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February 2018

Field Trip: Whooping Crane Boat Tour

Thursday, February 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fisherman’s Wharf (FW), 900 N. Tarpon St.
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$50 58 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 22 @ 1:00 pm - 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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Field Trip: Birding/Nature Boat Tour

Thursday, February 22 @ 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 72 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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Special Event: Wine, Whine & Design Whoopers

Thursday, February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Port Aransas Art Center, 104 N. Alister St.
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$75 10 tickets left

Learn to paint in a stress-free, fun and creative environment—wine and snacks included! Create your own Whooping Crane painting to take home.  Trace patterns and paint in simple steps guided by an artist. The Port Aransas Art Center provides all materials, including a 16X20 canvas, brushes and paint. Workshop fee donated to the art center. LOCATION: Port Aransas Art Center  

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King Ranch Nature/Birding Tour

Friday, February 23 @ 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 7 tickets left

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…

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Field Trip: Whooping Crane Boat Tour

Friday, February 23 @ 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 71 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 23 @ 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 8 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 23 @ 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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Guest Speaker: Dr. George Archibald

Friday, February 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St.
Port Aransas, TX United States
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Dr George Archibald

Dr. George Archibald, Co-Founder and Senior Conservationist, International Crane Foundation About George: 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. Archibald’s visionary leadership in…

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Nature-Related Trade Show

Friday, February 23 @ 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

Friday, February 23 @ 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 16 tickets left

Learn the secrets of taking stunning photographs of birds! Kathy Adams Clark will share tricks of the trade from her over 20 years of professional bird photography. Kathy will cover equipment needs, camera settings, what makes a good bird photograph, composition, and lighting. This program is designed for people photographing birds in the backyard or on safari.  Non-photographers who love nature and birds will also enjoy the program for the information on bird behavior and travel. LOCATION: City Council Chambers

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Field Trip: Birding/Nature Boat Tour

Friday, February 23 @ 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 64 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 23 @ 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 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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Guest Speaker: Dr. Wade Harrell

Friday, February 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St.
Port Aransas, TX United States
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Dr. Wade Harrell, U.S. Whooping Crane Coordinator, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge About Wade: Dr. Wade Harrell, the U.S. Whooping Crane Coordinator, will once again join us as a guest speaker for the 22nd annual Whooping Crane Festival. As a fifth generation Texan with a passion for conservation, his early years in South Texas afforded him his enthusiasm for wildlife, marine life and ecosystems. He has degrees from Texas A&M-Kingsville and Oklahoma State University. After obtaining his PhD in rangeland ecology…

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Field Trip: Whooping Crane Boat Tour

Friday, February 23 @ 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 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 23 @ 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 5 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 23 @ 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 23 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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Guest Speaker: TBD

Friday, February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St.
Port Aransas, TX United States
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Guest Speaker, TBD   LOCATION: Port Aransas Community Center

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Field Trip: Guided Animal Rehabilitation Keep Tour

Friday, February 23 @ 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 23 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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Workshop: Shorebird Identification Workshop with Gary Clark

Friday, February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
City Council Chambers (Civic Center), 710 W. Avenue A
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$40 11 tickets left

Shorebird Identification Workshop 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…

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