Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Presents:
Birding the Hills
Monday, April 29, 2019 to Friday, May 3, 2019
Tour Duration: 4 days (Monday 5 pm – Thursday 9 PM)
Tour Price: $1,200
$600 Deposit due to reserve your spot
Tour Host City: Fredericksburg, TX
Participation Limited to 16 Participants
Join us in Gillespie County in the heart of the Texas Hill Country for three full days of birding in the Edwards Plateau ecoregion! 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 unique habitats of the Fredericksburg area to find target species such as Golden-cheeked warbler, Black-Capped Vireo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Blue Grosbeak, and Zone-tailed Hawk. *Schedule & Locations are subject to change based upon landowners, birds, and weather issues*
All nights will be at the same lodging at the Inn on Barons Creek. You may check in as early as 3pm on April 29th and must check out by noon on May 3rd. The hotel includes beds, linens, a bathroom with sink and shower, shampoo, soap, and blow dryers. Breakfast is included in your stay. **Double occupancy rooms: $1,000. No lodging: $900.**
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.
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.