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Pre-Festival Trip


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Fee $500 / 7:30 am Sunday 30 Oct – 5:00 pm Tuesday 1 Nov
This is a new trip for the Festival. There are more White-collared Seedeaters in and around Laredo than anywhere else in the U.S. and getting close views of them will be one of our main targets. But the Laredo area has so much more birding potential and on this trip we’ll be exploring some of its miles of riparian woodland and uninterrupted expanses of Tamaulipan thornscrub. Much of the surrounding land is privately owned, but the Laredo Birding Festival has been in the forefront of negotiating access for birders and we’ll be taking advantage of all their work. The trip will be led by guides from the Laredo Festival and, among other places, we’ll be visiting Lake Casa Blanca State Park, Las Palmas, the Max Mandel Golf Course and La Perla Ranch, one of the birdiest ranches in the region with over 200 acres of specially created wetlands.
Targets: Muscovy Duck (rare), Gray Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk (rare), Red-billed Pigeon, Ringed & Green Kingfishers, Green Parakeet, Vermilion Flycatcher, Chihuahuan Raven, Cactus Wren, Verdin, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, White-collared Seedeater, Clay-colored Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Pyrrhuloxia, Audubon’s Oriole, rarities.
Note: Group size will be limited to 16 participants. A minimum number is required before the trip can be confirmed, so please contact us before booking airline tickets. A complete itinerary will be sent to you on registration.
Important: Make sure you have your driving license or other official photographic ID with you for this trp. If you are not a US citizen, you must have your passport with you at all times.
Included: All transportation from Harlingen and back, experienced guides, meals, lodging for 2 nights (double occupancy – single supplement of $100).
Questions: contact Michael Marsden – tel: 956-276-4409; [email protected]

Post-Festival Trip

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with Louise Zemaitis & Michael O’Brien

Fee $ 550 / Monday Nov 7th – Wednesday Nov 9th

Whooping Cranes are one of the rarest of the world’s birds, and among the most majestic. The bulk of the current population winter in Aransas NWR, just a few hour’s drive northeast of the Valley. Round out your South Texas experience by traveling with us on a post-Festival journey to see this magnificent and important species, along with a long list of waterfowl, herons, shorebirds, raptors, and more. We’ll travel north through the fascinating King Ranch country, take a coastal waters cruise aboard the famous Skimmer, visit other birdy places in the vicinity, and stay in the lovely Rockport/Fulton area–a prime base for exploring the north of South Texas.
*Important Facts: Group size will be limited to 16 participants, with 2 leaders.
Included: All transportation from the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium Complex or Country Inn & Suites and back, experienced guides, meals, 2 nights lodging. Fee based on double occupancy. Single Supplement $100. A complete itinerary and detailed information will be sent to you upon registration.
Not included: Lodging in Harlingen pre- and post-tour, Sunday and Wednesday nights.
Important!: There is a US Border Patrol Check Station on US 77. Make sure you have your driver’s license or other official photographic ID with you: participants without proper identification will not be permitted to board. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact Michael Marsden at 956-276-4409 before booking.
A certain number of participants are required, so please talk with us before making airline arrangements.
Questions: Louise Zemaitis [email protected]