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South Texas Botanical Gardens

The Birdiest Festival in America 2020

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The Birdiest Festival in America 2020

Time & Location

Apr 22, 2020, 7:00 AM – Apr 26, 2020, 5:00 PM

South Texas Botanical Gardens, 8545 S Staples St, Corpus Christi, TX 78413, USA

About the Event

Registration Fee required for ALL Festival Program/Field Trip Participants! Please register each guest separately.

Registration includes admission to the Festival, David Sibley Keynote Admission, a free Raptor Project presentation, Five days admission to South Texas Botanical Gardens and 3 Free Presentations ($5 for extras) OR a Free Workshop ($15 for extras).

Use Promo Code 3FREE for 3 free Presentations or code WORK for a free Workshop

(need to be pre-registered for Presentations or Workshop)

BIRDIEST FESTIVAL IN AMERICA 2020 SCHEDULE

Wednesday. April 22

  • 7:00- 7:30 am MORNING FIELD TRIP DEPARTURES
  • 7:00am - 12:00 Port Aransas Hot Spots 
  • 7:00am - 12:00 Chasing Warblers & Other Migrants 
  • 7:30am - 12:30 King Ranch, Laureles Division 
  • 12:00pm Registration and Vendor Tent Open (12:00 - 6:00)
  • 12:30pm - 1:30 Presentation- “Who are You? Solutions to Some Birding Pickles” by David Sarkozi
  • 1:00pm The Raptor Project with Jonathan Wood
  • 2:00pm Presentation- “Status and Trends of Nesting Colonial Birds” by Brent Ortego
  • 4:00pm The Raptor Project with Jonathan Wood
  • 5:00pm Opening Reception- Happy Hour Cash Bar
  • 6:00pm Texas BBQ Dinner (6:00- 7:30)

Thursday, April 23

  • 5:30- 7:00 am MORNING FIELD TRIP DEPARTURES
  • 5:30-3:30 King Ranch- Norias Division led by Tom Langschied 
  • 5:30 - 3:30 Lake Choke Canyon State Park
  • 6:30 - 3:30 Rockport/Fulton Hot Spots
  • 6:30 - 12:00 Hazel Bazemore & Polywog Ponds
  • 7:00 - 12:00 Shorebirds of the Coastal Bend led by Mel Cooksey
  • 7:00 - 12:00 Chasing Warblers & Other Migrants
  • 8:00 am Bird Walk- South Texas Botanical Gardens (8:00 - 11:00)
  • 12:00 pm Registration & Vendor Tent Open (12:00 - 5:00)
  • 1:00 pm Workshop- “Outdoor Photography: Setups and Techniques for Capturing Stunning Nature Images” with Dr. Robert Benson (1:00 - 3:00 pm)
  • 1:00 pm The Raptor Project with Jonathan Wood
  • 3:30pm - 4:30 Presentation- “The Resilient Whooping Crane: Challenges to Recovery” by Dr. Liz Smith
  • 4:00 pm The Raptor Project with Jonathan Wood

Friday, April 24

  • 5:30- 7:00 am MORNING FIELD TRIP DEPARTURES
  • 5:30am - 3:30 Big Day- Full Day Trip
  • 6:00am - 3:30 NEW! Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
  • 6:00am - 3:30 Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area 
  • 6:30am - 12:30 NEW! Knolle Jersey Farms- River Pasture
  • 6:30am - 12:30 Fennessey Ranch
  • 7:00am - 12:30 King Ranch- Santa Gertrudis Division
  • 7:00am - 12:00 Port Aransas Hot Spots
  • 8:00am - 11:00 Bird Walk- South Texas Botanical Gardens
  • 8:00am - 11:00 Bird Walk- Goose Island State Park) NO TRANSPORTATION TO SITE
  • 12:00 pm Registration & Vendor Tent Open (12:00 - 5:00)
  • 12:30 pm Presentation- “Prediction: The Next New Coastal Bend Birds” by Mel Cooksey
  • 1:00 pm The Raptor Project with Jonathan Wood
  • 2:00 pm Presentation- “Native Plants for the Birds” by Kris Kirkwood
  • 4:00 pm The Raptor Project with Jonathan Wood
  • 6:00 pm Reception with Cash Bar and light Hors d’oeuvre
  • 7:00 pm Keynote with David Sibley

