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Port Aransas Civic Center, 710 W. Ave A
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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Onsite Registration and Festival Info. & Name Badge Pick-up (this year, early pick-up will not be available). Port Aransas Civic Center, 710 W. Ave A Thur Feb 22 - 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Fri Feb 23 - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat Feb 24 - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun Feb 25 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Online Registration: Register online with a credit card (VISA & MasterCard) and know immediately that you’ve locked in your desired trips, workshops…

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Nature-Related Trade Show

Saturday, February 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Port Aransas Civic Center, 710 W. Ave A
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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Trade Show

Meet with representatives from conservation organizations and peruse the nature-related vendor booths. Friday, February 23: 9am-5pm Saturday, February 24: 9am-5pm Sunday, February 25: 10am-2pm LOCATION: Port Aransas Civic Center

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Workshop: Photography with Kathy Adams Clark

Saturday, February 24 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Port Aransas Nature Preserve Headquarters, 106 Cut-Off Road
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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Photo Processing: Birds -- Frustrated with your bird photos? Learn how to use photo processing tools like Photoshop or Lightroom to get best look to your photos of birds. This workshop is specific to bird photography and the photos birders might capture while out in the field. No need to bring your laptop. A handout will be provided. LOCATION: Port Aransas Nature Preserve Headquarters

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Field Trip: Birding/Nature Boat Tour

Saturday, February 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Woody’s Sports Center, 136 W. Cotter Ave.
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$30

Enjoy a narrated 1 ½ hour tour of the bays and channels around Port Aransas. Migrant and resident birds and a marine life touch tank are the focus of this trip. The boat includes a restroom and open and covered viewing/seating areas. LOCATION: Woody's Sports Center

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Field Trip: Island Birding Van Tour

Saturday, February 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center, 710 W. Avenue A
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$20
Island Birding Van Tour

Visit the many birding sites around the island by passenger van. Birding guides will lead the tour and help you identify different birds, answer questions, and point out species along the way. Bring your scope and binoculars. Tour lasts 1 to 1 1/2 hours. LOCATION: Meet in the Port Aransas Civic Center parking lot

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Field Trip: Guided Animal Rehabilitation Keep Tour

Saturday, February 24 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI), 730 E. Cotter Ave.
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$15

Tour the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, a facility dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured and sick sea turtles and aquatic birds. You will see some of the rarest sea turtles including Kemp’s Ridley, hawksbills, loggerheads, and green turtles as well as masked boobies, hawks, pelicans and gulls. Tour proceeds provide funding for the program. LOCATION: Meet outside at the front door of the UTMSI Marine Science Education Center

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Guest Speaker: Dr. Richard Beilfuss

Saturday, February 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St.
Port Aransas, TX United States
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Dr. Richard Beilfuss, President and CEO, International Crane Foundation About Rich: Dr. Richard Beilfuss, Ph.D., is President and CEO of the International Crane Foundation (ICF). Rich first joined ICF in 1988, conducting his graduate research on the restoration of important crane sites in Vietnam and Mozambique. From 1992-2005 he developed and directed the ICF Africa Program, spearheading long-term efforts to restore the water-stressed Zambezi River Basin for people and wildlife, and contributing to wetland conservation efforts and capacity building in…

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Field Trip: Whooping Crane Boat Tour

Saturday, February 24 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Fisherman’s Wharf (FW), 900 N. Tarpon St.
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$50
Birding Nature Boat Tour

Don’t miss the popular guided boat tours to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to view the endangered Whooping Cranes in their winter habitat. The 300+ cranes are the last naturally occurring, wild population of Whooping Cranes in the world. Additional species of birds and other wildlife are plentiful on this 4 ½ hour narrated tour aboard the m/v Wharf Cat. Outdoor and climate-controlled indoor seating and viewing opportunities.  Concessions and restrooms available. LOCATION: Fisherman's Wharf

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Field Trip: Island Birding Van Tour

Saturday, February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center, 710 W. Avenue A
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$20
Island Birding Van Tour

Visit the many birding sites around the island by passenger van. Birding guides will lead the tour and help you identify different birds, answer questions, and point out species along the way. Bring your scope and binoculars. Tour lasts 1 to 1 1/2 hours. LOCATION: Meet in the Port Aransas Civic Center parking lot

