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February 2019

Field Trip: Whooping Crane Boat Tour

Thursday, February 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fisherman’s Wharf (FW), 900 N. Tarpon St.
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$55 36 tickets left
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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Welcome and Registration

Thursday, February 21 @ 10:00 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 21 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri Feb 22 - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat Feb 23 - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun Feb 24 - 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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Field Trip: Birding/Nature Boat Tour

Thursday, February 21 @ 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 82 tickets left

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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Sunset Wine, Birding & Dolphin Cruise

Thursday, February 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Departs Deep Sea Headquarters (DSH), 440 W. Cotter Ave
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$30 27 tickets left

Enjoy some wine during a sunset cruise aboard The Scarlet Lady™ during the 23rd annual Whooping Crane Festival. The Scarlet Lady is one of the most exciting dolphin watching adventure tours in Port Aransas. Cruise along the waters of the Lydia Ann Channel in search of bottle-nosed dolphins, flocks of wintering birds, and enjoy viewing the iconic Lydia Ann Lighthouse. Guide on board. Two drink tickets included. LOCATION: Deep Sea Headquarters

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Special Event: UTMSI Public Lecture Series

Thursday, February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St.
Port Aransas, TX United States
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Free 124 tickets left

Topic:  Trends in Marine Bird Injuries and Wildlife Rehabilitation on Mustang Island Speaker:  Alicia Walker, ARK Program Coordinator, University of Texas Marine Science Institute LOCATION: Port Aransas Community Center - doors open at 6:30pm

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King Ranch Nature/Birding Tour

Friday, February 22 @ 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center, 710 W. Avenue A
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$90 16 tickets left

Join King Ranch tour guide and biologist, Tom Langschied, aboard the motor coach traveling to and from the King Ranch. Tom will lead the guided tour of the ranch. Lunch 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…

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Field Trip: Whooping Crane Boat Tour

Friday, February 22 @ 7:00 am - 11:30 am
Fisherman’s Wharf (FW), 900 N. Tarpon St.
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$55 62 tickets left
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: Birds of Lamar Peninsula with Mikael Behrens

Friday, February 22 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center, 710 W. Avenue A
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$50 2 tickets left

This guided van tour will travel north of Port Aransas to discover the birds of the scenic Lamar Peninsula. The tour will be mostly birding from the roadside to try and find Whooping Cranes that often use the private fields north of Goose Island State Park. Sometimes they can be seen side-by-side with Sandhill Cranes! There are many other interesting birds in these fields and the bay as well (bring a spotting scope if you have one). The tour will…

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Field Trip: Island Birding Van Tour

Friday, February 22 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center, 710 W. Avenue A
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$20 12 tickets left
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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Welcome and Registration

Friday, February 22 @ 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 21 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri Feb 22 - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat Feb 23 - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun Feb 24 - 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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Guest Speaker: Dr. George Archibald

Friday, February 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St.
Port Aransas, TX United States
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Free 131 tickets left
Dr George Archibald

Dr. George Archibald, Co-Founder and Senior Conservationist, International Crane Foundation Presentation: Cranes of the World Bio: In 1973, when cranes were in a perilous situation and many were on the brink of extinction, George Archibald, along with fellow graduate student Ron Sauey, established the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin as the world center for the study and preservation of cranes. His dream was to save the world’s cranes and that notion has been his driving force ever since. Dr.…

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Nature-Related Trade Show

Friday, February 22 @ 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 22: 9am-5pm Saturday, February 23: 9am-5pm Sunday, February 24: 10am-2pm LOCATION: Port Aransas Civic Center

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Workshop: Photography Basics for Beginners with Larry Ditto

Friday, February 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
City Council Chambers (Civic Center), 710 W. Avenue A
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$40 33 tickets left

About Larry Ditto:  Larry Ditto has been a nature photographer for over 4 decades…full time for 18 years. His photos appear regularly in Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, Birds & Blooms, Texas Highways and Bird Watcher’s Digest . In 2000, he won The Valley Land Fund Wildlife Photo Contest with his good friend Greg Lasley. Check out the coffee table book, Texas Wildlife Portfolio to see more of Larry's work. Ditto's busy schedule includes leading nature photography workshops and instructional…

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Field Trip: Birding/Nature Boat Tour

Friday, February 22 @ 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 79 tickets left

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

Friday, February 22 @ 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 10 tickets left
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: Jace Tunnell

Friday, February 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St.
Port Aransas, TX United States
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Free 131 tickets left

Jace Tunnell, Director, Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Presentation: TBA Bio: Jace Tunnell is the Director of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas where he has been since 2014, focusing on habitat protection, conservation, and environmental education and outreach. Prior to the Reserve, Jace worked at the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program since 2006 as the Director of Research and Planning, restoring habitats through restoration and…

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Book Signing: Dr. George Archibald

Friday, February 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Port Aransas Civic Center, 710 W. Ave A
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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Free

LOCATION: Port Aransas Civic Center

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Field Trip: Whooping Crane Boat Tour

Friday, February 22 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Fisherman’s Wharf (FW), 900 N. Tarpon St.
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$55 61 tickets left
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

Friday, February 22 @ 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 10 tickets left
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

Friday, February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI), 730 E. Cotter Ave.
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
$15 9 tickets left

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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