Saturday, April 25, Artisan Market & Family Fun Day

  • 5:30am - 7:00 am MORNING FIELD TRIP DEPARTURES
  • 5:30am -3:30 King Ranch- Norias Division led by Tom Langschied 
  • 6:00am - 3:30 NEW! Aransas National Wildlife Refuge 
  • 6:00am - 3:30 Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area 
  • 6:30am - 3:30 Rockport/Fulton Hot Spots 
  • 6:30am - 12:30 NEW! Knolle Jersey Farms- River Pasture 
  • 7:00am - 12:00 Shorebirds of the Coastal Bend 
  • 7:00am - 12:00 Port Aransas Hot Sport 
  • 7:00am - 12:00 NEW! Birding with David Sibley 
  • 8:00am - 11:00 Bird Walk- Blucher Park  NO TRANSPORTATION TO SITE
  • 8:00am - 11:00 Bird Walk- Goose Island State Park  NO TRANSPORTATION TO SITE
  • 10:00- 5:00 Registration & Vendor Tent Open 
  • 10:30 am The Raptor Project with Jonathan Wood
  • 1:00 pm Presentation- “A Birding Tour of the Texas State Parks in South Texas” by Ben Horstmann
  • 1:00 pm The Raptor Project with Jonathan Wood
  • 2:00 pm Book Signing with David Sibley at Vendor Tent
  • 2:30 pm Workshop- “Hawk Watching 101” by Dane & Libby Ferrell (2:30- 4:30)
  • 4:00 pm The Raptor Project with Jonathan Wood

Sunday, April 26

  • 7:00 am MORNING FIELD TRIP DEPARTURES
  • 7:00am - 12:00 Texas Scramble 
  • 7:00am - 12:00 Chasing Warblers &Other Migrants 
  • 8:00am - 12:00 “Skimmer” Boat Trip- Fulton Harbor  NO TRANSPORTATION TO THE SITE
  • 8:00am - 11:00 Bird Walk- Blucher Park NO TRANSPORTATION TO THE SITE
  • 8:00am - 11:00 Bird Walk- South Texas Botanical Gardens 

Sunday, April 26 - Tuesday, April 28

  • 7:00 am Post Trip - Rio Grande Valley

Tickets

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  • Registration Fee (REQUIRED)

    $35

    Required for all festival program/field trip participants! Allows registration for field trips, 3 free presentations ($5 for extras) OR a free Workshop, a free Raptor Project presentation, and five days admission to South Texas Botanical Gardens. (Use Promo Code 3Free for 3 free seminars or code WORK for a free workshop).

    $35

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  • Opening Reception BBQ Dinner

    $20

    Please add and extra ticket if you are bringing a guest.

    $20

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  • T-Shirt (XS-XL)

    $20

    $20

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  • T-Shirt (2XL-3XL)

    $22

    $22

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  • Trip-Port A 4/22 7am

    $55

    Looking for shorebirds and seabirds, while driving along the beach, is a treat for those who do not live near the ocean. The popularity of this tour is enhanced by the fact that this is a world- class migrant trap for neotropical species. Plus, this adventure offers some very birdy freshwater ponds and marshes, where you’ll see sparrows, ducks, and wading birds. Generally, visitors can easily see more than 100 species in a single day. 

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  • Trip-Chasing Warblers 4/22 7am

    $55

    For many, this is what the spring migration is all about. Around here, April is an enjoyable, and sometimes exhausting, time to chase migrating land birds that flit and feed throughout the area. We’ve lessened the challenge by narrowing down the places to look. The birders who lead these trips know the most likely hot spots to find the species you want to see.

    $55

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  • Trip-KR Laureles 4/22 7:30

    $65

    The Laureles Division of King Ranch is the northernmost region of the property. It is the nearest and is the largest division of the ranch, spanning more than 250,000 acres. This birding adventure explores a variety of upland and wetland habitats. With adequate rainfall, the Laureles has one of the largest freshwater marshes in Texas. Generally, birders see a wide variety of birds, including waterfowl, shorebirds, hawks, and sparrows.

