Thanks to the Fabulous Fifties team who spotted the most species of birds during a weeklong 2011 Great Texas Birding Classic tournament, Port A wins a $10,000 conservation award. The Fab Fifties skill and endurance resulted in a 1st Place grant conservation award for the Nature Preserve in Port A.
Sponsored by Swarovski Optik North America, the Fab Fifties identified 312 species along the Texas Gulf Coast winning a first place, $10,000 award. The restoration project is: Brazilian Pepper tree removal at the Port Aransas Nature Preserve, City of Port Aransas. This project will continue the work to remove and prevent the spreading of the exotic and invasive pepper tree. Suitable plants such as native mesquite, lantana, prickly ash, bay tree and coral bean will be planted.
Since it's inception, The Great Texas Birding Classic has contributed $736,500 directly to avian habitat conservation along the Texas gulf coast. Prior to each year's competition, teams submit conservation project proposals.
The Port Aransas Nature Preserve (aka Charlie's Pasture) covers 1,217 acres along the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.
The Nature Preserve can be enjoyed dawn to dusk. Access is via Port Street. Come test your bird-spotting skills and roam the hike & bike trail and boardwalk over the salt flats.
Also, there's a free guided tour - 'Birding on the Boardwalk' every Wednesday, 9am, at another Port A favorite spot, the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center.