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New channels have now been excavated restoring the natural tidal flow.On this trip we’ll have an opportunity of witnessing the dramatic results and the privilege of birding an area not generally open to the public. Targets: Waders, Shorebirds, Gulls and Terns, Aplomado Falcon, White-tailed Hawk, wintering sparrows.

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Mark will be demonstrating the skills of bird banding in the context of the key role it plays in his long-term studies of bird populations in the Valley.With its 760 acres of land and bird list of 358 species, it’s not surprising that this oldest of South Texas state parks was chosen as the headquarters of the World Birding Center complex.The woodlands are home to many of the Valley’s specialties, the hawk-watch tower gives uninterrupted views of the skies, and the gardens surrounding the green-designed Visitor Center are a magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds.Stephanie is the Conservation Biologist with the Coastal Bend and Estuaries Program, which has for many years studied and monitored the bird populations of the islands.Note: Although there will be photo opportunities, please only bring hand-held cameras.Adjacent to the Sabal Palm Sanctuary is a little-known jewel of shared habitat -the Nature Conservancy’s Southmost Preserve.

We are being allowed access by special arrangement, so don’t miss the chance to visit this unique area of sabal palms, orchards and riparian woodland, home to many of our Valley specialties.

Bikes will be available for all participants on site.

Last year’s trips with Dorian were so popular that we’re offering more this year.

Afterwards we’ll drive to the Gulf of Mexico along Boca Chica Road with its very different but equally productive salt-flat, grassland and thornscrub habitats. citizen, please contact Michael Marsden at 956-276-4409 before booking.

Make sure you have your driver’s license or other official photographic ID with you: participants without proper identification will not be permitted to board. Targets: Snowy Plover, Reddish Egret, White-tailed Kite, Harris’s and White-tailed Hawks, Gull-billed Tern, Aplomado Falcon, Groove-billed Ani, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Tropical and Couch’s Kingbirds, Cassin’s Sparrow, Altamira Oriole.

Targets: Plain Chachalaca, Hook-billed Kite (rare), Gray Hawk, Green Kingfisher, White-tipped Dove, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Green Jay, Clay-colored Thrush, Long-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Altamira Oriole.