Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Presents:
Birding the Border
April 23-26, 2018
Cost: $625.00- $425.00
Registration Deadline: February 22, 2018
Lodging provided April 23-27, 2018, meals and transportation included.
Join us in Kinney 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 meal at the historic Fort Clark Springs in Brackettville. The first morning, we will bird around the Fort, where dozens of species of migrants pass through on their way north. In the afternoon, we will bird at a local private ranch with golden-cheeked warbler habitat, then enjoy a catered picnic at Kickapoo Ranch State Park in time to watch the bats depart and listen for owls. Our second day will begin at a ranch with painted buntings, northern bobwhite, and orioles. Lunch in the native plant garden at the ranch will include a program on habitat management for songbirds. In the afternoon, we will travel to a ranch on Pinto Creek, with the opportunity to spot some local riparian species such as. On the last day, we will have the option to return to golden-cheeked warbler hotspots in the morning, or enjoy a driving trip through a variety of habitats on Tularosa Road. Our final afternoon trip will take us to San Felipe Creek in Del Rio and we will conclude with a nice dinner in Del Rio the final evening.
Location: Meet and check in at Fort Clark Springs on April 23. The Fort is located on the south side of U.S. 90, right in Brackettville. At the gate, inform the attendant that you are part of Birding the Border, then drive to the Main Office to check in. To reach the main office, once you have gone through the gate, turn right onto McClernand Road and you will see the sign on your right.
All nights will be at the same lodging in Fort Clark Springs. Our trips will include varied terrain (easy to moderate) and a combination of walks, short to moderate hikes, and roadside birding. April in southwest Texas usually offers beautiful weather with warm days and mild nights. Rain is possible. Please check the weather forecast before your trip and pack accordingly.