Coastal Ornithology

            Explore the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trails of the Upper Texas Coast and learn to observe and identify birds of all shapes and sizes based on physical characteristics, sound, behavior, and habitat. This week-long camp provides the opportunity to hike & bird everything from coastal plains, rookeries, and saltmarshes to hardwood bottomland and Longleaf Pine forests. Campers will get the opportunity to see Brown Pelican, Great Egret, and Roseate Spoonbill hatchlings and meet a Moody Gardens Penguin! They will contribute their findings on bird abundance and distribution to the eBird citizen science birding database. Emphasis will be placed on waterbirds and shorebirds such as bitterns, egrets, herons, ibis, gulls, pelicans, plovers, rails, sandpipers, and terns. Possible endangered species sightings include the Bald Eagle and Red-Cockaded Woodpecker.

 

Highly Recommended Special Items for campers to bring: binoculars (7 or 8 x Magnification), birding field guide, back pack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow, hat, sneakers or tennis shoes, light-weight long pants and shirts to layer, flashlight.