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Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

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Ross Avenue, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4128
+1 361-749-4111
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Support this to bring it back to life! Loaded with informative displays educating public about local wildlife.

Hurricane Harvey badly damaged this wonderful birding center, but with help from visitors, it can... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
986madvc
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Texas
Hurricane Harvey has done so much damage, but there are birds!

Many boardwalks are gone, and trash is everywhere,but the people are super and the birds are there... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sethelm
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Syracuse, New York
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Ross Avenue, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4128
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"observation tower"
in 21 reviews
"water treatment plant"
in 15 reviews
"short boardwalk"
in 12 reviews
"nice boardwalk"
in 13 reviews
"roseate spoonbills"
in 17 reviews
"resident alligator"
in 8 reviews
"water fowl"
in 9 reviews
"wooden walkway"
in 6 reviews
"excellent birding"
in 6 reviews
"big alligators"
in 5 reviews
"species of birds"
in 9 reviews
"great place to see"
in 9 reviews
"bring binoculars"
in 7 reviews
"different species"
in 5 reviews
"take your time"
in 5 reviews
"fish"
in 33 reviews
"whooping cranes"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hurricane Harvey badly damaged this wonderful birding center, but with help from visitors, it can return. Saw Roseate Spoonbills as well as the local alligator while there! Great place to enjoy birdwatching in a peaceful setting.

Thank 986madvc
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many boardwalks are gone, and trash is everywhere,but the people are super and the birds are there. The area needs business for income, and is rebuilding. We met wonderful people there, and I am so glad we went.

Thank sethelm
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A bleak example of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. From the looks of it, it will be quite some time before this nice little site is fixed up to its former state. Most of the boardwalk is in pieces within the marshy area and...More

Thank Annie_0akie
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped by the Center in early January. Boardwalk is 2/3 destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. Still able to see birds including a couple of whooping cranes!

Thank CazCoach
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The boardwalk is severely damaged and only about 75 feet usable. However, the birding is still good. We saw several bitterns, and the old alligator.

Thank swalker616
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

November 14 2017. There is a closed sign at the parking lot entrance. The board walk is effectively "gone" after the first 50 feet. The trees and foliage to the right of the parking lot and in the entry area is less than 10 %...More

1  Thank zcarxrg
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

This short boardwalk affords an opportunity to see several species of birds. We were pleasantly surprised to also see a pair of large gators basking in the sun. During our month in Port A we went several times and the fauna was different each time....More

Thank dspencer002
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

Saw many different types of birds. Had never seen a roseate spoonbill before. From the observation towers saw many other creatures-fish, birds, crabs & an alligator in the reeds. Fortunately there was no odor. As others have noted, great opportunity for photos. Would definitely go...More

Thank Kimberly M
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Go as close to sunrise as possible (maybe 1/2 hour before) and an hour before sunset. This is when the activity is the greatest. Saw huge alligator, who disguised itself with mud .... looking for unsuspecting birds. The walkway was well above the water and...More

1  Thank roadwarrior50
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

This is a really neat walk way that we would never have seen had it not been for a Geocache out there. Unfortunately the cache was missing, but we enjoyed the walk anyway.

Thank Ginger B
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Sally M
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Response from TxStar | Reviewed this property |
Last time I checked there was. Just show up and join in.
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ckimble515
6 August 2016|
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The Aransas National Wildlife webpage is a good source of info The Whopping Cranes generally arrive in October and stay until March Hope this is helpful
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Liese S
4 June 2015|
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Response from Donna98447 | Reviewed this property |
NO dogs, please. Not at this small locale. Birders are trying to see lifetime listers; you will be ousted. Follow other directions above for dog care. Mustang Island dogs okay.
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