Pre & Post Events

Prior to the opening of the festival, enjoy an exclusive overnight photography excursion to La Copita Ranch with award winning photographer Larry Ditto. On Thursday he will teach you how to photograph wildlife in this South Texas brush country setting. Dinner and breakfast provided on this working and research ranch – there are only 8 spaces available on this trip!

When the festival winds down you can extend your fun by enjoying an overnight trip to La Copita Ranch. Sunday night learn about the beautiful Texas night sky with expert Geologist Eddie Hrncir, Jr. and his amazing telescope. See Jupiter, the four Gillilean moons, Saturn, the moon and much more under Eddie’s computer-guided telescope. On Monday, bird with expert guide Tom Langschied and David McKown, La Copita Ranch manager, who will enlighten you to the many birds on this unique A&M working ranch.

If you’re not up to an overnight at the Ranch, you can join the morning Birdwatching on Monday, February 24, from 8 to 11 a.m. as you make your way back home.

 

Pre-Festival Events

Date: Time: Event: Venue:
Feb 18-19
3:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Pre-Festival Overnight Photography Excursion
La Copita Ranch
Feb 19
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Whooping Crane Boat Tour
Fisherman's Wharf (FW)
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Port Aransas Art Center
Port Aransas Art Center
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Registration
Port Aransas Civic Center
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Nature/Birding Boat Tour
Woody's Sports Center
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Dolphin Encounters Boat Tour
Deep Sea Headquarters (DSH)
Feb 20
6:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fennessey Ranch Birding Field Trip
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Birds of the Island Field Trip w/Gene Blacklock
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center (LBTBC)
7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Whooping Crane Boat Tour
Fisherman's Wharf (FW)
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Registration
Port Aransas Civic Center
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Island Birding Van Tour
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bird’s Nest Trade Show
Port Aransas Civic Center
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Photography Workshop w/Larry Ditto
Bill Ellis Memorial Library
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Guest Speaker: Cecilia Riley
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Nature/Birding Boat Tour
Woody's Sports Center
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Island Birding Van Tour
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Jace Tunnell
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Port Aransas Art Center
Port Aransas Art Center
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Optics Presentation
Bill Ellis Memorial Library
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Guided Wetlands Education Center Tour
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Dolphin Encounters Boat Tour
Deep Sea Headquarters (DSH)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Island Birding Van Tour
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Animal Rehabilitation Keep Tour
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Optics Presentation
Bill Ellis Memorial Library
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Nature/Birding Boat Tour
Woody's Sports Center
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Mark Klym
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Animal Rehabilitation Keep Tour
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shorebird Identification Workshop w/Gene Blacklock
City Council Chambers (Civic Center)
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Dolphin Encounters Boat Tour
Deep Sea Headquarters (DSH)
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Guided Wetlands Education Center Tour
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Island Birding Van Tour
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Sammy King
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Photography Field Trip w/Larry Ditto on the Mustang II
Woody's Sports Center
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Dolphin Encounters Boat Tour
Deep Sea Headquarters (DSH)
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Speakers: George Archibald, Barry Hartup and Liz Smith
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
Feb 21
6:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fennessey Ranch Birding Field Trip
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Advanced Island Birding Field Trip w/Gene Blacklock
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center (LBTBC)
7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Whooping Crane Boat Tour
Fisherman's Wharf (FW)
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Island Birding Van Tour
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration
Port Aransas Civic Center
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bird’s Nest Trade Show
Port Aransas Civic Center
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Advanced Photography Workshop w/Larry Ditto
Bill Ellis Memorial Library
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Guest Speaker: Wade Harrell
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Nature/Birding Boat Tour
Woody's Sports Center
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Island Birding Van Tour
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Animal Rehabilitation Keep Tour
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Joe Duff
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Port Aransas Art Center
Port Aransas Art Center
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Optics Presentation
Bill Ellis Memorial Library
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Guided Wetlands Education Center Tour
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Dolphin Encounters Boat Tour
Deep Sea Headquarters (DSH)
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Whooping Crane Boat Tour
Fisherman's Wharf (FW)
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Optics Presentation
Bill Ellis Memorial Library
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Animal Rehabilitation Keep Tour
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Island Birding Van Tour
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Nature/Birding Boat Tour
Woody's Sports Center
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Rob Kent
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Animal Rehabilitation Keep Tour
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bird Identification Workshop w/Gene Blacklock
City Council Chambers (Civic Center)
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Dolphin Encounters Boat Tour
Deep Sea Headquarters (DSH)
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Guided Wetlands Education Center Tour
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Island Birding Van Tour
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Iderbat Damba
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Nature/Birding Boat Tour
Woody's Sports Center
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Dolphin Encounters Boat Tour
Deep Sea Headquarters (DSH)
Feb 22
6:00 am - 12:00 pm
Birds of the Coastal Bend Field Trip w/Gene Blacklock
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Photography Field Trip w/Larry Ditto
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center (LBTBC)
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Port Aransas Nature Preserve Field Trip w/Joan and Scott Holt
Port Aransas Nature Preserve (PANP) SH 361 Entrance
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Island Birding Van Tour
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Whooping Crane Boat Tour w/George Archibald
Fisherman's Wharf (FW)
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bird’s Nest Trade Show
Port Aransas Civic Center
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Island Birding Van Tour
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Nature/Birding Boat Tour
Woody's Sports Center
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Registration
Port Aransas Civic Center
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Port Aransas Art Center
Port Aransas Art Center
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Dolphin Encounters Boat Tour
Deep Sea Headquarters (DSH)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Island Birding Van Tour
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Animal Rehabilitation Keep Tour
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Nature/Birding Boat Tour
Woody's Sports Center
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Animal Rehabilitation Keep Tour
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI)
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Dolphin Encounters Boat Tour
Deep Sea Headquarters (DSH)
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Island Birding Van Tour
Departs Port Aransas Civic Center
5:00 pm - 11:00 am
Overnight Stargazing & Birdwatching Trip
La Copita Ranch
Feb 23
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Birdwatching at La Copita Ranch
La Copita Ranch
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Port Aransas Art Center
Port Aransas Art Center

 

 

Post-Festival Events

Date: Time: Event: Venue:

Festival Events

Day 1

Thursday, Feb 19
Registration, Boat Tours, & More
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Day 2

Friday, Feb 20
Speakers, Trips, Workshops, Trade Show & More
6:00 am to 4:30 pm

Day 3

Saturday, Feb 21
Speakers, Trips, Workshops, Trade Show & More
6:00 am to 4:30 pm

Day 4

Sunday, Feb 22
Trade Show, Trips & More
7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Pre & Post

Pre & Post Events
Photography, Birdwatching,
Stargazing & More

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm