Date: 4/21/17 5:01 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: BBAS Birding Trip to Texas (No sighting)
Correction: the dates of the trip are Saturday, November 11th (not the
10th) to Saturday, November 18th. Sorry for any confusion.

Eric Ollie

On Apr 20, 2017 4:46 PM, "Eric Ollie" <uphawkeye...> wrote:

> Big Bluestem Audubon Society
> is excited to announce a birding trip to the
> Lower Rio Grande Valley and Gulf Coast of Texas!!!
> Big Bluestem Audubon Society, based in Ames, IA, will be leading a birding
> tour of the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) and Gulf Coast of Texas that
> will include *six full days* of subtropical birding. The LRGV is one of
> the elite birding hotspots in the United States, with some species that are
> seen nowhere else in the United States, that every true birder needs to
> visit at least once. The LRGV and the Texas Gulf Coast also offer an
> amazing array of butterflies, odonates, herptiles and mammals
> A few of the many amazing birds that we will be targeting on this trip
> will include:
> Plain Chachalaca, Common Pauraque, Least Grebe, Green Jay, Great Kiskadee,
> Couch's and Tropical Kingbird, Vermilion Flycatcher, Red-billed Pigeon,
> White-tipped Dove, Black-crested Titmouse, Audubon's and Altamira Oriole,
> Gray-colored Thrush, Green and Ringed Kingfisher, Aplomado Falcon, Crested
> Caracara, Harris’s, Gray, Zone-tailed and White-tailed Hawk, Whooping
> Crane, Groove-billed Ani, Northern Beardless-Tyrranulet, Golden-fronted and
> Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Tricolored and Little Blue Heron, Reddish Egret,
> White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy, Piping and Wilson's Plover, Royal,
> Sandwich and Gull-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, American Oystercatcher, Red
> Knot, Mottled Duck, Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Monk Parakeet
> and Red-crowned Parrot, plus many, many more, including the possibility of
> rarities that wander up from Mexico!
> - *WHEN:* Saturday, November 10th through Saturday, November 18th, 2017
> - *WHERE*: We will be based out of Weslaco, TX, in the heart of the
> LRGV! We may range anywhere between the Laredo, Corpus Christi and
> Brownsville areas.
> - *COST*: *$1000* for a double-occupancy hotel room and *$1400* for a
> single-occupancy hotel room. A deposit of *$**250* will secure one of
> the twenty slots for the trip. *Only full payment by 8/11/17 will
> guarantee trip participation*. This fee includes:
> - Hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express Weslaco for
> 7 nights, including a hot breakfast
> - All transportation while in Texas
> - Birding guides/drivers
> - All entrance and excursion fees
> - A four-hour boat excursion out of Rockport, TX across Aransas
> Bay to Aransas NWR to get close looks at the over-wintering Whooping Cranes
> and other wildlife of all kinds!
> NOTE: This fee does not include transportation to and from
> Texas. All participants are responsible for providing their own
> transportation to and from Weslaco, TX and for all meals, excluding
> breakfast, which is provided by the hotel.
> - *WHO*: All birders are eligible to participate! We have set a cap of
> 20 participants for this trip, with a minimum of 13 participants needed for
> the trip to proceed. *Registration will be closed at the end of the
> day on Friday, August 11th.*
> - *HOW*: Send an email to Eric Ollie (BBAS Field Trip Chair) at
> <uphawkeye...> stating:
> - Your name
> - Your full mailing address
> - Your phone number
> - Your email address
> - Whether you want a double or single-occupancy hotel room (Only
> 4 single-occupancy rooms will be guaranteed!)
> - For those who choose double-occupancy, please include the
> name of the person you will be sharing a room with, or you may be paired up
> with another participant.
> Emails will be responded to with more information,
> registration materials and answers to any questions you may have.
> Eric Ollie
> Ames, IA

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