    $65

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  • Talk-Who are you? 4/22 12:30

    $5

    Who are you?  Solutions to some birding pickles on the Texas Coast Talk by David Sarkozi. The Texas Coast is the most productive place for springtime birding in the United States. But so many species look so similar. This talk will add solutions to your tool box, so you can solve birding riddles, while padding your life list.

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  • Talk-Nesting Birds 4/22 2-3

    $5

    Status and trends of Nesting Colonial birds along the Central Coast by Brent Ortego. The Texas Coast supports a diverse population of nesting herons, ibis, gulls and terns. Today, it’s home to about 59,000 nesting pairs. Their numbers have fluctuated over time, depending on the availability of predator-free nesting sites, human disturbance, and many other factors. This program will discuss population trends from the late 1900s to show where we are today, with a look ahead to the future.

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  • Trip-KR Norias 4/23 5:30am

    $160

    The Norias Division has vast tracts of habitat that are home to a variety of South Texas specialty birds, including the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Tropical Parula, Northern Beardless- Tyrannulet, Audubon’s Oriole, Botteri’s Sparrow, Green Jay, White-tailed Hawk, Olive Sparrow, and many others. This is our most popular field trip, so it fills very quickly. Attendance is limited to 20 birders. Your tour guide is Tom Langschied, The King Ranch’s visitor program manager. Lunch provided.

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  • Trip-Choke Canyon 4/23 5:30

    $85

    This is a full-day trip, with lunch included (vegetarian meal available). This park surrounding a large lake is north of Corpus Christi, at the edge of a thorn-brush desert which is home to a somewhat different suite of birds. We may gain entry to the riparian area below the dam as well.  The diversity here is broad enough to offer a hundred species on a good day. On the eBird list, Choke Canyon has 325 species. Our search will include an Audubon Oriole, Cactus Wren, Verdin, and more!

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  • Trip-Rockport/Fulton 4/23 6:30

    $75

    This full-day trip does not include lunch. We will pick up sandwiches at a Subway (or other restaurant) then enjoy a picnic, if the weather is nice. This field trip has it all, beaches, coastal prairie, freshwater ponds and marshes, oak mottes, and so much more. It’s got shorebirds, waders, sparrows, and, of course, neotropical migrants.

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  • Trip-Hazel Bazemore 4/23 6:30

    $55

    Best known as an official Hawk Watch spot in the fall, Hazel Bazemore Park boasts the largest and most diverse convergence of migrating raptors in the United States. But springtime brings color to this park, providing visitors with a robust sampling of South Texas species, including Green Jays, Kiskadees, White-tipped Dove, Couch's Kingbirds and Buff-bellied Hummingbirds. This tour has gifted more than one birder a lifer, when they spotted a Groove-billed Ani in the park.

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  • Trip-Shorebirds 4/23 7am

    $55

    The Coastal Bend holds an enviable number and variety of shorebirds. So, this field trip is designed especially for folks with a fascination and curiosity for water birds, but who also may find identifying them difficult. Consider this outing a workshop for honing your skills with a shorebird expert. Master birder, Mel Cooksey, will guide you through the subtle physical and behavior traits of these birds.

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  • Trip-Chasing Warblers 4/23 7am

    $55

    For many, this is what the spring migration is all about. Around here, April is an enjoyable, and sometimes exhausting, time to chase migrating land birds that flit and feed throughout the area. We’ve lessened the challenge by narrowing down the places to look. The birders who lead these trips know the most likely hot spots to find the species you want to see.

    $55

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  • Walk-STXBT 4/23 8am

    $5

    Your Birdiest Festival host and organizer is the Botanical Gardens, which spans 182 acres of shrub and grassland, with a lake and a pond. You may find a variety of bird species here year- round, and in spring, anything could be present. As mentioned earlier, this site sits along a prime migration corridor, so simply look skyward for swallows, hawks, anhingas, and White Pelicans that commonly pass over on their way northward. Thursday, Friday and Sunday; pay the $5 on the registration form.

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  • Photo Workshop-Setup 4/23 1-3

    $15

    Outdoor Photography Workshop: Set-ups and techniques for capturing stunning nature images by Dr. Robert Benson. Flip through any nature magazine and you’ll marvel at incredible images of birds, other wildlife, plants, and landscapes. Have you ever wondered how you can capture better photos? Most first-rate nature photos are the result of careful planning, appropriate equipment, and years of field experience.

