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    Port Aransas Birders Win during Great Texas Birding Classic

    Last updated 1 year ago

    (Port Aransas, TX) – Celebrating its 20th year, the Great Texas Birding Classic was another record breaker for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. More species of birds were spotted during the tournament, there were more participants than in years past, and a record number of dollars were raised for conservation!

    The Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce was honored to receive a notable award for participating in each of the 20 years since the inception of the Classic. The Vicennial Award was presented to three companies/organizations that have participated through in-kind donations and event sponsorships for habitat conservation projects. Sharing the honor with the Chamber were Swarovski Optix, N.A. and NRG Energy.

    The Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce sponsored teams have brought home notable wins in their categories year after year (the past 20 years), and this year was no exception. The “Port Aransas Spoonbills” BIG SIT! team secured a second place win in the Central Coast division and both Port Aransas youth teams placed in their categories.  The BIG SIT! team has staked out their birding spot at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center for many years, and this year they counted 105 species of birds.  Team leaders Dr. Joan and Scott Holt were joined by faithful birders Tony Amos, Mikael Behrens, Julie Findley, Joan Garland, Nick Lorette, Sheri Johnson, and Colleen Simpson. 

    Two youth teams from Port ‘A’ ranked high for the number of species spotted during the Classic in the Roughwings Regional Tournament. The Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce sponsored, “Port ‘A’ Pied-bills”, was chaperoned by Julie Findley, with birders Hannah Ramsden, Calligraphy Lauseng and Max Nienow. These young birders won 2nd place by spotting 101 species. The second team, “Woody’s Willets”, sponsored by Woody’s Sports Center and chaperoned by Dr. Joan Holt, consisted of team members Zoe Montgomery, Maddy Nienow and Hunter Stunz. They took third place for spotting 100 different species of birds.

    Julie Findley commented, “The “Port ‘A’ Pied-bills” and “Woody's Willets” were excited to receive the news that we placed 2nd and 3rd in the Great Texas Birding Classic this year. Both teams practiced together all year and did the best we've ever done. These young people, in 4th through 6th grades, will carry the knowledge they have learned with them for the rest of their lives. It is a fun way to learn about our environment and to appreciate nature.”

    Ann Bracher Vaughan, President/CEO of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce, was “ecstatic to be recognized with the Vicennial Award as one of only three organizations who have supported the Classic for its 20 years of existence.  Living in an area that provides us the opportunity to observe such high birding counts gives us the privilege to continually place as winners, so it is not only incumbent on us but a privilege to support the Great Texas Birding Classic.  It is rewarding to know that our seasoned birders in the community give so much of their time and talent to train and encourage the youth of our community to follow in their footsteps and appreciate the wonderful nature that surrounds us.”


    Sunset Sounds Concert Series Friday Night

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    Emily Dale takes to the Patsy Jones Amphitheater stage at Robert's Point Park this Friday night, June 10th. Enjoy an evening of original music, as well as your all-time favorites, as the sun sets over the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Bring your lawn chair and your favorite beverage. Free. 7:00 - 9:00 pm

    June First Friday at the Port Aransas Art Center!

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    CCA Take A Kid Fishing Tournament is this weekend

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    The 33rd annual Coastal Conservation Association’s (CCA) Take-a-Kid-Fishing Tournament is set for Friday, June 3 - Saturday, June 4. Registration is Friday, June 3, and fishing and awards will be Saturday, June 4. Kids through age 16 can fish for fun and prizes in a tournament designed to teach them the skill and pleasure of fishing. Awards are presented at Woody’s Sports Center. Contestants are reminded to come to the awards presentation whether they caught any fish or not, because everyone wins something in this tournament. See more details.

    Rip Current Warning this Memorial Day Weekend

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    We want you all to have a safe and enjoyable visit to Port Aransas during this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer. Part of having a great time at the seashore is being informed of changing beach and weather conditions, including what to do if caught in a rip current.

    Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that flows away from the shore, moving up to 8 feet per second- faster than an Olympic swimmer! Even the strongest swimmers can be quickly swept out to sea. It is estimated that over 100 people are killed by rip currents annually. If caught in a rip current, don't fight it! You will get exhausted and put yourself at risk of drowning. Swim parallel to the shore and swim back to land at an angle. Please note there is NO lifeguard on duty at the National Seashore.

    **There will be a MODERATE risk for rip current TODAY and SUNDAY, and a HIGH RISK for rip current on FRIDAY and SATURDAY. Swimming is NOT ADVISED in these conditions- even very strong swimmers can quickly get exhausted and be put at risk for drowning!**

    We hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!



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