Prior to the opening of the festival, enjoy an exclusive overnight photography excursion to La Copita Ranch with award winning photographer Sean Fitzgerald. Wednesday night you will experience night photography and “paint with light” from flashlights, flashes, and the stars themselves. 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!
The International Crane Foundation’s Children’s Art Exhibit will be on display Feb. 17-25 at the Port Aransas Art Center. Be sure to stop by this local art gallery to view these lovely works of crane art created by children from around the world as well as the many interesting items with local flavor.
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 25, from 8 to 11 a.m. as you make your way back home.