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Field Trip: Guided Animal Rehabilitation Keep Tour

Saturday, February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI), 730 E. Cotter Ave.
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$15

Tour the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, a facility dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured and sick sea turtles and aquatic birds. You will see some of the rarest sea turtles including Kemp’s Ridley, hawksbills, loggerheads, and green turtles as well as masked boobies, hawks, pelicans and gulls. Tour proceeds provide funding for the program. LOCATION: Meet outside at the front door of the UTMSI Marine Science Education Center

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Field Trip: Birds of Port Aransas & Mustang Island with Mikael Behrens

Saturday, February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond, Cut-Off Road, near Avenue. C
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$50

Port Aransas, because of its location on a Gulf barrier island along the Texas Central Coast, attracts a vast variety of birds including Neotropical migrants, grassland and marine birds. Participants will learn about the variety of waterfowl, pelicans, cormorants, wading birds, and shorebirds found in Port Aransas and Mustang Island. About Mikael: Mikael Behrens has been an avid birder and amateur naturalist since the early 1990s. He lives in Austin, but is originally from Port Aransas and returns often to…

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Workshop: Basic Birdwatching with Gary Clark

Saturday, February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Port Aransas Nature Preserve Headquarters, 106 Cut-Off Road
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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Basic Birdwatching Bird identification is an enjoyable life-long learning activity because the more we watch birds the more we learn. Gary Clark will share his lifelong learning to explain the fundamental methods of bird identification, including how to recognize birds by specific categories, how to understand identifying shapes of bodies, beaks, and tails, how to spot identifying flight patterns, how to learn birdsong, and how to recognize habitats occupied by specific birds. Gary is a college professor, Houston Chronicle nature columnist, and…

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Field Trip: Guided Animal Rehabilitation Keep Tour

Saturday, February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI), 730 E. Cotter Ave.
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$15

Tour the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, a facility dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured and sick sea turtles and aquatic birds. You will see some of the rarest sea turtles including Kemp’s Ridley, hawksbills, loggerheads, and green turtles as well as masked boobies, hawks, pelicans and gulls. Tour proceeds provide funding for the program. LOCATION: Meet outside at the front door of the UTMSI Marine Science Education Center

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Field Trip: Birding/Nature Boat Tour

Saturday, February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Woody’s Sports Center, 136 W. Cotter Ave.
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$30

Enjoy a narrated 1 ½ hour tour of the bays and channels around Port Aransas. Migrant and resident birds and a marine life touch tank are the focus of this trip. The boat includes a restroom and open and covered viewing/seating areas. LOCATION: Woody's Sports Center

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Guest Speaker: Natalie Bourke

Saturday, February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St.
Port Aransas, TX United States
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Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada, Natalie Bourke Natalie Bourke is a Public Outreach Education Officer for Parks Canada's Southwest Northwest Territories Field Unit which includes the Whooping Crane nesting area in Wood Buffalo National Park. As a brand new Parks Canada employee in 1989, Natalie had the privilege of accompanying renowned Canadian Wildlife Service scientist Ernie Kuyt on a Whooping Crane survey which in those days consisted of dizzying swoops in a small plane, using binoculars to try and identify…

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Field Trip: Island Birding Van Tour

Saturday, February 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center, 710 W. Avenue A
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$20
Island Birding Van Tour

Visit the many birding sites around the island by passenger van. Birding guides will lead the tour and help you identify different birds, answer questions, and point out species along the way. Bring your scope and binoculars. Tour lasts 1 to 1 1/2 hours. LOCATION: Meet in the Port Aransas Civic Center parking lot

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Guest Speaker: Colleen Simpson

Saturday, February 24 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St.
Port Aransas, TX United States
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Colleen Simpson, Nature Preserve Manager, City of Port Aransas  Port Aransas Nature Preserve: Post-Harvey and Looking Toward the Future Colleen Simpson is the Nature Preserve Manager for the City of Port Aransas. She oversees the Birding Center, Paradise Pond, Wetland Overlook and Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture. Colleen has a degree in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University and a Master's in Curriculum and Development in Science from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Originally from North Royalton Ohio, Colleen has worked…

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