Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Presents:
Birding the Border
Monday, April 22, 2019 to Friday, April 26, 2019
Tour Duration: 4 days (Monday 5 pm – Friday 11:30 AM)
Registration Fee: $650 – $850
Tour Host City: Del Rio, TX
Participation Limited to 16 Participants
-Great for beginner or intermediate birders!
-Access to private lands
-2018 tour birding list had 133 species including: Golden Cheeked Warbler, Black Capped Vireo, and White Collared Seedeater
Three species of Kingfishers
*2018 Tour Bird List Included 133 species*
Kickapoo Caverns State Park
San Felipe Creek
Vega Verde Road
and many more!
Detailed agenda coming soon!
Tour will include 3 educational programs:
*A Working Lands Success Story? The Black-capped Vireo and Their Success in Southwest Texas – by Dr. Katy Smith-Hicks
*Home Is Where the Owl Is – by Dr. Maureen Frank
*Beef, Birds, and Butterflies: Sustainable Coexistence in an Agroecosystem – by Dr. John Tomecek
Join us in Val Verde County, Texas, for three full days of birding in the borderlands of southwest Texas! Upon arrival, you will learn about the area and expected species while enjoying a wonderful welcome dinner. The next three days will be full of birding on both public lands and private ranches in a variety of habitats, with educational programs each day at lunchtime. We will travel through the Edwards Plateau, South Texas Brush, and unique habitats of the Del Rio area to find target species such as golden-cheeked warbler, black-capped vireo, white-collared seedeater, black-tailed gnatcatcher, elf owl, and all three species of kingfisher. On Friday morning, participants will get special access to go behind the border fence to bird in a riparian area below the Lake Amistad dam. *Schedule & Locations are subject to change based upon landowners, birds, and weather issues*
Your Birding the Border Experience Includes:
All accommodations, All meals (dinner Monday – breakfast Friday), ground transportation, all park/private ranch conservation and entrance fees.
All nights will be at the same lodging at Ramada Del Rio. You may check in as early as 3pm on April 22 and must check out by noon on April 26. The hotel in Del Rio includes beds, linens, a bathroom with sink and shower, shampoo, soap, and blow dryers. Breakfast is included in your stay.
Breakfast service starts at 6:00 AM each morning. Departure times each day will range from 6:30 AM – 7 AM.
Spring in southwest Texas can be lovely! Daytime highs are usually in the low 80s, with nighttime lows in the mid 50s. However, unexpected weather can occur at any time, including temperatures far above or below the averages. Check the forecast before your trip and pack accordingly. April is also when this region typically gets some rain, so we recommend a good rain coat and any protective gear needed for your birding equipment.
We recommend that you check the weather as you pack for your trip and be prepared for the unexpected! Spring in Texas can be lovely but is also unpredictable. Recommended clothing to pack includes a light jacket, a rain jacket, long pants, shorts, long-sleeved shirts, and short-sleeved shirts. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are a must. We will be fairly remote for most of the trip; there are no laundry facilities nearby. In the case of inclement weather during the program, we may modify our schedule. No refunds will given due to weather.
Please bring any equipment that you would like to use for birding, such as binoculars, spotting scopes, cameras, and field guides.
Internet and phone service
Wi-fi internet is available at the hotel. Cell phone service is limited throughout the areas we will travel. Other than when we go to Del Rio on the third night, please do not expect reliable cell phone service.
Mosquitos, horse flies, gnats, chiggers, and other biting insects live in this region. While they will not be out in full force at this time of year, biting insects may be still be encountered during hikes and walks. Please bring insect repellant.
Participants will be required to sign a liability form upon arrival. Participants who do not sign a form will not be able to join in the program activities.