Helpful Birding References & General Information…
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What to Bring for a Successful Birding and Nature Outings:


Binoculars / Spotting Scope
Tripod, Camera & Film
Field Guides

Texas Bird Checklist (ANWR)
Lightweight Backpack
Notebook / Sketch Pad
Pencils & Pens
Trail Maps
Audio Recorder

Sunglasses & Sunscreen
Insect Repellent
Flashlight & Batteries
Rain Poncho / Hooded Jacket
Comfortable Hiking Boots
Drinking Water & Nutritional Snacks
Pocket knife, String and Survival Items
Well-Stocked First Aid Kit

Texas Rare Bird Alert Hotlines:

Coastal Bend (Corpus Christi)

Rio Grande Valley

San Antonio


Houston (state wide)

Wildlife in Need of Care:
Who to Call For Help: Aransas & Neighboring County Information for the Coastal Bend. (Agencies and Organizations that you can call for help are listed below:)

Wildlife: Aransas County Animal Control – 361-790-0151
Dolphins: Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network – 1-800-9-MAMMAL
Birds & Animal Rehabilitation Keep: (ARK) Port Aransas – 361-749-6793
Texas State Aquarium: 361-881-1216
Turtles: Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network (Padre Island National Seashore) 361-949-8173
Reptiles: Rockport, Lucy Rhodes – 361-727-0739 Aransas Pass, Gloria Haskett – 361-758-3557
Mammals: Rockport, Lucy Rhodes – 361-727-0739 Aransas Pass, Gloria Haskett – 361-758-3447
Aransas County Animal Control: 361-790-0151
Corpus Christi Animal Control: 361-882-6082

Fishing Line Tragedy:
1 White Pelican was found with fishing lure in throat and fishing line wrapped around neck, wing and beak. It had been on there so long the wound on its neck had healed where the fishing line was cutting into it. Since it was also wrapped around the beak, the bird was unable to eat and was starving when rescued.  All medical measures were taken but too late and the bird died 2 days later.  We ALL must help and do our part to protect all the birds and other forms of marine life from unnecessary tragedies like this one.

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Please visit the following organizations and groups that preserve, protect and conserve all things in nature (sky, land and water) to see how you can help!

Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi

Texas Hawk Watches  

Texas Whooping Cranes

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Aransas/Matagorda Island NWR

Texas Audubon Society

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas Bird Checklist (ANWR)

TPWD/Threatened/Endangered Birds-Texas

Texas Ornithological Society

Texas Birding

South Texas Birds

The King Ranch Birds

Fennessey Ranch

Audubon & Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP)

Goose Island State Park

Passport to Texas

Texas Nature & Birding Festivals

Travel Texas

Birds & Birding Facts

Texas National Wildlife Refuges/Marine Sanctuaries

Texas Hummingbird Roundup (TPWD)

Texas Highways Magazine

The Virtual Birder

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Texas’ Wildlife Refuges