Where The Birds Are

If You Love Birds, You’ll Love Port Aransas

Watch for low flying birds! Located in the Central Flyway, the island boasts hundreds of native and migrating species. Encounters with Coastal Bend nesting species such as the Roseate Spoonbill, Least Grebe, Reddish Egret, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Bittern and Rail bring birding enthusiasts back to this island sanctuary time and time again. From the natural wetlands, inlets, and 18 miles of natural beaches and dunes to the rock jetties, piers and marinas, the island offers dozens of perfect vantage points to marvel at the magnificent migrating birds that consider Port A the perfect rest stop.

Download the Port Aransas Birding Checklist (PDF, 240 KB)

Birding Locations

Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail Sites

With six sites along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Port A hosts many must-see lookouts for avid birders and wildlife photographers: Wetlands Park, Paradise Pond, the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, the Port Aransas Nature Preserve, Mustang Island State Park and the South Jetty. Boardwalks and observation towers are built over wetlands with vegetation pockets specially designed to attract birds. The Birding Center, Wetlands Park, Paradise Pond and the Nature Preserve were designed to give birders the up-close ability to observe hundreds of species in their natural habitats.

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