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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Birdwatching 101

Aloha Everyone,

Les and Jane are serious and devoted birders. They live in Atlanta, MI, but February to April, they volunteer as birdwatching guides in two of the Texas State parks. They began volunteering about 14 years ago. 

Nature Tourism, travel to natural areas that conserves the environmental cultural and social values, is one of the fastest growing segment of the Texas tourism industry.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has Field Checklists, maps and other guides to assist and educate visitors, and to enhance their birding experiences. In one of their publications, it mentions that Texas has 632 birds.

Les and Jane as well as other birders in our group of 13 were helpful and generous in sharing information and assist spotting birds.

The Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America's only remaining flock of whooping cranes. In 2015, The Whooping Crane Festival in Fort Aransas had 750 registered participants from 36 states & 4 countries.  2016 festival will be from February 25 - 28th.

After my participation this morning of shorebirds and field birds watching, then attending the introduction to birding by Les this afternoon, I am hooked!

Birding appeals to our intellectual curiosity and opens our eyes and minds to a whole new world. After our initiation to ocean fishing by Jim and Susan and now birding, our RV adventure has added layers of new experiences.

Chuck and Beebe have become full-time RVers since last October. I look forward to running into them again to exchange information about our shared life-style.

Gary from Houston is a runner and a biker. I met him while I was waiting for our birdwatching group to gather this morning.

Aloha -- Cathi