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  • Talk-Whooping Cranes 4/23 3:30

    $5

    The Resilient Whooping Crane: Challenges to Recovery by Dr. Liz Smith. The Texas Coastal Bend is the winter home of the only naturally occurring flock of wild Whooping Cranes in the world. Learn the factors that have impacted the steady recovery of this endangered species, while discovering the efforts focused on overcoming the challenges they face. For decades, people, institutions, government agencies have worked to minimize negative impacts on the cranes.

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  • Trip-BIG DAY 4/24 5:30am

    $85

    Lunch (not included) will be flexible. This 10-hour tour is fast-paced, challenging, and fun. We understand that seeing and hearing as many species of birds as possible in a single day is not for everyone, but many birders consider it a must during a springtime visit to Corpus Christi. We’ll cover as many spots as time allows, based on where the best birds have been spotted by our team of bird scouters. With good weather and a little luck, this adventure may earn participants a spot in 150 Club.

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  • Trip-Guadalupe Delta 4/24 6am

    $75

    There are no restrooms on this tour. Lunch is at the nearby Dairy Queen (cost not included). This is one of the top five birdiest spots in the nation, based on the annual Christmas Bird Count. More than 350 bird species have been recorded within the wildlife management area. The tour takes visitors through freshwater marshes, where they are likely to spot the Fulvous Whistling-Duck. We will walk along a road through a lush riparian forest within the Guadalupe River floodplain.

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  • Trip-Aransas Refuge 4/24 6

    $85

    This refuge north of Rockport is an important stopover for many migrants, while being well known among birders for its exceptional variety of resident and transient birds. The refuge has documented 93 nesting species and nearly 400 birds overall. Wear protective clothing, and bring bug spray and sunscreen. This adventure includes some light hiking on mostly level ground, so wear comfortable shoes.  We’ll provide lunch, which includes a vegetarian option.

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  • Trip-Knolle Farm 4/24 6:30

    $65

    Local birders have long known about this birding area’s rolling hills and open pastures, a peaceful spot for viewing raptors and sparrows.  The former dairy farm stretches for 300 acres along the Nueces River. It’s especially good this time of year, for spotting the Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Green Jay, Great Kisskadee, and Black-crested Titmouse. The enchanting forest of ancient towering oaks, dripping with Spanish moss, creates an idyllic rural setting.

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  • Trip-Fennessey Ranch 4/24 6:30

    $65

    Our half-day trip will cover the most primitive part of the ranch, encompassing prairie, riparian wetland and marsh habitats. Expect to see resident Bald Eagles. Other birds you’re likely to see include the Green Jay, Roadrunner and Painted Bunting. Enjoy a hay-wagon ride around the ranch with trip leader Sally “Famous Shoes” Crofutt, along with other local experts.

    $65

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  • Trip-Port A 4/24 7am

    $55

    Looking for shorebirds and seabirds, while driving along the beach, is a treat for those who do not live near the ocean. The popularity of this tour is enhanced by the fact that this is a world- class migrant trap for neotropical species. Plus, this adventure offers some very birdy freshwater ponds and marshes, where you’ll see sparrows, ducks, and wading birds. Generally, visitors can easily see more than 100 species in a single day. 

    $55

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  • Trip-KR Santa Gertrudis 4/24 7

    $65

    The Santa Gertrudis Division is the third largest, as well as the original tract owned by Capt. Richard King.  This division, primarily in Kleberg County, has a variety of brushland habitats as well as several ponds and lakes. The seasonal and habitat diversity generally provide for a nice variety of lingering winter residents, summer residents, and tropical species. Birds to look for include the Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Northern Bobwhite, Least Grebe, Greater Roadrunner, and more!

    $65

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  • Walk-Goose Island 4/24 8am

    $0

    Friday and Saturday; $5 entrance fee. Pay at the gate. Your park hosts will lead you around this coastal gem’s diverse habitat. According to eBird, visitors and staff have spotted 340 bird species here. The trees should be teeming with spring migrants. You might even see an iconic Whooping Cranes lingering from its winter stay in the area’s coastal wetlands. In 2011, birders flocked to Goose Island to catch a rare glimpse of a Yellow-faced Grassquit.

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