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February 2019

Field Trip: Guided Animal Rehabilitation Keep Tour

Saturday, 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

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 23 @ 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: Dr. Liz Smith

Saturday, 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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Free

Dr. Liz Smith, International Crane Foundation TOPIC: Aransas-Wood Buffalo Population of Whooping Cranes: Ten-Year Review of Progress Dr. Liz Smith, Sr. Whooping Crane Scientist and North America Program Director at the International Crane Foundation, is a native Texan growing up along the central coast. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Biology degrees at Corpus Christi State University and Ph.D. in Wildlife & Fisheries Science at Texas A&M University. Her dissertation research involved evaluating coastal marsh vegetation dynamics in relation to…

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Field Trip: Island Birding Van Tour

Saturday, February 23 @ 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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Book Signing: Richard Crossley

Saturday, February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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: Birding/Nature Boat Tour

Saturday, February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 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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Sunset Wine, Birding & Dolphin Cruise

Saturday, February 23 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Departs Deep Sea Headquarters (DSH), 440 W. Cotter Ave
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
$30

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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Wine, Whine & Design Whoopers

Saturday, February 23 @ 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

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 Aransas Art Center  

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King Ranch Birding/Nature Tour

Sunday, February 24 @ 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

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: Island Birding Van Tour

Sunday, February 24 @ 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
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: Whooping Crane Boat Tour

Sunday, February 24 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Fisherman’s Wharf (FW), 900 N. Tarpon St.
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$55
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: Port Aransas Nature Preserve

Sunday, February 24 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Port Aransas Nature Preserve – Port St. entrance, port street
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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$40
Joan and Scott Holt

Join local bird experts Dr. Joan and Scott Holt to explore the Port Aransas Nature Preserve. This Sunday morning field trip begins at 8am and will meet at the gate to the Nature Preserve at the end of Port Street. Scott and Joan will lead the group along a walkway in the preserve through grasslands and edges of the marsh. They will identify birds and butterflies and even talk about grassland ecology, pointing out flowers and grasses. The trip will…

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Nature-Related Trade Show

Sunday, February 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 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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Field Trip: Island Birding Van Tour

Sunday, 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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Welcome and Registration

Sunday, February 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 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

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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: Guided Animal Rehabilitation Keep Tour

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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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