Birding the Border – Festival 2020

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Presents:

Birding the Border – Festival 2020

Thurs., April 16 to Sat., April 18, 2020

Kickoff Social on Weds., April 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Registration:
1-day pass: $125
2-day pass: $200
3-day pass: $375

Tour Host City: Del Rio, TX

 

Stay tuned for a detailed schedule! Registration opens Oct. 1!

Highlights:

  • Great for beginner or intermediate birders!

  • Access to private lands

  • Photography opportunities

  • Unique educational opportunities – learn from researchers and conservationists

Target Birds:

Golden-cheeked Warbler
Black-capped Vireo
White-collared Seedeater
Gray Vireo
Green Jay
Great Kiskadee
Varied Bunting
Black-tail Gnathcatcher
Elf Owl
Three species of Kingfishers
*2018 Tour bird list included 133 species*

Daily Schedule:

(approximate, will vary somewhat by day)

6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Morning birding trips (includes boxed lunch in the field)
12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Trade show
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Birding with Extension educational programs
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Free birding trips
6:30 p.m. Evening socials and dinner trips

Detailed agenda coming soon!

Morning birding trips will include:
Private ranches, including some that have never been birded
Kickapoo Caverns State Park
San Felipe Creek
Vega Verde Road
and many more!

Join us in Val Verde County, Texas, for a birding festival in the borderlands of southwest Texas! Upon arrival, you will learn about the area and expected species while enjoying a wonderful Kickoff Social. The next three days will be full of choices for you to bird on both public lands and private ranches in a variety of habitats, with educational programs and a trade show during the heat of the day. 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.
*Schedule & locations are subject to change based upon landowners, birds, and weather issues.*

Your Birding the Border Experience Includes:

1-Day Pass – Transportation to and from birding locations, birding with a professional guide and birding buddy, 1 lunch, social token (Weds. or Thurs.), access to the trade show and Birding with Extension guest speakers

2-Day Pass – Transportation to and from birding locations, birding with a professional guide and birding buddy, 2 lunches, 2 social tokens (Weds. and Thurs.), access to the trade show and Birding with Extension guest speakers

3-Day Pass – Transportation to and from birding locations, birding with a professional guide and birding buddy, 3 lunches, 2 social token (Weds. and Thurs.), access to the trade show and Birding with Extension guest speakers

Sponsorship & Vendor Information

Register as a trade show vendor or as a sponsor!

More Information

Accommodations
Participants are responsible for their own lodging arrangements. The host hotel is

Climate
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.

Clothing
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.

Equipment
Please bring any equipment that you would like to use for birding, such as binoculars, spotting scopes, cameras, and field guides. Note that space will be limited in the vans so large tripods may not fit.

Internet and phone service
Wi-fi internet may be available at your hotel. Cell phone service is limited throughout the areas we will travel. Other than when we are in Del Rio, please do not expect reliable cell phone service.

Insect protection
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.

Liability
Participants will be required to sign waivers in advance. Participants who do not sign will not be able to join in the program activities.

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